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    04-05-2010, 07:17 PM
  #11
Trained
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.
     
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    04-05-2010, 09:33 PM
  #12
Trained
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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.
     
    04-05-2010, 10:16 PM
  #13
Trained
Really Kevin? A 103 degree temperature isn't that much? When Nelson came down with Patomac *sp* fever, his temp was in the 103.'s and my Vet said that is very bad.

103 is definitely serious, 101 is not good, but not bad either - anything 100 to 99 is normal. *I believe it is 99 is the lowest?*
     
    04-05-2010, 10:21 PM
  #14
Red
Foal
How rude! I would be TICKED.

I would try option 2. My barn has trials too, and I much prefer them...
     
    04-06-2010, 02:09 AM
  #15
Yearling
You had every right to be concerned.. however, you have to remember that barn owners have other horses to care for and chores to do. To you, the horse is your baby... they naturally won't be as concerned. You called the vet, they were there to hear your vet's instructions... meds were administered and the horse was in his stall eating and drinking which is a good sign. I'm not sure what you were expecting from them? Maybe you misunderstood their relaxed assuring tone as nonchalance? I wasn't there so I don't know but I know in situations like this emotions are running high. Just something to think about.

I hope your horse is feeling better... keep us updated!
     
    04-06-2010, 03:53 AM
  #16
Yearling
I would try option 2 first, like the others have said. Plus if you own a boarding stable it should be your number one priority about the well fare of a boarders horse(s). Its better to have a good business reputation then a large graveyard. If the lady was on the phone looking at the horse! Why couldnt she of just went in there and did a once over?
I hope you find a happy new barn, good luck.
     
    04-07-2010, 12:28 AM
  #17
Yearling
I just wish boarders would calm down. If something upsets you, instead of stomping off like a child (I'm not saying you did this exactly) but try to communicate your feelings about the situation in a calm fashion and try to understand their point of view. It is may be a misunderstanding... how are they suppose to improve with out any feedback?
     
    04-07-2010, 10:29 AM
  #18
Started
If your barn is a good one and this is the only incident you have had, I would stay put. You could find yourself in a worse situation, especially if you need full board.
     

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