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post #21 of 41 Old 04-30-2015, 07:26 PM
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^^ I think that horse looks in great shape, mine looks worse due to weight drop over winter, if he looked like yours I'd be thrilled. We have 2 at our place that are literally skin and bones, 1 due to age and a lack of useable teeth and the other due to an as yet unsolved health issue, and not from lack of trying, the owner has had every vet u der the sun look at this horse it's just a mystery still. I'm glad they're out in the back away from the road, I'd hate for the barn owner to have the authorities at her door because someone reported them before they asked the situation. Both horses are getting the care they need (both vet and food), sometimes these kinds of issues take a long time to resolve.
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post #22 of 41 Old 04-30-2015, 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by beverleyy View Post
........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......
Why would you be (ultimately) responsible for that vet bill? Part of my lecture to the lady I referred to in my earlier post was a lengthy explanation of the civil and criminal legal ramifications of knowingly and willfully causing harm to someone else's livestock. My horse stayed happy and healthy, and I never saw that lady again.
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post #23 of 41 Old 04-30-2015, 08:08 PM
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She is about to go into a much heavier workload starting Saturday. That's the main reason I upped the feed (not even a full pound yet) in preparation. She is due for her spring shots next week so I will also be getting the vet's professional opinion, more to assure myself that she doesn't need to gain any than anything else. I stress myself out about these things. My biggest worry is once our pastures are up and they are out 24/7 (with a transition period) that she will blow up like a balloon on all the brand new grass. I don't want to use a grazing muzzle but I will if I have to. Won't the meddling neighbors just love that one?

I am also in desperate need of new glasses. Maybe that's why I keep looking at her and thinking she needs just a smidge more weight. Lol.
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post #24 of 41 Old 04-30-2015, 09:49 PM
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I was thinking of this a couple of weeks ago. A friend and I were trailering out to a reasonably busy park, and along the road there, there is a very large pasture with a couple of dozen horses on it. The first one we saw was skin and bones. Looked awful. I certainly took a long look at him.

But then as we continued driving down the road along the pasture, other horses came into view. And each and every one we saw after that was at a good weight or fat.

I feel bad for the owner of the property. I bet he knows the AC Officers by name. On a busy road to a state park like that, you know that well meaning but ignorant folks probably call every week. Better that than stopping and feeding them though.
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post #25 of 41 Old 05-04-2015, 02:29 AM
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Sorry, but while I agree with the not feeding, at the same time I know too many people who do starve their horses, when it's been going on with the same batch of people, different horses and different places they put them as well? There's a problem.

And many times law just flat out doesn't want to be bothered period. Or they know nothing.

Also know of cases where horses are ** old this year, and next year they have all aged 10 years? As well as the interesting lie that "horses got WNV in 1990...before vets knew it existed, and they get it every summer since, as well as "someone is poisoning our feed" so yes, I am going to call. And call again.

I also know of a case where there was a large pasture, skinny horses and in the far back of the pasture? Nice big round looked like horses were just not hungry. Owner BRAGGED about soaking those round bales in kerosene or diesel fuel to keep them from eating it and no one ever went out to check. But he bragged about it.

I don't do it without good reason, and don't do it just to call.

But having seen dead horses in a field that a deputy WATCHED lay down and die from starvation while he was waiting to hear from owner? I will call Jesus if it takes that.
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post #26 of 41 Old 05-04-2015, 03:01 AM
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I grew up in haiti and care of animals was like care of well...dirty socks. Yet the animal had to be sturdy enough to keep working so the animals received at least the minimal because they were necesary and had value to the family...sometimes I think horses are such a luxury and so frequently pasture ornaments that people neglect them because they don't know how to properly 'use' one.
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post #27 of 41 Old 05-04-2015, 04:28 AM
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The only horses at my barn who are ever thin looking are two older horses and a tiny Arabian. As son as the oldest mare started looking thin, she was moved to a different pen by herself where she doesn't have to compete for food. She's back to being fat and sassy now. The little Arab got moved to a pasture down teh street where he can eat as much as he wants. The third horse is still in with the rest, but he is thin because he's older and he's and Arab cross. Compared to the young, fat Appys, Paints, and Quarter Horses, I can see how he would look thin. Now that he's shedding his winter coat, he could use a few more pounds, but he reeally doesn't look too bad. Luckily, the barn is out far enough and the horses aren't right by the road, so no one's going to see them. I feel for all of the people who pasture their horses in town.
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post #28 of 41 Old 05-04-2015, 12:29 PM
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Good post! This is why I left a buffer between the highway and my pasture. I have 7 horses in the pasture. They went thru the winter good. Some gained weight. I have two geldings that every spring, they drop weight. One has dropped a good bit. But I know as he slowes down this summer he will pick back up. The only way to slow him down is to put him in a paddock with hay. If someone sees him this time of year, they will think he doesn't get feed. But all are on 34 acr. of grass and feed twice a day. I had a relative feed old corn to my horses once. Two old for his chickens, he thought my horses would like it. He doesn't come by any more! DON'T FEED OR EVEN GO AROUND MY HORSES!
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post #29 of 41 Old 05-06-2015, 02:27 AM
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Yes! Years ago I took on some emaciated rescues, which couldn't even stand free choice hay initially(was rye & clover tho, before I understood risks of that sort of hay...). Came home one day to find someone had thrown them a full bale of lucerne & a big(15kg?) bag of carrots, and 3 of them had gone down with colic!! Thankfully, that person had also reported me to the RSPCA about it, so I got to explain to them, who explained to the 'do gooders' what they had caused! Always had signs on roadside fences after that, to keep horses safe from them.
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post #30 of 41 Old 05-06-2015, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by LittleBayMare View Post
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).

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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).
Okay, now that I know who you are, and WHERE you haul in to practice (lol), was it my barn? Who was that woman? a boarder or someone off the street? It'd have had to be a boarder or lesson taker, I'd think. I'm very curious now. You can PM if you don't want it on public boards.
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