Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
Less Than Ideal Conditions for Young Stock
I would love some suggestions.
I went with a friend to look at some young stock from a breeder. They sounded knowlegable on the phone. Get there to find out that vritually none are handled. Once a year or so. That's pretty standard on most stock horse type breeders out here. They said the person they had halter break the yearlings was riding them. Not cool. More disturbing was the fact that the broodmares, stallion and foals lived in one big pasture, while everything else lived, 24/7, inside an old dairy barn. The walls were partially open, so lots of ventilation, but they never saw sun, were never let out, and groups of them lived in small pens with concrete floors that got cleaned a few times a year. They were almost all stocked up, many with swollen legs or joints from kicking the metal fence or each other. They lived this way till sold, be it 2 months or 2 years
Technically they were a good weight, with food and water.
This one really bothers me. Does anyone know if anything can be done? This person owns 30-50 head of horses.