Rant and advice needed
Okay, so last week it rained for 3 days straight. My horse was stuck in his stall as a result. His back legs typically stock up when he's in for more than 8 hours or so. I get up there the day after the rain ends and find him standing with his head drooped near the ground, his back legs the size of tree stumps and his body feeling hot to the touch. I take his temperature and find it's 103.8. I call the vet out and he gives him Benamine to bring the fever down and says to monitor the horse for the next 24 hours to see if it returns. The barn owner and manager who are also mother and daughter, were present for the exam. So I head into work worried sick about my horse. Around 6:30 that evening, I call the daughter and ask her how my horse is doing. She says, "I've haven't been watching him". I remind her that he had a high fever earlier in the day and she says, "He's eating and drinking so it's fine." I ask her if his legs are still huge and she says, "I'm watching him eat right now" (which of course doesn't even answer my question) I try one more time and ask her to feel him to see if he's still hot and get the same blow off answer. Apparently if you're eating and drinking and you're a horse, you're not sick. His fever was still bad the next day, so I had the vet out again. We've now have him on doxy and he's responding beautifully, but with no uncertainty, I will be moving him. I am still absolutely confounded at how rude that _itch was to me. I work 75 miles from where he is, and was very worried about him. To tell me she's standing right in front of him, but won't check on him was about the meanest thing I can think of. She certainly has no place taking money to watch over other people's horses. If I had been away on vacation, I probably would have come home to a dead horse.
So anyway, my choices are my trainer's barn. It's 36 miles away, slighty out of my price range, but it has an indoor and a nice level field to ride in which sounds nice. It would also give me the piece of mind that my trainer who loves him almost as much as I do would be the one looking after him and it would make getting to shows extremely easy since she does all the trailering. Downside is it's land locked. No trails which me and horsey love.
Option 2 is a friend of mine has a stall opening at her barn soon. Her board is much lower than my trainer's. The barn is only 12 miles from my house which would be really nice at $3.00 a gallon. She has access to trails with cross country jumps which is a huge plus for me, and she says everyone at her barn is nice. The downside to this place for me is the obvious one where I don't know the owners and now and ever vigilant about owners who promise the moon and the stars when you first see the place, but then turn passive-aggressive psycho after you sign the contract.
thoughts? thanks for reading my rant.
You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.