Originally Posted by blue eyed pony View Post
It's OUR job [our being myself and my boss] to monitor the horses' condition and make sure they don't get too fat or too thin, but the boarders will request a bit more or a bit less of something [from my boss, because it does affect what they pay].
Very true... I think the only time this wouldn't apply is if it is a self-care board facility, and even in that case, the owner of the property still has a duty to make sure that the horses there are maintained adequately. Which means that, if some idiot buys a horse, drops it off on your dry lot and takes off without leaving feed - whoops, BO... your responsibility now until you figure out your legal options. No matter what anyone's contract states - if you have a starving horse on your property, and the owner is no where to be found, guess who is going to be hung for it? Yep... BO, your responsibility. Doesn't mean that the owner won't be in trouble once found, but there is a duty placed on those offering agistment to not allow starvation.
At our barn, we always approach boarders if the horse is too fat/too thin and inquire as to the steps they'd like to take. Of course, we have suggestions that we make, and in most instances, the owners have reasonable ideas themselves. We have had to draw up a contractual clause, however, that states horses are to be maintained between a 4-7 on the Henneke scoring system and we reserve the right to take measures if the owner does not in the event that the horse is under/over weight. A lady kept asking us to not feed her horse because it was too "high strung"... think I have a whole other thread about that headache... ugh.
Delfina - most of what I post is in response to the people like that lady, who asked us to starve her horse into submission... people who are completely clueless. If my husband and I were ill/injured affecting our ability to work, people like the "don't feed my horse" lady, would not offer to help - AND, they'd throw a temper tantrum, however, when we would say "Hey, board is going up to accommodate the now necessary expense of paying an employee since we are incapacitated". [Side note... we have a fabulous core group of boarders who have been with us for years, and who would not bat an eyelash for either helping or paying extra if we were unable to do it - sounds like, for your BO, you are one of those "good boarders" :)]. This is the guide for people who probably have never owned/boarded a horse, and a quick-check reference for those who may have questions or are finding themselves having problems as they bounce from barn to barn, and don't understand why their barn relationships go sour.