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        08-05-2013, 09:58 AM
    I see him all the time and I could NOT understand why he was losing so much. I asked numerous times about his feeding and I was told he got fed twice daily hay and grain. Well I just found out about their "system" I was being lied to. I have honestly been so upset about it but I didn't know what could have caused his weight loss.
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        08-05-2013, 10:58 AM
    Um, did you ever think of calling a vet out when he started to look bad?
    I am sorry this is happening, but even if you were lied to about his feeding and stall cleaning, if you saw him all the time, YOU are being neglectful to your horse watching him get into this condition and doing nothing but asking questions.
    Any other horses in this condition? Have you talked to their owners?
    If it is just yours that is this skinny, then there might be medical issue going on, if all horses are this skinny then the owners of the barn should be hauled to jail for neglecting animals in their care.
    What did they feed him if anything? How often did they clean stalls?
        08-05-2013, 12:06 PM
    Yes I have an appointment with a vet next week. There are horses that are thin there but I was Told they are "hard keepers"
    I'm the only boarder that's really there a lot I dot really know the others or see them.
    They were supposed to feed a sweet feed mix with a calorie booster and Timothy hay. Which he never got either often. I've only seen them clean the stalls maybe 5-6 times in 3 months which my horse doesn't stay inside anymore.
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        08-05-2013, 12:12 PM
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    Originally Posted by rissaxbmth    
    I do not have receipts I have always paid in cash and they never wrote a receipt. I owe them $75 in board and I am paying them Tuesday when I go to get my horse.
    I do have proof of ownership though.
    This might end badly for you then. If they decide to sue, you have zero proof you've been paying board, and you may end up paying every penny they sue for.

    At least if you pay with a check, you can still show the check was cashed, but a receipt is always best. Live and learn.

    Good luck getting your horse.
        08-05-2013, 12:31 PM
    So you called a vet in, but you still should have got your horse out sooner, as in BEFORE he got so ribby, wouldn't you sense something was up?
    Couldn't you tell?
    couldn't the VET ?
    and why did YOU clean his stall?
    Certainly you'd have noticed how bad it was getting, it didn't get to that point in a few days. I'm not trying to accuse you, I'm asking questions to get to the bottom of this.
        08-05-2013, 12:47 PM
    As soon as my horse started looking lean I asked the BO to up the hay, as soon as I realized the BO was a cheap ass with the hay I started supplementing my horse with hay cubes and a high fat feed then I hauled his ass out of there....I'm sorry this has happened to your horse but if you were there as often as you claim you should have been taking action sooner, a horse doesn't get that thin over night. As for the dirty stall, that would be the least of my worries.

    Again, I'm sorry your horse has ended up this way.
        08-05-2013, 01:07 PM
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    I'm not going to bash you because you are where you are now and looking to how you could have handled it better isn't going to help at all
    I would imagine you're already feeling bad enough and don't need anyone to tell you made mistakes because you're well aware you did
    Get your horse away ASAP. Take as many photographs as you can as evidence in case you need them
    Have either someone from Animal welfare, the ASPCA or the police to go with you if they refuse to allow you to take him
    Either way they should be reported to whoever in your area is responsible for this sort of thing for running a place in such a bad way and either closed down or made to improve things
    If they want to pursue you in the courts then that's there right and you have to accept that you might have to pay them something but at least your horse will be away from there and on the road to recovery
    Good luck in getting things sorted and your horse back to good health again
        08-05-2013, 01:18 PM
    Hang on, I just read one of your old threads, it says that you and your mom noticed this horse losing weight back in April. Sorry but I don't think this is all the fault of your BO.
    Rapid Weight Loss

    Just to add, how come the vet didn't comment or make recommendations back in mid-July?
        08-05-2013, 01:28 PM
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    They are in breach of contract by not feeding your horse.
    I agree, get him moved now. Go with friends & take him, they can't stop you. I wouldn't pay them a penny.
    Tell them to take you to court. Take dated pictures now & once a week after he is moved. That will show the weight loss was from lack of food, so if they take you to court, which I doubt they will, you'll have proof on hand that they starved him.
        08-05-2013, 01:31 PM
    Forgot to add, mid July you had a vet there, 3 weeks ago. I'm shocked he didn't say anything

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