Would you consider this neglect? -Rant-
My boyfriend lives on his best friends horse farm. Its southern ohio and the property is kind of run down. They board horses there, they have about 15 horses. 5 are my boyfriends and his bff's, the rest are his best friends sister's and the outside boarder. There are two houses on the property, the sister lives in the house closest to the barn on the other side of the property. The pastures wrap around the entire property so I see the horses all the time. I never really paid attention to the condition of the animals (most of them are fat and seem happy) untill my boyfriend went to work with his mare the other day. He asked me to walk out there and get her. I was a bit disturbed by what I saw, the horse's hooves look horrible. A few are lame because of their feet. There is one horse that stood out to me in particular, a mostly white pinto yearling. She has sun burn so bad around her eyes, muzzle and ears that her skin is cracking and flys are starting to lay eggs in her skin behind her ears. I feel so bad for the poor little thing, they cut her tail so she has nothing to swat at the flys. The horses have no run in shelters and I don't see a regular source of water. They do nothing with the horses, the yearling with the sunburn isnt even broke to lead, I attempted to put sunscreen on it. I know they don't worm them or give them shots. They only ride about 3 of them regularly. My boyfriends horses are well taken care off (i make sure of that) but I feel at a loss for the others. I mentioned something to the sister and she got and attitude telling me I didnt know what I was talking about. To make matters worse the outside boarder bought a stallion! A quarter horse arab with a long back, post legged hind end, upright shoulder and a nasty nasty attitude. They are breeding it to 3 of their mares! They try to keep it contained but the fence is in shambles, its only a matter of time before that stud gets out with all the horses. Not only do they have poor conditions for the horses they do have their but foals?! Am I right to think that its neglect? Or just am I over reacting?