There is a woman in my area with SEVERAL underweight horses. She has, for years, claimed them to be rescues, but what the non-horse-savvy community fails to realize is that the conditions she is keeping these horses in is NOT suitable for ANY horse, let alone ones that need rehabilitation. A metro officer will visit her place after complaints, and she will say, "Oh, this is a rescue. I just got him." Not only is that a lie, but even if it were true, she doesn't have the knowledge, facilities, or finances to rehabilitate these horses. They're in AWFUL condition. AND, she uses them for the public to ride. She allows "customers" to ride these skinny horses in an open field with other loose horses ... perhaps to someone who doesn't know a lick about the equine world that doesn't seem that big of a deal. But to people with experience and knowledge, we see that she is putting these customers at risk beyond their understanding. She is a woman with good intentions, but no knowledge of how to follow through and help the horses. In my opinion, after being complained on for YEARS, I think the authorities should make her provide proof that she's producing results from these "rescues". This woman used to run a public riding stable and they gave a news team (who had been told the horses were neglected by several people) some bullcrap about all of those horses being rescues. Some of those horses belonged to friends of mine and looked perfectly fine when they went in. After a few months their conditions deteriorated severely and they removed them from the stable. Now, the horses are back to normal (because they're gone out of that hell-hole). I was there when they put a customer on a skinny horse and the horse went down and had to get euthanized later. He was too skinny and malnourished to go on the trail, but they were using him anyway to make money. However local authorities claimed the stable was "up to par" upon their investigation.
As of late, the woman has been 'evicted' from the riding stable and is now keeping the horses at her own personal property. People still pay for rides there, and her young sons "run the show" without adult supervision while she's at work at the Post Office.
What would you do? I've forwarded some photos and information to a few different people and even had a friend of mine who owns her own stable go out to see. She agrees the horses are in bad shape but couldn't get onto the property to investigate further.