I moved my horse to this place in late May. I soon got a second horse after that. Well, my first horse was put on stall rest after he sustained a severe injury and is now lame. The first problem I had was his stall not being cleaned sufficiently. I am paying full board, and while I don't mind cleaning his stall occasionally to help out or picking it throughout the day, I do not want to be cleaning and/or stripping it every other day. I will gladly do this if I have the option of paying for self-care, but I do not at this place, it is not offered and I'm stuck paying for full board while still doing many things myself.
So I purchased another horse because my first will be out of work for about a year. I went out to new horse's field a couple weeks ago and there was NO water in his trough. Absolutely none. It was nearing 100 degrees and he had been without water for who knows how long. That is strike two.
On to strike three: This may not seem as big of a deal as no water or unclean stalls, but I went out this morning and by 10:30, they had still not been fed. They were not fed before 9 AM when I got there because the pasture horses were still inside from the night before.
I'm just furious that I'm paying the amount of money I am a month for THIS! The facility is beautiful, yes. Everything is maintained well, and fields are full of lush grass. They have only 3-4 horses per field, each field is about 7-10 acres. Once again, facility is beautiful. BUT
there is little to no communication. No one is told anything. My horse was in a quarantine lot for a week after we made the initial move, well I go out there one day and he had been moved without my knowledge!
Though I realize some of these things seem trivial, I think what is irking me is that it seems to be one thing after another. I think my main concern was no water in this heat. The way I feel at the moment is that if my pasture boarded horse was laying in the field dead, no one would notice for a good day or so. I'm turning in my written notice tonight and will be there for 30 more days(per contract), then I'm getting the hell out. I've looked at a couple places and have definitely found the one. It is very nice(though $100 more a month). I have many more options for riding. 3 arenas, 1 is covered. 400 acres of trails and a trainer who teaches almost all week so I can further my riding. I will be doing self-care and I think will finally be at ease that my horses are in a good place.
Sorry guys, I just felt the need to vent