Lisa and Jim's Northern Nevada Real Estate Blog: Domestic Horses At Risk In These Trying Economic Times!

Domestic Horses At Risk In These Trying Economic Times!

Domestic Gelding Turned Loose on BLM Land


Megan Gebhardt is a fellow REALTOR, a friend, and a huge horse advocate in our community.  This abandonment is just the latest to occur in our small community, I believe it, unfortunately, may be just a sample of what is in store for these poor animals and the wonderful people who try to help them. 

As economic strings tighten, it is increasingly harder to feed and house large animals and some poor folks are faced with turning their equines loose rather than watch them starve.  The sad reality is that these domestics aren't fit for survival in the wild and search and seek out the more familiar habitat of local ranches rather than head for the hills! 

A recent rescue was well documented ...  Starving horses getting stronger ... Rescued horses at home in Fish Springs ... Starving horses get storybook ending ... in our local paper.

As horse owners and animal lovers we are saddened to see these drastic situations.  We support the kind generous folks who open their homes and hearts to these four footed unfortunate souls.





Comment balloon 5 commentsLisa Wetzel • August 10 2008 06:30AM


This is just another sad part of what is happening as part of the real estate down turn.  Families who can't pay their bills don't have the money for care of their pets.  It is sad that they don't realize that in many areas it is a criminal offense to abondon an animal and if they can be tracked down they will be prosecuted.  Hopefully this guy will find a new loving home and not meet a much worse fate than he has already suffered.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 12 years ago

Cindy - I appreciate your response and thank you for your thoughts.  You are right, some poor folks don't even realize they are committing a crime - others are left with no other alternative.  We had a foreclosure house earlier this year that was tragic, they had to to move to an apartment - where do you put the horse?

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) about 12 years ago

These stories are so sad, these animals deserve so muck better. I'm glad to see a few happy endings.

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) about 12 years ago

I agree with Debbie... Thank you for sharing this. Very sad, indeed... C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

How sad.  Pets require a lot to care for them, big or small, and some people just do not know what else to do when they can no longer provide the necessary care.

Posted by Brenda Carus (Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate) almost 12 years ago