Monday, May 30, 2011

Starving Horses



Happy Memorial Day to you all. I hope you have a nice time with family today, and hopefully barbecue up some good good. We can not barbecue, because of the drought there is a Burn Ban that extends to even lighting a propane grill. The wildfires have been terrible this spring.

Drought Week continues here with this picture of starving horses. The picture was taken in 1916 in Kentucky. As I mentioned yesterday, all the ranchers I know have sold off there cattle, sheep, and goats. There is not grass because of lack of rain, and we are pretty much out of hay. Some have not sold there horses, though. In some cases horses are hard to sell, and in other cases, horses are more like family pets. In either case, I have seen more and more horses like the ones in the picture above recently. In yesterday's comments, bibdi reported similar things in the small towns around San Antonio. It is really sad.

10 comments:

  1. In this area the climate is getting more like the Texas I remember from 60 to 70 years ago (hot,dry and the wind blows all the time) and your part of Texas in becoming more like New Mexico and Arizona. The desert is definately moving east. Every thing is going under pavement and the clear cutters are planting their one crop forest.

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  2. Yes those horses in the photo are starved but they are also wearing harnesses so they must be still working. Whoever owned those horses should have been horse whipped and then put in the harness themselves.

    Sorry to hear about the drought in Texas. We have had plenty of rain up here and the hay is growing like there is no tomorrow. I’m sure there will be truck loads of bales heading south.

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  3. Their ribs! So terrible. What a damn shame to destroy such a beautiful animal.

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  4. Guys, it is sad to see the horse in such shape, but I am not sure it was deliberate animal abuse. In times of drought feed becomes unavailable and unfordable. Perhaps you would suggest putting the animal out of its misery, but maybe the owners were holding out, hoping for rain.
    PJM

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  5. What happened to your THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN buttons at the bottom of your posts?

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  6. Roger,
    The buttons were causing the site to misload, so I took them off until th bug is worked out.
    PJM

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  7. I guess our gov't would rather give relief assistance to those outside our borders.

    John

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  9. Yes. There was a horrible report recently here in Bakersfield, California about someone that had abandoned their horse by tying it in an almond orchard only to starve to death. Efforts are being made to rescue any animal that the owner can no longer afford to feed. Tragic.

    We are no strangers to drought. Thankfully this year we have an abundance. I would like to offer a few suggestions to all drought stricken Texans: Go out and wash your windows. All of them - inside and out. Now go wash all of your cars and trucks. All of them. Go inside and wait for the rain. It will come.

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  10. "horses are more like family pets"

    You are so right!!!! It is impossible for me to see the horses' sufferings without tears.

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