I am trying real hard to understand how it is that you seem to think that having a proper barn, vaccinations, hoof care, tooth care, worming, and more than a hay only diet is going overboard. It's called responsible horse ownership, and that is what we all should be encouraging and educating people new to horses about. Not, telling them all the ways to cut corners by providing only the necessities. JMO.
schoolbus gal, I fully agree with you on horses. Whe we lived in NM we had 4 horses they lived in a 4 sided shed with a large opening on one side and you could have died laughing when it would hail and those dumb animals would stand out in it and flinch with every hail stone. rain or shine those horses wold be outside. they did not want to be in a shed. We also did our own hoof trim and only had them shod when we were riding often. We did all our own shots and worming also. And one year we had hoof rot from a really bad wet season. we had animal control (an ex calvery man)come out because a nosy neighbor said our animals were miss treated and they told us the same thing as they told you that our horses were absolutly fine. Dont let it get to you remember most people have either never had horses or they are the people who show their animals and have carpeted sthalls for them. Keep up the smiles.
I almost hate to say it but a lot of horses don't absolutely have to have a barn. I've always heard if its a quarter horse or heavier breed they'll be jsut fine in a lean too. Now if it would have been my boy who froze in the winter that lean too never would have worked.
I also know a lot of people who don't put shoes on. If you are riding on soft ground my farrier didn't even reccomend it. I know my boy went witout them at times jsut because we moved him to a barn that had no cement or rocks anywere and what was the point?
Having a horse is serious but many breeds do jsut fine in a lean to. even if they don't have shoes they still need to have their feet worked on/looked at so its not like their feet are being ignored.
Having worked for a vet that had his own equine surgery center ( I was in charge of keeping the beasts under anethestic...the vet would knock em down) I had an excellent understanding of horse care PRIOR to getting a horse.
Honey, no one EVER said that healthcare, floats, farrier were not necessary!!
Do they need grain? No. That is pampering. And we have to be careful with that too. Too much grain and we get them to founder. To much pasture time and too much grass and they founder.
Owing a horse is an art.
Our 47 yr old pony HATED going in the stall. He was content in the pasture in a blizzard and WOULD fight and kick and we had to drag him in.
Being that he lived 47 yrs, I would have to say, we did something right! And he was NEVER sick. Ever. Never colicked, never foundered.
I am with ya schoolbus!! Thank YOU darlin, for your support as well.
I won't even try to pretend that I know anything about horses. What I did get out of some of those interactions is that there are some young kids who come onto this board way over their head and looking for an easy way out. What came to my head when people mentioned "pampering" a horse was that this kid is going to think that she can do the bare minimum that keeps this animal alive (notice I do not say healthy), and not feel quilty about it because she deliberately turns things around that adults have told her.
If it's anyone's fault, shame on those parents for allowing her to get her information from a bunch of strangers on line. I think everyone honestly tried to offer advice that would work for them....but maybe in the future try to remind yourselfs that you are giving advice to a child who may interpret what you are saying in a way that could hav terrible consequences.
They arent taking proper care of the animals they have now. Rotty has posted about every species she has there...goats, ferrets, yorkies and rotties.....
They were getting a free horse and no matter what we told rotty, that household does not uphold a standard of care that I would give my animals. Its substandard at best.
A dog with heatstoke in your backyard and you dont take it to a vet? Gums white? Not responsive?
Finally, yes, it did go to a vet and it needed more fluids....but they admit they cannot afford much in vet care.
Even IF everyone here gave this poster "minimal" horse raising advice, they saw it and rode it one day and now its all our fault? The horse didnt get in the condition by Rottys hands, or by our advice, but if it goes to their household, I dont see its health improving either.
You didn't read my post, in no way did I imply that it was the fault of anyone on here that the horse is in bad condition. I blame it on the previous owners and the family of the young girl who's being allowed to take the horse. After reading many of her posts and seeing the way that she twists the advice that she was giving....I was suggesting that maybe people should think about how she might twist any future advice...it might save some people aggravation.
Sometimes, getting your point across is hard in writen form, ya know?
I was just trying to say that even OUR bare minimum advice is humane and necessary enough to do the job as well.....(we horse people HAVE done it!) but I doubt that the poster would adhere to that even....
***Edited By: TraumaMamma on 5/31/2006 2:07:47 AM*** Reason: add