Originally Posted by kevinshorses
First, a horses normal temperature is about 101 degrees so he didn't have much of a fever at 103. Second, if you know your horse gets stocked up when he doesn't get out of his stall why didn't you put on a raincoat and get him out? What part of him will melt in the rain? If a horse is eating and drinking it isn't usually very sick either. I don't see what was so very wrong about what the BO did. She may have been doing other things and saw that your horse was acting okay and didn't want to take his temperature again. He was not about to die or anything.
Figures this would come from you Kevin. I board my horse because I cannot get there everyday. I work for a living. The barn is 40 minutes from my house. We got 6" of rain in the span of 48 hours, so there horses were staying in. I am not the BO, so it was not my call. I wouldn't want my horse out anyway in those conditions. The normal stocking up is not the issue. As I explained to the BO, it works itself out within the first hour or so once he's turned out. Tree stump sized legs don't qualify as normal stocking up in my book.
Maybe some horse's normal temp is 101, but for my horse, normal is 99.1, so 103.8 is a big stretch. ANY idiot with an ounce of common sense would at least take a second look at a horse who's legs were twice there normal size and it's body was hot to the touch. Regardless, my rant is geared more toward how the BO handled the situation after the illness had been discovered. Her smug, condescending, bitter attitude resembled your own, which is the last thing I needed while being sitting 75 miles away at work feeling very helpless to assist my horse. I did not ask for comment on the rant. That's why we label them rants. They are the ranter's opportunity to fire off steam without judegment, so keep you smug opinions to yourself or go pick on somebody who will put up with it.