Horrible Horse Headlines [Video]
 By Winniefield Park   •   9th Jan 2016   •   1,402 views   •   1 comments

These headlines below are from news items that were published in the last eight weeks. Similar headlines are all too frequent and familiar. And, they come from newspapers around the world. It boggles the mind, because itís not hard to feed a horse. If I had to choose the easier task between feeding and looking after myself or family, or feeding my horse, Iíd choose the horse. The expense of course is a consideration. But, itís hard to believe that anyone could get a horse and not consider how they will budget for it. Clearly, it happens though, leaving the rest of us just shaking our heads.

ē Alaska woman loses appeal in cruelty case involving horses
ē Fla. bodybuilding couple charged with starving horses
ē Starving horse died within hours of arriving at The Retreat Animal Sanctuary
ē Afton nonprofit takes in 26 horses from Orange farm

In North America, there are standards for keeping livestock, usually set out at the government level, be it federal, state or provincial depending on where you live. And, there are also local rules regarding how livestock, which includes horses, should be kept. These usually arenít laws, but standards that if followed, will ensure the comfort and health of the animals.

In Canada, the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines is available for free. There are three versions. The HTML document can be read online. There is a PDF available for download, and an ePub version for use with ereaders. The code outlines the basics of keeping a horse, from shelters to water intake and includes a budget template, body condition scoring charts, tips about horse behavior and considerations concerning health and euthanasia. While the information is by no means encyclopedic, and there is lots more to learn about horses, it provides enough basic information to prevent inadvertent cruelty through lack of information.

Many organizations and state governments offer similar documents regarding the care of horses. The American Association of Equine Practitioners has several documents online that outline the basics of horse care. The document Minimum Standards of Horse Care in the State of California created by the University of California is an example of information that is free, easy to understand and outlines the legal requirements of horse owners and recommended care standards. Most states have similar documents, often available through the state Horse Council or association. For example, the Alabama State Horse Council has a page of free resources, including where to find a farrier, a health care planning calendar and feeding guidelines. State horse councils are wonderful resources for horse owners.

What many of us feel frustrated at is that although this information is freely available, by neglect, ignorance or intent, it is not used. Some think that information is important, but that perhaps some sort of licensing or inspection system should be in place. But, licensing clearly does not work for dogs, and inspections sound intrusive.

Looking after a horse isnít complicated, but it does require planning, time and money. If you donít have any one of these, maybe you shouldn't have a horse. If you canít picture how a horse will fit into your daily life, maybe you shouldnít have a horse. If youíre not paying your electricity bill, youíre borrowing money from friends or family to survive, or you donít have a job, maybe you shouldnít have a horse. If you donít have the energy to track down good hay, carry buckets of water or call the farrier, maybe you shouldnít have a horse. And, if things start to go bad for you or you lose interest, you need to put the horse first, and maybe you need to find it a new home well before things go bad for the horse. Maybe if youíre not able to make those kind of decisions, you shouldnít have a horse. But, how do you get that across to people, so we donít have to read those horrific headlines? I donít know. What do you think?
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