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WTF? Is it me or is this mare (featured on the Today show!) horrifyingly thin?

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  • I hadn't read about all 3 going out to check on her. I hope so. The last I read was that AC said she was skinny from having twins and that the owners were giving her more sweet feed. Isn't there someone on COTH near there that can snoop around for us?
    "The captive bolt is not a proper tool for slaughter of equids they regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck fully aware they are being vivisected." Dr Friedlander DVM & frmr Chief USDA Insp


    • It irks me that these reporters peg her as a knowledgeable horsewoman.

      "Pat the horse; kick yourself" - Carl Hester


      • I don't want to seem like I am condoning twins but I saw this on FB today. Maybe someone should show these to animal control as an example of twins whose dam was fed throughout her pregnancy.

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        • Very nice. That Morgan mama looks nice
          Horses aren't our whole life, but makes our life whole


          • Yes, THAT is a well cared for mare. Whether the subject of the OP knew her mare was having twins, or not, the mare didn't get in the condition she was in overnight.
            "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George


            • The Morgan mare could probably nurse the starved mare's two foals as well. She looks amazing. I know how hard I worked on my mare before and definitely after foaling to keep her looking ready to go into the show ring but she only had one giant foal not two.
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              • Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                In the video, half way thru, I didn't watch it all, there seemed to be another sorrel tobiano paint in an adjacent pen that looked just as thin.

                The picture frame went by too fast to be quite sure, but that is what it seem.
                Yes, I noticed that too. You can see his hip bones and a concave area where the muscles should be over the croup.
                "Random capitAlization really Makes my day." -- AndNirina


                • Aww, glad someone mentioned the Morgan twins born on Sunday. Apparently they were a complete surprise, not picked up on ultrasound. Both sire and dam are gorgeous! The babies are small but starting to fill out a bit.

                  The Morgan breed had a set of healthy twins born last year, too.

                  (BTW I think you have to be logged in on FB to see them.)
                  You have to have experiences to gain experience.

                  1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


                  • I am actually happy that the owner kept the horse. The burden on government to take over the care of three horses and feed them is too much. The owner should pay. The best case scenario is what happened, that she was cited, that the horses are under a vet's care, and that she will be paying the tab. What I hope happens is that she takes the new knowledge to heart and embraces it rather than resentfully falling back into her old ways as soon as the spotlight is off.

                    What scares me are the remarks about sweet feed and excuses that the mare is "thin" because of her age, when she is actually emaciated due to mismanagement, whether lack of food, lack of dental care, or whatever. (I have to add that 20 is not that old!) I really hope the vet doesn't let that woman dump a bunch of sweet grain on that poor mare and cause her to colic or founder, and doesn't buy into the fallacy that an old horse is thin because of its age. Some vets are pretty old-fashioned and ignorant as well.

                    What I also hope will happen is that the news reporters learn a little bit about trusting their eyesight: when you see every rib on an animal, even an animal with which you are not familiar, that animal is emaciated!
                    "Random capitAlization really Makes my day." -- AndNirina


                    • Originally posted by Lynnwood View Post
                      Just Bumping this thread. Has anyone seen or heard any updates on this mare ? Don't want to see it fall through the cracks.
                      After inquiring, I received this update this morning from the Georgia Dept of Agriculture:

                      Good Morning, We are continuing to monitor this case. The owners are following the veterinary instructions concerning the care of their horses. Thank You, MAT

                      Mark “MAT” Thompson
                      Equine Health Section Manager

                      I must say that they responded very quickly. More details would have been nice, but perhaps they are restricted in what information they can release.


                      • I think that means: whew! we don't actually have to do anything about these horses since they are "following instructions".


                        • There's a Facebook page called Trio Horses and apparently whomever runs that page called [whom?] on 4/15 and was told the GA Vet is still monitoring the care of mare, no other info. available because of potential case.
                          Yo/Yousolong April 23rd, 1985- April 15th, 2014