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Burrs vs. Horses: Horses Win!

Written by PETA | November 13, 2009

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but when it comes to the picture of these horses, I’m still at a loss—this photo is worth a thousand chills:




When I was a child, I had a recurring nightmare that I was covered head-to-toe with needles that paralyzed me. I had no way of taking them out; I was helpless. But of course, I’d wake up, and it would all be over—it was only a twisted creation of my subconscious.

For the horses in the photo, however, my haunting nightmare was their reality. Covered in thick clusters of hard, prickly burrs, the horses endured constant discomfort, yet their neglectful owner continued to let the burrs accumulate in the horses’ manes and tails for months.

After noticing the matted mess these horses had become, a concerned neighbor contacted PETA. We immediately got in touch with animal control, which had initially failed to respond to these concerns when our complainant first called for help. However, the agency was inspired by PETA caseworkers to force the owner to groom the horses immediately, and better yet, the horses were moved from the burr-infested property into a safer environment.

It is crucial that guardians have a comprehensive understanding of the care required to provide horses with a happy, healthy existence. Burrs, pebbles, and debris often cause debilitating bruises or thrush, a painful bacterial infection, which is why horses must be routinely cleaned and checked for markings. If you see or know of any animal who is not receiving proper care, please report it to your local law enforcement—the animal’s life may depend on your speaking up.

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • Horse Lover says:

    I came across this picture today. I don’t want to start a fight, but burrs can look that bad within a matter of a couple hours of being turned out in a field with a couple burr bushes. I own six horses and yes occasionally my guys get burrs (not to this extent I should add). Some horses like the taste of the burr bushed and get covered as they eat them. They do not eat these because they have nothing else to eat, the occasionally eat them because they are apparently tasty! I don’t believe that it is right to leave burs in for a long time. But don’t jump to conclusions, the horses look generally well cared for! They certainly don’t deserve to be taken away!

  • Heather says:

    I think simply moving the horses wasn’t enough they should have removed them from the owners. Not everyone is fit to have animals and if they have done this to the horses once it shows they have no feelings for themand sadly will probably do it again.

  • Duyen Nguyen says:

    Yay im so happy they won!!! GO ANIMALS!

  • Catalina McLoughlin says:

    Please remove the horses from that place this its crazzzzzzzzy those people don’t have any business owning any kind of Animals. People like treat animals like that those people are the ones that we should use in LAB EXPERIMENTS no inocent mice rats monkeys dogs cats ferrets and I can keep going. PLEASE TAKE THOSE ANIMALS FROM THAT PLACE 911

  • Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo says:

    This is ridiculous. Good thing the neighbor contacted PETA. Justice for the horses

  • simara says:

    geeeeeeeeeeeez!thank you for noticing this and taking action