I got a call this evening from my riding instructor and friend. She needed me to help with a horse that was down. He was thrashing and beating himself up with the fence posts. I grabbed every tool that looked like it might pose a threat to a fence post and hit the road. What I saw when I arrived blew my mind. She had told me a couple of days ago that she was going to see a horse of hers that she had entrusted to the care of a local vet (coincidentally, my cat/dog vet). Apparently, this guy had called her saying he would have to put the horse down because it was so sickly. She decided she would go visit the horse and decided immediately to bring it home with her. I've never seen a horse in this condition. He was, quite literally, skin and bones. His hooves and teeth had not been attended in months. I'm reasonably certain he hadn't been wormed or had any vaccines, seeing as how he hadn't even had food. He finally went down this evening. It took a lot of courage on her part to finally call her horse vet. She knew he would want to put the horse down. (I was pretty sure the horse would have to be put down the minute I drove up.) This poor animal had sores all over where he had been down in a field and just left there. Of course, the sitter vet thought he was about to die, he'd been killing the poor animal. My friend ended up putting the horse down. There was no other reasonable choice. It was suffering and thrashing about. The eye on the down side was a total loss. The vet tried to get it on it's feet, but it was too disoriented. I'm appalled that anyone would do this to an animal. The fact that my vet did it, makes my teeth grind audibly. Needless to say, he lost a good customer today. I want very badly for him to lose more. I keep telling myself that folks like this get their comeuppence. I can't believe I trusted this person with my pets!!!! I'm having a hard time winding down.