Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: British Columbia
I'd get out of that barn as soon as possible, I, personally, wouldn't want to be associated with those sorts of people. The horse industry is small and people can quickly come to associate you with them and not want anything to do with you.
BUT, imo there's nothing animal control can do. They get so many calls every day that it's up to them to pick and choose who they CAN help. Seizing animals who are slightly underweight might mean they have no room to help an animal who IS on it's death bed, or is being seriously abused. If it were me I'd throw hay to these horses when I could, would make sure they're getting enough water and maybe talk to the owners about their feet. Who knows, maybe they're having a very rough time and can't afford it and don't realize just how bad it is to leave them. Maybe they're new owners who don't have a clue. If the first is the case, you might even be able to find a local farrier who is willing to come out and start cleaning up their feet for free or a reduced price.
I hate to see AC called until someone sits down with the owners, because some owners just don't know any better and until someone tells them and helps them they'll continue to remain ignorant until something bad happens.