Justice prevails!. Sorry to disappoint all you haters out there, but there will be no prosecution. And to all of you that think taking care of an older horse is simple... yeah it might be if you have one... try having more than 1 and other animals to take care of. Let me know how that works out for ya!
i have to say.....Bravo to all the people who have no lives and are writing bad things! Peter Sparks is a kind hearted man who cares for his animals! people need to stop butting in on stuff that isnt any of there business! Peter was obviously doing something right those 28 years he was in bisiness!
I have been leasing a horse for the past 4 summers and i dont intend to stop!
care for old horses.
It isn't hard to keep weight on old horses unless it hasa significant MEDICAL CONDITION that causes weight loss/inability to gain. All it takes is the right feed regimen and good basic senior care. People are commenting that there was food accessible. If the horses' teeth aren't cared for or the food is not easy for an old horse to chew and digest, all the food in the world won't get them to a healthy weight. It only takes a few things to get their weight up. First, have a dentist float their teeth at least twice a year. Horses must chew a huge amount of hay, grass, etc. every day, so old horses are highly prone to developing sharp edges and poor chewing surfaces. If they have reached the point where they're losing teeth or need unhealthy teeth removed periodically, have the dentist do a check-up more frequently. Second, feed a diet that they can easily chew and digest. Hay cubes, especially when soaked, are much easier to chew than hay, so the horse gets more nutrition from them. Since hay is harder to chew, it presents a much higher risk of choke than cubes. For grain, use a senior feed, soaked if necessary. Senior feeds are easy to digest and pack a lot of nutrition into a small volume of feed, so they are great for horses that have bad teeth. Regular deworming with a rotation that will cover all common parasites is essential. An old horse can't afford to lose calories to internal thiefs.
It is smart to have your vet help you design your senior's diet, but it's especially important if the methods above fail. Your horse may need a suppliment or weight building type of feed added.
I knew a 34 year old "hard keeper" TB with less than 10 teeth. On a diet with EVERYTHING soaked to mush, he was alive and kicking. He worked lightly every day and jumped little jumps a few days a week. He still jumped enthusiastically. His hips were a teeny bit prominent and a few ribs were very mildly visible when he moved just right. It's not hard if you truly care.
Sparks has already had WAY too many chances to set things right.
In response to the person who said "The gery and white pinto shown with the girl riding bareback I'm pretty sure was Rolex, who belongs to Mr. Sparks and is 30 sum years old. I really believe that he's just let things get out of hand. I was never really happy about his petting zoo, and would like to see him give a chance to set things right. You know get rid of the zoo, buy horses that arn't hard keepers, clean-up the place... The ASPCA needs to work on setting things right not just take animals away and fines."
Yes that was Rolex, and yes Rolex looks good because he is Peter's own personal horse. Of COURSE Rolex gets good care. Peter actually spends money on HIM.
WHY THE HECK should Peter be given a chance to "set things right"? That is INSANE! The mentality is frightening...really. The SPCA gave him a zillion chances already. He has no more get out of jail free cards. The man is greedy and neglectful and he will never change.
As the caretaker for some little old mares that are hard keepers, let me assure you.... THERE IS NO REASON FOR OLD HORSES TO BE THAT THIN. If you own them, it's your responsibility to do *whatever it takes* and provide what the horse needs to be *in good health*. I don't care if they are "loved". They are in a state of starvation! If you aren't going to care for them properly, have them put down! Seriously! Those who have kids don't get to chince on groceries just because things get expensive. You bet your butt if it was a child in that situation, protective services would remove them.
And you've only rescued an animal if you are IMPROVING their living situation. That involves giving them enough food for them to be healthy, as well as vet and farrier care. If you are just going to give them bare minimal care until they die on their own, you're no better than the place you "rescued" them from.
This makes me sick.
I can't believe the people who are actually trying to defend this sick person. If I hear one more idiot say it's hard to impossible to keep weight on an old horse Im going to be violently ill. I rescued an emaciated, extremly sick, 35 year old horse. With proper vet, dental and feed care this horse got back to full weight.
This idiot doesnt "Love" horses, he is a selfish, self centered b@stard who deserves to be starved and worked till he drops to see what its like, then shoot him. Horses that work hard for a living, especially older horses need special care. Care for a regular riding horse that you keep at home or as a pasture pet horse includes having an equine dentist do the teeth at LEAST once a year, regular rotational worming, hooves trimmed every 6 weeks, 8 tops, regular vet care with a check up at least once a year, lots and lots of GOOD quality hay and either a good balanced grain and/or the right supplements.
Horses with sores should NOT be ridden, horses that are underweight should NOT be ridden like that, Horses that are lame should NOT be ridden! You dweebs defending him are either really ignorant about how to truely care for horses or you are just as evil as he is. It's not an excuse to say he saves them because "he cares so much" GAG! He's not saving them he's prolonging thier misery and compounding it daily. They would be much better off dead then living like that. I have had horses for over 40 years, from new born to ancient and a few rescues and none of them have EVER looked like that after they have been with me for a month
Shame on the B@stard that owns them and Shame on the ignorant who support him. There s a special place in hell for people like that. People like him and the ones defending him make me ashamed to be a human.
How Can some be healthy and others not?.
Ok, I use to keep my horse at Sparks, she was always healthy and rather fat... mostly because she didn't come from a Canadian slaughter auction or the Amish. Also he feed her too much hay.
Yes I argee that these old horses he gets should not be ridden, he shouldn't even be buying the things, should leave the suckers in the slaughter pen. So to say he is a resuce is false, but he dosen't sit there and strave them, he just dosn't give them enough recovery time.
As for the News story it's slighty false in that "all the healthy horses are boarders" The gery and white pinto shown with the girl riding bareback I'm pretty sure was Rolex, who belongs to Mr. Sparks and is 30 sum years old.
I really believe that he's just let things get out of hand. I was never really happy about his petting zoo, and would like to see him give a chance to set things right. You know get rid of the zoo, buy horses that arn't hard keepers, clean-up the place... The ASPCA needs to work on setting things right not just take animals away and fines.
Come on people. It is NOT hard to keep weight on an old horse if you give it the PROPER CARE and ATTENTION it needs the same which all horses deserve and the pictures speak for themselves, neglect is neglect. If Sparks is such a "caring guy" why are there horses that look like this on his property?!? Also if he could not give these horses the care they needed in the first place he should not have gotten them, in my opinion the guy seems extremely greedy for getting horses that he couldn't care for in the first place and then using them for his own profit when they were clearly not in working condition. Hopefully now these horses will be given the second chance they really deserve.
So so sad.
I used to board at that place many moons ago and even then it was a hole. I am sorry but anyone saying that these horses were loved and well taken care of has something loose upstairs.
I saw skinny sick horses with HUGE saddle sores saddled up daily to stand all day and be ridden all day for money. Imagine how much it hurt those animals to have a hot sweaty saddle rubbing against those saddle sores all day...dear god.
My husband and I even bought one horse from them to give it a real chance at a well fed and easy life. We got out of there pretty quickly and luckily my horses never got the swamp fever that raged through there more then once.
To the poster who said their stalls get cleaned out at least ONCE a week? dear god thats not right in itself. I pick out my horses stall everyday morning and night. I hope they shut that place down, its hell on earth for those poor horses.
Oh and it isn't hard to put weight on an old horse you guys, PLUS hey with all those bones sticking out maybe they shouldnt be saddled and making him money all day!
You Guys Are Nuts!.
If you honestly think it is hard to keep weight on an old horse, you are out of your mind! I have worked on MANY horse farms for years. We have one horse approaching 30 who is a perfect weight, and it doesn't take much but a third of a scoop a day, hay, and grass.
At the vet science place I work at we have numerous horses in their mid twenties. One is a stallion who is just about the perfect weight. Another is a mare who has been diagnosed with ring bone. The stud gets two scoops, twice a day, of a mix of pellets and oats with oil. The mare, in the Jerry Atrich field, gets a scoop twice a day (administered in a long line of buckets for a large field of old horses) with the mix of pellets and oil. You'd be hard pressed to find a skinny horse on our farm, and we have about 370 head of horses. So hop off your high horses saying it's SO hard to keep weight on an old guy. It's really not. Proper nutrition does the trick. True, some horses need extra attention, but there is NO reason an old horse should be under weight just because "he's old and he can't keep weight on like he used to."
That is all. Can't wait for the court date.
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