Our neighbour is fifty shades of crazy. There’s been a few run ins with her and mostly, I keep my distance from her and don’t engage at all. She has an older mare who when she first moved in was in excellent condition. The neighbour said the mare was about 30 and has been with her throughout most of her life.
A few months ago the neighbour got her back paddock cut and baled. It’s only pasture hay with very little nutritional value that had been left for too long to be useful as hay. Her mare wouldn’t eat the hay. I often hear her yelling at the mare for not eating it and she was dumping the leftovers into my Friesian mare’s yard. Even the Friesian turns her nose up at it and she’ll eat just about anything. I had words to her about throwing it over the fence, which caused an argument because she thinks we’re horrible for having horses in yards with no grass according to her. Because feeding roundbales to horses is unnatural, in her words, and she was just trying to give my horses something better because at least her’s is fresh and doesnt look like it’s been sitting in a shed for years.
The mare steadily lost weight over winter (Australia here, it’s spring now) to the point where you can notice how thin she is even with a rug on. Her car blew up a few months ago and I know shes been getting lifts into town every weekend by someone else and the local feed store is delviering to her. My family is good friends with the owner of the feed store and he jokes about them drawing straws when she has a delivery because no one wants to deal with her.
All the acerage out here are long and skinny blocks so you can see onto the neighbours property easily. Our arena is on the border of her property and while dragging the cavalletti out the other day, I saw her take the mare’s rug off. The mare is very, very thin. To the point where I’m worried if the mare goes down she won’t get back up again.
I thought about approaching her nicely and asking if she needs help with the mare. She lives by herself and I imagine life on acerage without a car must be hard. My husband said not to bother and just ring the RSPCA on her because of all the problems we’ve had with her in the past. Despite her being a huge pain in the ass, I don’t want the horse to suffer either. She’s a sweet mare who comes to the fence for a pat if you’re close by and spends most of the day hanging beside the paddock where the youngsters are.