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post #21 of 30 Old 02-08-2010, 09:03 AM
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It does not sound like the optimal set up for it for sure does not sound actionable either. Far from it.

And I am confused about a point. What about replacing a board is such that you are not allowed to do it? You compared it to ordering product that would cost the BO money. Grabbing a hammer and pounding a board back into place does not cost the BO money and I would guess they probably would not be upset if you did it.
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post #22 of 30 Old 02-08-2010, 12:19 PM
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If it affects the health of the horse then it is horse neglect. If it was just visually unattractive and the horses were still in good health then no.
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post #23 of 30 Old 02-08-2010, 12:55 PM
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This is a sticky situation! I don't think that AC will do anything, since (it was mentioned earlier) the horses are fed, there is water, and there is no immediate vet intervention needed.
It is bordering on neglect, but abuse? No. You can do whatever's possible to get the word out about the situation, call attention to it, pass the word along. but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for AC to come make it better. Legally, there isn't any thing they CAN do.

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post #24 of 30 Old 02-08-2010, 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by travlingypsy View Post
If your barn was totaly nasty and the paddocks (turnouts as well as run outs for stalls) had mud where the horse sank to their knees and were living in stalls that some times hadnt been cleaned in 3 days. Not to mention the buckets are never scrubbed out. Is that just neglecting your barn or the horses also?
I think so. That said, the place where I board, they don't scrub the buckets out. I scrub my horse's every time I'm out there (I try to get out every day) because he is a dunker. I think the buckets should be scrubbed every day. Not sure why our BO doesn't.

The stalls should be cleaned every day. Who wants to live in, sleep on poop.

As far as feeding your horse and not working it - that's not abuse. There are a lot of horses in that situation. The good thing is, the horses are getting fed. I've been having knee problems over the last few months and I haven't ridden my horse at all. He gets turned out but no specific activity.
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post #25 of 30 Old 02-08-2010, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses View Post
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.

I was thinking the same thing. As the stall cleaner why are the stalls going three days without being cleaned?
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post #26 of 30 Old 02-08-2010, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by churumbeque View Post
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.
I wouldn't be posting pictures of her barn without permission. I think that's a bad idea especially when the OP is talking about abuse/neglect.
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So what should I do? Im only out there 2 days a week now. I use to clean there 5 days a week. Shes cut my days so I cant just go in there and clean when its her days.

And with fixing the barn like repairs. My mom worked there before me then i came in and started to work. My mom has a CDL licence and can operate those big trucks. The BO knows this but wont allow her to use the tractor to dump the spreader but yet she will let younger boys who have no training with heavy equipment run the tractor o.O She just wont let us do other barn things. Just t/o,fed sometimes, and clean. Well now its just clean and t/o.

Im just asking advice cause the barn has just gown down hill and most of the clients left the barn, only one remains. To me that says a lot if your clients are all leaving. But nothing is getting done to fix the barn.

If Animal control was called they have to first come out and inspect the barn, give a warning. Come out a second time give another warning (if needed). If things are not done or are getting worse then they would consider removing horses.She doesnt see other warnings or signs that her barn is crap now...

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They won't give a warning if the horses are being fed and watered. Where I board we take in all the seized horses by Animal Control.

If people are leaving and she isn't doing anything to stop them, then it may be that she doesn't care if they go. Do the best you can while you're there. If it comes to a point where the horses are no longer being fed properly then you probably have a case to call it in, but I don't think you do now.
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post #29 of 30 Old 02-08-2010, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Solon View Post
I wouldn't be posting pictures of her barn without permission. I think that's a bad idea especially when the OP is talking about abuse/neglect.
You could post closeup pictures of a stall or a run and you wouldn't be able to tell where they were taken. Like of some legs in mud if it really is knee deep.
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post #30 of 30 Old 02-09-2010, 06:31 AM
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Good luck, sorry for the lack of support. I know you're just looking out for the horses.

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