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post #1 of 37 Old 02-24-2014, 02:08 AM Thread Starter
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I need to vent some horsey anger!
My neighbors live in a rented house next door to mine. Over the summer, they kept 4 horses in pretty good shape, minus their manes and tails being full of burrs. I would occasionally talk to them and we were on pretty good terms.
Now, I don't know what happened, but they moved out in a hurry. Could be that they got evicted, or that they found another place to live. But they trashed the place and moved out in a couple days. My aunt called me and heard that they were giving away horses, but I knew nothing about this. So, weeks go by and I don't see horses or people.
BUT, yesterday, I saw one of their horses outside their barn. Which is weird, why would they only leave one? He's about a 2.5-3 on a 10 body condition chart, but it's hard to see with his winter coat. Severely dehydrated. No blanket in near 0 degree weather, and he's AT LEAST 25 years old. His feet are horribly overgrown and he seems to have developed a deformity in his front legs that wasn't there over the summer.
I threw him some grass hay and 3 buckets of water over our shared fence. (Which I realize now was probably a mistake). He drank down all three buckets in one go and ate every bit of hay. Obviously concerned, I search for our former neighbors on Facebook to let them know that if they abandoned him, I could care for him at my place. She gets SO defensive and tells me to stop sticking my nose in private matters. I reassured her again that I was only looking out for the welfare of the animal, and I understand if she was upset that I fed him. She tells me she's out three times a day, which is NOT true, because while I'm at college 2 days out of the week, I'm home the other 5 taking care of our animals and property. I haven't seen them at all in over a week.
So, talking to her obviously got me nowhere, and I can't leave this horse (who needs vet attention quite badly) to die. I say thank you to her, and left a message with Animal Control a couple hours ago. I'm hoping they call me back tomorrow morning so I can explain. Is it my place to look out for her animals? She made me feel absolutely terrible for bringing it up to her. I was really hoping to resolve this without having to call the authorities, but I guess that's what it's come down to.
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post #2 of 37 Old 02-24-2014, 02:42 AM
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I'm sorry to hear about this. It's really unfair for the poor guy. It sounds like they took the better horses and left him to fend for himself... I don't think there is anything wrong with throwing him some hay and giving him water, especially if he needs it. Eating will help him stay warm, too.

Did you tell her you were going to call Animal Control? Maybe that would inspire her to hand him over without a fight. If they were giving away their other horses anyway, what does it matter? Maybe you could take pictures of him and post them to her facebook wall. She most likely won't be happy about it, but at least he would be right there in front of her face, in bad condition. That's what I would do. Do you know the person who owns the property? Maybe they would like to know what's going on there. If the people were evicted and left already, maybe the land owner might even have some rights to whatever they left? It's worth looking into for the horse's sake, I guess.

I hope things get better for him. Don't give up just because his owner is making you feel bad. If she cared for her horse as much as she said she does, he wouldn't be in that situation in the first place.


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post #3 of 37 Old 02-24-2014, 02:49 AM
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Hopefully animal control will come out. you may want to meet them, if you would like to take the horse, ask them if it would be possible for you to adopt him.
They may have him evaluated by a Vet and he could be Euthed.
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He's super super sweet, his name is Henry. I've seen him ridden double bareback in a halter and loving it. We thought maybe they could give away all their young mares (he was the only gelding), but since he was older nobody wanted him.

The land owner lives in Tennessee, and I believe she's more of the same sort. We were good friends with her husband, but they went through a nasty divorce a few years back. It's a shame, it's a BEAUTIFUL property, and now it's not even remotely safe for horses with broken wooden fencing and barbed wire all over their pasture. It's scary because at the back of the pasture is a busy highway and truck stop.

I told her I would check with animal control about the issue, and she said they already had a case. They must be lying to AC because he needs a farrier ASAP, which could be done in one day (a week, if they had to schedule ahead). My farrier is coming out tomorrow, she has a lot of experience working with local rescues, so I'll see what she has to say about the whole situation.

I would post pictures to her wall, but after the way she talked to me tonight, I blocked her. I feel like if I did that, she would come after MY horses. She's the type that seems like she would do something like that. Thank god my horses' fence is 50' away from both her's and the highway fence. Would it be absolutely awful to post a "share and like" on FB warning about her abusing animals, with a photo of Henry? I wouldn't but it's SO tempting right now. I'll have to live with just playing it out in my imagination Sorry if any of this sounds loopy, I'm losing sleep over this poor horse.

I'm too much of a softie about animals, I think My two horses are fat as cows for the winter, but now that spring's rolling around, I need to start getting some of that extra weight off!
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post #5 of 37 Old 02-24-2014, 03:03 AM Thread Starter
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Hopefully animal control will come out. you may want to meet them, if you would like to take the horse, ask them if it would be possible for you to adopt him.
They may have him evaluated by a Vet and he could be Euthed.
Thank you, I'll bring it up. If it's the same vet I use, he would probably give me a good recommendation to them. I realized that when I bought a horse, they would receive the best care I could possibly afford. To me, there's no excuse for what they're doing.

At this point, being PTS would be better than what he has now
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yes, death is better than starvation , and owners that do this, should have the same done to them.
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post #7 of 37 Old 02-24-2014, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
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I agree, stevenson. I'm hoping she gets punished to the full extent of the law, however horrible that may sound. She was not mature about me coming to her to offer help. I've never seen a vet or farrier out there in the year and a half they were there. Sad, sad, sad.
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post #8 of 37 Old 02-24-2014, 03:49 AM
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At least he is not in az. This backwater just passed a bill stopping animal control and the police from investigating livestock abuse... I would call the local sheriff/police department, department of ag and animal control again. HOUND THEM! Send them pics and vid if you can.
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post #9 of 37 Old 02-24-2014, 04:00 AM Thread Starter
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Oh wow, Kiger! That's not right! Is it law yet or did it just pass through a step to become one? We've got friends on the police here (small town!) and the Dept. of Ag will be notified in the morning. Cleaning his sheath would take 10 minutes. Doing his hooves would take an hour. And yet, here he is. I feel like my other nosy neighbor-- she called animal control on us because we had a llama tied to a lunge line by the pasture-- My horses did NOT take kindly to him and we were keeping them separate until they got used to each other. I'm trying to avoid being "that person", but this seems too important to just let go.

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Yep we all tried to fight the law but this state does whatever it want regardless what we vote (including passing the right to refuse serves to Homosexuals). Glad you have friends in high places to get help for that old boy.


Here is the law
House Bill 2587 is just a ‘softer position on abuse’
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