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    12-12-2010, 10:51 PM
  #1
Weanling
Question Bleh, probably going to move.

So I have a question for you guys. If your horse was being boarded, and that price included a feeding in the morning, and hay when needed and you weren't getting those services, even when several boarders have reminded them about these things would you move? They cut their own hay and make it into round bales. None of the horses that are field boarded have had any kind of hay for the past 4 days, nor are they getting fed any kind of grain. We know that for sure because the women who is on self care who comes out twice a day, everyday, has never seen the horses eat in the morning. Plus, I feed my guy by himself in the evening and I have had to feed him more than he has ever gotten before just to maintain his weight, not to mention make up for the weight he is losing. There is no way they are getting fed everyday. My main concern is that it is now December and the grass that is still there has lost all of its nutritional value, and horses are GRAZERS, they need to be eating all day long! Not to mention the guy put a bull in one of the other fields, didn't tell anyone, and a girl who comes out after dark was charged at three times. After all, we are paying for a service and everything is written in a contract.
Would you guys be fed up with it too? Would you consider moving if you had a place to go?
     
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    12-12-2010, 11:01 PM
  #2
Trained
If my horse was supposed to be getting fed and wasn't, I would be gone.

Sure you could do the feedings yourself, but that lack of care makes me think that they would not be able to respond correctly if my horse injured himself while I was away. I need to have a certain level of trust with the place I am boarding and I would not have it if they were not feeding when they are supposed to. Four days of no hay is not acceptable for me. Ever.
     
    12-12-2010, 11:02 PM
  #3
Trained
If I was SURE my horse was not getting the care I wanted and was paying for, I would not even have to ask that question. Especially when you are talking the very basics of food!
I am wondering what your hesitation is?
     
    12-12-2010, 11:20 PM
  #4
Weanling
Well, I just hate switching barns I guess. Plus, if I do move, the only places available for the kind of riding/arena requirements happen to be farther away. It's going to be disappointing to the barn owner too, considering all 5 of us boarders are going to look at a place together on Saturday. We are quite the tight-knit group :) We've needed to be, since the farm owners don't pay enough attention. Good thing is, at the new place, there is an indoor that is just as big as the outdoor now and it is $75 cheaper than the current place, which btw, the outdoor has no lights.

What we all think happened, was that they built the new barn for themselves, and decided to have boarders to help pay for it, but they don't know the first thing about horse care. Nor do I think they really want to deal with other people in their space. They stall their horses even when it is gorgeous out, and they keep ALL of the barn doors shut and locked 24/7. (They aren't show horses that need to even be stalled btw.) Now, idk about you, but that just seems unhealthy for the horses. That means there is no ventalation because the upstairs is an apartment, so now roof vents either. Also, if there was a fire and the big doors were locked, how would someone get in fast enough to get them out? After all, we were told the other day that the heater in the barn bathroom was staying on. The wife has the horses, and she has never seen/been taught how to pull a mane? That's all fine and dandy if she prefers not to, but the fact that she didn't have the slightest clue how bothers me.

Gahhh, I hate talking bad about people, but sometimes ya just gotta let it out :/
     
    12-13-2010, 12:35 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by cosmomomo    
. The wife has the horses, and she has never seen/been taught how to pull a mane? That's all fine and dandy if she prefers not to, but the fact that she didn't have the slightest clue how bothers me.

Out :/
If your horse isn't getting fed properly, yes perhaps time to move on....

But to be all up in arms because someone doesn't know, or have ever pulled a mane...seriously that ridiculous.
Some people it isn't important...especially if they don't have show horses as you say....so this wasn't something she herself needed to learn.
     
    12-13-2010, 12:46 PM
  #6
Trained
I've had horses for most of my almost 30 years as one of the primary caregivers and I wouldn't be able to pull a mane worth a crap. I could probably figure it out with the help of a book, but it hasn't been a skill I've needed to use.

I'd move your horse if it isn't getting fed properly.
     
    12-13-2010, 12:52 PM
  #7
Showing
I've never known or wanted to know how to pull a mane, and I've had horses for 32 years. The fact that she doesn't know how to do that wouldn't give me one second of concern.

However, there are plenty of red flags concerning the safety and care of the horses, and mine not being fed would be a huge no-no, even if the person otherwise knew their stuff.
     
    12-13-2010, 12:53 PM
  #8
Green Broke
If you are paying for hay and grain, and your horse is not getting it, then yes move.

I ride english and still do not know how to pull a mane.... The barn keeps the lesson horses done. My Grandparents have always had horses with a natural mane, with only the bridle path clipped.
     
    12-13-2010, 01:09 PM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
I've never known or wanted to know how to pull a mane, and I've had horses for 32 years. The fact that she doesn't know how to do that wouldn't give me one second of concern.

However, there are plenty of red flags concerning the safety and care of the horses, and mine not being fed would be a huge no-no, even if the person otherwise knew their stuff.
Yep exactly...my concerns would be with over all care regarding feeding and housing, not whether or not they can pull a mane.

And yes keeping horses stalled in a closed barn 24-7 is not healthy both physically or mentally for any horse.
The locked doors is a concern for me as well....but that being said if there is a fire in the barn, chances are you wouldn't get to the horses in time in any case...barn fires spread VERY fast. But the locked doors would only add to the fact yes
     
    12-13-2010, 02:11 PM
  #10
Weanling
I understand the mane pulling thing isn't necessarily a big deal, but I think it seems to be more of the lack of knowledge of horse care in general bothers me. The guy put out fence feeders ONCE and said they were the dumbest horses he's ever seen because they wouldn't go near them. Then later laughed and told another boarder that they were getting ZAPPED by the ELECTRIC FENCE on the top board. And he wonders why they didn't want to eat out of them?
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