By now, you’ve all probably heard about the very irresponsible and negligent owner (you can fill in your own adjective if you’d like – asshat comes to mind..) who lost his very large quarterhorse breeding operation and then just left all the horses to fend for themselves.
Yup. He left all his domestic horses there to feed/water themselves during the frozen winter without notifying anyone or asking for any help. Nice guy.
Anyway, here is what happened…
A CALL FOR HELP.
The ranch went into foreclosure and another party bought the 2000 acre parcel.
After a while, the new owners noticed that the horses, who were not theirs, were getting skinnier and skinnier. So, they called the authorities.
When the officers arrived, they came upon dead horses and, ugh, a horse who had been hobbled – I’m not sure if they mean literally hobbled or if they are using that as a verb – with a broken leg for over a year.
Uh huh. Nice.
Luckily, this scene really upset the officers and they stepped in to control the situation and bring the abuser to court.
James Leachman of Home Place Ranch has been charged with five counts of animal cruelty. I’m not even going to tell you his excuses because I don’t want you to spit up your coffee.
YOU MAY HAVE HEARD
Sure, we all know that “they” are “dropping” hay to the horses. That’s probably enough for all of us to be thankful and give them a nod.
But, who are “they” and what goes into simply “dropping” the hay?
THE FULL STORY – “Can’t we just feed the horses?!”
This idea brings me to my own line of work. Often clients will say to me, “Can’t we just make a simple change…”. I’ve grown to snigger everytime I hear “Can’t we just…”.
Even though it is very wise to Keep It Simple, often there is no simplicity behind “Can’t we just…”.
OK, so first they had to organize. Heading up the operation was Justin Mills of Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) NILE Foundation. I had never heard of them but now I love them. Go to their website and click around if you’d like.
Yes, he had to get the hay donated and find a way to deliver it… but it wasn’t as simple as that. They had to set up the phone lines, answer the phones, set up donation lines, organize volunteers, figure out how to get hay, coordinate the hay delivery, organize the best way to deliver the hay to the horses, find a helicopter service capable of the hay drop maneuvers and willing to donate their time/gas/equipment, round up men who were safety conscious and knew how to do this and then coordinate the effort – as well as find all the ground equipment.
Nothing simple about it…
This is why I wanted to show you these photos. I wanted to show you so you can appreciate how they “Just fed those poor horses”.
BRAVO NILE, YOU DONE GOOD AND I SUPPORT YOU!
Here is a phoblog of what I think happened in the order I assume it happened. I haven’t spoken to anyone who was there; I am just surmising from the photos posted on FB.
BRAVO ALL OF YOU INVOLVED! 250 tons of hay have been donated and $7500 dollars so far. If you wish to learn more or read more or donate, please click these links.
HORSE AND MAN is a blog in growth… if you like this, please pass it around!