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post #1 of 24 Old 04-13-2014, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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Neglect case so close to home..?

So there's a crazy lady that lives down the road from me. (It's about a mile away, 2 houses between us) and she's had the cops called on her multiple times before by our vet because of the condition of her horses, so now she locks them in the back so nobody can complain. Her idea of decent fencing is electric rope fencing, 3 strands high, that half the time sags to the ground or is broken. She has a few corrals out there among the tons of ridiculous garbage that have blown over shelters in them with metal everywhere. We brushed it off assuming she would fix things after the cops got involved.

Well guess who woke up early today because this lady's horses managed to end up in my yard? Cut, bleeding, kind of mad... They wouldn't let us catch them. What's the icing on the cake? One is a stud. Hooray. We managed to catch the old gelding, and my friend almost had him locked up when the stallion literally attacked her. She ended up dropping the leadrope to get out of the way and save herself. Well then they ran off and 3 hours later we finally found and caught them.

The lady wanted us to use this really soft and flimsy rope halter on him, but after how he attacked my friend I refused to let anyone try to lead him without one of my nylon weaver halters (this brand rocks and has saved my butt so many times) AND a stud chain on him. I was right. He was leading along just fine until we got to doc's house, and his mares just happened to be by the fence. My arm was jerked like crazy and idiot horse had a rearing fit. I had to throw all my weight against him, using the stud chain, to get him back down. After 10 minutes of nonsense, I passed him off go the owner and took the gelding as doc called the mares away from the fence. The whole rest of the way to her house, this stallion was rearing and prancing and being just ornery as hell, while the bleeding gelding was hardly able to walk home. She ended up putting the stud I. With her mares and the gelding in one of the corrals mentioned earlier, with no food or water. Her dogs were skinnier than the horses too and I swear you could count all their ribs.

So folks, use good fencing and train your horses, especially if you have a young stallion. Or else all your neighbors will hate you.

Right now we're trying to decide if we should call the humane society or animal control, or what to do. I might just be overreacting because I'm kind of ticked off about the stallion, but I dunno. Input?

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post #2 of 24 Old 04-13-2014, 01:24 PM
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post #3 of 24 Old 04-13-2014, 01:29 PM
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Don't blame the stallion, it's behavior that was allowed to happen through his raising and handling. There is zero reason why he can't act politely except that he wasn't ever made to.

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For the sake of discussion here (and recognizing it's hindsight), perhaps it would have been better to just chase the horses out of your yard and then make the call to the authorities -- let it become their problem and then I strongly suspect more progressive steps would have been made to rectifying the horsekeeping arrangements. The downside to this would be what happens to the horses after the dust settles.
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Our local authorities are garbage when it comes to animal neglect apparently. I shot an email to the equine division of the humane society with pictures of the place earlier. I posted some on my blog, but they aren't the greatest.
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For the sake of discussion here (and recognizing it's hindsight), perhaps it would have been better to just chase the horses out of your yard and then make the call to the authorities -- let it become their problem and then I strongly suspect more progressive steps would have been made to rectifying the horsekeeping arrangements. The downside to this would be what happens to the horses after the dust settles.
I probably should have, but with the leadrope still on the gelding, I wanted to make sure he wouldn't get hurt. Plus if my horses got out, I'd want the help too.

here's the gelding if it'll work. He had huge patches of fur missing and was cut and bleeding. The stud was cut as well but not that bad.

[The pony is a palomino, 14 hands.] He has a heart of gold and star power... A good horse has a sparkle, a 'look-at-me' attitude, and good movement. There's a white of the eye. Some people hate it, but it means there's a bit of fire in there.
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Yep, our AC and police are pretty crap at dealing with that kind of situation as well. I had the same situation with an abandoned horse next door to me, but he never ended up in our yard. I'd report it anyway, make myself a nuisance until they come check up on them. In my case the horse was abandoned for two weeks, cops and AC called, and nothing. They informed her that she could be facing jail time, so she came maybe once a week, apparently that's so much better. Now they have two horses, no running water, and are there a few times a week. I had to separate myself from the situation cause it was so upsetting and nothing was being done. But, anyway, good luck to you and those poor horses and dogs!
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I know that you want to help these horses, but handling the unmanageable is a good way to seriously get hurt, so stop that. (Honestly, I would pull out and shoot to kill ANYBODY's stud that got into my turnout bc I have a mare who wants foal#5 so badly she can taste it.)
I would contact a local newspaper and tv news. Bring them photos of the neglect and offer to help them to get the story in print and on the air. Embarrass the local authorities for their slothfulness.

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I know that you want to help these horses, but handling the unmanageable is a good way to seriously get hurt, so stop that. (Honestly, I would pull out and shoot to kill ANYBODY's stud that got into my turnout bc I have a mare who wants foal#5 so badly she can taste it.)
I would contact a local newspaper and tv news. Bring them photos of the neglect and offer to help them to get the story in print and on the air. Embarrass the local authorities for their slothfulness.
I originally was going to let them be. Mainly because I absolutely despise this lady. But the gelding still had a leadrope on and I couldn't sit around knowing he could possibly kill himself if something went wrong because of that. When I first saw them, I didn't know the other was a stud and didn't know he had just attacked my friend, all I was worried about was that leadrope getting off or the horse getting caught. And the gelding was being really sweet and was actually petrified. They didn't get in anyone's field, because all our fences can stop full grown idiot bulls if we need them to. Hers are some weird electric fencing? Basically glorified rope. Honestly even if these animals get rescued, he probably WILL be put down. He's what, almost as old as my Ray boy? A year younger so like 5-6? And hasn't ever really been handled. He's just out there to pasture breed his dam and the little sorrel mare, and both of them are really too skinny to have a baby. Not to mention one of them is his dam.

No use in the media getting involved. Nobody out here really cares about horses. Plus the media and police in this town are all related so you can't complain about any of them. Our sheriff was caught by out of town police stealing drugs from the lockers and had been for years. Nobody said a word because they were all related to him. I did, however, email a friend of mine at the humane society some pictures of the nonsense and hopefully she'll be able to do something.
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[The pony is a palomino, 14 hands.] He has a heart of gold and star power... A good horse has a sparkle, a 'look-at-me' attitude, and good movement. There's a white of the eye. Some people hate it, but it means there's a bit of fire in there.
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