Sunday, January 3, 2010

A new question

I am slowly meeting the boarders... one by one they have trooped into my office, sat in my skinny chair and told me about how things 'used' to be and how they want things better.
Of course, listening and taking notes, I have started a to do list- a list of things that really do need doing, but probably won't get done by this administration. Maybe the new owners can fix some of this stuff- things like a new roof, and complete removal of the paddock footing to make it drain better, and Electric lights in the pasture.
Most really just want more food and shavings, and I don't blame them. I will do what I can on that score.
I compiled a list, of sorts with names of owners and horses, and I have been adding to it daily. There are several boarders that were not in the pile of boarding agreements I received, but obviously have horses on the property. And I have horses with no owners.
Yep.
I have a couple of abandoned horses, plus the pig and the goat and a really cute mini named Jelly bean!
I think I can find a home for Jellybean. I'll bring him home and put him in my backyard if I have to...
BUT...
what do I do... and more importantly , what are other boarding stables doing... about abandoned horses?

It's not like there is a market for them. And one of them has leg or hoof issues, that I can't really assess because he can't be caught... AND he used to belong to a friend of mine...
who won't answer my e-mails about wanting him back....and the girl that is suppose to be caring for him, claims she sold him, but doesn't have any information on who she sold him to- (fishy fishy fishy) and SHE owes about a years worth of back rent to the other guy... and I am still feeding the little bugger.
As I see it my options are thus-
A. Call the County and see if they will come take him as an abandoned animal ( I seriously doubt that they will come though)
B. Catch him, and haul him to the local auction house. ( I have the authority within my boarding contracts, but I have a real problem with sending a horse to the KB's)
2. Catch him and euthanize him. That is going to cost me (the barn) about $500.

D.Keep feeding him and pass this problem on to the new owners.(eventually)

???????
What would you do?

5 comments:

Breathe said...

It's a horrible problem to face. I imagine it's something happening at stables across the country.

I hope you can find someone responsible to take him, or find a less expensive way to put him down if he's not sound.

Tragic.

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Gee that's a tough decision. I guess I would sort of wait just a bit before making a decision. It's only been a few days.

Unfortunately in the end, I'm afraid I would go the euthanasia route. You know me, I'm not against slaughter...but because of the state of affairs it's in right now, I hate the thought of sending a horse across the border.

God-dang...$500? No wonder people HAVE to dump or abandon horses.

City girl turned Country Girl said...

WOW that's quite the dilemma you have there!! As far as these abandoned horses, I would call the county first and maybe they will go after the "owner" because even if she did sell the horse the stable doesn't have an agreement with someone else they have an agreement with her!! The other things that need addressing I think your doing the right things, compiling a list with names and you will probably have to pick your battles so the ones that are most important are the ones to fight for....But that's just my opinion LOL!! Good luck!!

Rising Rainbow said...

Wow, that's a hard one. It's probably easy to guess what I'd do, than to actually do it with a real live horse involved that you know personally.

I don't envy your position. Hopefully something good will happen before you get to that point you have to make such a difficult call.

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Best wishes for 2010 !