I thought so too. I just saw this add on Craigslist, he's owned by a horse trader on my route to school. A couple days ago I stopped by the place (the name escapes me at the moment..) just to look around. I saw this poor boy in a tiny little paddock, walked up to him and he was absolutely lifeless. He eyes had absolutely no spark, his ears weren't perked up, his coat was dull and his ribs/hips showed. He shied away a little when I reached out to pet him. I felt so bad
I thought that maybe they got him that way, and that's why he was alone, getting him better. But now that I see he was healthy and happy at one point when they had him I can't stop thinking about him.They have around 60 other horses, most were very slow unhappy looking, about like him.
The owner has less than 1000 square bales of hay (he told me) for the rest of the year, for all the horses.
I don't know if I should call the animal welfare people (I don't know who that is at this time, I live about 30-40mins from this place) on them, or what. I hate to see all these horses be neglected.
This was mostly a rant as I'm trying to think of solutions, there's no way I can just leave them. I pass by 5 times a week, I'd feel so guilty.
I can tell you calling animal control while there is feed and water on the peoperty will get you nowhere. They have way too many actual starving horses to worry about one with access to it. Especially if that is a current picture.
Make an offer on him? If you're short on cash maybe they could use a hand around the place to work him off.
WS: that's not a current picture, he looks perfectly healthy there. If I stop by again I'll take a picture of his current state. It isn't horrendous, yet. But if he continues to get skinnier and more Mal-nourished, would they do something then?
Well that's crap. /: Ik there are worse off horses though.
If I lived closer I would offer to volunteer even, but I go to school almost all day long, my school is about an hour from my house, and barley have time enough for my own pony.
It does suck that we have to wait until there is almost a dead horse, but given the situation this year, they are swamped. And going into winter, it's only going to get worse. Rescues really are not even taking in any because of the lack of hay, finances, and volunteers.
I've seen so many nice horses, including a working cow horse champion stallion for $250 that I would live, but you can't save them all, unfortantely.