Oh yeh, the current barn I've got her at is atrocious. I've caught them punching people's horses and I've a sneaking suspicion they did it to Carolina too. She's never been headshy but since being at this barn she has been.
They're supposed to feed her grain twice a day. She's an extrememly messy eater. Meaning more food ends up on the ground than in her belly. I've never, ever seen any evidence they're feeding her grain.
The gates are always closed. If the gates are closed, I can't go see my horse. 8 times out of 10 when I go to ride or just drop in and see her (and these are reasonable hours) the gates are closed and locked. Despite asking for some kind of access the barn owners say it's just one of their things. It's not just me, it's other people too.
They have let a stallion get into the mare field twice in just the two weeks Carolina has been there.
The arena's are practically unusable because in the indoor arena it's too small to canter in, plus they have a horse in there that's basically been left there to die (she foundered a year ago, they've kept her in the indoor arena til she dies). The outdoor arena is where they turn out the stallions. So to be able to use the outdoor arena you have to wait til someone can move them to somewhere else.
There's no where else to ride. I ride English, no big deal. But they BO's are very vocal about their dislike of people who ride English. As soon as Carolina does something wrong (not really wrong but not perfect under saddle) they tell me to sell her and move on. Or throw a stronger bit on her and turn her into a stockhorse.
WOW! I would have moved my horse as soon as you did too! She was there 2 weeks too long IMO. I am sorry to hear about the terrible things that went on there!
There are a few horses that are 'messy eaters' at my barn, and what I have learned that works really well, is putting a small salt block in there feed bucket. That way they can not just throw there head in the bucket, and 'splash' the food everywhere, they kind of have to work to get at the food, so they actually eat more of it. Does that make sense?
I'm paid up. I'm even paid ahead. But they can keep it if it means I can get my girl out of there. It makes me sick to my stomach when I think about even just her water. I'm not picky about much I don't think, but I wouldn't let my animals drink out of something I wouldn't drink.
I swear to God, I have cleaned her bucket out myself, and stillt he next day - the water in her stall will be green, with yellow froth and bubbles on the top and smell like someone went #2 in it.
I understand horses get hay and food and stuff in there - but really? That nasty in 24 hours?
The new BO is coming around 1:30 tomorrow to pick up Carolina. Even the other riders at the new barn knew about this barn I've got her at. Said how sad and hungry the horses always look here.