Here's the nutshell.... at the barn where I keep my mare in pasture, one of the barn owner's stallions evidently got out last year and my mare ended up pregnant. When my mare started getting big I repeatedly asked the trainer/barn owner if she could possibly be pregnant and I was repeatedly told no. The last time I asked was about 3 weeks before a filly appeared in the pasture. Turns out that the barn owners knew that the stallion got out but never told any of us mare owners. I had plans to take my mare to a couple of shows this fall which I now cannot do and also had poor riding with her before the baby came. The barn owners (who I also purchased my mare from) had bred her before and I can't believe they didn't know she was pregnant. (btw - I'm a first time horse owner who knows nothing about breeding and babies.) I realize that stallions can get out - I'm upset that they never told me and even after the filly was born never came to me to apologize.
So now - they think I should still be paying them board while the baby is with her. I think I should have to until the baby is weaned since now my horse is not available for me to ride. Would appreciate any comments.