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I live near a field where two horses appear to be in need.

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I live near a field where two horses appear to be in need.

I have never seen them fed other than they graze on the grass and their coats are not groomed - one has a halter on its neck - for the last twelve months.

Do you think they have been abandoned or are not being treated properly.

I am concerned about them. Please advise me what I should do to get them checked.

regards, XXXXX XXXXX Bridgend, South Wales
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  gpvet replied 3 years ago.

gpvet :

Hi there

gpvet :

Do these horses appear to be thin? Can you see their ribs? Do they have water? Is the halter rubbing at all?

JACUSTOMER-9jetewx5- :

I don't see water and I think they look ungroomed - not skin and bone yet - but bedragled.

gpvet :

If there is no water, then that is a welfare issue and you should call the RSPCA

JACUSTOMER-9jetewx5- :

Aren't you the RSPCA?

gpvet :

You often find that outdoor horses this time of year look scruffy with coat loss and rain etc

gpvet :

No, this is a vet advise site

JACUSTOMER-9jetewx5- :

I thought you are the RSPCA - that is what I typed into Google.

gpvet :

oh - apologies. the number you need to call is this one :

Cruelty line

0300 1234 999

gpvet :

here is the rspca url - http://www.rspca.org.uk/home

JACUSTOMER-9jetewx5- :

OK - I hope they are OK - they often just stand there - I am someone who has been around horses and I have never seen any looking so bedragled.

gpvet :

As I say, the water thing is an issue, and the RSPCA can act if there is none. However, if the animals have access to food (grass) and water, and do not have untreated injuries or disease, they will not be able to do masses. However they sould be able to track down the owners and check they haven't been abandoned.

JACUSTOMER-9jetewx5- :

OK thank you - I try and get in touch with RSPCA

gpvet :

no problem, good luck and thank you for being concerned.

gpvet :

debbie

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