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post #21 of 23 Old 03-13-2010, 09:51 AM
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You did the right thing talking to the BO. Reputation is everything and most BO's would rather know of an issue and take care of it, than risk rumor central in their area.

I've worked at a large barn too and do know the amount of work involved and how hard it can be, BUT this kid was just being flat out lazy and not wanting to be there in the first place. IF he's asked to fill in again, just make arrangements to care for your own horse if possible those days.. CYA!

I have seen buckets hung up on a horses leg before.. not pretty. Good luck to you and I hope it all works out

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post #22 of 23 Old 03-13-2010, 10:02 AM
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On Saturday March 6, I had some undesirable experiences at the barn while (S)was working.
I arrived in the morning at approximately 9:15 am. When I entered the little barn I noticed that Lula had her blanket taken off but Candi still had her blanket on. At this time I had no idea that Michael was working instead of Sally. I took Candi’s blanket off.

Later on in the afternoon about 4:15 pm I was taking a lesson with Lindsey. (S) approached me during my lesson and point blank told me he was cutting Candi’s feed by two flakes. She is currently being fed 3 flakes am and pm. I asked him why and his reply was that she had some left when he went to feed her. Before my lesson I had picked up the small amount of hay and put it in her feed bin. It was approximately flake or less.
I explained that I had put the feed in the bin and that it really wasn’t much. He stated he was cutting the feed in a matter of fact way. At that point Lindsey and I both said not to cut the feed that Candi is underweight and needs to have it.
This is the most perplexing thing of all. After my lesson I went into the little barn to put away my hard hat. I checked Candi’s feed. He had not given her the 3 flakes of hay. To my surprise he had already cut out the two flakes. I know he only gave her maybe a flake of hay. On top of that her grain bucket was tossed into the tire feed bin. When others do the grain they usually just dump the grain into the small rubber feeder in Candi’s paddock. A loose bucket with a handle in a pen is something I don’t care much for due to the risk of a foot etc becoming caught. When I see a loose bucket in a pen/stall/paddock, I feel it is a risk to my horse and I need that not to happen- is this something you can do?
I don’t think this was handled properly or professionally. I don’t know what you can or cannot do about this but I thought it best that you understand what happened on Sat. March 6th.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this further. When these things happen I feel like my horses well being is not being handled professionally which is something that I need from the place where I keep my horses. Is this something I can expect? If you would like, feel free to call me or email me. I look forward to seeing you at the barn.

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I made some suggestions using the "when this happens, I feel --------- and I need ------" format because that takes the blaming out of it and puts it into terms where you have a need. It is also very specific so that the BO knows what you are asking for/what you are feeling the problem is. I hope that helps.
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Thanks Citrus.
I actually never sent the letter. I ended up calling the BO and everything has been resolved.
He is no longer allowed to fill in or work there.

Things are all good and well with his mom (the BM) and I. I am nice to her son because I really have no reason in the world to not be. He did what he did and thats that.
Time to move on.

I have found out that there were several others that had complaints about him on that day but I do not know what the complaints were for all others only the one lady shared with me.

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