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    11-14-2012, 11:43 AM
Other than offering to take the horses off her hands or continuing to call AC, there's not much you can do. I most certainly wouldn't be rewarding her by buying food for the horses.

There's a lot wrong I can see, but AC has specific guidelines they have to follow and those horses don't look too horribly bad just yet. The 'pastures' with all the junk and that horrid fencing give me eye twitches, though.
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    11-15-2012, 03:05 AM
Other horses she has bought and sold for too much money. She sold a gelding recently in worse condition for $1000. I don't have any land. What I have is more than what they are on, but I am not a horse person. I love animals but know nothing of horses. But the paint and appy she will not sell. I just wanted my thoughts confirmed by horse people.
    11-16-2012, 04:26 PM
For the love of god, do not buy any food for these horses...or feed them. As harsh as that sounds it just enables the abuse to continue. Unfortunetly unless you are lucky enough to live in an area with a great aspca or a well funded AC, these horses will have to get to a pretty nasty point before anything will be done.
    11-16-2012, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Nightside    

That is my pony mare on the right, and she has more of what I would call a protruding backbone on a very hungry horse. The second batch of pictures do look a bit worse but I would hardly say they appear to be at deaths door. Instead of calling the police or animal control, I would offer to buy her a bag of feed or a few bales of hay. Some horses need more grain than others so if they are trying to ration and budget it, some will look worse than others. My mare also has sunken in muscles around her neck and hindquarters, there's really nothing to her.
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The pony on the right is too thin. The spine should not protrude like that, my rescue haflinger had the same and my vet was very clear about how poor that is! Is she very old? Or sick?
    11-21-2012, 10:34 AM
I was wondering that too, and looked back to see she just rescued the poor pony about 10 days ago.

The others shown are most definitely too thin. No horse should have sunken eye sockets, prominent tail head, and the spine should be flat with the back or very slightly raised (except for in the withers).
    11-21-2012, 10:51 AM
Sorry, I missed your question! But that is correct, I haven't had her long, she isn't old from what I have been able to see of her teeth, just poorly taken care of before I got her. I'm slowly increasing her feed, I'm cautious to avoid overloading her and making her or the colt colic, but in a few months I'm hoping she'll be unrecognizable from her current skinny, ratty self.
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    12-02-2012, 10:08 PM
It might look like abuse to us, I wonder if she even thinks that there is any problem at all ?

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