Sunday, 11 August 2013

Thirsty Horses.




Frankly, I've given-up telling my neighbours that their horses have no bloody water. It's easier just to do what I've always done in the past, and take some down myself. Above, I'd just delivered two buckets-full, and two watering-cans, which they quaffed in an instant.

Of course for my neighbours it's simply a matter of turning on a tap, whereas for me I have to turn on the tap, THEN carry the bloody stuff quite a distance.

It's been so hot, and the poor things need to drink A LOT; the UK's RSPCA suggests 40-50 litres per day per horse, that's more than 4 watering-cans-full each. This is the third time in just a few weeks that they've been without water for more than two days. 

Maybe I should simply connect a hose directly from OUR house, and not let the poor bloody horses have to depend on their owners ever again.

Or maybe I should try to explain the basics of a ballcock system..... Nah, if they can't understand that horses need water, they'd never grasp the principle of a bloody ballcock!



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21 comments:

  1. Cro, you are a good man.
    (I'm biting my tongue so as not to tell you what I think to people who neglect or ill treat animals.)

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    1. It's all a question of priorities. EVERYTHING these people do has priority over horse-watering.

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  2. You have a good heart Cro.

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    1. We can see the poor things from our terrace. They kick the empty water container, and chew the hose. We just hate to watch their distress!

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  3. Is there no organisation you could turn to to shame them into looking after them properly?

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    1. We've thought about it, but we still have to live next door to them (unfortunately); I do wish they'd MOVE!

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  4. Cro, I'm with Elaine on this... you are a good man.

    While your grandchildren are here, can't you involve them in a pipe laying project and be done with the worry.

    Ballcock a snoop at the neighbours and rest easy on your terrace.

    LLX

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  5. Looks like you have no choice but to run a water hose from your house. That's what I would do. Because as you say, you have to live beside them. I guess you could go down in the middle of the night and cut the fence. Then sympathize with them about vandals in the area. You might need to repeat the process several times...

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  6. What bloody awful neighbours. What bloody awful people. You are a good man Cro, which is a lucky thing for those horses.

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  7. Is there a French equivalent of the RSPCA? Here we would just get the owners prosecuted for neglect, and the horses would be given better homes.

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  8. For goodness sake Cro, you are going to have to turn these people in. What happens if you go away for a few days?

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  9. It would be difficult for the RSPCA to confirm how many days they were without water. I would lay a hose to the field and water them every day because the idiots will never do it consistently and the horses need someone to be reliable, even if they are not yours. You will feel better knowing the horses have drinking water than annoyed with your neighbor.

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  10. I'm not shy of getting stuck into anyone who annoys me but when it comes to bad neighbours sometimes it is better to swallow the backwards flowing spit. In this case, I would buy an old scrap cast iron bath, sink it into the ground right on the perimeter fence, and fit a ballcock to the overflow drain of the bath and hook it to my water supply. You could also install a stand pipe so you could connect a hose and irrigate that part of your garden so you get something out of it in addition to the warm, fuzzy feeling you will enjoy knowing the horses have access to water.

    Maybe by showing constant neighborliness you will, like I did with mine, wear the bugger down. He used to hate me but now he gives me free electricity and I give him clean water from my well.

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    1. I do actually have a sprinkler installed at Haddock's (my veg' patch), so I could just have a ready extension awaiting their next 'overlook'. If I hang the extension over my fence, they might just get the idea.

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  11. Ohhhh, this made me so sad for those animals, and glad that you are the kind person that you are.

    Good man.
    Lucky horses.

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  12. This just breaks my heart. :( AND, pisses me off to no end! I can't abide a person who mistreats animals. Poor things.
    Thank you for giving them water, Cro. I'm sure they're so happy when they see you coming.

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  13. That's really bad. These people need those horses taking off them and rehoused AND they need prosecuting too.

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  14. Good hearts like your exist all over the world--in the right place at the right time. Consider yourself blessed to be of service to these creatures. It is an honor. And in all good time everyone will receive his just pay.

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  15. Makes my blood boil. Hippo's idea is superb....

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  16. Makes my blood boil, too. Good on you for giving them water. I am also thankful to have very nice neighbours.

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  17. I'm glad you're there for those poor horses. If it were here, I'd call the SPCA. Idiots! Horses around here all have huge tanks of water. They'd die pretty quickly in our hot summers otherwise. Good on you!

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