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    01-30-2011, 02:09 PM
Green Broke
Actually I do believe people HAVE offered to help him. They have offered to do stuff for him. Someone even offered to keep the horses at their barn until he could find a better situation for them. If anyone paid attention the horses have been in this condition for a year!

I'm not one to sit and say that horses should have their arses wiped clean with a clean towel every time they poop but I would never let my horse wallow in mud up to their bellies for a year! He didn't even bother to go out and chop off the 10 pounds of caked mud off that poor horse's tail! Probably because HE doesn't want to walk through all that mud!
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    01-30-2011, 02:10 PM
^Exactly. When spring comes we get bad mud, but they have dry stalls and their feet are cleaned regularly to make sure nothing's wrong from all the mud. I mean, for gosh sakes, at least take them out and hand-graze them once iin a while!
    01-30-2011, 02:29 PM
Again, unless you are living in his boots, you don't know what is going on. Maybe he is afraid, and probably the truch,that if he lets the horses go to someones barn, he will never see them again.
Funny that it says the horses have lived in this condition for a year? Gee, two months ago it was still HOT and dry in northern california, it was summer before that and spring before that. If conditions were so bad, why didn't the do gooders try to step in then and offer to help before winter hit. If it has been a year, then they watched it last year and again, instead of trying to help, waiting a WHOLE year to call in the tv reporters. Maybe the guy is sick and tired of folks butting into his business.
I don't have stalls and my horses can be clean, feet picked and manes and tails combed. A storm hits and they are packed with snow, mane and tails are frozen with ice and they have rolled in the snow and their long fuzzy coats look like they have not been taken care of for months. When spring starts rolling around, they look horrible. Coats are matted, tails and manes are caked in mud, their bellies are full of mud balls and even their heads are caked and muddy. Is it because I have not kept them well cared for and groomed? No,its because they go roll in the muck, lay and nap in the muck and run and play in the muck.

You can't keep animals clean in muddy snowy conditions in everyday life UNLESS you are one who's animals are kept in blankets in stalls full of straw and shavings, groomed(alot of times by the barns professional groomers) turned and and brought back inside and the whole scenerio started again. I think that is great if you can afford to keep your horses that way , but for the ones that can't, the horses live in nature. Don't even tell me that "maybe you should not have animals then" until you have lived a winter in Wyoming or Utah or California and your animals live on ranches outside.
Oh yea, for all the humaniacs on the forum who cry and try to get everyone to sign petitions to stop horse roundups, maybe you need to go look at wild horses on the range, they sure as heck are not groomed and they live in mud up to their bellies, paw for food and walk miles to find water. So its okay for wild horses to live hard lives, but not okay when a person is feeding and taking care of his animals but just not up to some peoples standards.
Think about it.
    01-30-2011, 02:53 PM
Green Broke
These aren't wild horses that we are talking about. I don't see how anyone can look at those pictures and say that is okay. But that is just me...
    01-30-2011, 03:03 PM
I didn't say it was okay, just that there might be alot more to the story than is being told. .
I was just trying to say that if someone looked at my horses or my neighbors horses during the spring thaw, they would probably accuse me of not taking care of my animals which is very far from the truth.
When my husbands horse tore a HUGE hole in his leg and it took months and months to heal, I cleaned it two and three times a day, I medicated him, etc. As soon as I would walk back into the house, he would have rolled and the wound would be a dripping mess again. It must have looked like I didn't take care of him, but I did.
Everyone's circumstances and living conditions for their animals are different than the next person. Might look inhumane, but doesn't mean it is. A 32 yr old gelding down the road looked horrible skinny, coat icky, he looked like a humane case if there ever was one. BUT, this horse had weekly vet checks, was fed special foods since he had no teeth, the farrier did his feet every two weeks. I can't tell you the number of times the vet and sheriffs office was called on this owner to the point of nasty letters being written to the paper. But this old guy was loved, was healthy for a horse his age and loved to stand in his pasture by the pond and just watch life pass by. He finally was put down when the vet came out one week and he was anemic and sore.
So, I just think sometimes the newspapers and do gooders make more out of things than they really are. It happens all the time.
Again, this is not good, but maybe instead of calling him a moron and making him not want folks around, they should have tried to be nice about offering help.
    01-30-2011, 03:08 PM
In case nobody noticed, this is a mute point. The next video showed the horses were rescued and placed at the rescue ranch.
    01-30-2011, 03:17 PM
I didn't see the second video, do you by chance still have the link?
    01-30-2011, 05:54 PM
Just go to the first link in the first post and the next video to play is the one where they have taken the horse to the rescue
    01-30-2011, 08:43 PM
Really sad that those horses have to walk around in knee deep mudd....And the horses are skinny you can see their back bones and hip bones easily
AND if you cared about your horses you would want better for them than living in tiny "dog kennels" and mudd to their knees.
That's why their are horse rescues all over the place!!!
    01-30-2011, 08:56 PM
Green Broke
I'm glad the horses got out of there : )

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