Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Vancouver British Columbia
horribly run centre.
I was just a stall mucker at this place and I will not mention the real name of it. But i've worked for MANY stables through out my life big and small and never once have I witnessed anything this bad before. I worked in the mare and foal barn because I dislike and do not trust studs (had a really bad accident with one of them a couple years back and am slowly regaining trust with them as time goes by) everything was good until about a week into working there. I did about 18 stalls a day along with 8 paddocks and they were gravel so wasn't so terrible, but the bin was a 5 minute walk up the road. So all of this took me about 5 hours to do EVERYTHIGN that needed to be done - not so bad.
There were two babies and a momma to each stall, the yearlings were 2 to a stall and there was the teaser pony and a stud in the barn as well as a donkey lol, I told my boss I was uncomftorable with the stud and to ask one of the girls from the stud barn to come do those two and he agreed that was dealt with, what really got me is these horses stayed in their stalls 24/7, they were an inch thick of bedding, the foals we NOT halter broke even a little bit, and the ones that were were not lead broke and how they did lead break them is to attatch a full length leather rope to their halter.
My grandfather used to cut a rope shake to 4" long and for an hour a day sit with the foals with that attatched to their halters to get them used to the weight. Not a full length shank, are you kidding me?
Then I got attacked by one of the foals (had to do the stalls with all the horses in there with me, which put me at a major risk as I had NO where to go if/when something happened and it did, the horse bit my face turned around double barrled me in the chest and the other one freaked out and kicked me in the head, I was unconsious and alone in this barn (as I always was) found me around 5 hours later and they fired me telling me I was not worth their money.
If the waters were to freeze (automatic waters) I was not allowed to do their stalls, and I had weekends off so the stalls wouldn't get done for two days they didn't have someone for the weekends at all, this was a very poorly ran stable. Feed consisted of one flake of hay in the AM a half scoop of sweet feed and at night 3 flakes of hay. The horses were under weight and very poorly taken care of.