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post #1 of 18 Old 04-04-2010, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #2 of 18 Old 04-04-2010, 06:45 PM
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I would try option 2 for a while. If you don't like it, then you can go to option 1.

Sorry you and your horsey are having a rough time.

Hope it gets better!

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post #3 of 18 Old 04-04-2010, 07:47 PM
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I board in Harwinton, CT at a beautiful barn, and the people there genuinely care about the well-being of all the horses. It's a very laid back environment with an indoor, outdoor, round-pen, adequate turnout and miles of state trails. The board is reasonable too. Are you close by?
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post #4 of 18 Old 04-04-2010, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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I'm in Milford, about 10 minutes south of New Haven. All the barns near me suck. My radius is about 30 miles, so it's probably too far. Where's Harwinton?

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I'm so sorry :( I'd move asap for sure! I agree with Drew, I would try option 2, and if it doesn't work out, move to option 1.

If you can find something else, then look into it for sure!

All the best!

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post #6 of 18 Old 04-04-2010, 11:20 PM
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What's the name of this barn, if you don't mind my asking?

I would try option #2 first and see how that works out.
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post #7 of 18 Old 04-04-2010, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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I would never say on an open internet forum. Not sure what the point would be to that anyway. It's not a good fit for me and my horse and that's all I need to know.

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post #8 of 18 Old 04-04-2010, 11:43 PM
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Exactly Puck, wise choice!

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post #9 of 18 Old 04-05-2010, 12:51 PM
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Its 39 minutes from New Milford, 27 miles away. It's east of Litchfield. How much do you pay for board, if you don't mind me asking?
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post #10 of 18 Old 04-05-2010, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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I'm in Milford, not New Milford. I don't know why they named those towns so similar since they're about 70 miles apart. I'm down on the coast by New Haven. I checked mapquest and Harwinton is about 65 miles from me. Oh well. Good board in my area is around $700. I go more no frills for about $450, but it doesn't buy me much. I may have found a place nearer to me. They'll have a stall open on May 1st. I'm going to take a look on Saturday, so hopeully it's a nice place.

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