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    02-06-2010, 10:17 PM
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Dirty stalls and nasty buckets yes... paddocks... I don't know. I clean the poop out of my paddocks daily in the summer but when winter comes I can't get the barrels in and then it gets so wet. My horses are living in a swamp land. I hope people don't think I neglect them. Their stalls and clean, buckets are scrubbed and food is fresh... paddocks are nasty.
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    02-06-2010, 10:38 PM
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Are the stalls open? We have open stalls and its impossible to keep them completely dry. We clean stalls twice a day but they still have wet inside stalls and the outsides are solid mud.
    02-06-2010, 10:42 PM
If you work there what are you doing to fix it? Making it hard on the BO is going to result in some horses going to slaughter or to homes that may be worse. Mud won't hurt a horse and cleaning a stall every three days may not be ideal but it won't hurt it too bad either. I think your overexagerating things.
    02-07-2010, 03:33 AM
Roperchick-Half the barn has normal stalls then the other half has the stalls where the horses can go out to runs. The stalls don't get wet from rain or anything. So if their wet and nasty its cause of pee.

Kevinshorses- The barn owner is never there. I go in clean what im suppose to and then leave. I can't order new hogs fuel or fix fallen down boards cause she wont let us do that other wise I would. Were not aloud to do barn maintance its just our job to clean stalls.

And they have already put horses down for no "real" reason. For example a pony was put down cause they let it founder again, they put it back on grass after they knew he would founder. They didnt want to care for him and didnt list the horse for free. At that time I couldnt take him other wise I would of loved to that pony was awesome. And he was also coming back from his founder so I know with time he would of been better.
Just this past week they put another horse down that they recently took in. They never turned her out, unless an hour of arena time counts. She was older but still a good ride. No major problem like founder with her but now she's gone to. Im also afraid that their going to put this other mare down. Id rather find a home then put horses down that are not in need to be shot.

If your going to ask why I don't list the horses. I did place adds for her before but she doesnt even call potential buyers back. Even if a boarder at the barn would like me to work a horse she ruines that for me in her eyes im only a stall cleaner.

Here is a page about how mud can cause problems for the hooves, either by weakening the inner wall,mud fever,thrush..ect.
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    02-07-2010, 07:02 AM
If I understand correctly, you are a stall cleaner complaining about the condition of the stalls where you work? That sounds like a problem the barn owner would solve by getting better help. Putting down a horse that you can't afford to take care of or that has chronic problems is often far more humane than giving it away to a stranger. If you don't like working at the barn then quit but don't try to ruin someone elses livelyhood because it doesn't mesh well with your Pollyanna view of the world.
    02-07-2010, 08:36 AM
Um, both my horse have had thrush, does that mean I abuse my horses? Thrush is one of the most common health problem. I'm going to have to agree with Kevin on this one.
    02-07-2010, 04:37 PM
So, since I come in a few days a week to clean 4 stalls maybe 5 its my fault that the stalls are strip jobs? Or the next day I come in hers still havent been cleaned. That's my fault?? And I am looking for a new job I was just asking the question if barn neglect is horse neglect also.
    02-07-2010, 07:08 PM
I guess my opinion is no, the way you're describing things doesn't seem like horse abuse or neglect. I'm also sure that the owners of the horses had a legitimate reason for putting the horses down, you just don't know the story behind it..
    02-07-2010, 08:54 PM
I think pictures would help. How can people give an honest opinion with out them. I have seen horses taken away because they haven't had a dry area and dirty conditions.
    02-07-2010, 09:27 PM
My horses drink out of stock troughs that are NEVER cleaned, it just isn't logistically possible. They have an inch thick layer of algae on the bottom, but if you elave it alone the algae sinks to the bottomand the water is crystal clear. If you try to clean them, it disturbs it and the water turns murky brown.

They are fine and have never gotten sick from it.

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