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    08-25-2011, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Old is no excuse. I have a 25 y/o that I have to watch very carefully because he'll get tubby if he's overfed!

If an older horse is losing weight and it's not their teeth, there's obviously something wrong internally. If you can't afford a diagnostic workup, at least put the poor thing down instead of waiting until he keels over on his own and you have an emergency euth.
Why would she do that for an old horse when she was not willing to do any of that for the goat she called her heart goat?
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    08-25-2011, 08:48 AM
  #22
Green Broke
Besides a work up on blood, hopefully she's feeding the poor thing. Some people are very clueless when it comes to feeding. I started a thread just on feeding so that people who are clueless can check it to see what others are feeding.
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    08-25-2011, 08:53 AM
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OP - I sincerely hope that something gets done for those poor horses.

Phillip - as others have said old is no excuse to look like the horse pictured. (You said yours looked in the same condition) He is either not being properly cared for or has underlying issues. Given past posts I've read I would question the former. My old guy will be turning 30 on his next birthday and is in fabulous shape. He requires more frequent dental work and chopped hay but aside from that is an easy keeper even at 29. If your guy is legitimately in the same type of condition as the photo provided, please do the right thing and put him down.
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    08-25-2011, 08:57 AM
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Why would she do that for an old horse when she was not willing to do any of that for the goat she called her heart goat?
Sigh, I can hope can't I?

Heck, a bullet to the head would be better than letting him waste away to nothing and dying on his own. That's just as much abuse and neglect as anything else.

I can't believe Phillip would even SAY something like that, knowing that all of us are aware of her history and how she treats her animals. Like you, I guess she wants the attention or something. Negative attention is still better than none, right?
     
    08-25-2011, 08:57 AM
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Here's the thing MH, you are feeding your old horse according to his needs. Phillip either isnt or gave up because he/she feels the animal isnt worth the extra time and money. And that is real sad. Called abuse anyway you slice it.
     
    08-25-2011, 09:04 AM
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I agree MB and in my book there's no excuse to not provide proper care. If you can't financially or aren't willing for whatever the reason may be, find someone who will or put the poor guy out of his misery. *trying very hard to refrain from a rant*
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    08-25-2011, 09:06 AM
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I know MH, its heart breaking when I see that. I just don't get it.
     
    08-25-2011, 10:25 AM
  #28
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*pulling out my hair*

The horse in the picture is NOT thin, very thin, or even really thin!!!!!!!

It is emaciated!!!!

I cannot believe that the "authorities" cannot see this....you don't need to be equine savvy to see when an animal is starving. DUH.


As for the Philip person, definitely seems like a grab for attention to me. So I won't bother fulfilling her dream.
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    08-25-2011, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Sigh, I can hope can't I?

Heck, a bullet to the head would be better than letting him waste away to nothing and dying on his own. That's just as much abuse and neglect as anything else.

I can't believe Phillip would even SAY something like that, knowing that all of us are aware of her history and how she treats her animals. Like you, I guess she wants the attention or something. Negative attention is still better than none, right?
Ignoring her history. Let's just hope she has some reasoning for this horse not to be in it's correct weight range. I personally cannot find any excuses for horses to be underweight without any progress or ongoing attempts to help the horse gain the wait.

But I do hope she has a good answer..
     
    08-27-2011, 09:13 PM
  #30
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I know this woman personally and have for about 3 years. She is not an evil woman, she is just naive and has false views of what a "rescue" is. In her eyes, she has rescued these horses because they are no longer in the horrible situation they WERE in. For example. The little grey stud was found wandering along the highway. Okay. He is out of that situation. So he is better off, right? Well... yeah, if he had proper care. But she doesn't know how to handle an animal like that, that needs such a commitment. She WANTS to do right by these horses. She isn't sitting back going, "eh, don't think I'll feed today." It's not that all. She wants to feed, but she doesn't have any money to BUY feed. And this is where my problem is with her. I agree she should give a good 15 horses away (which would still leave her with a handful) and she should focus on that small manageable amount. She is in way, way, way, over her head. Things have gotten out of hand, and she knows it - but she doesn't want to give up... one day, she'll realize the biggest help to these animals would be to give them to appropriate homes and stop taking in more than she can handle.
     

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