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post #1 of 10 Old 01-02-2010, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Anyone else fear boarding?

Well, on tuesday my dad and I are going to be using a friend's horse trailer to trailer my horses Rebel down to a stable about an hour and a half away. The reason? We had him gelded, and since have been fighting an infection around his... you-know-what. We had the vet out and she didn't treat it right. When it came back we called again and the seinor vet diagnosed it by listening to the message. He is 99.9% sure that the gelding went wrong, and he's going to redo the surgery for free. He's delt with problems like Rebel's many times. If it isn't something that had gone wrong with the gelding, then they are going to heal him, but of course we'll have to pay.

My problem is boarding Rebel. I guess I am jelous, protective, I don't know what to call it. The thought of him being in a strange barn, with strange people taking care of him absolutly drives me crazy!!! I know he's going to be healing there, but I want to take care of him. Which I can see the writing on the wall, because the stable is so far away, my dad isn't going to want to run back and forth to give him his meds and such. Rebel should only be there a few days (or so is the plan). It will cost $20 a day, and he shouldn't be there more than a week. The cost covers people walking him if need people, monitoring him on a regular basis, and giving him his meds. I don't like it at all. I don't want strange people giving my horse medication, feeding him, and walking him without me. I want to take care of my own horse. Has anyone else ever been in this situation or felt like this? I feel like an absolute spoiled little brat, but the thought of not taking care of him myself. Ughh... He's my baby!

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post #2 of 10 Old 01-04-2010, 02:54 PM
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I understand your fears though I haven't been in "that" situation...

I've always cared for my horses myself. Two/three years ago I moved out of my parents and down with my fiance who was in college. We took Molly & Image with, they had to be boarded for a year. The thought was horrible to me and my fears were confirmed. I moved them to five locations in that years time because EVERY boarding stable mis-handled them, did not feed them, did not offer heated water buckets, stalled them for to long so my young horse was angry and my older mare (his dam) was locked up and stiff, couldn't walk, became very lame from the lack of moving/stalls. Even after I said to leave them outside, I don't care that there is not shelter LEAVE THEM OUT where they belong, day after day I'd find my horses stalled! They got strangles and several variations of horsie colds - you name it. Both lost 150-200 pounds, every stable promised to care but did not, it was horrible. Finally I rented a facility only for the guy to change his mind three weeks after I moved my horses in and things were looking up the guy got a wild hair and wanted the horses gone THAT DAY. I guess he never talked it over with his wife, she finally won and wanted them gone. I went to another boarding facility to pay pasture board $150 per horse + since they also didn't care for them properly I went to the facility twice daily with my own feed and cared for them myself. Finally we were done with that year of schooling and moved back up North, purchased a home and I've been rescuing, boarding and training horses who've been in these situations since.

You have every right to feel leery, your not a spoiled brat :) LUCKY you its only a few weeks, so don't worry to much. Hope your guy gets better!

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post #3 of 10 Old 01-04-2010, 04:59 PM
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i have to send my horse to the trainer next week for about a week. even tho its just a week it very far away and its the first time i have ever had my horses any where else but home.its really scary!

its horse show time in tennessee!!!!!!!
what im not paranoid!!! ....whos asking???
proud to be a southerner!!!
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post #4 of 10 Old 01-04-2010, 05:32 PM
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Nothing to fear - well, most of the time. Check in on your horse often! Make sure they're being taken care of. I've been happy to have my horses on property, or just a few miles away.

I've got a lovely bunch of Neuticals,
There they are all standing in a row

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post #5 of 10 Old 01-04-2010, 05:55 PM
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When i first got my horse he got really bad colic and we had to leave my horse at the vets, for three days. I almost DIED! haha but its all ok, and if its a good place they will treat him as well as you treat him.

dont worry, and i hope it all goes well :)

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post #6 of 10 Old 01-05-2010, 04:49 PM
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I know exactly where you're coming from.

I get extremely jealous sometimes when I hear my BO has been giving Lilly scratches, feeding her, petting her, sitting out there with her and the other horses, turning her out to the larger paddock once a day, etc...
(it's not a large barn, just a nice backyard setup with four other horses).

Man, I want to be the one who does all those things!

And have I ever had to fight to actually get her to feed Lilly the way she needs to be fed! But things are better now.

I still get pangs of jealousy, but I tell myself I would much rather have a BO who genuinely cared about my horse, was willing to rub her down every morning after the blanket comes off, give her a bit of interaction...than one who didn't give a rat's behind. No, it's not a perfect situation, but it works. And soon, we'll be moving to our own property which can actually support I placate myself with that thought.

You two will be fine. Just check in on him. He's not going to be there that long anyway...and there are loads of owners who have their horses in permanent board. Think about that!

Don't worry. :)
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post #7 of 10 Old 01-05-2010, 04:56 PM
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I've never been in such a situation but I do understand your fear!
Just try to keep in mind he's in good hands, and that it's simply not possible at the time to be there 24/7 as you wish :)

Just think aout the day he'll be back and how happy he'll be too to see you!
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post #8 of 10 Old 01-05-2010, 05:04 PM
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I love boarding. Unlike some people I dont have the option. I live in a development. My horse was kept across the street, but it was too small of a place for me. Less the a half acre. I'm doing a partial board type thing. I feed 3 days a week, clean stalls and provide care if the BM cant be out. I love it. There is only one "boarder" she's a friend of the BM and so I'm basically the only other person to be there besides the BM. Its like I have my own barn.
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post #9 of 10 Old 01-05-2010, 07:34 PM
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I would be leary of someone saying the horse was gelded improperly with out an exam and was going to redo it.
I just had my older stallion gelded and he got an infection. He was on antibiotics and an antinflamatory for a week but I kept him at home except for the 1st 2 days when they wanted to flush the wound and it was too cold to do it at my place.
Instead of going so far away I would have it looked at locally
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New_Image: I'm sorry to hear about your experiences!! That's terrible!!! Congratulations on finally getting everything worked out though!

Thanks everyone for being so understanding!!! As it happened, we have him boarded there right now and my Aunt has been cool enough to let me stay with her. She takes me up there morning and evening to medicate him and walk him around as prescribed by the vet. Then there are people who live on site, so they keep an eye on him for me throughout the day. Like today, I put him out in a paddock and left. We were quite a ways away when it started to rain, I was worried about him because he was out with no shelter, but when we got back he was safe and sound in his stall. So I'm really now only 15mins away and I have all my contact numbers on his stall so if ANYTHING goes wrong they will call me immediatly. They are very friendly and have been taking good care of him (feeding wise) and such. I feel much better having him there now because I know while I'm not there he's well looked after. I'm getting ready to go back up to my mom's house, and she lives about the same driving time away as my dad, but with her schedual she is willing to drive me down there in the morning and the evening to let me medicate him and groom and walk him and all that fun stuff!! It really isn't as bad as I thought! Thanks everyone for being so cool and sharing your stories, Rebel is doing better and is already turning back into his Rebellious self!!

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