So at my barn, in the area that my trainer has her horses, there is this tall bay mare. I've never once seen an owner take her out and the only interaction she seems to get is from me on the weekends from outside her stall and the hired hands mucking and feeding. The area that we are situated at is quite secluded and the only people to really go into our stable area would be my trainer, the stablehands and my trainer's few students so I doubt anyone has taken any real notice of this mare's current situation (being as we are placed on the precipice of a hill).
But I am truly concerned for this mare. First off, her hooves are overgrown (they haven't gotten to the curling stage yet but they are pretty bad and proves that she's been neglected) and she hobbles around within her pipe stall. Her back hooves are more worn down then the front so I believe she tries to overcompensate for the pain in her front hooves. She also didn't have a blanket when it was pouring a few weeks ago and I've yet to see one on her. Her coat is really matted with mud and I'm afraid to know what kind of parasites lie beneath it; our horses are taken out everyday and we still manage to find at least a tick or two on 'em. I started to pick at some crust on her neck from outside her stall and what was beneath looked pretty nasty; She probably has a fungus and a ton of ticks. The mare is also pretty thin, not severely, but definitely below a normal weight.
So, my question is, am I allowed to contact the barn owner about this? My trainer keeps putting off asking about who owns the mare and I'm about ready to call a farrier out myself and pay to have her feet trimmed. My trainer says that we should get the permission of the owner first before taking the mare out, which I completely understand, but I really cannot wait any longer; I'm itching to clean her up. I can't focus on anything; this poor mare has pulled at my heart with her soft look and her sweet nature.
Lastly, I cannot BELIEVE the barn that I am at has let this go on for this long. The stable I ride at is a nice stable and isn't the cheapest to board at so I'm wondering why the owner hasn't payed for a simple trim for so long.
Thanks to whoever reads all of this, and, also, I had no idea what category this fell under so sorry if it is in the wrong forum area.