Originally Posted by Red Pepper
I think it's very common to have barn owners try to cut corners to save money, and it's usually your horse that loses. I've had my own problems with my horse not having enough feed, without my knowledge, so I know how it feels, to think your horse has been mistreated when you are paying well for him to be treated well. I'm on a waiting list now to move. My horse nearly starved for 3 weeks without my knowledge, and I can't wait to get her out of the place I have her. But I have to wait until there is room elsewhere. A pretty facility does not mean conscientious barn owners. Having round pens and indoor arenas and jumps does not necessarily indicate a place your horse will be put first. She may well starve to death before you even realize it. Ok, I'm venting. Sorry.
That happened to my mare. I finally just moved her without a trailer when she was standing above her fetlocks in water. The day I left I found my full bail (I was buying my own food) was covered in mold, and my mare went from a body score of 5 (1 being almost dead 10 being a cow) to a low 3 from the end of November to just passed christmas. Had to walk her 7 miles along a city street just to get her out of there. The place that starved her was a beautiful place, but the care was non existent. The place I moved her too fed their own hay but it was the smallest two flakes a day I had ever seen. She is now in a place where she gets fed 4 times a day :)