Thursday, February 19, 2015
Feed Your Damn Animals
UGH. So annoyed right now. There is a farm about 5 kms from me. It's on the road my parents live on, and in between my house and theirs. It's on my way to and from work. This farm is a disgusting dump. It can't even be classified as a farm. It has a decrepit condemned house, barbed wire fencing around the property complete with rusted out farm gate blocking the driveway. The house is missing siding and is just a disaster. From what I have heard the owners live in an old RV behind the house. There is garbage everywhere.
There are 8 horses on this property. They had a foal last summer. They are all Quarter Horse or Paint types. These horses do nothing, although the owners do have some poles and barrels strewn around their yard. I can't even express the mess this place is. The safety hazard for the horses is enough to drive you mental but that isn't even where the problem begins. The yard where the horses are is completely visible from the road.
On New Years Eve I drove home from work and noticed it was the third day the horses had no hay. They usually get fed moldy roundbales with the strings still attached. It was set to be -30c that night. I went home and brought my horses in and attended to their needs, then threw 3 square bales into my truck. Jesse and headed over to the farm and the horses still had no hay. They also have no shelter, except this wall with tarp blowing that a neighbour put up himself for the horses after being sick of watching them with no shade or wind break.
I threw the three bales over the fence and called the horses over. It was freezing, and I'm sure they were glad to see some hay after going without for three days. It wasn't until two days later the horses finally got some round bales put out. Disgusting, moldy, black round bales. Of course, these neglected horses eat this with no issue - yet our horses who are doted on hand and food would probably die after one bite. Go figure.
A few weeks later the horses had 5 round bales. Wow...I was ecstatic. Maybe the owners were getting the idea and preparing themselves. They threw all the bales into the field and they last until last week. On Monday, Dana came over for some day drinking (family day holiday lol). She told me the horses had no hay again. Back to work Tuesday, the horses have no hay. Yesterday - same deal. No hay. I mean 0. Not some round bale leftovers on the ground. Zip. Zero. It has been absolutely freezing here. Snowing, cold, just nasty. These horses have no hay, no shelter, and probably no water. I pretty much cry every time I think about them. I threw them some squares but my hay is at a premium this time of year, and I can't be feeding 8 other horses!
So, the Humane Society was called. They already had a call that morning about the same farm. On my way home I saw their SUV was out with a trailer - probably going to get a round bale. This morning they had a black round bale and it was pretty much almost gone already. No doubt with 8 starving horses. I will be watching this place with eagle eyes and calling the Humane Society again if they have no hay. I just don't understand the point to this horse ownership. Obviously these people are uneducated. Obviously they have no money - or they choose to spend it on something other than their shithole property. Why do these horses have to suffer at the hands of these morons.
If you want to have animals, make sure you know and have the means to take care of them. There are 7 horses on my property and it is tough to keep them fed properly, but it is doable. I work hard and make sure we always are ahead of the game. Running out of hay or grain is not an option. Running out of hay for a few hours? Sure..running out for 4 days - completely unacceptable. This saga will surely continue, and I will keep you all posted. In the meantime, send jingles this way for those poor ponies.