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post #11 of 46 Old 03-06-2012, 08:53 AM
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Sounds like jealousy! We had a neighbor do the same thing to us and the HS said our barn/stalls were cleaner than alot of homes! Some people are just batty.
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post #12 of 46 Old 03-06-2012, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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I'm quite amazed AC makes it to your places at all, folks! We have a nasty barn in area (a well-known to many many horse people), with horses starving, over-worked, going down, etc. (I'm not even talking about the feed there). I know AC was called several times by different people, and nothing was done at all. It's been several years back, so I'm not sure what's going on now, but looking at their ads they still operate.
Seems to be a problem here at times as well. I know someone up the road from me had a Tennessee Walking mare that was just as sweet as she could be that always was getting out of her "paddock" which was one strand of electric tape, chest high, that I am not even sure was electrified. She would run the road and I would catch and return her before someone hit her. I called after it happened a few times. They didn't come out. She started to get skinny, called again, they didn't come out. Took me about 15 to 20 calls to them and also my farrier to call(he seen her on the road) cause her feet had never been trimmed to get them to do anything. By the time they got to her she was skittish, about a foot deep in manure, cut all the pieces, and scored a 3 on body score. I was furious with them, but they seem to be getting better about checking out calls. Even the wasted calls

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post #13 of 46 Old 03-06-2012, 09:16 AM
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^^ Simply unbelievable! They go after the good owners, but ignore those that have to be addressed. I guess good owners are just much less work: all you do is come out, look, and take some pics.
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post #14 of 46 Old 03-06-2012, 09:37 AM
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Yup! SOmehow they find time to investigate the good folks.....We had the health dept and AC called on us years ago......we had just built our barn the year before, and when spring came, and the farmer across the street started spreading his turkey and cow manure (P.U!) The neighbors called saying our barn was filthy and it stunk! Hmmm. THey came, and all they could say was it was the cleanest barn the had ever been in! folk who move to the country.

FYI-the farm is now a huge upscale development, so I am sure they are much happier.

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post #15 of 46 Old 03-06-2012, 09:59 AM
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now now lets not completely hate on the AC are they to know stupid calls from good calls...

as for the op very sorry that has happened to you.. i had them come to my place for a stupid dog attacking me and my nephew on a public trail bc the owners said my horse was vicious... needless to say it looks like more good owners are penalized or looked at then those who need to be watched, which is very sad when we know there are other places they can be spending there time
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post #16 of 46 Old 03-06-2012, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Some of my "thin" horses...
My "dirty" stalls with a "thin" horse in it...
Now I took these this morning and have not added shavings in 4 days to that stall. The pic of the bay from the rear, yeah he needs some topline, but is my lowest scoring horse as 5. Also he is battling ulcers, on treatment now for it. Yep, pretty sure they are all starving, I will admit they do need brushed out as these were taken while I was cleaning stalls and had not brushed yet.
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post #17 of 46 Old 03-06-2012, 11:09 AM
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So sorry, some people are just not right in the head no two ways about it. At least you found out you have a decent HS around there. Unfortunately around here it's hit or miss trying to get something seen about.

This does bring up an interesting question though that I have wondered about, especially with the not so great neighbors I have. (They seem to be getting mad at me for catching their horses when they get out and bringing them back, and then expecting them to fix their own fence )What if someone got HS called on them for similar spiteful reasons and there was no feed in the barn? Feed being sweet feed, complete feeds, grains, etc? Would that be labeled as mistreatment? For folks like me whose horses are giggling fat just from rich pasture no way I have grain laying around to make them fatter. I have no hay out either because they don't touch it with the grass out and it just sits there and rots.
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post #18 of 46 Old 03-06-2012, 11:15 AM
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bahahah those horses are so thin ;P

and to the above ^^ you can not be charged for not having grain. Some horses need it some don't. it is a supplement humans made to feed horses who have a different level of work and energy to make sure they had all the nutrition needed to perform there task.

if your horses are good on pasture and are at a good weight you have nothing to worry about. :)
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Here where I live, there's no such thing as Animal Control, it's handled by the Sheriff's Dept. Horses are also considered livestock, not petstock, and as such are property to pretty much be dealt with as you please. It would take skeletal horses and probably a couple of dead ones laying in the pasture before the Sheriff would seize them as they have no place to put a seized animal that size.

So, while I'm grateful to not live in an area anymore where the ACO was as crazy as the OP's visitor, I also wish we had SOMETHING that passed for Animal Control. There are conditions that really do benefit by them, even when they're being a PITA.

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post #20 of 46 Old 03-06-2012, 12:00 PM
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Sorry you had to go through that OP. If you can take in good humor since this was the first time, you will feel better. But if they keep pushing, I would get quite annoyed very fast. Your horses are well cared for and well loved

I have personally called the HS on one occasion. We had been looking at a property for sale. The owner bought it as a short sale and had been renting it to the people who were getting foreclosed on. First off, they had at least eight horses on 5 acres of pasture (not a blade of grass left) and a whopping 4 small bales of hay. I could count the ribs of the horses as they stood at a distance from me. At the back of the pasture, there were horse skeletons laying there -in the pasture and the bones chewed up by the guy's dogs. So I emailed HS, they went out and there was nothing they could do legally. The horses were quite underweight, the guy told her that he was about to get some more hay, and guess what, he told the HS that is late teenager mare was going to get shot in the back of the pasture because of an injury to the knee!!! Let's see, you stopped paying your mortgage, you are struggling to pay a cheap rent to the guy you asked to buy your property from the bank, you have way more horses than you can feed, AND the stallion in the front paddock was a RECENT PURCHASE?!? But because of local laws, the HS is unable to do anything, even for the horse he is going to shoot (laws say this is perfectly fine so long as it is away from any roads) that likely never saw a vet and is going to be food for his three dogs. Since they were nearly done with the deer remains that were in the front yard and he did not bury the dead horses previously.
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