Horse welfare? :@
So as some of you may know, my school recently obtained a foal. Now the foal is going.......ok. Nothing wrong or abusive has happened to it, and its being treated fairly well, but as far as the donkey and the shetland go, its just horrible.
Today, I watched people who weigh easily over 60kg ride a shetland. This poor shetland isn't even broke and the teachers let them ride it bareback whilst someone led them around on a halter. The halter wasn't tied correctly, and I just stood there shocked. None of these kids were wearing helmets, most were wearing ballet flats or joggers. These are god **** high school kids. You think sense would tell them that horse is too small, but the teachers allowed them to do it. I was asked to ride this horse and try and get it going but I refused. I am a light rider and can ride ponies, but I know when a horse is too small for me.
People also rode the donkey. I'd peg the donkey at 11-12 hands roughly but seniors were riding this poor donkey. I know horses are capable of carrying large weights but the way they rode, and how heavy they were was just arr. They didn't even have control of the poor thing. This poor donkey is really quiet and and he just kept walking in any direction and took a whole lot of pulling on the halter to make him stop. It was just horrible.
None of these children have signed release forms, and I know its mandatory to wear a helmet whilst riding in a school environment. This is just sheer idiocy. I don't know what to do! What are the laws regarding this?
I get told I know nothing about horses by green beginners. I get called a dumb *** when I tell people to make the horse walk when they lead it. This girl today left the saddle blanket on the mini and I took it off and she told me to keep it f$^king on. I asked why and she said to keep him warm! Right, right right. They feed these horses silage. They do get lucerne hay and chaff, but there is a round bale of silage in their paddock.
I'm over it. What should I do because my school is just not capable of having these precious animals.