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post #11 of 14 Old 06-13-2013, 08:30 AM
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I am with you Iseul. I went to look at a place to board once and was concerned with seeing a few REALLY skinny horses in the barn. I asked-turns out they were extremely aged, and almost impossible to keep weight on. One owner came out daily and hand fed hers alfalfa.....Also turned out to be a great place with great caring people, and when it was time to put one of these down, it was done.

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both the horses are around 8 and I know they are loosing weight because of lack of feed because half the time they are at a really good weight. The owner doesn't want to give them more hay over winter or spring which causes them to loose weight. As for the owner, he starved his last horse to death and no one called till it was too late (I wasn't there at the time).

the reason I haven't called in the past was because I had a good feeling that animal control wouldn't do anything but this year I couldn't take it anymore. I also didn't want to because I know the person is revengeful and I didn't want to get in his way. Which now I'm scared he's going to find out who called and so I don't know what to do.

As for moving to a new barn I am going to, but I have to wait because we are moving in a couple of months and I don't want to make my horse stressed from moving place to place.

most of the barn agrees that the horses are skinny and saw it every year but no one would do anything cause we're all scared of him. I just hope this blows over and the horses get the help they need.
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post #13 of 14 Old 06-13-2013, 07:53 PM
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I have watched these horses starve for the last couple of years and I also know that the person has starved and neglected the last horse they had to the point it had to be put down.

because half the time they are at a really good weight.

sorry i am abit confused..they have been starved for 2 yrs are atleast 100 pounds


but half the time they are a pretty good weight?

altho 100 pounds isnt that is only 45 kilos

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post #14 of 14 Old 06-13-2013, 08:05 PM
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You weren't there at the time, so how do you know one hundred percent that he starved his previous horses to death? Because THAT statement doesn't add up with everything else you've said.

It's natural for some horses to lose weight in the winter- it happens- one of my mares got in such a funk that she refused to eat what was put in front of her (sugary horse junk included) that she looked like bag of bones, the vet said there was nothing he could do- but keep offering her good food. The spring came and she's put all her weight back on and now needs to go on a diet.

The point is, 100 lbs isn't that much in the grand scheme of things and while it isn't IDEAL for a horse to lose that much weight through the seasons it certainly doesn't imply that he's starving his horses to death (ESPECIALLY if their weight is okay the rest of the year). It sounds, without both sides of the story, like barn gossip getting a little out of control.
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