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

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

    I get Today posts on my FB newsfeed and this just popped up:


    Am I nuts? Or is this mare appallingly thin?

  • #2
    Wow, she's in such horrible shape, I can't imagine her being able to stand, much less nurse two foals. I don't think you're nuts at all. I think someone needs to step in and educate that owner before she loses all three of them.
    Ulysses- the most perfect all-terrain vehicle ever. Hencho en Mexico

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    • #3
      I'm just livid about this. As a caring horse owner, dumbfsck rednecks like this make the whole rest of the state look like we don't know our @$$ from a hole in the ground.

      Please write to Commissioner Gary Black at the Georgia Department of Agriculture and ask him to get these animals seized. He's a jerk but he's also a large animal vet and he definitely DOES know what a 1 on the Henneke scale looks like!! So let's remind him: gary.black@agr.georgia.gov
      "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


      • #4
        That horse is VERY thin... my poor horse was born to a mare this thin, she stopped producing milk at 3 weeks. How the heck is this poor mare going to support TWO foals?!

        Stupid back yard breeder!

        (and edited to add after I read the comments)

        Owner claims that it is a 22 year old mare, and that a stallion next door got to her, resulting in an "opps" breeding.

        APPSOLUTE CHOCKLATE - Photo by Kathy Colman


        • #5
          Originally posted by Ruth0552 View Post
          I get Today posts on my FB newsfeed and this just popped up:


          Am I nuts? Or is this mare appallingly thin?
          If you're nuts so am I and we can share a room at the loony bin.

          I've worked at a variety of breeding farms from TBs to Warmbloods, incl a set of twins, and no mare should look like that.
          Yo/Yousolong April 23rd, 1985- April 15th, 2014



          • #6
            Very thin, so sad.

            Guess this mare was never checked by vet or else having twins wouldn't be a total surprise. Reason 2342348454 some people shouldn't have animals.

            The comments under the story are great btw, looks like many people have complained about this "owner"
            Last edited by nolly; Apr. 3, 2013, 08:37 PM. Reason: added


            • #7
              That's horrifying!
              Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.


              • #8
                I'm afraid they'll lose all three. I see a mare that I'm surprised is standing. How's she going to feed twins? They're going to bucket feed them, how about bucket feeding HER?
                Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
                Incredible Invisible


                • #9
                  Just found this update on Save the Horses FB page.
                  Thank you kind person that checked up on the mare and foals.

                  BREAKING NEWS REF MAMA HORSE OF THE TWIN FOALS! Just on the outside chance, I called the Animal Control. A very sweet lady answered the phone and knew why I was calling. Here's the story: Mama is a 20y/o mare. A stud in a neighboring farm got to her. It was not an intentional mating. She is currently receiving additional feed and supplements. An equine specialist will be checking on her tomorrow!
                  Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.


                  • #10
                    I repeat:


                    It takes less time to e-mail him than it does to log in and post here.
                    "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


                    • #11
                      Maybe they could broadcast someone kicking puppies next time.


                      • Original Poster

                        I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought this was appalling. I gasped when I saw the picture.

                        The mare being 20 and having an accidental breeding is not an excuse to have an emaciated horse. It might have been in 1950- but not now. I have a 34 year old POA type large pony mare and she is fed her complete nutritional requirements with a complete feed and hay stretcher, soaked. She also gets hay, but mostly likes to fling it around. Health standards for horses, and most animals, have come a long way since it was okay for an old horse to be thin- NOT okay anymore, at least not in my book.

                        And that doesn't even get me started on- gee, next door stallion got loose? Might have bred mare? Let's get her some drugs to make sure she DOESN'T get pregnant as an elderly old mare???


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bird4416 View Post
                          She is currently receiving additional feed and supplements. An equine specialist will be checking on her tomorrow!
                          Currently? So they didn't feed for the 11 months she was pregnant?
                          ACO fail.................
                          \"Horses lend us the wings we lack\"


                          • #14
                            I wouldn't be trusting animal control on this. Get to the state Ag. commissioner, Gary Black. Yank his chain. Keep yanking. gary.black@agr.georgia.gov
                            "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


                            • #15
                              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.


                              • #16
                                I've got one of those Animal Control agents...deaf, dumb and blind. Listen to War Admiral. Contact the state ag commissioner.


                                • #17
                                  Oh mylanta, I thought I'd open the link and se a mare that was a little ribby and just shake my head and tell you you we're looney... but holy cow I just can't believe that she's actually still alive, I also can't believe both of the foals are still alive, and I cant believe someone put that on the news thinking it was all ok looking Kicking puppies might have been better to broadcast Can I room with you guys in the loony bin now?
                                  Saddle Tree Acres


                                  • #18
                                    By "Equine Specialist" I sincerely hope they mean qualified vet. That video is terrifying.
                                    "Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides" - Garth Brooks
                                    "With your permission, dear, I'll take my fences one at a time" - Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey


                                    • #19
                                      I was hoping this was a Rescue and newly acquired mare ...

                                      but no there is absolutely no excuse for that mare to be that skinny. Lack of SUFFICIENT food and probably lack of other basic requirements. And the woman had scrubs like she is in the health care business!!

                                      Animal control needs to be watching closely. Here there was a mare that thin with foal seized with 13 others that didn't even look that bad. Went to court and owner lost the horses and faced animal cruelty charges.

                                      I'm writing my email!!!

                                      Isn't Matt Lauer on the Today show? ...he ( or his wife) is a horseperson.
                                      Last edited by uphill; Apr. 3, 2013, 09:40 PM. Reason: added line


                                      • #20

                                        more pictures
                                        Saddle Tree Acres