Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj
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.
Yes, it's very frustrating to live in a country were animal laws are not very good. We have laws but we don't have someone to apply them. From almost a year now we have some kind of animal control, it's a non-governmental organization called Animal Protection. But they have no power. For our horse shelter they are more of a pain than a good. They can't confiscate horses by themselves, they can't charge the abuser of the horses and so on. Before working with them the things were simpler because we were working with the police. They couldn't confiscate horses so easily, they could do this only if the horses were caught with their owners on public streets (were carts are banned). But it was a good way of confiscating malnourished horses. We have a big problem with gipsies that keep horses in horrible conditions and use them to carry carts full of scrap. This is their only mean of money so they obviously can't feed a horse as it should. Almost all our horses are former cart horses that were saved from horrible conditions.
But anyway, we try our best even if the laws aren't great.
As for Marian, he is doing fine. He is still to weak to get up by himself but if you help him he will stand up all day long with no problems. We think that his state was only because he wasn't fed enough and was to week. We are still administrating him IV fluids in the morning and evening, almost 20 liters in the morning and 20 liters in the evening. We supplemented his feed from bran and alfalfa to shredded high quality alfalfa, senior feed and bran. Now the only thing that we can do is to wait and see.
Thank you all for the great support.