Abandoned

Cody is an 18 year-old QH gelding whose owner has abandoned him where I board. She only ever visited him twice a year, so it is hard to say if his cribbing is a neglect-induced addiction or due to gastric issues. He is sweet, gentle, and loves getting attention. His hooves have cracks that would need shoes to grow out. He is quiet, keeps to himself, bottom of the pecking order but prefers being with at least one other horse. I would take him if I had my own facility but cannot afford board for a second horse. Please email Kim at b.e.c.2009@live.com for more info or if you can give him a forever home. No meat/kill buyers. I would rather pay to give him a gentle, humane end surrounded by his herd in dignity and love than see him go to slaughter if no home can be found. Located near Milton, ON.

Cody is an 18 year-old QH gelding whose owner has abandoned him where I board. She only ever visited him twice a year, so it is hard to say if his cribbing is a… neglect-induced addiction or due to gastric issues. He is sweet, gentle, and loves getting attention. His hooves have cracks that would need shoes to grow out. He is quiet, keeps to himself, bottom of the pecking order but prefers being with at least one other horse. I would take him if I had my own facility but cannot afford board for a second horse. Please email Kim at b.e.c.2009@live.com for more info or if you can give him a forever home. No meat/kill buyers. I would rather pay to give him a gentle, humane end surrounded by his herd in dignity and love than see him go to slaughter if no home can be found. Located near Milton, ON.
I left the contact information in on the slight chance someone who reads this here has a spot for this old fellow.  Can’t hurt…
Have to give every respect to this woman trying to find him a loving home, and if that fails willing to give him a dignified loving end to his life.  This old fellow really tugged at my heart today, and made me wish I had land as he is not too far from me.  But I don’t, so I’ll share him here and hope for him.
Abandoned at a boarding facility usually means after a period of time the horse is sold to recoup the board owing, some barn owners care where to and some do not.  In the mean time this fellow is at least being fed and given the minimum of care.
I have, in the past, read of situations where the abandoned horse is not even fed.  Not only is that illegal but it is completely immoral, how can anyone hay the rest of the herd and leave one guy out because his owner doesn’t pay up or care?  Mind boggling!  And swift-kick worthy!!!!
Boarding barns are a business, any unpaid board, feed or care given to a deadbeat’s horse should be able to be written off as a loss, yes?  So if all one cares about is money-there’s that sorted out.  And if one truly loves horses the money isn’t that important, if saving a bit of feed means starving a horse.
Even scarier (as a teen I saw this) is the horse abandoned at a self-care barn.  For those who have not kept a horse at a place like that how it works is YOU come out and feed, YOU clean the stall, YOU turn your horse out and bring him in.  Not a bad deal if you are close as the price goes down drastically, and usually if you are going away or ill you can make a deal with another boarder to do your chores.  One day you return the favor.  That is in ideal world, however.
My friend had her grade palomino in a such a place.  Most of the boarders consisted of young women and teens.  Of course they were at the barn every day, rain, shine or tornado warning LOL.
One horse was not so lucky.  In all my visits there I never saw his owner, so the big fugly albino stood in his stall day after day.  My friend told me he was a big older man who scared her (we were teens-which may have meant he was all of 30!).  If it was up to the owner he wouldn’t have even had fresh water or a flake of hay thrown in.
Lucky for the albino he was surrounded by horse-crazy girls who felt very sorry for him.  Feed was included at this barn so all took turns haying him, making sure he had fresh water, and mucking his stall.  Turnout for him was sporadic but better than what his owner was doing.  Apparently this man had threatened the other boarders that he didn’t want anyone touching his horse.  Just the idea of this big mean man showing up as someone handled his horse had the whole barn scared, so he must have made some impression.
Where was barn management, you may be wondering at this point.  Well…they were busy doing anything but managing the place-to stay out of a long story lets just say they didn’t give a shit and leave it at that.
So Casper (as I called him) was lucky-no one minded taking a few minutes to at least make sure he didn’t starve or dehydrate or be buried in his own poop.  His life could have been a LOT better but it could have been a LOT worse….I have no clue why someone would own a horse and do that, except to just want to tell people “I own a big white horse” to impress people.
I doubt he would ever be confused with a Knight in a white horse…..
What are your thoughts on abandoned horses at barns?  Do you think the barn owner has any responsibility?  Should a minimum of care be provided?  How long would you wait before considering a horse abandoned?  How much effort would you put into finding the owner (hey for all we know they dropped dead!)?
If I operated a self care barn I would make sure the horses were actually being cared for, even if one does not have a legal responsibility (and I’m not sure one doesn’t-they are on your land) there is an ethical one, isn’t there?
Anyways-fire away, and have a great weekend!  And if you can spare a good thought for Cody or share his info please do 🙂
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About crow131

I'm a happy camper 95% of the time, I love animals and kids....and some adults. I believe in Karma and am a spiritual and moral person. Bad people may gain in this world but they are still bad.... I have many interests, including horses, birds, growing my own food, art, writing, the Runes....yes, it is all over the map. I feel some of us are here to care for those who are not cared for by those who should care for them-if that makes any sense ;-)
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5 Responses to Abandoned

  1. regalsin says:

    I don’t know if this horse is in Ontario but if it is the law is it must go to auction. They can keep it and try to get money owed but it cant be given away or sold privately. The reason is someone could pretend to sell it cheap and the old owner would still owe money . Plus more bidders means more money and a fair sale. If the horse is given away and the owner comes back , barn could be sued or new owner could be forced to return horse. Probably wouldn’t happen but it is the law.
    I could never not feed a horse just because an owner didn’t pay his bill. Hell, I could not even stop Vet care or farrier. It’s just not in me to be cruel to an animal that through no fault of his own that this happened. Even if I had to take it to auction, buy it back and then find it a good home.

  2. crow131 says:

    Yes he is in Southern Ontario, Milton.
    Thanks for your knowledge of the law, I have had no dealings with that sort of thing.

  3. trailrider20 says:

    Until I was able to buy my half acre of heaven, I was often lucky enough to find a situation where I could rent a room and keep my horse on the same property. But not always. So I did have to board from time to time during my working years. I kept pretty much to myself, but did see some sad things. One thing that was rampant was help always feeding the horses at around 9 am and 3 pm. Actually, this worked out OK for me because I worked late nights, and would swing by and give my horse a flake. Not to many abandoned horses around here, I do hear of one from time to time. I do think that the law should dictate what happens to these horses, any responsible barn owner should have some knowledge of local laws, and something in the contract, that’s a good idea. Yes, I will keep a good thought for Cody, and all the FREE horses offered in my area. (It’s an epidemic.)

  4. crow131 says:

    Thank you 🙂 If I hear any good news I will update!

  5. regalsin says:

    Here is the Ontario Innkeepers act , a friend had to use this when a guy owed him thousands in board, he didn’t sell but the threat made him pay up. Maybe the barn owners can get the owner to sign over horse in order to find him a home
    Lien on horses, etc., and power to sell

    (2) An innkeeper, livery-stable keeper or boarding-stable keeper who has a lien upon a horse, other animal or carriage for the value or price of any food or accommodation supplied, or for care or labour bestowed thereon, has, in addition to all other remedies provided by law, the right, in case the same remains unpaid for two weeks, to sell by public auction the horse, animal or carriage on giving two weeks notice of the intended sale by advertisement in a newspaper published in the municipality in which the inn, livery stable or boarding stable is situate or, in case there is no newspaper published in the municipality, in a newspaper published nearest to the inn, livery stable or boarding stable. R.S.O. 1990, c. I.7, s. 3 (2).

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