Okay, at a proper computer keyboard now, I can relate the horse hoarding I know of personally. About 30 years, this lady was young, successful in AQHA showing & training, and had champion horses, and was making big bucks training, breeding & selling Quarter Horses. She and another lady decided to go into business together & bought an equestrian center up north from the lower mainland where land prices are much cheaper. Then horses prices fell, quite a bit, she kept her top dollar price tags and kept breeding, the equestrian centre needed a new well, new roof and major repair to the house on the property. Her business partner & her had a major falling out & left. Between that time and to about 15 years ago, I don't know what took place but I heard rumors here & there. The lady, I will call her T, took a job at the same place I work, great, I knew her from shows & I got along with her.
She knew my daughter was looking for a new horse, so she invited us out to her place to look at some horses of hers that she said would be suitable. After the ranch tour, I almost vomited. She had 6 stallions (former showhorses) in stalls with hugely overgrown hooves that she said had not been outside in over 10 years, she exercised them daily in the indoor arena (only longe, she doesn't ride anymore because she has a bad back), at least she said she did. She had about 10 two year old uncut colts in a rickety corral that wouldn't hold an old decrepid nag, never mind a herd of colts, which looked like unthrifty, wormy yearlings. All the fencing was falling down, or had fell down in individual paddocks, her pasture, which was her main herd's saving grace is about 75 acres with a creek, she ran about 30 mares & a few geldings on that land. All the pasture horses looked like they self trimmed their own hooves and were quite fat as the grass was quite lush at that time, most weren't ever halter trained. She grabbed one gelding from the herd, a 9 yr old, and said he was the horse for my daughter, greenbroke, huge ugly scar on his leg, but he was a nice looking horse, she wants $5000 for this horse because he was out of this champion or that champion or some bloodline, I forget. My daughter said as she was interested in showing, she really didn't want such a scarred up horse but she pointed to a shiny mare in the herd & said "She is pretty, has she been handled at all?" T replied, "No not yet, I want $10,000 for her, you can't replace her bloodlines"....or some such nonsense as that. She took us up to her barn appartment above the indoor arena (the house on the property was condemned & 1/2 torn down) to show us the papers on some horse, when we walked in I almost fainted, she was a hoarder!!! Filthy, clutter, cats, dogs, one eyed cats, one eyed dogs, feces, urine, I had to get out of there, now! We made our excuses & got the hell out of Dodge never to return again, my daughter was so mad at me for subjecting her to that.
We still worked at the same place together and winter came around, her water froze, I asked her how she was watering the horses, she said she hauled water out to them in her truck. I doubt that, she was the laziest thing going, around work, her clothes stunk, her hair was greasy. Since I was her boss, I told her to go have a shower before work (I work at a hotel with a pool, she can shower in the pool changing rooms), and make sure her clothes for work are washed by housekeeping and stay here and don't take them home. She agreed and complied. Somehow, she found a few people to board at her place, but one boarder came to talk to her while I was working and was mad, said their horses had no water and stalls hadn't been cleaned since they did it. She lost her boarders. Someone casually asked her about riding lessons as she used to teach, she quoted them a rate of $75 per session, using their own horse! Sorry, but you couldn't pay me $75 to go to her place again, never mind ride there!
Spring rolls around again, of course those ungelded colts all broke out & were breeding the mares, and she had no idea what was in foal or not. Her neighbor who I casually know, helped her bury a mare that laid down between two trees to foal & died. The coyotes were eating the foal that was half out of the dead mare! Then she tells me her mother is eating dogfood to pay the morgage on her place and she has no life outside her job & chores because every penny she has is spent on the horses, she said she makes great sacrifices for them. That was about all I could handle, I finally had to say something. I called her a selfish b*tch, and told her to call the SPCA to give all those horses away and sell her property and stay away from horses. NO, her horses were worth hundreds of thousands of dollars with irreplaceable bloodlines! I told her GOOD, THEN SELL SOME SO YOUR MOTHER CAN STOP EATING DOGFOOD! She was insulted (whatever!) and said she was going to get her brother to buy half interest in the equestrian centre.
Shortly after that, she got fired so I haven't seen her since but her neighbor keeps us informed. The SPCA seized 10 stallions from her barn, so I guess she added 4 more to the 6 I saw. The horses in the pasture were left. She lets people take the obviously pregnant mares, or mares with foals, and keep them until the foals are weaned, they keep the foals & give the mares back to her. Most of the those mare are emaciated when they arrive but are returned back to her in good flesh, so she figured out how to circumvent some problems. There is an old talkative farmer that delivers her roundbales that told me a story about her. He said all her horses are pretty skinny during the winter & they have no water, the creek is frozen so they eat snow and he doesn't put the roundbales out in the pasture, she wants them dumped outside the fence, she pitchforks off of it to them. He said there is no way that little amount of hay he sells her is anywhere near enough for all the horses she has. He saw a little skin & bones filly shivering off to the side and out of pity he asked her if she was for sale. Yes, but of course this filly has rare, irreplaceable bloodlines and $3000 is the price. He told me he laughed & said to her "That's for all the horses and the property too, right?"
So there's my experience with a horse hoarder and it still makes me ill thinking about it.
Last edited by waresbear; 06-18-2013 at 09:30 PM.