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  • Abandoned horses hit close to home for us... (Pics added, first post)

    PICS of babies:

    they were dropped in our hay field!

    They are in very bad shape- a little girl and a little boy, aged approximately 9 mo-1 year, ranked between a 1-2 on the body condition scale. Our vet was out for my blind boy today and took a look at them, pronounced them as healthy as they can be and advised us on deworming. We're working on getting some donations from boarders and our fabulous local business to get them some food in their tummies and their vet services taken care of.

    They are pitiful little babies who are SO, SO sweet and kind. They are very friendly and came over for skritches and kisses. We gave them a load of hay tonight and will hopefully be bringing them a roundbale tomorrow. They're in an enclosed hay field with access to water and they have very thick coats on them and don't seem to be cold, but we will be looking to place them with someone who would like to rehab these sweet babies. I'm guessing they're TWH, as the little boy is marked with a big bald face and splashes of white across his knees- very typical walker markings.
    Last edited by eponacowgirl; Jan. 20, 2009, 10:41 PM.
    Big Idea Eventing

  • #2
    Are you SUUURE they're abandoned? Maybe they belong to somebody. Perhaps they've escaped and been wandering for a while, perhaps hanging around somewhere else, and someone stuck them in your field to get them off of the road to keep them from being hit, if they didn't get in there by themselves. I imagine a hayfield would be MIGHTY APPEALING to hungry young'uns. It might be worth a call to the sheriff to see. That would keep you from having to deal with it.


    • #3
      Start with the police and tell them 2 horses have been dumped or lost. They'll take it from there.

      Truth is though that if you know they've been dumped on you - and sometimes it's pretty obvious! I've had that happen to me twice now! Put into a field with the gate then closed! and you want to help then still advise the police and tell them you're prepared to take responsibility for their keep and care whilst investigation is going on. You need to appreciate though that this may be a thankless, lengthy and expensive task. You need to get them fit and healthy and I'd suggest grown up and trained for them to be prospects for a good home to secure their future.

      If you're not prepared and equipped for that, then I'd suggest you sever connections now and let the relevent authorities deal with the problem and before you get yourself into a situation that's a big commitment.


      • #4
        We had this happen seven or eight years ago when I was VP of our local humane society. A friend woke up one moring to find a REALLY thin pony in his pasture.

        He called me, I told him to call the sheriff and report it (he did), and the humane society agreed to take custody of the pony. We paid for a vet check, several weeks of feed, deworming, etc. while we located the owner (a laid off nurse), and got a local judge to offer the owner a choice: surrender the horse to the humane society or face prosecution. She surrendered the horse. We ultimately placed it with in a good home; the new owner reimbursed the society for what we spent. The situation worked out well.

        We never did figure out who put the horse in that pasture.

        So quarantine the horses (you don't know what they do or don't have). Call the sheriff and get a written report made (you don't want to be accused of horse theft). Get animal control or the local humane society involved and, if possible, get somebody (sheriff, DA, humane society, animal control, etc.) to give you specific permission to do what needs to be done with the horses. They should also look for the owners (and deal with them if they can be found).

        Good luck in your project.

        Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão


        • Original Poster

          Ah, I guess I should mention that we ARE doing all those things,sheriff etc. The BOs husband who found them WAS the sheriff, so he's in the loop and doing all the right things.

          We're 99.9999999% sure that they were dumped, as many people in the area know my BO and her kindness and that she would never turn an needy animal away. They were dumped in the closest, non-attached to any neighboring farm with horses field and the gate shut. We know all of our neighbors and no one recognizes them or has seen them wandering.

          As far as rescues and rehabs- with all the needie horses out there...my BO would never burden a rescue with something we could just as easily handle. We have been known to take in needy horses and will gladly do it in this case, but would RATHER find the right home for these little babies. I assure you we come with fabulous vet references (they send all their "no longer at need to be hospitalized but need more intensive than boarding barn" care horses to us) and will make sure that the babies go to the PERFECT place (if they ever end up leaving, knowing OUR boarders...)

          We're headed out to do a better exam and pull blood on the babies this afternoon with our vet.
          Big Idea Eventing


          • #6
            At least the person who dumped them put them in the right person's pasture! That's probably the most care these babies have had in their short lifetimes....

            Here's hoping everything turns out well and these guys get good homes...

            Tell your BO I said, "Thanks for caring!".
            "I'm not much into conspiracy theories but if everyone thinks alike you don't need a plot!" ~person from another bulletin board whose name has been long forgotten~


            • #7
              Those horses don't know how lucky they are to be dumped where they were. Now if the person that dumped them gets a truly awful case of the COTH explosive you-know-what disease it will be absolutely perfect.
              You can't fix stupid-Ron White


              • #8
                Glad you are contacting the authorities thing. Those weanlings Do legally belong to someone. You could be in possession of stolen property. And you don't know WHO put them in the hay field -- could have been ANYBODY. Perhaps they even found their own way in.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by JanM View Post
                  Those horses don't know how lucky they are to be dumped where they were. Now if the person that dumped them gets a truly awful case of the COTH explosive you-know-what disease it will be absolutely perfect.

                  OOHHH just not as much fun if you don't say it!

                  Since the OP has the ducks in a row it's more for those who might not be as prepared, but I think it's a smart idea to get the paper trail started so once spring rolls around and the pony is fat and happy again the previous owner doesn't show to try to claim the beasty...(of course, keep recipts...)

                  (and I vote to name them Lilo and Stich...just because I am listening to he mele no lilo...from the movie)


                  • Original Poster

                    Hey guys, thanks for the well wishes. We've got a section of Animal Control coming out on Tuesday to document their existence and condition. We're in a county that doesn't have the facility to rehab these guys, so I'm thinking we will likely "get" to keep them awhile longer. They're getting lots and lots of hay, 1 lb of grain a day and have been dewormed and VERY well socialized since they've arrived (hahaha).

                    We're calling them Annie and Oliver (the famous musical orphans) and they come running to the gate when we pull up, so they're obviously settling in very nicely.
                    Big Idea Eventing


                    • #11
                      Poor babies. It is very kind of you to help them. I hope they will find a good home.


                      • #12
                        I got a call from a Park Police mounted cop friend...turns out they found a young horse turned out on a highway near Washington DC. "He's yours if you want him" I was told...that if the owners ever showed up, they'd be paying me back for his care...after 3 months, he'd be mine.

                        So, a young chestnut Tenn. Walker was my new horse...I gave him the name "Orphan".
                        "Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc"


                        • #13
                          We've had a few horses "found" in central NJ. They're treated the same as any stray - if not claimed within seven days, they are available for adoption.


                          • #14
                            I'm just waiting for the day that someone puts abandoned horses in the vacant farm next door!

                            I guess those babies were left at the right place as far as care goes. Still a very sad situation.
                            There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


                            • #15
                              The only animals that get dumped around here are dogs, lots of dogs. It is scary to think someone would actually dump their horses, glad to hear it was in the right place!


                              • #16
                                Most abandoned horses, especially babies are not usually well socialized. They were in the wrong home to begin with but..................it seems they knew where they were leaving them. maybe they couldnt afford them. Lots of possible scenarios but I am glad they found there way to your field.

                                Two horses and a donkey were just abandoned here in Summerville once again but this time, it made the papers due to travellers LOL. IT is happening more and more and more.

                                Sad but true
                                Our horses are not seen as the old and disabled they may have become, but rather as the mighty steeds they once believed themselves to be.

                                Sunkissed Acres Rescue and Retirement


                                • #17
                                  Now that they are safe and being loved on and cared for...how bout some pictures of the munchkins
                                  Strong promoter of READING the entire post before responding.


                                  • #18
                                    Anything that's turned up at our barn usually beloned to an idiot owner who couldn't do a decent job of fencing, and then took three days to retreive them.

                                    And never said "Thank You".
                                    Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                                    Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                                    • Original Poster

                                      They already look tons better. They're running to the gate every time a vehicle pulls up. AC was supposed to be out today, but never called, hopefully tomorrow. Sounds as if we'll have 30 days for the owner to claim them, and then they'll go to new homes.
                                      Big Idea Eventing


                                      • #20
                                        Aww, they're adorable and look very sweet and thankful to be where someone is taking care of them.
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