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        08-16-2012, 01:08 AM
    I've talked to the BM about it and he said, "I know he doesnt take very good care of them but they are his race horses." in a tone implying they were so beloved to him. But I don't get how they could be so important if he doesn't take care of him.

    When I called animal control they came out saw they had food and water and told me that it was a low priority case. It made me mad because it was the only time that week that someone other than me had given them water.

    I've written a couple drafts of this letter but it still doesn't feel right so I'm going to rewrite it again tomorrow. I've tried to get a hold of the lady who came out to see the horses this morning but I've had a hard time getting a hold of her. She did tell me though that what she saw pissed her off so bad that she forgot to leave me the business card she wanted me to attatch to the letter.

    I have pictures and also several videos of the horses so if it goes to court hopefully that will help.
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        08-16-2012, 01:10 AM
    And no I'm not the person who wrote about feeding the horses tree branches.
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        08-16-2012, 01:57 AM
    The BM may very well have some liability in this case if he KNOWS the horses are being neglected on his property and does nothing about it.
        08-16-2012, 08:26 AM
    Vera, could you, please, post the link to your original thread? Or at least could you summarize what is the "bad care"? It's kind of hard to judge or give an advice without knowing the situation.

    However the idea of attaching letters to the stalls sounds pretty odd to me. I'd think it's something you have to get an OK from BO first, otherwise it may be considered as violation and harassment.
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        08-16-2012, 08:32 AM
    I agree with kitten_val posting a letter on the door is weird. It seems sort of petty and embarrassing. Also, if the guy is not stopping by often enough to feed and water the horses than maybe he won't get the note. I think you could be setting yourself up for a great conflict. I.e. If I was an owner I would be ticked if someone called a rescue about my horses. A rescue can't take in horses without legal consent so I am not sure why the rescue even came out to look at the horses.

    A description of the care the horses are receiving would be great because without that it sort of sounds like you are being a busy body.
        08-16-2012, 12:08 PM
    Honestly, if I was in your situation, I would not write a letter at all. I don't feel it is your place(or anyone who isn't in an animal welfare group) to get involved concerning the treatment of horses. If the lady from the horse rescue was so upset by their treatment, she could write a letter herself. Plus, the letter would have more "weight" or meaning if she wrote it, as opposed to a fellow boarder.
        08-16-2012, 12:12 PM
    I'm not by a computer now and im not sure how to link to my old thread from my phone. But I'll give you some background story and link to my old post later.

    I give water to these horses at least four times a week. They are standing in a foot of manure. They are very underweight and have dropped more weight since my last post. Their hooves need a trim so badly that they are starting to curl upwards.

    The lady at the rescue said she works with a sherif and if the notice we post on the stalls don't work he can step in and take more action.
        08-16-2012, 12:14 PM
    She asked me to write the letter because her computer is broken. She asked me to write it as if it were coming from her.
        08-16-2012, 12:17 PM
    If you're posting a notice without having any actual authority, it will do absolutely nothing.

    The notice HAS to be from an authority figure/organization, not just a random boarder at the barn.

    I don't know who this rescue person is, but they're giving you incorrect information. The sheriff's office is required to have AC involved before they can step in and seize any animals.

    Sounds really hinky to me. Her computer is 'broken' so wants you to take on the responsibility? If the poop hits the proverbial fan, she can deny all knowledge and say you did it and signed her name to it.

    Here's the original thread:

    Neglected Horse?
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        08-16-2012, 12:24 PM
    Hmm. Maybe I'll have to speak with her again then. Just so I know exactly how it's going to work. She said she could go to the library to type it up but it would be easier for her if I could do it for her.


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