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Re: “Unhealthy Horses

Regina, I absolutely encourage you to witness firsthand how U of A cares for their horses before making judgments on them (driving by doesn't count, most horses in pasture situations don't wear fly masks because they remove them from each other). I don't know what the visiting policies are but you can always call and find out. On that same note I think you should look into the rescue as well. You should go to the HEART website and read the past posts/blogs about Domino and how different the story is there (especially her first post). Also, look at all the adoptable equines, better yet ask to see the horses on the adoptable list (all of them!) in person too. Then, I encourage you to form your own opinions of both organizations not based on the article and comments. I have seen both, which is why I have the opinions that I do.

Courtney I wholeheartedly agree with your post! Thanks for putting into words here what I couldn't seem to in my mind.

Posted by anonymous1234 on 07/04/2010 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Unhealthy Horses

First of all I have to say I am appalled by the number of factual errors and lack of research done for this article. I am very familiar with both the U of A equine center and Judy Glore and her rescue. I am also familiar with Domino's case. Domino's treatments were not simple or cheap. I know the horse had to have surgery to fix his tendons and hernia. And the cause of the problems was not lack of exercise or neglect, both can happen to the best cared for horses. As for the shoulder injury of course they didn't do an x-ray, there are no vets in Tucson with an x-ray machine powerful enough to get through that much mass. Not to mention whether or not they had radiographic proof of a fracture or other injury the treatment would have been the same.
As for the eye infection, again not an easy fix. U of A had one of the best ophthalmologists in the country overseeing the case, whatever treatment he prescribed was what should have been done. Why Mr. Vanderpool do you take Judy's word that it was 'dangerous' over someone who has actually made eye care their life, did you even talk to the doctor to let him explain/defend his decision?
As for the ulcers did an actual vet scope him to diagnose stomach ulcers or was it just assumed? You know what they say when you assume.
I have had several classes at 'the farm' and classes taught by people mentioned in the article and I have always learned a lot in the classes and felt the horses were well cared for. They are all in good weight, are up to date on routine care and are generally happy. I knew Ellie and can be witness to the fact that she did have severe laminitis and I am glad U of A chose to euthanize her when it was no longer possible to keep her comfortable. It is the responsible and humane thing to do, even if it is not an easy choice.
As for Domino he does look horrible in that picture, and in the pictures on the HEART website. It seems a lot of the rescue horses are under cared for. Not all your horses are even up to date on basics like hoofcare/vaccinations/dental care/exams etc. Domino is not the only horse that looks bad inside that rescue.
I say the U of A was well within in its rights to choose to euthanize Domino, his condition was severe and out of their means to fix. They chose to offer him a humane way out of this world. Should every horse owner who chooses not to put a horse through an expensive procedure/treatment be criticized? If that is the case Mr. Vanderpool you have many many more people to write articles on. Yet when someone said they could help Domino they gave him his chance, and they are paying dearly for it.
Tim Vanderpool and Judy Glore you should both be ashamed of this article and for hardships this will bring on the U of A.

Posted by anonymous1234 on 07/03/2010 at 5:33 PM

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