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.Delete. 07-18-2011 03:57 PM

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 dont 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 dont 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?

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Speed Racer 07-18-2011 04:02 PM

That stallion owner is going to be in a heap of trouble when he breaks out and gets in with the other horses, or decides to go visiting a neighboring farm.

There are laws about stallion-safe fencing, so you might be able to get someone to pay attention to you if you report that. Unfortunately, as long as the horses have food (grass is food) and a source of water, not getting their feet done or neglecting medical attention isn't really going to get you anywhere.

Your BF needs to move his horses before the geldings get hurt and all the mares are bred.

Alwaysbehind 07-18-2011 04:07 PM

Guilt by association might be something your BF thinks about.

I am not sure why he would want to be associated with a facility that is so poorly run as you describe.

A knack for horses 07-18-2011 04:29 PM

I believe that is a perfect example of neglect and sheer ignorance.

Unfortunately we live in a world where as long as the horsey if fat and contained in a fence, its healthy. I'd report them to a humane society, but there isn't much legal ground to stand on. *sigh* And we call ourselves a land of justice... :-x

.Delete. 07-18-2011 04:38 PM

He is a cattle guy he really didn't think too much about it untill I mentioned it. I am urging him to either sell or move them.
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.Delete. 07-18-2011 04:39 PM

I'm mostly worried about that yearling. The poor thing is in so much pain
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Speed Racer 07-18-2011 04:40 PM


Originally Posted by .Delete. (Post 1101596)
I'm mostly worried about that yearling. The poor thing is in so much pain.

Not only is she still going to be in pain, but probably bred to boot. :-x

.Delete. 07-18-2011 10:54 PM

I know, I wish there was something I could do. It irks me to no end to see that poor thing standing out in the blazing sun with no shelter, and perhaps soon a baby! Today the sister tried to buy my bfs walker mare for 200$ so she could breed it to that nasty stud. How adorable a quarter Arab walker, just another thing to neglect =\
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