EQUUS - - Eq Conversati­ons -

Are all of the an­i­mals on the farm thin? If all of the other horses on the premises ap­pear to be of good weight, I would tend to sus­pect that the one thin horse is ill or geri­atric or both. And, of course, some horses are sim­ply “hard keep­ers,” who have trou­ble achiev­ing and main­tain­ing a healthy weight. It’s also good to know the av­er­age age of horses on the farm. I per­son­ally know of one herd owned by an el­derly cou­ple in which al­most ev­ery horse is older than 25. I know these horses re­ceive good care, yet some have dif­fi­culty main­tain­ing their weight. But they are not be­ing ne­glected or abused.

Once you have com­pleted your re­search, turn it over to the proper au­thor­i­ties to be han­dled

Be pa­tient with the au­thor­i­ties as they do their work. Remember, in­ves­ti­ga­tion and res­o­lu­tion of these cases may take weeks or even months. Just be­cause you do not see ac­tion tak­ing place does not mean that noth­ing is be­ing done. From the in­ves­ti­ga­tor’s per­spec­tive, the best-case sce­nario isn’t seiz­ing the an­i­mal; it’s ed­u­cat­ing and/or help­ing an owner and im­prov­ing the horse’s life right where he is. These things take time.

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