Click to see it larger if you think your eyes are deceiving you. Yes, that's a foal chained to its dam. Why? Why, you ask? What an excellent question, one that the reader who sent it to me was asking, along with many others:
"Why is a foal tethered to its dam in the first place? I though nature provided that bond!"
I am truly baffled. This is a real WTF moment.
Agreed. I particularly cringe at nylon halters when the mare has a foal at side. The foal can get caught in it too, you know.
"Love the extra-wide neck collar (also not breakaway) for the foal -- so he can strangle even faster than with a halter??"
And what is that neck collar anyway? I know he's a draft, but are we trying to teach him to pull his mother?
"And to tie them together with a heavy chain?!?! (also not breakaway, natch) WTF, do these people think they are raising ponies or pit bulls?"
It really does look like an emergency vet call waiting to happen.
See, and we bitched when "Glamour" did this. A veterinary magazine really should get 30 lashes with a wet noodle for this one!
*shakes head.* Another day, another idiot or ten...