Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
BO won't do anything about unmannered, rude, dangerous horse VENT
So I have been boarding at my stable for a little over a year now. As stables go I love it for the most part. I love the people, the family atmosphere and the general lack of drama with the exception of one person whom the BO has let slide by (actually I heard she was asked to leave and didn't and the BO doesn't make her because she needs the $$). For the most part, it's lovely.
But then, there is Monster horse. Monster (that's what I will call him here) is a 2 year old half clydesdale standing at just over 15h and I estimate he is at least 1000 pounds. Monster's owner has not seen him since the month or so after he was born at our barn. Nobody has worked with monster. The only time monster is handled is when he is lead to and from turnout in which most times the barn hands can't even get his halter off. There have also been a few times he was left in his stall due to his unruliness as he tends to rear, lunge and bite at peoples faces when they try to get him out.
So how does this effect me? Well, Cin is turned out with him every day. At first, it was all good...Monster was a yearling and it was thought that Cin would help his manners. But the opposite has happened. It is slowly getting worse and worse. I have to battle Monster every time I want to get my horse out of turnout. Any time I go to put a halter on Cinny he bites Cin, kicks him and chases him away from me and then gets in between me and Cin and tries to stare me down. Other times he has actually come after me, charging me, rearing and sometimes spinning and kicking at my face as was the way it went today.
I feel like every time I go in to that turnout with monster I am putting my life on the line. I've dealt with high strung and spirited horses and I'm not afraid of them. Cinny was purchased as an untrained pasture puff himself and was quite unmannerly at first. But what Monster does, is just plain scary. I deal with his teeth gnashing at me and his hind end kicking at me every time.
Last NOVEMBER I told my BO that I wanted a different turnout situation for Cinny. She told me that she was gong to move Monster in with a yearling in another pen. I waited, and waited and waited. It never happened. I complained again, She told me she would think about it but frankly she acts like there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with Monster. Then she told me that there was a problem with Monster after he went after HER, and she said she was going to talk to his owner. Still nothing. I complain, and she spews off some sort of verbal vomit to try to appease me "I'm going to talk to his owner," "I'm going to start working with him," "I'm going to shuffle the horses turnouts around." Still nothing ever happens.
Today it took me 45 minutes to catch my horse, thanks to Monster. He got closer to my face when he kicked, I could actually feel the breeze from his hooves! I wear a helmet now but that wouldn't have helped my face. I texted the BO. I was told that there was nowhere else to put either horse for turnout (we have over 10 different pens) and that to compromise how bout Cinny get turned out only half day? That is Bull!! So unfair!! What makes me the maddest is that she has NEVER even tried Cin with any other horses despite the fact that at all his other stables he was turned out with different horses every week and got along with every one of them. He is great where it comes to turn out buddies. But she won't even try it. On top of that she tried to tell me that she has no other problem and the owner of the mare that is also turned out with them has no problem. But Monster doesn't give a rats butt about that mare, he is however overly attached to Cinny and screams for him while I try to work Cinny.
I pay my full board on time and sometimes even early. I follow the barn rules. I ask BO's permission before doing things, I clean up after myself and sometimes other people, I don't just take things I want, etc like saddle racks when people move out. She complains about other boarders to me and has cried on my shoulder in frustration at them. And my horse and I are now getting the shaft. I was accused of giving her an ultimatum, which I wasn't...I now wish I had.
And I understand that working with horses is dangerous. However I think it's the responsibility of BO's to remedy dangerous situations like this. I am a full time stay at home mom with an Autistic Son. I rarely get time to be with my horse, maybe 2 or 3 hours once or twice a week. My riding is my time to relax. I shouldn't be made to feel like me and my horse are in danger any time I try to get him out of his turnout. Am I really being unreasonable expecting my horse to have full time turnout WITHOUT Monster when it is in my contract that he gets full day turnout as well as boarding/turnout in a safe environment?