Thanks. Will head over there. Not surprising about the "innocent" plea. Prisons are full of the "innocent". Just too bad the judge didn't impose restrictions to protect the horses from being bought by him and his posse.Ugh. Realist and 4thehorses, there is a NEW thread now. Complete with video for out-of-towner's viewing pleasure:
My stomach is getting weaker by the second.
#349 Aug 28, 2008
#350 Aug 28, 2008
I have seen the conditions that those horses were in and there is no excuse for it. I too have and still in the horse business and none of my horses look like that. I even had a 24-year-old horse that had more weight than those horses. It takes a lot of proper care and vet attention to keep the older horses in good condition. It can be done. I know for a fact that Peter ran out of hay last year and cut a field of weeds. The field belonged to a man that I gat my hay from. He was not using the field and Peter drove by and took his machines into the field and started to cut it without permission. When he was approached he stated he needed hay for his horses. He was told that the field was not hay but weeds. Peter told the gentleman he did not care he needed it to feed his horses. This is a sign of a desperate man. The horses should have been in stalls with bedding. Peter never beds his horses in any kind of bedding. I also know for a fact that Peter will take horses to the back of his property and shoot them when they are no longer useful and not worth taking to an auction. For those of you saying why is nothing done about the auctions for slaughter, then you have not been reading about all the closures in the US and Canada. We have been successful in getting them closed. It is now done in Mexico. There are lots of people working on getting all slaughterhouses closed. I don’t wish ill will on people, but if you cannot afford to properly take care of all those horses then done take them in. People say that the barn is full of grain and bedding, then why are the horses not getting it. I beat you’d find out that most of that is for the few boarded horses and may even belong to the boarders. It is their horses that were not touched because they are getting the proper care. Peter also has a history of positive horses on his property and selling them to others. This is very wrong if he is a reputable horse person.
#351 Sep 1, 2008
Grand Island, NY
" Bri you wrote: i am a volunteer at sparks trading post and have been for four years. these horses have never not once lived in horrific conditions. We clean the stalls at least twice a week. We apologize for not being the picture perfect stuck up riding stables you are used to when god forbid a there's a terd lying on the floor. the volunteers arrive by 9 every mornign and start the chores of haying, graining and watering. EVERY animal in and outside of the barn are provided with hay, feed and water.
If you knew anything about cleaning stalls or a barn you would be cleaning no less than once everyday if not twice. My stalls get cleaned twice a day and I am not a stuck up riding stable. We start at 7am in my barn and the outside horses have round bales. There are round bales in every pasture that we have. Our horses get fed grain three times a day. See horses do better with small feedings many times a day. You need to go to other barns and watch and learn. Don't ever base everything you know on one person. There is so much to learn on proper care of horses.
#352 Sep 1, 2008
Lean horse burger Yummy
#353 Sep 1, 2008
Thank you. The thing is, is that it is not that other barns are stuck up in cleaning stalls every day, it is a health concern. Horses get thrush in their feet if they stand in constant mud, feces or urine. Thrush can cause the horse to become very sore and it causes a break down in the hoof. Even if horses wear shoes, they stll can get thrush. Also if horses lay down in the stalls that are not cleaned, they get can get cuts or wounds infected, as well as bad skin conditions.
Please, please visit other barns and learn. Please take a look at older horses as well and see that they CAN look like normal horses... even if they are missing some teeth.
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