Originally Posted by Speed Racer
What are your state and local laws concerning shelter? If you don't know that, you need to find out before you start trying to contact authorities.
Many states don't require shelter for horses as long as they have food and water. I think Ohio doesn't require a shelter. They have a barn but can't get in it because of the gates across the doors!
Either they have NO hay or the hay they have, according to you, is moldy. So which is it concerning the hay? None, or moldy? The hay they have IS moldy. I watched it the square bales get soaked in the rain and the NEXT day they put them in the barn. They have NOT been fed any hay so far this year! They push on the fence and try to get in with my horses when I feed a round bale. They are Hungry!
How do you know for certain the hay is moldy? Did you actually see your neighbors cut and put it up? Or is that what you heard from someone else? I was raised on a farm and we bale our own hay, I know how and why it molds and mildews. I can look out my window and see their entire property. I know that if you put wet hay into a barn not only do you risk fire from combustion you also risk spoilage!
How do you know the Sheriff hasn't been out there? Are you home all day to watch the comings and goings of everyone? I am a stay at home mom now and have other neighbors who keep an eye on their place because of other "questionable" activities. I can see what goes on because I overlook their farm.
If the horses really are in danger of starvation then I hope someone can do something. If they're just not being kept to your personal satisfaction however, that's another thing entirely.
No they are NOT up to my level of "personnal" satisfaction! My horses are all in turn out blankets and brought in every night to a fresh stall! I'm not saying every one should do this
but I would like some information on how to help get the ball rolling and not watch these animals starve away all winter. There is currently 4+ inches of snow on the ground and they are eating dried up weeds! You can see spines and ribs on some of them already. I really don't want to look at dead horses come spring!