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  • Horses that are not fed enough

View Poll Results: Is this horse fit to be ridden
Yes 4 28.57%
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    07-29-2009, 11:11 AM
  #11
Foal
OMG,they are obviously not fed enough, either that or that 1st one is really old, I would feel guilty riding that horse. I would rather ride a fat lazy horse than a poor scrawny one. Just sayin.
     
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    07-30-2009, 03:06 AM
  #12
Foal
Does their thiness warrant me reporting them to the SPCA? And does a normal horse 'vibrate' so much?
     
    07-30-2009, 03:13 AM
  #13
Green Broke
I would call the local humane society, but that is just me. That mare looks VERY malnourished and underweight. I would not ride the first horse, because its complete lack of muscle worries me.

As far as the 'vibrating' goes, some places just have more bugs and flys that bother the horses. But if that is the case, then they should put more fly spray on the horses, or fly masks or SOMETHING. The horse looks like its being eaten alive by the bugs. =(((

Sorry if I sound harsh. Its just my 0.02$.
     
    07-30-2009, 06:05 AM
  #14
Yearling
Yeah I agree with some of the others... these horses look a bit thin.
     
    07-30-2009, 01:06 PM
  #15
Started
He looks like he's probably older. He could use a good fifty pounds on him, but he's not horribly skinny. Just walking around on him shouldn't hurt. There's a 30 year old mare at my barn that's the hardest keeper I've ever seen. She's a little underweight, but the only person that usually rides her is a 7 year old. She's very well cared for, though.

If the other horses don't look like that, I don't think it's a neglect issue. I would ask around and see what the deal is with that horse just to make sure. If it sounds shady, I'd get the heck out of there and call the humane society.
     

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