The line between not knowing what to do and abuse

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        06-25-2013, 02:56 PM
    The line between not knowing what to do and abuse

    Well I sort of am nervous about posting this really. So I will omit names to preserve anonymity. To start off, I ride at a barn that is literally a skip and a hop away from my house. I have been going there for a year and a half now and I am becoming a better horseman and working with these animals has drastically improved my quality of life.

    To make this sorry short, my subject of concern is a couple of boarders who own three horses. One is unrideable because they have screwed her back up and she has little, if any training. Anyways, these two people are greener than their horses, they have NO clue what to do, they let their horse be pushy, they are crawling under them all the time, and the owner of one of them suggested that he should breed his mare to her father so that "she would produce a racing champion". Besides their obvious lack of equine knowledge they are very overweight (and this is the subject of my concern) one is pushing 300 plus and rides a very small gelding who is maybe just above pony size. I feel so bad for this horse. Physically he is sound and healthy but having a rider this heavy and off balance is torture. They can't even mount or dismount by themselves and when they get on his back, his spine literally bows and his head shoots up in the air. These people then procede to ride them along side a public road and race. Well the tiny gelding can't even pick up his feet and get.into a canter, he just sticks to a trot. But the guy who rides the other horse (a thouroughbred) gallops her everytime he rides her. Down the road, in the pasture, that's all he does. He is infactuated with horse racing and thinks he could be a jockey.

    One time he came back.from a ride and he was so rough and heavy on the hands that the bit slipped out of the horses mouth and the nylon strap was in her mouth. He rode like that the whole ride and didnt knotice. Meanwhile their little pony recently had his bit changed to a wire gag because "hes going too fast"

    Its disgusting to see this and I don't know if it classifies as abuse, we have repeatedly tried to help and give lessons to the owners but they never listen, and they ignore us. Everyone has eventually lost interest and no longer cares to address the issue. And lately it has taken a dangerous turn when their precious throighbred has taken to rearing. One of them is going to end up killed and I am so torn between being silent and asking for help. I don't want to be a snitch and some of you might even say that is none of my buisness, but how could I just sit here and watch this obvious torture. I will be taking pictures of this soon, I figured that if I want to get this solved, evidence is neccicary. You help and advice is needed!
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        06-25-2013, 03:38 PM
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        06-25-2013, 03:41 PM
    Talk to the barn owner, tell her you're worried for the horses and suggest she / he take action. I know my coach wouldn't stand someone like that in her barn, they'd be kicked to the curb immediately. Unfortunately, though, aside from trying to educate these people there isn't much YOU can do.
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        06-25-2013, 03:45 PM
    I know that the BO I kept my horses at before I moved them home would never tolerate that. I would talk to your BO and see if they can maybe talk to them. Goodluck!
        06-25-2013, 09:33 PM
    Definitely talk to the barn owner, away from the barn if possible. Explain that you have thought long and hard, before coming to the difficult decision, to bring it to the BOs attention.

    Explain that you are not only worried about the horses and their safety, but the safety of their owners. They sound like the kind of people who might also bring friends and rellies - also green, to ride their horses. This no doubt will eventually, cause someone to get badly hurt or worse. The BO will hold a great responsibility if something does happen, since it is on his/her property. Could cost the BO a lot more, than the money he/she is getting from these boarders.

    Tell the BO also, that the behaviour also puts other horses and boarders, in jeopardy. For everyone, including the BO, it is an accident waiting to happen.

    Hopefully, the BO will listen. If not, then you have done your best. Nothing more you can do, except move from there.

        06-25-2013, 09:44 PM
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    I agree with the above. I am just curious, how do you know the fat girl weighs 300lbs? Did she tell you? Do you talk with them at all?
    I would have a very hard time just looking at that and keeping from biting my own tongue.

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