Hearing that I can't believe you've kept your horse there that long. If my horse wasn't being properly taken care of they would MAYBE get one second chance.
I'm extremely anal about my horse's care, my life revolves around making sure they are happy, well-fed, watered, and cared for. Anyone that I'm paying to care for them needs to feel the same way and if they don't my horses would not be in their care any longer.
Well, we have known for a while that they weren't getting grained. They have gone through two round bales so far, and we thought they put them out late, but their excuse was that there was still grass. Now there is no healthy grass AND no hay? Also, I just found out about the fence feeder thing the other day from a friend who also boards there. She is there more often than me, so she catches more of what is going on. We are a very tight-knit group, and it is a good thing we are. Posted via Mobile Device
Cosmo, any moron who would laugh because a horse shocked itself on the fence and then was reluctant to eat from a fence feeder, I sure as heck wouldn't want in charge of a goldfish, much less a group of horses.
Thanks guys, if there is no hay again today, I'm leaving a note on the board and giving them a call. I'd rather my horse not colic, or get stomach ulcers from the lack of food. (Which I doubt they realize can happen..)
Also, just a side note, we would be gone, but the contract requires that we give a 30 day notice prior to leaving. =/ We are going out Saturday to look at a place. It's the soonest anything can be done at this rate, if worse comes to worse I could move him to a friends house, but I would like to not have to do that. It's a lot of stress on my poor boy :(
Thanks guys, if there is no hay again today, I'm leaving a note on the board and giving them a call. I'd rather my horse not colic, or get stomach ulcers from the lack of food. (Which I doubt they realize can happen..)My note would let them know that I am gone.
Also, just a side note, we would be gone, but the contract requires that we give a 30 day notice prior to leaving. It is very honorable of you to care about the contract, but frankly is a little ridiculous when they are not feeding and caring for your horse, which I am sure is also in the same contract! =/ We are going out Saturday to look at a place. It's the soonest anything can be done at this rate, if worse comes to worse I could move him to a friends house, but I would like to not have to do that. It's a lot of stress on my poor boy :(
I would think that being moved would be preferable than not being fed,or staying in a place where the BO thinks it is entertaining to put their food where they get zapped trying to get it. Probably lower on the "stress" scale".
I know you would like to do this with your friends, but this may be a time for every man for himself, frankly. It may be hard to find a place for all five of you to go and stay together, let alone agree on. You may all have to sacrifice that for the good of the horses. I am not sure just what you consider "worse coming to worse"......this is pretty bad, IMO.
Where are you located? I'm just asking because if my horses didn't have hay during the winter not only would they have problems with colic, ulcers, etc. They would also be freezing cold. Besides the fact that frozen grass has extremely high sugar levels and if they don't have any other source of forage they WILL start to eat poisionous plants.
In my opinion your horse not being fed is an emergency. I would be informing the BO of my intent to leave as soon as possible. In the meantime I would be getting the other boarders together and drawing up a schedule for feeding the horses.
The BO has already broken the contract by not feeding your horse, I don't think you need to worry about a 30 day notice.
Check the contract I'm fairley sure it says that they are responsible for feeding your horse. If they aren't feeding your horse then THEY have already broken the contract and you probably don't have to worry about giving notice.
I would definitely leave that barn. & I feel the same as you concerning truer lack of horse care & knowledge so maybe call the SPCA or your local humane society about it & tell them of your issues. There is no excuse for lack of necessary & proper treatment of any animal. Posted via Mobile Device