Horse Cruelty Info
Title 18, Section 5511
The Henneke Body Scoring Chart is accepted in court as a scientific method of scoring a horse's body condition. It is used successfully in court to prove neglect.
PA State Police arrest horse dealer at PA horse auction
PA State Police Enforce
Horse Cruelty - No Water
Tied in the 90 degree heat on concrete in the sun from mid morning to late afternoon with no water...
Water buckets can be carried to these horses, there is water service to the auction.
Buckets are not that expensive.
For years the public complained to the auction management and humane agents regarding the lack of water provided to the horses. The auction chose to ignore those complaints and called the people who complained, "animal rights activists".
News reporters who came to the auction were shown the dry water tanks. The hydrants that supplied the water tanks worked. When turned on the water flowed, and the horses drank. The reporters asked the obvious question,
"Why won't they give the horses water?"
We suggested they ask the auction. All the tanks needed were drain plugs.
Not until the PA State Police came to the auction in July 1998 did the auction make any attempt to offer water. Then the horses were tied in the back pens with hay and full water tanks. Yet because the horses were tied they were unable to access the water tank. The public was also denied access to those pens.
The horses that are tied in the courtyard all day still do not have any water. The horses tied in the killer pens still do not have access to water.
The auction has made it more difficult to document the conditions. That does not mean that the conditions have improved.
The following is quoted from Penn State Cooperative Extension .
Extension is an arm of the land-grant university and is funded cooperatively by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state and county governments.
Equine Feeding Management
Patricia Comerford and Virginia Ishler
" 2. Fresh, clean water should be provided free-choice. Horses prefer water temperatures between 45 and 65 Fahrenheit. Estimated water intake for a mature idle horse is from 5 to 10 gallons per day, compared with 10 to 15 gallons per day for working, gestating, or lactating horses. Water intake, like forages and grains, is influenced by environmental temperature, level of activity, stage of production, and type of feed.
Working horses need adequate water to replace body fluids lost in sweat, especially during hot, humid weather. Horses should be allowed to drink small amounts regularly, while working or exercising, to prevent dehydration."
From Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences 1994
AGRICULTURAL ALTERNATIVES: Boarding Horses
Fresh water should be available to horses at all times, and should be free of dirt, algae, and food particles. In the winter it is very important to keep water from freezing or to break up ice on the surface.
Serious health problems can quickly develop if a horse's water intake is reduced.
Excerpts From the Horsemen's Advisor:
NUTRITION FOR THE MATURE AND OLDER HORSEby Robert N Oglesby DVM
" Water is the most important nutrient. Clean water should be available at all times. It should be noted that horses can be particular about what they drink; old, dirty, or unusual smelling water may not be touched. "
Excerpts from The Horsemen's Advisor:
Water, Electrolytes, and Riding in the Heatby Robert N. Oglesby DVM
"Heat is not the only problem the horse has to deal with when exercised during hot humid weather. Alterations in body fluids and electrolytes (salts) can cause serious illness.
There are no body stores of water or electrolytes with the exception of what the horse has in its digestive tract. Any excess absorbed is rapidly excreted. Thus water and electrolyte deficits cannot be prevented by giving them before they are lost.
The gastrointestinal tract contains a amount of water and electrolytes equal to 6 to 10 % of the horses body weight. "
Excerpts from The Horsemen's Advisor:Summertime Care of the Horse
by Robert N. Oglesby DVM
"A salt block should be available and clean water at all times."