Yes, this is what the owners of these Tennessee Walkers alleges.
Now, I am no expert on Tennessee Walking Horses, but last time I looked (apart from the horrific shoeing jobs) they look better than these two. A few hundred pounds better! And ANY breed, even the fittest Thb in training or the lankiest Akhel Teke, is not supposed to look like this. Must be all that lush grazing they are out on….
These poor horses are on the Eight Line in Erin Township, and people have been reporting them since forever. It is a very horsey area, in fact I used to live nearby, so the folks reporting KNOW horses and are not flakes overreacting to nothing.
What has been done to date? Nothing. Here is one ladies experience with the situation:
We have had OSPCA investigate several times, as well as CBC news, several papers. I call everyday and have them visit the POS. tried to get him evicted from the property etc. nothing has worked. Mayor has been called, property owner. You name it! It’s not for lack f trying! We work our asses of daily with this. I was nearly arrested for supplying them with hay this spring and was basically called a psycho horse nut in the papers. In the end the starvation was blamed on the high hay prices etc.
“K, I’ve done OEF, parliment, newspapers, radio, orangeville itself and of course the ospca lady from Sudbury who promised she’d help if we reported. She’s the go to for horses.”
And still, nothing has been done. The second lady received a form email stating her concerns had been received and were being forwarded.
It has been stated this man knows the laws and minimum standards and is playing them to his advantage quite well. I am not surprised that this isn’t hard for him to do.
In my OWN experience, rescuing a Thorobred gelding, their standards are ridiculous. “Hay on the property” apparently makes things acceptable, for one. I suppose the poor horse was to climb the fence, get on the tractor and put a round bale in his own field, as the owner was NOT doing it.
A water trough, frozen SOLID, was also deemed acceptable as adequate water, as they believed the owners story that it was OK in the morning. A full trough, 3 feet deep, does not freeze through and through in a few hours. A crust on the surface, yes. A solid chunk of ice and nothing but, no. I guess the owner should have left the tap on, so after the horse dropped the round bale in his paddock he could have grabbed the hose and got a drink.
This horse had a club foot that was growing out sideways, his remaining feet were chipped and cracked. That, too, was not a problem, according to the SPCA.
In true “crazy horse nut” style I did sneak out there, to feed and water the animals. A herd of goats were in the barn, without any bedding, water or food. Have you ever been climbed by a bunch of goats? I was when I entered their pen with a bucket of water. I had to drop it and let them drink before I could hastily retrieve it and refill it. When I threw straw in for bedding they promptly starting eating it.
The horse, and his cattle herd mates, were thankfully a little more polite and did not climb me.
In the end I had the owner (a woman who had fled an abusive home and could not take, but was worried sick, about her animals) tell the man (Mr Abusive) that she had sold the horse to me. I showed up (despite a few nifty threats-like shooting me with a crossbow LOL), loaded him, and took him to the shelter I volunteered at. This woman had called out the SPCA earlier, which is why they went out to the property, and how we found out what they deemed acceptable. We thought they would act right away. We thought it was a clear case of neglect, involving multiple animals. Yeah, we thought, we thought…..
In the end only private action, by this concerned horseperson, got the horse (and the rest of the beasties-but that’s a very long story) to safety.
So I fear for these horse, very much. People have been trying to take action, the horses have been reported about time and time again. WHY is nothing being done?
Personally I feel some of it is humane societies do not want to seize horses (or other large animals). Although they would likely have a lot of people volunteering to help and foster it is just too much trouble for them. Horses are big, they cannot be stuck in a crate or picked up in a car by just anyone. Horses are expensive, and most neglected horses require being brought up to date on farrier, teeth, worming etc. Horses require a knowlegable handler.
So horses are a pain to seize. And every effort to deem any conditions “acceptable” is made. Usually a dead horse rotting in a field gets attention, but should it have to be that extreme? And what good does it do for that horse at that point?
Because, for the life of me, I cannot understand how anyone can truly find this acceptable. Even a non-horseperson would see the bones sticking out and ralize these guys are starving, as no animal should be this thin, equine, or canine or feline it makes no difference. And in the horsiest area area of our province (and maybe all of Canada) to think a humane society has NO ONE who has a clue about equine care just boggles my mind. That area needs a horse specialist more than anywhere!
If you would like to bring some pressure to this situation please call Steve Toy at 1-888-668-7722.
I will keep following and reporting on this, and of course getting on the appropriate cases!