What a horrible, cruel way for humans to treat aged champions, and after all they give to us. It's heartbreaking. I can only imagine the pain and misery those horses went through standing in a stall and not being fed, day after day after day. Cruel cruel humans!
Thank you so much for taking them in! I hope the old guy makes a recovery. Please keep us updated on his progress. If you are all full at your barn, do you have friends or neighbors who can go get the other starving horses at the equestrian center?
One question, why does the equestrian center wait that long to give their old horses away? Why can't they do it sooner? Even slaughter would be more humane than starvation.
OMG, that was horrible to see :(
I'm very glad someone has them under their loving wing and look forward to seeing their after pictures!
As as note, and I ask this because you seem to be involved in a bit of rescuing/shelter work. Do you have any before/after photos of any I could see? I'd love to see some happy ponies after they came into your loving care :)
(Maybe I should have made a dedicated thread asking this?)
Hello... I should share the latest news. Marian, the old boy is not feeling very well lately. We don't know what is wrong with him. In the morning He was laying down unable to stand up. He tried and tried to get up without success. We called the doctor today two times. He came in the morning and put Marian on IV fluids, 18 liters (Glucose, lactated Ringer Solution and 200 ml of Novacoc). The doctor didn't had to many hopes of recovery because the wick state of the horse and because of his age. After the IV fluids Marian could get up with some help. From morning till now he was standing up without problems and eating. In the evening we saw that he was dehydrated again, he was eating all day but not drinking water. So he is again on IV fluids. I don't know how many liters they did him now because I had some things to do at home and I couldn't stand for so long. I was there from 9 AM to 9 PM. Now I know that they did him Lactated Ringer Solution again, Duphalyte and some liver protector.
I don't know what to say about all the things. Marian seems to be curious and full of life like always. He has a great will to live but he is very week. I could see how week he was on his legs. If he would lay down we knew that he was to weak to get up. But he stand up all day despite his weak and trembling legs. I don't know why he is so weak now. He seemed to be ok yesterday. I know that he is very old and malnourished but I'm sad. We are considering putting him down if he wouldn't show signs of recovery despite the treatment. For now he's ok. But I don't know how he will be tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. If he will continue to be weak despite all the IV fluids and food he doesn't stand a chance.
Here's a photo with him receiving IV fluids. The photos is taken from the online camera.
Shiavo: Here I have an old thread with some before and after pictures. before and after
And thank you all for the great words. I'll keep you updated.
Oh dear, the poor old guy! This is very sad- I really hope he recovers. But if it doesn't work out and you have to put him down take comfort in the knowledge that you did your best and he had someone who loved and cared for him in the end. Good luck, and thank you for the wonderful work you do!
How can someone do that? If I saw that I would call the police and be like "This Freakin people are starving their darn horses". Seriously, that is like so low. At a riding center? I bet litttle kids saw them.... and then the people were like "Oh, Hun their just unwanted, horrible horses". If someone said that to me I would break their legs, arms, neck and alot more. That is just so sad. I wanted to cry and throw up when I looked at the pictures. Poor old guys. There so cute........
All my best wishes for a hopefully good recovery for Marian.
At least he's got you guys making sure he's comfortable and isn't out there suffering alone.
And thankyou very much for the link! I hope you update it! Those were some amazing photos. Shockingly disgusting but the after photos they all looked plump and happy!
You (and the people you volunteer/work with) are doing an AMAZING job.
Y'know, as pathetic as we find our animal protections laws, I think we can ALL agree about how thankful we are that at least we have SOME laws and the ability to push for more to be done. I could not fathom living in a place where you could do NOTHING to stop it if you couldn't buy the horse - my heart truly goes out for you, if ever an angel walked this planet then surely it must be you and your team for these horses, I wish we could all have such strength to stare some so horrible in the face and continue to wake up every day, resolved to do even more!
Deepest prayers and thoughts for Marion to recover, and even if he doesn't, at least he didn't have to die in hell.