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        12-16-2008, 09:06 PM
    Should we move our horse?

    I have a question. I will try to make this short but then again I have lot to say and ask.

    Ok my wife has a 2 almost 3 year old paint. She has about 30 days training on here maybe a little more and is rideable . So, we bought her brought her home. I built a stall about 10 by 15. Now after having here here for about 2 months she started going down hill in terms of manners. Just stubborn really and needs more training so we had to options. Have a trainer come to our house or have here put in a stable somewhere and pay for the lessons there.

    We decided it would be better just to have her put up at a local barn for boarding. This guy offers boarding and he does western pleasure training etc. So, he picked the horse up and my wife has been boarding the horse there for 2 months.

    BUT... he wanted $450 a month for boarding and training. We just couldn't afford it. He said ok you can board for just $250 a month and this is full care and he said he would just show her what to do and she could do it rather than him doing the training.

    Well my wife after 2 months of boarding there said she is unhappy. He does not muck the stall. It's cold right now here in Texas and he does not put a blanket on her. When we go out there her water is always frozen over. She is also kept outside with only a tarp over her and one wall behind her and nothing else on either side.

    I want to know if this is true and I actually think it probably is but were paying for full care so the horse shouldn't have to or even be doing this. He said he dose not clean out the sall very often because the horses like to lay in the manuer because it is warm! DO WHAT? That is why we are paying full care so she does not have to lay in manuer. Put a blanket on her it's 26 degress outside.

    So, for $250 a month shouldn't we be getting better than this? Is this horse manuer just a story he made up?

    Thanks, Jason

    I have another thread about moving her somewhere else.
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        12-16-2008, 09:21 PM
    The blanket thing is meaningless to me this morning it was -26 here and none of my 32 horses wear a blanket. If your paying him to keep the stall clean then it should be clean. Ice on the water? Just how much ice are we talking about and for how long? Just how much ice can there be at 26 F? It takes a whole lot more cold then that to make ice thick enough a horse can't drink.
        12-16-2008, 09:36 PM
    Well lets put it this way.We had to take a hammer to it. When we broke it up she was there ready to drink it. The horse faces right into the wind. No cover. We are paying $250 a month and so I would expect a non motel 6 atmosphere.
        12-16-2008, 09:39 PM
    If your unhappy about it then I'd move breaking ice here is a normal daily think from about Thanksgiving to Easter just isn't an issue to me its a daily routine.
        12-16-2008, 09:49 PM
    Oh I agree it's a daily routine only it is not getting done. That is the problem. We also said hey where is the feed bucket. He said oh she like to pick it up and through all the food around so I put the hey on the ground and the feed on top of it.

    We were like oh. But in the truck we were like ok the stall is filthy and he puts the feed and hey on it. Does not even have a thing for the hey on the wall.

    Also on the blanket thing. Everyone around here has a blanket on there horse. Some a little extreme I think. I saw one that looked like it had a speedo on underneath the blanket. Maybe we just spoil our horses. But we live in Texas so the horses here are used to it being really hot. 105 days at a time. 30 and under forget it. You can tell the horse is freezing or just plain unhappy. Example when it was cold the horse wouldn't even come out of the stall. We put a blanket on here and after she figured out oh this is warm she would come out running and all. One day we said where is Trixie. The stall door was open but she was in the stall. OH... the blanket was not on. Put it on and she was good to go.
        12-16-2008, 09:50 PM
    I would first tell him to start cleaning out the stalls regulary(sp). The place I keep my horse at cleans the stalls out after each feeding, morning and night. It doesn't matter if a horse likes rolling in their poop or not, it's unsanitary. An unclean stall can cause so many different health problems. If he refuses to start taking better care of your horse, or does it for a few weeks then stops then you need to move her.

    Some horses don't need a blanket in the winter. The only ones at the place Kyanne's at that has blankets are the older horses or the horse that didn't grow her winter coat. Some horses need blankets, some don't. I would watch her for signs that she's getting cold and can't retain heat. If she seems fine I wouldn't worry about it.
        12-16-2008, 09:53 PM
    I would want my horses fed on the ground its the only way I feed better for their lungs. Horses very seldom need a blanket I have freinds and family in Tx. And go their every winter very few horses I see there wear blankets. If you want your horse to have one, are paying for it to have one then it should have one. If your leaving it up to the BO then its up to him.
        12-16-2008, 09:59 PM
    He throws the hay and feed on the ground? That's just not good. Not only could she colic but she can get bacteria infection from the feces and the urine that is in the stall. I would tell the guy to do the job he said he would do, that is full board and care. Daily cleanings, hay rack, if she throws her food dish then invest in a little feed bucket that hangs on the door. If he still has excuses then I'd move her. I pay $220 a month for where Kyanne is at, but it's worth $300 a month. If you can find another boarding facility that ya'll like and it's more than $250 then ask about maybe doing the care for the horses one night a week. I do every saturday night, takes me about 2 hours to feed, put the horses out in the pasture, clean the stalls and hay everyone, that is $20 every saturday. Alot of facilities will let you do that so that they don't have to do it every night.
        12-16-2008, 10:01 PM
    Originally Posted by county    
    I would want my horses fed on the ground its the only way I feed better for their lungs. Horses very seldom need a blanket I have freinds and family in Tx. And go their every winter very few horses I see there wear blankets. If you want your horse to have one, are paying for it to have one then it should have one. If your leaving it up to the BO then its up to him.
    Yeah in some way I feel like he is mad at my wife. He is so nice to her but he wants her to be up there all the time training the horse. Says if you want to be showing western pleasure you need to be here every evening leaning and training. But my wife is a school teacher and we commute 38 miles each way to and from work so she just can't do that.

    What gets us is that he will blanket all the horses outside. But when she gets there he will be like oh I was going to blanket her but have not got around to it. Oh I don't have anymore blankets etc. It is suppose to be included. We don't really need blankets but with snow and sleet right now and 30mph winds we just would like her to have some protection.
        12-16-2008, 10:32 PM
    I'm in North Texas... where do you board? You should move your horse because that guy sounds lazy. FYI most boarders provide their own blankets and I wouldn't share blankets either cause you horse could get fungus from another horse.

    I charge $275 (cause we are still doing some construction on the arena and roundpen) but I take care of my boarder's a little too good. I don't know what kind of facilities your at and if it's worth puting up with his behavior..

    My website is if you click on services and then boarding you can get an idea of what we provide for comparison.

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