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Katie4469 11-20-2010 01:27 PM

Sick horse being rode?!
There is a horse at my barn, that has pneumonia and is at least 200-300 pounds underweight. She looks like she is in constant pain, she has that dead look in her eyes.... She has patches of fur missing, and like different coloured spots of fur on her as well? Like there is random white/black moldy looking spots on her as well. She looks like she could die any second. She coughs ALL the time as well.
And yet, they are still riding her...
This is a top class private equestrian barn, where all the most expensive competitve horses stay. So nobody seems to question their judgement, and thinks it's okay to do what they are doing because they are "experienced professional horse people."
I'm not sure myself, if what they are doing is right or wrong, I just sort of have a bad feeling towards it.
They are working this horse really hard, and jumping 2'6 on it, even though its extremely sick. I asked them why, and they said because she "loves to work!" but I find that so hard to believe, because as soon as you even approach that horse, her ears are pinned back and she's running away... so, like, what the hell? But I don't know, I've never worked with, or rode the horse myself so I can't really say...
I would think it would be bad just to saddle a horse that thin, it can't be good for her spine...?
Now for my question.
Is it okay to ride a horse that is extremely sick, if it loves to work?

Ray MacDonald 11-20-2010 01:34 PM

It doesn't sound like she loves to work!. And No, you shouldn't work a horse if it is sick or to thin, especially not both!

CinderEve 11-20-2010 01:40 PM

No. I don't believe it's ok to work a sick horse, let alone a sick and skinny horse.

dressagebelle 11-20-2010 05:52 PM

They shouldn't be working that horse. Honestly if I were in your shoes, I'd make an anonymous call to animal control, or talk to the barn owner or whoever is in charge, and let them know what is going on. If she is truly as sick as you say she is, then its definitely cruelty riding that horse, and making her jump. Do you know if they have gotten a vet out to see the horse? Again I stress that I would make an anonymous phone call to animal control, before the horse dies, or gets moved because other people start complaining. Hopefully she can get the care that she needs.

Gus 11-20-2010 05:59 PM

I agree with Dressagebelle, call animal control that is exactly wht I was going to say. It is not ok to ride a horse in that shape when it is that bad and it doesn't sound like it "loves to work" (Ray macDonald)

But like i have my horse Snickers and she probably has about 65+ pounds worth of sand in her. We are trying very hard to get it out, and we are riding her. You are proabbly thinking i'm horrible but she needs to be exercised and moved around to get the sand flowing she cant sit or she will colic and not just what shes been doing (turning head to belly) but actual twisted gut colic. Even the vet agrees we have to ride her! But I horse like that should not b ridden!

luvs2ride1979 11-20-2010 07:10 PM

Just use some common sense here. Would you like to do manual labor when you're that sick? No, it's not right. You should call the local sheriff or humane officers on this barn. That is serious animal cruelty and abuse!

equiniphile 11-20-2010 08:06 PM

Thin, yes, but sick, no.

apachiedragon 11-20-2010 08:15 PM

I have a question. How do you know she has pneumonia? I would assume she's under vet care if this is the case, or it would just be some questionable illness, not specific as you've said. I would assume the vet is telling them whether it is safe to work her or not, if they know for sure what it is...

I do agree that if a horse is truly deathly sick it should not be worked. In certain instances light work can be a good thing, depending on the illness.

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