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post #11 of 41 Old 04-28-2015, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer View Post
There are people about 5 miles from my house who have a lone Arabian out by himself in a weedy lot. His winter hair hid his condition by quite a bit. Now that he's shedding, his backbone, hips and ribs are clearly visible. This is NOT an old horse, and I called our local ACO to check on him.

I told him I wasn't sure if they had any idea about a good feeding plan, but it's obvious the horse is getting water or he would have been dead by now. I'm concerned, not angry.

I'm hoping these folks are just clueless about horses and think he can survive on the garbage in that lot, instead of just not feeding him on purpose.

So yeah, I'm THAT horse owner who will call if I see something wrong.
Calling the proper authorities is one thing and the right thing. Taking it upon ones self to throw a bale of hay and a bag of apples over the fence is quite another (as I stated in my original post that started this thread) and not

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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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post #12 of 41 Old 04-28-2015, 06:34 PM
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Saddlebag, well, that was a crummy AC for your friend. I would have called a local news paper and raised hell at a council meeting.
I had one guy walk over with a yearling, and he proceeded to let it graze on area, before i could get outside, I ran out and yelled at him, do not graze that horse there, it has been sprayed with weed killer, wth are you doing , bringing your horse onto my property and letting it graze ..
He had a fit, how irresponsible I was , what kind of person put down weed killer.. duh its part of a driveway .. and how rude to bring your horse over to let it graze.
I do not like having horses next to roads, and my dogs have access to my pastures so if someone does come up now, the dogs run the fence lines, and the horses walk up to front .

I have mailed notes to people, stating , please feed your horse, only after i notice the horses have dropped weight over time, and also i will call animal control, or send them direction in an email. I have even seen people starve cattle.. I really do not understand that one, and did call on them.
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post #13 of 41 Old 04-28-2015, 06:57 PM
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I've had someone tie their horse to MY horse trailer at a barrel race.

While filing gas 2 weekends ago on the way to a barrel race, I literally took 10 seconds to look on the other side of my horse trailer to make sure the tires were okay. And when I came back, some stranger was petting MY horses who are inside the horse trailer, and he had opened the drop down.

A couple summers ago, another boarder took the liberty of using MY horse trailer to practice teaching her horse to load into a trailer.

Some people are just plain idiots. Including Mr. Do-Gooder you speak of!!!
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post #14 of 41 Old 04-28-2015, 08:01 PM
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A boarder was asked to leave for chronic late board payment. She found another place and hoped my other boarder would move his horse. It was considerably farther away so no. I instantly knew who'd called the humane society because she said we were going down the back road and could see that the horse (not plural) had no hay or salt. I called the agent and invited her out. When she got out of her car I asked her if she could see my place from the back road. She knew immediately it was a crank call. She was a horseman and knew horses. We walked to the fence and chatted and I said BTW, that's the horse that has no hay. She was a chunky monkey with two rounds to eat. The amount of snow on them indicated they'd been there a while. We chatted horses a bit then she told me how these crank calls are such a waste of her time but the callers don't think of that.

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post #15 of 41 Old 04-28-2015, 08:04 PM
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I'd rather see a sleek athletic horse than a blimpy fat one, being extremely overweight is way worse health wise than being a little thin. If I ever get a property where I can keep my horse I'll put up signs telling folk not to feed anyone, my horse gets to nipping if he's given too many treats. I'd also have to police my own mother who doesn't understand that more than one apple at a time probably isn't a great idea.
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post #16 of 41 Old 04-30-2015, 11:29 AM
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I once watered a horse, A black leopard Appaloosa who had a small lake, But had to have been very hot. There was moss all over it as well. I just took a large bucket and gave him fresh cool water. That horse drank, and drank, and DRANK! He was thankful for the water.
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post #17 of 41 Old 04-30-2015, 03:17 PM
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I'd be livid (and have been) if someone has fed one of my mare's without my permission. My pony has a displaced colon and has a special diet because of this, a diet that has worked without fail for 3 years, she has never been in better health and my vet has actually stated she shouldn't gain any more weight as she's borderline overweight once summer hits. She gets zero hay, no long grass, no "solid" foods such as apples or carrots or what-have you. She gets short grass nearly every day, all day, and soaked cubes 2-4 times per day (season depending). In winter she gets some BP and a very tiny amount of grain added in with that.

I have signs on her stalls saying do not feed hay or treats, two signs actually. There was a boarder (who also stole my stuff) who would continually try feeding her apples, or giving her hay off the floor. Like NO. I also explained to him numerous times not to, and why not to. She will colic and this would cost me a HUGE vet bill. I've had that vet bill a few times with her and I would not look forward to it again, for the sake of my bank account, as well as for her well-being.

People seem to assume that when a horse is not aloud treats, it must be because the owner simply doesn't want them getting treats and oh "one won't hurt". But you do not know that horse or the situation, that "one treat" could kill them.

/vent over lol.
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post #18 of 41 Old 04-30-2015, 06:34 PM
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What a lot of people don't realize when offering a pond for drinking water is that it rapidly becomes stagnant as soon as spring run-off has stopped and the days get warmer.

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post #19 of 41 Old 04-30-2015, 07:05 PM
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Just the other day at the barn I haul into to practice, some do gooder pranced up to me and informed me that I should not be riding an emaciated horse and I should be ashamed of myself. I laughed and suggested she get her glasses checked because she obviously had vision problems. I didn't hear the rest of the wisdom she had impart because I lead my poor emaciated horse away to her trailer with a manger full of hay.

This is the horse to which she was referring (the same day it happened).


In what universe is that horse emaciated? Or am I just not up on the newest definition (i.e. less than morbidly obese)?

Mis Jet has dropped a tiny bit of weight (you can see the back of here rib cage poking out more than usual, but it always pokes out a little) from an increased workload, however her feed was upped (the day before) so she can maintain her weight better. She's a little fickle, but in the grand scheme of things, a fairly easy keeper (so far, knock on wood).
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post #20 of 41 Old 04-30-2015, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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^^^well "emaciated is in the eyes of the beholder".

My thought is she looks terrific but, don't let her gain an ounce. I could be wrong as I really am in desperate need of new glasses lollol
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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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