To be, or not to be, a responsible large animal caregiver, this is what I want to literally rant about in this post. Please don't get me wrong, I am fully aware that not all people with horses have equal finances with which to care for their animals. However, I have seen horse owners with small budgets prioritize the care of their animals. It is possible!
In today's economy I see more and more horses that are getting very little care. Some don't appear to be getting any care at all. They are out on poor pasture, totally ignored, and basically abandoned. Abandonment is defined as: Having been given up and left alone. Horse abandonment is on the rise across the USA, according to livestock and agricultural officials. As the economy worsens and the cost of feeding and caring for horses rises, more people are abandoning their animals into the wild, where many starve and die.
These two bored animals, without much else to do or eat, have gnawed most of the fence posts literally to the ground.
The wooden parts of their little shelter (no trees, no other way to get out of the rain, snow and the wind) has also been devoured. The neighbors have unsuccessfully tried to reinforce it with scrap metal. To my eyes, not only is it downright ugly, it surely looks like an accident about to happen. :o(
Three years after the first photo of the horses was taken, they have totally chewed the fences to the point that they no longer are fenced onto their own two acre pasture. (At least for the present time they have something to eat). Here they are happily grazing on the pasture of the adjoining 100 acre cattle ranch...Still very much ignored, and basically abandoned.
Okay, go ahead, call me the neighbor with nothing better to do than worry about my neighbors horses, but I just don't understand why these people even have horses. Other than, and I quote them, " They got a real deal...two horses and two goats, for next to nothing!" Gosh, anybody with any horse-sense knows that the purchase of the horse should be the cheapest thing they will ever do when it comes to keeping the horse.
Thank you all for letting me blow off some steam. I think I feel a little better now.