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  • Yet another starvation case...

    I will never understand how a human can do this to an animal...

    http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/sep/...lp-four-horses

    The costs to rehab seem pretty steep.

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    Originally posted by candico View Post
    I will never understand how a human can do this to an animal...

    http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/sep/...lp-four-horses

    The costs to rehab seem pretty steep.
    Oh my, I just don't understand this either. These horses are in horrible condition. Deplorable.

    It doesn't cost much to keep a healthy horse fat, but it costs a lot for a sick or old one with special needs. My last oldie cost as much to feed with hay, senior and supplements as 3 of my easy keepers.

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      Yep, it is messed up that some A hole starved these horses (I do not understand it either! I mean, just shoot them if you won't feed them - but why starve them!?!?).

      I agree, rehab sounds very costly. $50,000 could go a long way to feed other needy horses. Or for low cost gelding clinics. Or other ways which MANY animals that are healthy, or have good chances of survival could be helped.

      I do not agree with spending huge amounts to “save” rescue animals which have a poor prognosis.
      APPSOLUTE CHOCKLATE - Photo by Kathy Colman

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      • #4
        Really sad. I agree with not spending huge amounts to "save" rescue animals with a poor chance.
        Free bar.ka and tidy rabbit.

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        • #5
          Where are they getting 50k from? For how long? For 3 horses?

          It costs me about 500 a month to feed 4 horses hay, pellets, beet pulp and triple crown for the broody and baby.

          I am sure it includes some vet fees, shots, etc, but that seems like a lot of money.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Samotis View Post
            Where are they getting 50k from? For how long? For 3 horses?

            It costs me about 500 a month to feed 4 horses hay, pellets, beet pulp and triple crown for the broody and baby.

            I am sure it includes some vet fees, shots, etc, but that seems like a lot of money.
            'Could go as high as 50K' - implies vet bills to me. If they all have a bacterial (respiratory??) infection and can't start antibiotics yet, I can almost see it. I do suspect there are some overhead costs folded into that, though.

            But yeesh, I've rarely seen a horse that skinny walking around in Haiti. If you were going to call something a BCS of 0, that photo would be it!
            HAS provides hospital care to 340,000 people in Haiti's Artibonite Valley 24/7/365/earthquake/cholera/whatever.
            www.hashaiti.org blog:http://hashaiti.org/blog

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            • #7
              The paper may have misquoted the humane society people (at least I hope so ). I know I've been misquoted more times than I can count...
              Visit us at Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society - www.bluebonnetequine.org

              Want to get involved in rescue or start your own? Check out How to Start a Horse Rescue - www.howtostartarescue.com

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              • #8
                Wow. I'm liking the muscle tone (what's left), high head, and erect ears of this guy! What a will to thrive!

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                  #9
                  It says a lot if someone in a poor nation such as Haiti says they have never seen a horse there that thin. Apparently, this is a private boarding facility with 50 other horses who were in okay condition. A CL poster suggests many others are buried on the property and that a particularly abusive form of "charro" training has been going on with several complaints to authorities in the past two years.

                  From the Animal Planet shows I've seen, it sounds like they have to give it a "try" to see if the horses put on weight to prove it is lack of nutrition and not underlying illnesses which caused the near death weight loss... But $50,000 still sounds very high unless it includes legal costs? Will be interesting to see how and if the barn owner, boarding manager, etc are charged as well as the horse owner. I think all those damn boarders should have to contribute $$ for not speaking up or even seeing how "wrong" the situation was.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cowgirljenn View Post
                    The paper may have misquoted the humane society people (at least I hope so ). I know I've been misquoted more times than I can count...
                    Well, it does also mention that 9 on the Henneke Scale is "very healthy" when actually that would be more like "morbidly obese"
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                    • #11
                      Either a misunderstanding somewhere or that Humane Society has some screwy rehab program.

                      States they rehabbed over 40 animals in similar conditions for $250,000 last year and now need $50,000 for 4?

                      Hope the paper fixes that because it does not help at all making the general public believe it's way too costly to feed a horse and that's why it gets this way. Equestrians have enough of the "1%" reputation.

                      And whomever did that to those horses needs to be slapped daily for the rest of their life.
                      You jump in the saddle,
                      Hold onto the bridle!
                      Jump in the line!
                      ...Belefonte

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by candico View Post
                        It says a lot if someone in a poor nation such as Haiti says they have never seen a horse there that thin.
                        In all fairness, I said 'rarely'. I have seen a few here that are about that bad, but not often. But even with our drought and low protein forages, most responsable Haitian horse owners would be displeased at that sight. Resigned maybe, but displeased.

                        FWIW, I gave up today and ordered feed to import for the pony and sheep. The drought here is so bad we won't have much of anything local to mix with bran for dry season rations.
                        HAS provides hospital care to 340,000 people in Haiti's Artibonite Valley 24/7/365/earthquake/cholera/whatever.
                        www.hashaiti.org blog:http://hashaiti.org/blog

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                          Sorry, I do see that you said "rarely". To me, it is no less sad, but less blood boiling when skinny horses live amidst skinny people... I regress a bit here, but am trying to get my head around how 400 people in the US have an average of 40 billion dollars each, yet 46 million are living below the poverty line. And that we have people and horses who eat so much that it causes health problems, while others can't get enough food to maintain health. I think there is enough of a disparity that we can honestly work toward moving away from both extremes without being called socialists...
                          HorsesInHaiti, I hope the horses there find some help getting enough feed to meet basic needs and I hope all those responsible for letting these four guys starve get out of the horse business. Unfortunately, just heard a local woman who had her horses taken away due to neglect and starvation, just months ago, already has some "new" horses. Ugh!!!

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