more than likely this was all caused by a bad day/week, but every time we ask a question (because if they dont tell us, we dont know) they get annoyed with us. what are we supposed to do? not ask? and do something we arent supposed to do? i just feel like they think they are better than their boarders and dont need to be bothered with our concerns.
You said that you were feeding hay and they told you not to? Were you feeding their hay? That's a big no-no. Just because hay is included doesn't mean you can feed as much as you want to your horse whenever and where ever you please. Boarding business' are on tight budgets.
i fed him half a flake after his dinner on two seperate nights, the evenings i didnt ride. there isnt much grass in his feild (overgrazed) its getting colder than usual for this time of year and he is fit, but doesnt have much insulating fat like the rest of the obese quarter horses out there. they said they were upping their grain in the morning to compensate for that, but more grain + little forage = impaction colic. when we asked when they would put hay out he said not untill the first frost, but if there is little grass, they should have put some out regardless. trust me, if i fed him however much i wanted and whenever, he would have eaten a heck of a lot more than that! lol. its not very good quality hay either, so i cant imagine it was very expensive, because my horse ate it pretty slowly, yet when another boarder gave us a flake of hers to try he ate it in 15 mins, so its not that he isnt hungry. we (my mom and i) have asked if we are cool with him and if he was upset for any reason and he says no, but his attitude towards us says yes.
i honestly wonder how much horse knowledge they really have, maybe they just dont know that horses are grazers which means they eat alllll dayyy lonngg, especially in cold weather and hard work. and they lose weight when they arent.
Can you explain the 'pointless reasons'? As BO's we have rules. Some rules seem to be 'pointless' to some individuals but as a whole they are necessary.
(this was the place we left)
they werent that BO's rules, i was asked once if i would put a horse out and i had only been there 4 days, so of course i didnt know exactly where the feilds were, but she told me the mare feild. so i put her in a feild that had mares in it. turned out to be the wrong feild and the woman went absolutely nuts! cussing and screaming and stirring up the horses when i could have easily caught the horse before she went crazy. i understand being inconvienienced, but i dont think she should have flipped her lid like that =/. it was a terrible barn anyway, beautiful show facility, but she drugged her horses before the shows and asked my mom (who is a registered nurse) to ace a pony intravieniously for a class.
we also blame her for the death of my moms pony, who she reccomended putting a muzzle on to prevent founder, when the better solution would have been to put him in a stall, but i guess $400 a month for FIELD BOARD isnt enough. she didnt do stall board for any of the horses. none. so when he got dehydrated and coliced, she didnt even call us and we showed up and he was in the round pen and she then told us he was in there for two days cuz he acted colicy. OUR NUMBERS WERE ON THE WHITE BOARD AND IN THE BOARDING AGREEMENT. that was just neglectful on their part. they also never tried to notify us when our horse got kicked in the leg and had the vet come out without asking us first. $500 bill later and we could have medicated it and wrapped it ourselves.
that was extremely off topic, but i felt like i needed to say that =/