Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
The economy is tough right now. Someone that may have been able to adequately provide for their horses last year may not be able to this year. That doesn't make it their fault. While you get the odd person that is actually just a complete 'tard, most of the horses being rehomed don't nessarily come from abusive homes.
The thing that really bothers me is when someone see's an ad with a skinny horse and either has it flagged so it's deleted, or they email the owner telling them what a piece of sh*t they are.
One, with that ad down, that horse now has even less of a chance of finding a home. Two, belittling does not help. At least they are rehoming, or trying too. Emailing 'hate' mail is only to going to make them stop, and then they'll just be sent right to the meat pen because they don't the emails about being a "horrible horse owner".
If you can't help the horse, either try and find someone locally who can, or just leave it. Raging against people you don't know, who's situation you don't understand, is so completely unproductive on so many levels. Let's try humanity.
Alberta, however, has been blessed. We have farmers here who (most of them, actually) have already done their first cut and have a good start on the second. Hay is not a concern for me this year.
I always keep an eye out for oldies in my area (see so many of them down in the US that can't make it here) that may need a retirement home, but the prices here are still good and the rehoming market next to none.
I'm hoping to get a hay shelter build within the summer, and I will probably gets a years worth - a little more then average as I'll have two stallions that will be on grass and hay in their pens.
I don't see anything wrong with buying extra hay so long as it's not wasted.
I do hope that the US gets some rain heading their way. It's already a bad situation for horses, and winter isn't even near yet.