Dear Horse Lovers
Stop feeding other people’s horses.
You do not have permission to pass a single slice of apple through the fence.
Not a carrot, or a sugar cube.
You do not know the dietary requirements, or RESTRICTIONS, the horse is under.
You do not know anything about the animal other than its beauty.
Your slice of bread, or cracker, or whatever the hades you slide through the fence can make the horse very ill; it can ruin their hooves; it can cause bones to push through their hooves, is can kill the horse (only after much suffering)
You, yes YOU, are responsible for making the horse ill.
You are responsible for crippling the animal.
You are responsible for its excruciating pain.
Your IGNORANCE comes with consequence to something beautiful and magestic.
Your ignorance inflicts long-lasting pain and months of healing.
Yes, ONE apple can do it.
Just stop thinking it is your responsibility to give a horse a “treat.”
Do not give my goats, sheep, cattle, camels, or basically any animal that is not yours, a treat. Animals that are not yours are OFF- limits. Goats don’t eat “everything you feed them.” Many animals can die from dehydration within hours of eating something that disagrees with them.
Yesterday someone fed our horse something that made him very ill. Dad found him “down” a term that strikes fear in the hearts of VETERAN horse owners.
If you think it’s hard to carry a 50 pound dog to the vet. Imagine the difficulty of getting a 1200 pound animal back on his feet.
Now imagine rubbing this horse’s belly while he kicks and lays his head on your Dad’s shoulder because he is in horrible pain.
Imagine forcing fluids down him with a hose.
But you don’t imagine it, because you saw something beautiful and you wanted to feed it.
Because you’re a good person and you love horses.
Because you think it is your privilege to feed my animal.
You can’t imagine the consequences of your actions because you saw a kind and gentle animal and you just had to give it a treat. He let you pet him and then you rode home feeling great about yourself.
Food equals love, right.
We purchased Prince from an owner who had far too many horses on the pasture. They were down to eating creeping Charlie because there was no grass.
We brought Prince home and put him on the pasture.
For an hour every day he could eat grass. Because we knew if he ate too much too fast he would be sick.
Then we increased the pasture time, slowly, very slowly.
Because we KNEW you can colic, founder, and cripple an animal when you take them from nothing, to belly-high-grass.
One year later, Prince is perfect. He is slick and glorious.
Until yesterday, when he was in agony. Thanks to the ignorance of a family with children.
Parents who taught their children it’s ok to feed someone else’s animal.
If you’ve ever allowed your children to feed someone’s animal, here are the results of your actions.
This morning Prince is better, but if you care anything about horses, please do your part to prevent the senseless agony inflicted upon them when ignorant horse lovers feel it is their duty to give your animal a treat.
Please share so that no other horse suffers.