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The Whole Story

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Inevitably, when there is a thread online and people are expressing disgust at the condition of a neglected animal, a particular kind of person will make an appearance. I will call them Betty Bowers (if you don’t “get” that, you should google it).  Betty pops in and begins to preach sanctimoniously along these lines:

Who are you to judge?

Maybe they were old and sick and couldn’t take care of their animals!

Maybe the horse is really old!  (Cue:  Cathy’s head exploding.)

Maybe they were doing the best they could do!

You don’t know the whole story.

So, I decided to strike a pre-emptive blow at the Betty Bowers of this world.  We took in an emaciated Hanoverian mare today. To say that she is underweight is an understatement.

I sure miss the days when I got fed.

I sure miss the days when I got fed.

And it’s not just weight. Her feet haven’t been trimmed in forever.  She has sores on her hips from lying down in her bony state.  I doubt she’s been brushed this year.  We got her because her owner got a “warning” from Animal Control and decided it was in her best interests to give away the horses fast (a.k.a. “Hide the Evidence”).  I later found out the identity of the owner, so I perused her Facebook to see the whole story.  Maybe I’d see the sad tale of how she was dying from an incurable cancer, or was a 93 year old woman with Alzheimer’s who clearly didn’t even remember she had horses.



You can tan, or you can go feed your 4 horses, sitting and waiting at their self-care barn for you to show up.  I guess the beach won.



OK, maybe you could go feed your horses after the beach…no, wait, it’s time to go drink champagne on a date.



Yay hot tubs!  I deserve this!


I don’t have money to buy feed or call the vet but there’s always room in the budget for beer and bikinis!


This lady’s Facebook was a compilation of beaches, bars, boobs and some particularly horrifying pictures and videos of Skinny Mare being ridden in this condition by her kids, who clearly had no idea what they were doing was wrong.

The mare is safe. She has plenty to eat. She will see the vet tomorrow – at last.

And that is the whole story.  

I hope her implants explode. If that makes me a bad person, I will wear that badge with pride.

11 Responses to “The Whole Story”

  1. Kathy Young

    Just “discovered” Betty Bowers and am wondering how she keeps up with her commentary while straitjacketed. Mental illness is a terrible thing.

    On YOUR note, glad the mare is in good hands. She will thrive under “your care” (not sure you have her, but someone who knows how to feed a horse certainly has her) and she will once again become friends with the Calorie Family.

  2. Tami Blake

    Thank you for saving this beautiful mare. Hope KARMA gets this lady good!

  3. Mary

    At my barn there is a thirty-six year old morab, fat and happy; there was, until he moved away, a twenty-nine year old arab, also fat and happy. There is a mid-twenties saddlebred, not fat, but in good weight, and working regularly, a mid-twenties andalusian, in good weight and working regularly.
    All different owners, but the common denominator is that they are all conscientious owners.

  4. Diane

    I am an equine cruelty investigator and have heard so many people tell me how they couldn’t afford to feed there horse as they smoked their cigarette surrounded by beer cans in the yard.

  5. Brittany

    That mare isn’t 8-ish and formerly named Allie from Louisiana is she? I almost bought that mare, and am very interested in helping out if that is her!

  6. Rose

    Lady you suck and I hope you starve someday to see how the horse feels… You’re not human!! I hope they prosecute you!!!

  7. Jessi

    The old owner seemed to weigh more than the horse…

  8. CC

    LOVE your site and reality checks on horse ownership and people that just should not ever own a horse. I own an OTTB that it turns out had several serious injuries that were not disclosed in the sale and lied about on vet check but at the time – since he passed flexions we thought good to go. After I realized the truth, instead of dumping him back on the market to face a probable bad outcome, I chose to keep him and adjust our goals to fit my horses soundness level. He has a home for life with all the vet and medical care he needs. Despite also having some mental issues from being locked in stall with no vet care after his leg was broken on the track- but who can blame him? He has all the time he needs to adjust and trust. It turns out the DAY he was injured on the track his racing owner and breeder told the trainer they would not spend another PENNY on him. Even though they bred him and named him after their greek father, he was just racing’s wastage and someones elses problem now. And like your examples— surprise NO ONE wanted this seriously injured horse except an ex race track rat who took the horse with intention of fattening him up, covering up his injuries with pain drugs and selling him as a jumping show horse….. He most likely would have shattered his leg while trying to perform for people on the jump course. I knew within a few days of his arrival that something was off. After a year of extensive vet care and rehab we have a horse that we think will have fun in low level dressage and trails. It’s so important to know what kind of home a horse is going to. So while I can’t save every horse, I can save this ONE….

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