We woke up this morning to find that someone had been kind enough to give us a horse. Sitting in our pasture (of goats!) was a skin-and-bones gelding, which we'd previously not seen. None of our neighbors saw anything, so right now, we're sort of at a loss as to what to do with it.
Not only do we not need another horse right now, but this certainly isn't the type of horse we'd want, if we did need another. He's short, thinly built, emaciated and skittish, and there are simply too many unknowns to him. Not to mention, we don't know what health care he has had or his history, so we've locked him the only place we can away from our other equine - our trailer.
And there is the question of what to do with him. Calling the police here would do nothing. We've had animals (nothing this big) dumped here before, sometimes seeing the person drive off after dumping it, and the police have never been helpful, just suggesting we call animal control. Animal control tells us to call the police, and if we don't want the animal, to take it to a livestock auction, as they only take dogs and cats.
Honestly, though, I don't even think an auction would take him. On a body scale, he's a two tops, and you can see every bone in his body. Right now I'm trying to find him a home via craigslist, but past that I don't know what to do with him.
Not to mention, there are the morals of the situation. We've always taken in the goats, pigs, etc. that have been dumped here, but we can't take a horse. I've never taken a horse to an auction (at least, not an auction where kill buyers could be found), and seeing how this horse looks and the time of the year, I know where he'd end up if he went to one, but I'm still considering finding an auction that'll take him!
I'm curious to hear what your opinions on it are, and if any of you guys have been in a similar situation.