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post #11 of 84 Old 02-20-2013, 12:07 AM
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Not at all. I must have read it with my sacastic attitude. :p

If I were rehoming (and I may be looking at doing this with two) I will do all I can do find a good home which includes getting and actually checking references and if not, they'll stay - I have the space and resources that I can keep them if needed - but if not and people were calling just because a horse was "cheap or free" and I couldn't find anyone with references or that seemed reliable, I'd put them down.

It all depends on the person, the horse, and the situation, I guess.

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Yea, see! At least your willing to try and find a good home and are willing to do the work! With this place its all she talks about for a few months "oh im thinking of putting this horse down" Its like ok, take those months and try and find a good place. But they just keep adding more horses to the pile till some die. Its sad.

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She doesn't sound like a caring person. Yes, the horses shot are no longer suffering but her attitude is disturbing. I surely wouldn't be without sadness when having my horse/s shot.
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The BO's behavior is a bit disturbing. While I see putting down an old or lame horse. also an unwanted horse, but doing it time, and time, and time again, and multiple horses at a time, there is something wrong. I would be moving my horse, no telling what's in the drinking water or the soil or the environment out there.
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post #15 of 84 Old 02-20-2013, 09:34 AM
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If this woman is so bad why has no one reported her to animal welfare?
If you (OP) and the people who say they have witnessed these things havent reported her then surely that makes you all complicit in this?
This is a Horse Forum - there's nothing we can do to make this go away, sympathy helps no one and it wont help these horses if they really are being abused.
If you really have evidence then report her and maybe she can be prevented from buying/owning more horses
As for having horses euthanised - then I would always have mine put down at home, there simply arent enough homes for unwanted unsound, elderly horses right now. I totally despise people who stick them in sales and walk away convincing themselves that they have found a wonderful happy home - the reality is they are usually being loaded up and on their way to a slaughter yard
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post #16 of 84 Old 02-20-2013, 01:32 PM
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If this woman is so bad why has no one reported her to animal welfare?
If you (OP) and the people who say they have witnessed these things havent reported her then surely that makes you all complicit in this?
As appalling as it sounds, I don't think that Animal Control will do anything about it.
As someone stated, euthanizing a horse is the owner's right. If there's food, water, shelter, and the other horses all look good, I highly doubt that AC still step in.

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While I find the description of the BO's attitude rather disturbing, as long as she's not outright torturing the animals before or during the euthing process, AC really has no reason to step in.

She sees horses as disposable livestock. It might be an abhorrent character trait to you, but it's not illegal.

Trying to find homes for large animals like horses right now is difficult, especially if they're physically or mentally compromised in some way. This BO knows she doesn't have to spend a ton of money on a horse if it isn't going to fit into her program, and that she can easily replace it.

I find her attitude to be rather callous, but as long as she's not abusing them there's not a lot anyone can do.

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post #18 of 84 Old 02-20-2013, 01:49 PM
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I said the BO, meaning how she talks about putting them down, as when she tells us stories about it she is laughing about it.

Some people hide behind humor.
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You know, I can't watch Animal Planet and their abused/neglected animal stories anymore. It just tears me up to be reminded of the unwanted dogs, cats, horses, other animals. This is the only solution for them.
Still, I cannot understand making light of it.
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I have owned horses since 1985. Over the years, I sold 2 of them bc of health problems, and I have kept horses well into their 20s, and several were past riding and had earned their "pasture pet" status. Kept them until they passed away.
Can't understand your BO's behavior.

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A horse needing a special climate, has founder, a bad back, persistent lameness - these aren't healthy easy to place horses. These are horses with issues that can be about impossible to place in today's economy and if you sell them cheap to try to get someone to take them you are as likely to have them end up going to slaughter as a good home. Especially not when you can get good healthy sound horses for meat market prices.

I reserve judgement on the joking and what not. I know a family member that jokes and becomes louder/obnoxious about the joking the more he is hurting. Its his way of coping. I don't understand it because its not my way, but do understand it is his way and always have to keep that in mind when what he is saying rubs wrong. Maybe your barn owner is the same way? I don't know since I have not seen it in person and only heard about it 3rd person from someone who is upset about the situation. That in itself can make things seem worse than they really are.

If you are upset by the whole situation it might be time to move on to a different barn and just cut all ties. From what you are saying she is breaking no laws right now and nothing can be done about it.
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