Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Spring Hill Florida
• Horses: 0
Update. I told friend that I can't take care of putting turpentine on her horse's hooves while she's gone for 2 weeks. I told her I refuse to touch a horse in pain. I told her that if she believes it's a small problem like the others here, she's in denial cause it's easier to listen to them. I said she needs to call the vet and get pain meds and xrays to make sure the horse's coffin bone didn't sink. Blah blah blah.
Barn manager tells her the horse should have some pain meds (oh, now you think so?) , and casting the hoof may support it. She says it's all caused by the weather and poor quality hooves. She said she sees it all the time.
I said to BM, the farrier has seen the horse every month, why was no preventative work done? She says there was nothing really wrong til now.
I said I disagree.
BM said I should keep my opinions to myself because I don't know what I'm talking about. And I have no business telling HER CLient what needs to be done.
I said I would never offer an opinion on something that is over my head. I said I had given the friend printouts from farriers I trust and wanted to help, and printouts of articles I've read about BM said that the farriers I talk to don't have any idea what they're talking about either since they're not here hoof in hand. I said it goes without saying that pictures and details are not the same as hoof in hand. Friend had asked my opinion a month ago and all I said was that those feet needed care soon, they can't be left like that.
Friend says that her horse is the last one to show pain; the horse colicked months ago and the horse just laid down and went to sleep. I said so that lameness yesterday was from the horse waiting til the end to show pain? No answer.
BM said the horse has no heel and never did. I said the horse has plenty of heel. It's rolled under, and , until that's trimmed away, there won't be any improvement . No answer.
So now BM is jumping up and getting the right care and pain relief for the horse, and I am clueless. And farrier couldn't have done anything to prevent this deterioration since the beginning of the year.
So BM now says horse will get bute every day for a week or so. And she's going to Tell the farrier about the casting (that was her idea today). And BM will turn out the horse at night instead of during the day because she's sunburned.
So, I am clueless and the BM is the expert on all things, including hooves and farriery, but blames every hoof like that on the moisture and heat, and can't be prevented.
I said to BM I've never contradicted her or farrier hoofcare done to other horses ever. I've never approached anyone at the barn with my opinion on care or advice , especially hooves. It's not my business. Except this time. Friend asked for advice. BM agrees she's never heard me give advice or an opinion to anyone. Until this.
Friend says to BM she Did Ask me for advice as a friend.
So I am left with a lump in my stomach, clueless, have no right talking to her Client about anything, and I am wrong about everything.
The thing is, you can take one's advice, or take the other's advice. But it's really not fair to tell both that they're right. I'm out of it.