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 cant 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 cant 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, thats 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 dont 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 dont 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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