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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Absolutely ridiculous. I can't imagine how disgusting that stall must be after an entire week of no cleaning...would they like to lay and stand in a week of their own feces? I doubt it, and neither would that BO.
Jay needs a wake-up call and it sounds like no one is going to give it to him. I don't see what the problem would if you kindly went to him, explained that you were unhappy about the stall conditions, and give him two options...clean them more often himself or let you do it. You are PAYING HIM MONEY to do exactly that!
Until someone gets some guts though, I wouldn't encourage your horse to stand in the stall with the poop and pee. That much ammonia can cause some very bad respiratory issues. Heck, one days worth of pee made my eyes water and nose run when I kicked up my filly's stall shavings!
How are you going to move your horse if you can not work for the money to pay higher board?
I'm sorry that you and your horse are in this situation...this is why I really don't condone teen horse ownership when the parents aren't horsey or very involved. I did it, and ended up in the same type of situation as you. It took a LOT of work, a LOT of frustration, and a LOT of bravery for me to get my horses out. It was not fun but I did it because I was my horse's keeper. One reason I sold her is because I just couldn't give her the life she deserved. Like my signature says...sometimes they aren't meant to be in our lives forever...and sometimes true love is being willing to put their wellbeing above our own emotions. It HURTS...I still hurt when I think of losing my filly because I couldn't care for her correctly... but it is necessary.
Whatever you do, I wish you luck. Be brave for your horse. Continue pressing your parents (respectfully) to do something. Make sure your horse gets what she needs.
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