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post #1 of 15 Old 08-03-2013, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Breach of Contract?

So my horse is at a new barn. He's been there for 3 months now. I've noticed he's dropping weight like something awful. His teeth and worming is UTD. He is on pasture board but that is including being fed twice a day with a sweet feed mix and hay. Tonight I went out and when I asked if she wanted me to leave him in to be fed she said no he stays out all night so he doesn't need hay and grain. This woman is the woman who normally feeds. So basically he only gets fed a couple times a week. Sure he gets grass but it just isn't enough with the hard work he does. He does lessons 3 times a week and plus extra Riding with one day off. In the contract it plainly says that the horses are being fed twice a day regardless of pasture or stall board.
What do I do? My horse looks sick and I have been baffled until now! He's never been a hard keeper!!
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post #2 of 15 Old 08-03-2013, 11:09 PM
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Have you spoken with your barn manager/owner?


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Agreed with JustDressageIt. Have you spoken to the bo/bm? That is your first step.
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I have asked and she assured me that he was getting fed as he was supposed to
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post #5 of 15 Old 08-03-2013, 11:27 PM
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Did you mention what the other person said to you about not feeding your horse? If so, and she still maintains that your horse is being fed, then I'd start looking for arrangements to move. If not, bring that up.
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I would confirm with the BO specifically that he is being fed 2x a day as per the boarding contract. Then I would state that he is losing weight, and you are concerned. If they still tell you that all is okay, I would be looking for another barn.

It wouldn't be the first time a BO doesn't feed the horses correctly to save money.
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I would confirm with the BO specifically that he is being fed 2x a day as per the boarding contract. Then I would state that he is losing weight, and you are concerned. If they still tell you that all is okay, I would be looking for another barn.

It wouldn't be the first time a BO doesn't feed the horses correctly to save money.
Exactly! I've dealt with this and it pi$$ed me right off - the attitude of 'why feed half a bale today if you can save it for tomorrow'. That attitude for me is a big big big NO NO NO NO! These kind of people should never be in the horse business....ever
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We have also had an issue with disgusting stalls. My horse was on stall board (full care) until I had came back from vacation and went to the barn. There was no saw dust, only poop and pee. So even though I was paying for it to be done, cleaned his stall and it took about 2 hours to do it because it was so caked. I really believe these people are more for money than they are for horses well being. I'm really not sure what my options are about another barn.
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The stall would've been the end of discussion for me. I would call the humane society. Try showing up at feeding time & checking that they are actually feeding him
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So I went to the barn and talked to the owner about it some more and she confessed that if he isn't inside he doesn't get fed because its too much of a hassle to bring in, feed, and turn back out twice a day. I'm on the look out for another barn.
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