This was a preventable tragedy. Those horses died a horrible, agonizing death.
Not only do I check my water troughs every day, like any responsible horseowner does, I make sure the water is cool, or at least not warm. On these hot 95-100 degree days, I dump and fill my black Rubbermaid tub in the middle of the day, every day, to ensure the water stays at a drinkable temp. I also have another, smaller one that is up under my barn overhang in the shade.
I hope the owner of those horses get the book thrown at him/her, and I hope the two surviving horses can recover.
That happened to someone in NM, that had several cows on a windmill and thought someone else was checking on them, that thought he was checking.
The windmill broke, it was 100F for several days and when they found the cows some days later, some were already dead, the others in terrible shape.
JSwan, you know its not!!! Negligence is everywhere...unfortunately. Its true, some geographical locations are worse than others, some worse by species, ie dogs running loose and not neutered or spayed, etc, etc.
Regardless, this is totally avoidable and as one BAEN member said, if horses were relying on the water source on the opposite side of the gate, then they should lock the gate open. Agreed.
Plus, who doesn't check on their livestock at least once a day???
I was talking with a girl a couple of years back who was going on and on about how important her horse was because it was the last of their breeding program. I asked what happened to the other horses...same story...the automatic waterer got shut off somehow and all of the horses except the one she had died. The one she had survived as a foal. I was so upset but she sort of shrugged it off as the neighbours fault (I guess they were doing some development that caused the water line to be interrupted). Regardless of who shut the water off, I can't imagine not checking up on your horses at least once a day. Heck, I pay full board and am there once a day to make sure their feed and water are adequate and no one has gotten hurt. These stories make me extra mad because even in the middle of summer, you know it took a few days for the horses to die...so obviously it wasn't just a matter of someone missing a check in or two.
How sad. Every time I read a story like this I just want to go hug my horse.
Really? Every time I hear a story like this, it makes me want to smack the person responsible .....Although this could be because I'm currently horseless with no horse to hug or perhaps I'm violent by nature, regardless, this owner deserves far more than he/she'll get from a judge
Tragic, excruciating and totally preventable way to kill your animals, Heinous.
One has to wonder how long they were without water to have died.
However, must point out not all states require shelters for animals, NY does not.
I'm thinking those horses were without water for at least 5 days, but that's based upon what I've heard that humans can only last 3 days without water, and the vet estimated those horses had been dead for at least 2 days.
As far as shelter requirements, do the states that don't require shelters also not take into consideration properties like the one in the video that have absolutely NOTHING such as trees, etc.? I was always under the impression that shelter had to be provided, even if it was solely natural shelter.
Water is Essential 24/7 and a back up water system also
I believe it is important to / rather essential to have a back up watertank for secondary coverage for automatic waters ~ in case of freeze up or valve shut off due to water pressure... Murphy's Law ~ if one has livestock = one has to provide water 24/7 ...please be careful in this extreme heat and also in extreme cold....IMHO ~~I have had a crazy neighbor once not only tear the Nelson waterer to pieces she also dumped the water tanks BUT we monitor at least twice a day so we know they drank with their am feeding and then the water incident was fixed at afternoon feeding and a police report was made ... she did other alarming things -- = she is now a convicted felon for ARSON ~ yes, on our horse property !
Where I live, it's unheard of not to check water daily. For any species.
well maybe people in your area should start making it a point to check up on water supplies daily or every 2 days. In 90-100F heat and humidty...animals consume more water than ever. they need it to cool themselves internally and to keep their bodies functioning. even after 1 day without a water supply; horses can begin to have issues related to dehydration.....especially when there is no shelter to rid themseleves of the sun and its' heat. Whether it be cattle or horses, etc...water should be check on daily if not every 2 days if you cant make it to the water supply every day. its a matter of life and death for animals...especially if you dont want to pay for medical expences associated with dehydration
there is no excuse for being negligent and there is no excuse for stupidity....just check your water and make sure it is cool, fresh, and clean as much as possible PLEASE...especially when its this hot out