Animal abuse as defined by Wikipedia is “infliction of suffering or harm”.
In our thinking “Neglect” is a form of animal abuse. If you neglect to feed your horse (and thereby starving him), it is abuse. If you neglect to take proper care of his feet (and thereby causing him discomfort), it is abuse.
We are not here to judge, and we are not here to enable you either.
We will give you our best advice and suggestions based on what we have tried and learned and will support you as best as we can. We understand the strength it takes to ask for help, and we also understand that reading our site and our suggestions “might” go against some of the old beliefs in the equine world (or in the equine community you are involved in) as to how things should be done.
We will also share all the other wonderful resources and people we have found along the way that compliment and reinforce what we are teaching at our site.
When Johan and I added this topic to the site, it all seemed very straightforward. I mean, we can all relate to “that” word and if you are anything like us, you have looked around your community and probably witnessed or read about some form of animal abuse. So it seemed only normal to include a section covering this topic as it has unfortunately become a part of the world we live in – regardless of the fact that we humans are “supposed” to be an educated and evolved society.
Yet, when we thought more about it, and the content that we would have to post to “make our point”, I personally could not help but take an honest look at my own history of horse ownership. I mean I NEVER inflicted suffering or harm to the animals I owned – yet here’s the deal: I loved and owned some wonderful horses over the past 30 years and even though I cared deeply for them, I look back now from a place of knowledge and feel sad that I didn’t know then what I know now.
Make no mistake, my horses always came first.
I gave up personal comforts for the sake of making sure my horses got routine farrier work. I just didn’t know how bad some of the farriers were. I think the best way to describe this is that I was conveniently ignorant. I made the choice (at the time) to plod along and pass the responsibility of my horse(s) health (since their feet are really the foundation of their overall wellbeing) instead of learning and educating myself on better methods. It was my “assumption” that since the farriers were doing the job I was paying them for, then they must good…right?
Well wrong actually!
It’s the same thing as taking your car to the garage. You’re not a mechanic so you trust the person you are paying to fix your car, and unless things get really bad after you have paid and driven away, how do you know if your car could actually run better?
How can you even place a measure on how good things are if you don’t even know how good they can be?
We can’t know what we don’t know!
Johan and I hope that if you have come to our site then you are searching for knowledge. You have ended up here because you are curious or you are desperate and searching for answers. Trust me, I know the “desperate and searching for answers”.
Go over to Tommy’s Story and see if my journey resonates with something going on in your life. No matter what your reasons, you are at the right place and we are happy and grateful that you are joining our community of horse people that want to make things better for our equine partners. Let me take a guess at some of the “things” you may be searching to resolve:
1. Why is my horse sensitive on gravel ?
2. Why does my horse’s hooves have ripples and/or rings growing on them?
3. Does my horse really need shoes? Why are the shoes wedge shaped?
4. Will horse shoes cure the horrible cracks in my horses hooves? If not, what does?
5. Why does my horse hit his front legs with his back feet and therefore, why does he have to wear “overreach” boots?
6. Why does my horse always trip when I ride him? Is he just lazy or not looking where he’s going?
Guess what? The answer for all those questions is the same. The answer is inadequate hoof care and here at HorseHoofHealth.com we can help you resolve these issues as well as many, many more.
So please look at the pictures we have posted under this topic entitled “abuse/neglect” with a kind lense.
Understand that we are showing these pictures to educate you and help you to identify and see problems.
With just a little effort we can make the world a much better, kinder place for our equine partners. I also promise you that once you get started on this journey of HorseHoofHealth.com, the knowledge that will become yours will forever change the way you look at horse’s hooves and you will see everything in such a different light. You will feel empowered and confident in either trimming your horse/s yourself or choosing a competent trimmer to do the work for you.
We have a vast selection of various maladies that we have come across through the years. So please take a look with knowledge as your goal. How can you know what is wrong with a hoof if you don’t even know what is right?
Check out Lucy’s Case Study and you’ll know what we mean!
Are there any other types of hoof problems you would like to see pictures of?