Update: It appears that one of the horses has been sold to someone out-of-state, and they're negotiating with a buyer for the other. We had been trying to keep up with the news on these two, but the barn owner refused to email my mother back regarding her bid. It might have been a good thing anyway, considering they may belong to the people in VA....
I guess this is just a mini-rant, but I'm so angry at the condition they were both in!!! It was appalling!!!
Finally we went out to see them at the barn they're at.
I have pictures of both mares when they first arrived there. Both were of good weight, good health, etc.
The older (10 year old) mare looked like she'd be starved. She was out in a roundpen, on a flat hill, with absolutely no shelter whatsoever. They'd just done nightly chores, and were leaving, so obviously they had no intention of getting her inside. She'd just received a flake of hay that was about two inches thick. All of the other horses (except for the other mare that was for sale) had blankets on. I usually don't like blanketing my horses, but she looked like she needed one badly, but was without. I have pictures of her where I can see that she has a nice rounded butt with muscle. Now, her croup seems steep, like she's loss muscle mass. I think that they function a lot like the barn that I used to be at: Feed 3 times a day, and try to skimp on the amount of hay fed. They probably get fed 10 lbs a day. Makes me so angry!!!
The older mare was such a sweetheart too. Came right over to greet us. The last time I'd seen her in person, she'd had a larger, more muscular neck. Now it looks less muscular, almost smaller. The poor thing looks awful. The younger one is skinnier too, but hasn't lost as much weight or muscle. But she has a building that she can stand behind that serves as a windbreak.
I really do wonder how they got the older mare sold. Coupled with her current condition, she honestly looks like a dog. A poor, pitiful dog. When we saw her the other day, we both immediately wanted to buy her just to get her the heck out of there.
We talked to the owner too, and halfway mentioned how rough the older mare looked. She could have cared less. She just seemed happy that they were gone, and that one was sold and that she had her money.
I just hope that where ever they go, that they get fed and treated decently. God knows they both need it.