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Some information on how to contact the committee/group working on saving the barn would be appreciated. Such information was not found in the most recent article, nor was there any response to an email to the reporter who wrote the story, requesting that information. There are some options available in the form of possible grants, historic designations, etc. Would be happy to try to pass this info on to the committee, if contact info. were available...........
Contact information for the "Save the Barn Committee?'
Per a local, highly qualified vet, the American Association of Equine Practitioners has some good guidelines which discuss that the failure to provide care equals neglect. Perhaps the Moffat County Sheriff's Office would like to review those guidelines? Or the DA's office?
You are right, Frank. The other horse's hooves look pretty bad, as well. Come on SO, do the right thing!
Additionally, a horse that has foundered should probably NOT be on pasture, such as this horse is. A founder episode is easily triggered by the sugars in grasses. Most horses with a history of founder live in dry lots, and their feed intake and type is carefully regulated. As far as the "expense" of proper hoof care, a trim, by a good local farrier, costs $45.00, as of last week.
"Somewhat lax"??????!!!!!!!!!!! It took months and months of NEGLECT for those hooves to get into that condition!!!!!!!!!!!! What that photo is showing doesn't appear to be founder. It is a failure to provide regular, routine, necessary hoof care. Founder usually affects the front hooves, and where it does occur, requires REGULAR, CONSISTENT,COMPETENT follow-up hoof care, and at a minimum, trimming or corrective shoeing every six weeks. Those back feet haven't been trimmed in probably years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come on Moffat County CO, step up to the plate and protect this horse. This owner should be cited for animal cruelty. The picture is proof positive. Anyone who knows anything about horse
care can see that. THANKS UPS DRIVER FOR SAYING SOMETHING. Now, let's hope the SO can follow-up, and not drop the ball. "Somewhat expensive" - SO WHAT!!???? Horses care and ownership is, pretty much by definition, somewhat expensive!!!!!!!!! If one cannot afford to properly care for a horse, they shouldn't get one. The purchase price, or - God Forbid - the "free" horse, is just the beginning of the money drain.
Why hasn't there been any story/reporting about someone taking a Moffat County Road and Bridge motor grader for a joy ride about a month ago? Smashing through fences, tearing up fields, stealing the grader operator's tools, getting the grader stuck and throwing the chains into the hole to try to get "unstuck". Apparently the MOCO SO knows who did it, but won't disclose to Road and Bridge who it is. Why no story, and why no prosecution? Who were the two guys and one girl who the SO let go? Apparently someone got some very special treatment. Why?
Wishing both new ventures much success.
PS - just in case there is any question, I totally agree w/ the author of this letter. Bottom line: drive as if you have a clue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My goodness, whiners. Be grateful for the services provided to you. Slow the heck down, drive in a manner appropriate for the conditions. Get over yourselves.
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