As every owner knows, there’s so much fun to be had with your horse. When things are going well, there’s the beautiful hacks late in the afternoon, the excitement of galloping across a deserted beach or even competing in an event. However, when things are not going so well, the responsibilities can start to become a little overwhelming. Caring for a large animal with very specific needs, the 6am midwinter muck-outs, the equipment required, the feed, the exercising etc, it can all start to out weigh the rewards! If the horse itself starts playing up, becomes unrideable or seriously ill, these responsibilities can become unbearable and this is when real problems start.
Not a month goes past without a story being published around Invisible Horses or a Rescue Home sharing its newest addition’s story. Horse neglect, abandonment and cruelty seem to come back down to the fact that the legislation around owing a horse is often unenforceable and the paperwork unchecked when importing and exporting horses. To an unscrupulous owner, the horse can remain invisible regardless of the law. (more…)