08-17-2012, 03:45 AM
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Lock it up!
A friend of mine kept senior feed for her horse at our last barn. His horse ate the barn grain at AM and PM feedings, and he got an additional meal when they were there in the late evenings to help him keep on weight. Both husband and wife would feed and both thought the other was overfeeding until they spoke to each other.
He drilled a hole in his feed bin and put a lock through it, and then turned it around so nobody could see the lock. Less than 3 hours later the barn owner (who, mind you, did not feed the senior to the horse, but he was on barn grain when she fed) called and asked why it was locked. He said he thought someone was taking some, and she said "nobody would do that". A few days later she euthanized her two elderly mares. You guessed it, the barn owner was feeding the grain to her own horses! She couldn't afford to buy them senior so when she wasn't getting it for free anymore, she euthanized the poor old girls.
So, it is not always who you think it is. Be double sure!
A few months ago, at my old barn, there was someone coming out to give riding lessons to someone get really upset with me, because the person liked my riding better and asked me to help her when the "trainer" couldn't come out, I was happy to help because the woman was new to horses, had two young horses and a young daughter. When the "trainer" found out she got mad at me. A few days later I found my gelding's mane cut off (I wish I were making this up, but he had a dressage show coming up and I could barely get braids in him!!). I was SURE it was the trainer.
Found out a couple weeks ago it was his former lessee (who was riding him at the time and said she loved him, I would have NEVER guessed it was her...). She was mad after a bad lesson and cut his mane off to get revenge on him (FORMER lessee for a reason). I did not find out about it until after she was gone. So, it is not always what it seems!!