Well, long story short. We gave a horse to a family who wanted to teach their 10 yo daughter how to ride. Gave them a big huge how-to book, tack, etc. Last year. Well, they haven't had his feet done.
The people we bough Turd off of, well the woman is the Animal Control Officer for that county and she gave us a call. They live right beside this family. She said the horse (who was fat at 29 years old) had lost a serious amount of weight and that he was on a drylot and she's one step away from impounding him. He's also not had his feet done once since he left here mid 2009.
So, with her as our witness, we're picking him up tomorrow. It's really a lucky thing, because her man is our farrier and she always comes with him to see the babies and Turd, and she knew TJ was in great condition. TJ is a super easy keeper as long as you feed him and I'll bet they haven't been doing it as well as they need to. We've tried to tell them over and over, but they won't have any of it. He's too good of a horse who have this crap done to him, and I feel like crap for just handing him over in good faith.
I'm just hoping he'll gain the weight back and that he's still sound.