Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I agree with Buck, absolutely. If you are paying full board, you should be receiving full care.
At the previous barn I was at, the board was $375.00 a month, and that included EVERYTHING. Seriously. At the time, it was a very large Fox Hunting/Eventing Barn, very popular and always busy with something going on. 40+ boarders and that monthly fee, took care of Feed, Shavings, Unlimited hay, Blanket Changing, turn in and turn out, full use of facility Emergency Care *meaning, vet called asap and someone there to handle things until you arrive or even if you cannot show up due to work or other means. All repairs were done by the Barn Workers *they were burly men who could hande anything* and a boarder was never left to "fend for themselves".
You bet your bippy, that the Workers at that barn, kept a very close eye on the horses - and there were A LOT of horses. Any injuries, lost shoes, off feed, colic, fever - did not matter, the barn knew about it before the owner did.
I say, you should find somewhere else if you can, and if you choose to stay, you need to voice your feelings and opinions about this. If they don't know how you feel, they wont beable to "fix" anything. I was always taught by my parents, that if you want to stay in the game, you have to lay all your cards on the table to beable to proceed forward. I do not agree that you should just "put up with it" because that's garbage. I would voice your opinion to the BO/BM. If you decide to stay, make yourself known and have a 1 on 1 conversation with the "authority" there and tell them exactly how you feel about this.
Your horse should not have to be stuck in rain pooled muddy stalls - and if your BO want to pay for your horses foot work when he incurs scratches and thrush, then fine - but if not, then they need to do something about this - since it is their barn and their business. You are paying them monthly for the care of your horse, they need to hold up their end of the deal.
I understand your frustration about the colic issue - the barn I am at now, DID NOT notice Nelson was colicing either. He was in his stall, and NO ONE noticed. He was standing there not eating his feed, and had his head in the corner with it drooped. No one took notice, and it wasn't until I showed up after work to take care of his leg *this was when he had that bad injury* when I discovered his situation.
It ended up being a very bad bout - and you BET YOUR BIPPY I made the BO and her help get out there with me and spend the next 7 hours with my Vet trying to get him back. I almost lost him, honestly - it was bad, it got to the point where my vet was saying we might have to let him go.
I had a long discussion with the BO telling her exactly how I feel, and you can be sure that they keep a closer eye on the horses. If they are running a facility and taking money from people for the care of their horses - they had better do their jobs.