Here's some background on the situation. I met this girl at the barn who is a first time horse owner of a 5 year old appy mix. She said she's had the horse since it was 2 and that she's had LOT'S of experience with her friends horses so she "knows what to do with them". Not really willing to listen to other people's ideas but will still interrupt your vet visit with HER questions about her horse. She told me that since she doesn't have a job or income that she has her boyfriend pay for the horse and all it's bills.
Her horse is a really pretty 15hhish bay mare that is tall and thin looking. Kinda looks like a yearling in build or maybe a saddlebred or something... very tall and slender. She's got her mane cut down to nothing and her tail just hacked off for some reason... not sure why really. I noticed that her feet look flattened and like they need to be trimmed and maybe even have corrective shoes put on. She's a really friendly little thing too. The owner says she rides her every day too.
Everything above was my first impression (day I met her) of the girl and her horse... it gets worse...
I've seen her "ride" the horse in the arena and work with her. The horse tries to kick her!!! She yells at the horse and slaps her everytime she does anything wrong. The horse has absolutely NO respect for the girl and will shove her around with her muzzle. The girl thinks it's sweet. I wouldn't be hugging my horse if it nearly knocked me off my feet. No ground manners in the animal whatsoever. She practically walks over the girl in the stall. How does the girl react to it you might ask? By hitting the horse in the face of course!
She also has her boyfriend ride the horse around the arena and it looks like the horse can hardly support him. He's a pretty big boy and she's WAY too small for him. I've seen the mare rear and strike and all sorts of things to fight back.
One night after closing at work I went to much out Wiski's stall and I noticed she was drenched in sweat. It was in the low 30s!!! I ran up to the main barn and asked one of my experienced horse friends if she was ok. All she said was. "yeah they were just here working her till she was blowing, no warmup and no cooldown, they're going to kill that horse."
Being as it's my horses next door neighbor I've gotten to know this mare a little in the month I've had Wiski. She was sweet and friendly and loved to be petted. She's still sweet and friendly... but not she will jerk her head away from ANYTHING... even if you gently blow air at her face... just as if you hit her. She has this strange nervous twitch about her head, you horse people who've rescued know what I'm saying right? She neighs really loud if she's left alone in that part of the barn.
I couldn't say the horse was being neglected because I know it gets fed. The manager of the barn feeds our horses twice a day and there's always hay by her stall so she's getting fed. I've suggested to the girl that she should give the horse away because it's too much horse for her. She thought she might want to sell it. But you can't get money for a horse who kicks, rears, strikes and bites, that has no special bloodlines or anything else to recommend her.
What in the world can I do?!
Thanks for reading my very long post...