Divorce Leaves Lame Horse Without Care
 By lovehorse   •   19th Mar 2011   •   4,221 views   •   26 comments
My First Horse ShowIt was the day me and my yard family were going to Manchester. We were going to a viewing of a pony. I was so excited, I just knew that this was going to be the pony for me!

The drive was long and tiresome. Listening to the same, repetitive CD over and over again. When we finally arrived at the long cobble stone yard drive I looked across the fields scanning the landscape for the first look at the pony of my dreams.

We got out of the car and met the owners, they seemed to be reasonably friendly people. There was a mother, her daughter and her son. The mother explained that she had recently had a divorce and no longer had the money to keep the horses. Her kids were as moody as a raincloud and didn't share a smile. But I didn't blame them since their parents were divorcing and all their horses would soon be gone.

We were first introduced to the sire of the pony we were here to see. On his back sat the boy, turned backwards with no helmet. After a quick glance at the sire I wondered off to search for the pony I was here for. He was beautiful, a pure white (gray) pony with big eyes and a sort of smile that welcomed me. I stroked the pony's long nose happily and called my dad and instructors over to have a look.

Afterwards the owners tacked him up and led him to the sand school. First the woman lunged him and he looked alright,

but something was wrong.

Then the daughter rode him, still something was not right. Next it was my turn, I mounted in the sadddle and straightened my position, straight back, heels down and toes up to the sky. The saddle was ill-fitted and was forcing me to lean back. The same thing happened when the daughter rode him. He kept on going into a toilet position, but his saddle was postured so badly he didn't need the toilet as he wasn't going.

His back was hurt and my family knew it for sure. 'That poor pony!' I thought as I unmounted and stroked him on the shoulder and whispered.

"Good boy, I'll make sure someone is informed of your condition, so you can get some help."

So much for reasonably kind owners. He was lame and we just couldn't let him suffer like that. So my instructor told the woman a few days later of the ponies injuries and the woman went mad.

The woman sending texts back to us that read, 'Don't tell me how to look after my horses and ponies!'

We reported them and we haven't heard any status to date.
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Wow, divorce is no excuse for animal cruelty. I'm glad you made the trip and hopefully these horses will get the help they need.
  Mar 19, 2011  •  1,614 views
That's so sad. Glad you were thinking about the pony!
  Mar 19, 2011  •  1,593 views
T W I  
The poor thing!
You definately made the right decision in reporting them.
  Mar 19, 2011  •  1,722 views
Oh my gosh Im happy you did that
  Mar 19, 2011  •  1,730 views
Emma Watson  
great story hope these horses get the treatment they all need
  Mar 19, 2011  •  4,336 views
That's cruel. Poor horse. :(
  Mar 19, 2011  •  1,729 views
aww, poor pony! I'm glad you reported them!
  Mar 19, 2011  •  1,836 views
No Walkin Farms9  
Those poor horses. Divorce is not a reason for abusing animals. At least she was trying to find them a new home where they would be better cared for. But they can't find those homes if she isn't at least taking care of them. Hope they get a better life soon, if they haven't already.
  Mar 19, 2011  •  1,873 views
Unbridled Equus  
POOR PONY!!!!!!!!!!!
  Mar 19, 2011  •  1,843 views
Estella Noire  
:O. That is just not right! I'm so glad you had the guts to tell someone, rather than just let it slide... Hope you tell us the outcome :) Hope the pony will be OK.
  Mar 19, 2011  •  1,843 views
Soul Horse  
That poor horse! He was lame god I have never seen a lame horse horse in person but, I think i would know by the way you described it!
  Mar 19, 2011  •  1,863 views
Wow. The poor things :(
  Mar 19, 2011  •  1,863 views
Me and my family were so angry!
  Mar 20, 2011  •  1,835 views
poor pony!
  Mar 20, 2011  •  1,837 views
Poor, poor, guy...i cant beleive they would send a text like that!!I mean i would find the pony help as soon as possible if someone said that my pony had a condition!
  Mar 20, 2011  •  1,845 views
great story :)
  Mar 20, 2011  •  1,870 views
Painted Destiny  
Wow... Poor pony! That's great that you reported them.
  Mar 20, 2011  •  1,840 views
Wanderin Boy Memorial  
Poor horse :(
Good for you for making the right decision
  Mar 21, 2011  •  1,886 views
T E M P E S T  
That's such a sad story! :(
  Mar 21, 2011  •  1,894 views
Gosh, that sounds awful! It's a good job you found that poor horse really
  Mar 21, 2011  •  1,840 views
I've been in a situation where care was questioned (my horse got strangles on our tour of working at this ranch and when we got home he'd lost weight due to the illness) and perhaps they were taking good care of the horse, too often we jump to conclusions. If this was the truth of the matter, I'm glad you reported it, sounds like kissing spine to me..but hopefully just a saddle issue.
  Mar 21, 2011  •  1,856 views
Seven Sins  
aww poor horses
  Mar 21, 2011  •  1,842 views
Untamed Heart  
Wow... That is so sad...
  Mar 23, 2011  •  1,859 views
Way to take action! I hope the horse gets well and finds a good home!
  Mar 27, 2011  •  1,966 views
HS- I know right, divorce is horrible excuse for treating your pony badly.
I cant get the look her children gave me out of my head. *shivers* LOL
  Jul 21, 2011  •  1,480 views
wow, divorce is tough,but no reason for that, i hope the pony is in better conditions. :(
  Oct 18, 2011  •  1,485 views
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