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    01-23-2011, 03:52 PM
The trainer has nothing to do with this horse and her attitude toward it is irrelevent. If her income is based solely on the students she has at this facility and the ability to train there then that should rightfully be her top priority. If the OP wants to inquire about the welfare of the horse, assuming that it is ldone with some tact, then I see no problem there but she should be prepared to be told to mind her own business. I would guess that the condition of the horse has been exaggerated but even if it hasn't, the horse is in a clean stall and is fed twice a day which is not neglect.
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    01-24-2011, 12:57 AM
While I understand both sides of this, I needed to point out that again, these are all unfounded statements. Word of mouth stories tend to grow as those tell them. I am not accusing anyone of anything but it is all hearsay.

Think of this from the horse owners standpoint. You have a horse. You come visit when you can. You work hard to pay board on said horse. Some student comes along and doesn't like the fact that you don't brush daily. The student then makes claims that your horse is thin, in need of farrier work and more grain. All claims made by a student that you don't even know. A student that has no idea how you care for your horse because they couldn't possibly be there 24/7.

While in a perfect world, we would visit our horses daily, isn't that what we pay BO's for?
    01-25-2011, 07:01 PM
This is why I include farrier and worming in my boarding fee. There are absent owners at every barn and I'm not in the business to judge them so I just take it out of the equation. Works out well 90% of the time.
    01-25-2011, 09:32 PM
I have to say I am actually baffled at some of the comments on this thread.. If I saw a horse being neglected I would absolutely speak up and for one mention something to the owner and maybe offer help if they need it. And I would absolutely do anything in my power to relieve the horse of discomfort. And if I got in trouble for helping a helpless animal so be it..
Whats the judge going to say " Well your going to jail for helping out a animal in need"

And if the BO and the trainers don't care enought to say something to the owner of the horse I would think twice about remaining at that barn. I would not want to be at a barn where money is higher on the priority list than the horses care, because they are worried about losing clients.

Anyone that would stand around and let a horse or any animals be neglected is heartless and I commend OP for standing up for an being who doesn't have a voice..
    01-26-2011, 10:46 PM
Tough issue. There have been several times in my life when I stood up for someone/something and paid the price. Having said that, I'm still glad I took the stand. There is nothing wrong with contacting the owner. You don't have to insult them. However, one trim is not going to resolve the issue. Whatever the reason, it is up the the owner of the facility to make sure the horses he's caring for are not neglected. So, the owner of your facility is at fault for allowing it to go on. Your issue is with him. And your trainer? I simply can't find the words to express my feelings! If she's only in it for the money, she's worthless to you, and could care less if YOUR legs fell off!


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