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        12-21-2013, 10:17 PM
      #21
    Foal
    I actually took a first aid class this year and apparently taking the class certifies us for CPR with the Red Cross. And I could probably talk to the owner of the new barn and see if instead of using their feed I could buy my own (if that would end up being cheaper.. I would have to do the math) and see if that brings it down much. I'm trying really hard to try and find things, hopefully il get something. Thanks for your input and advice. It really helped/motivated me to be even more dedicated to finding something than I already am. :)
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        12-21-2013, 11:35 PM
      #22
    Green Broke
    Wait, I am confused.

    Based on a post from page one (I think c.c) it's your friend's horse, that you are leasing? Or...? They are leasing your horse? I'm confused.

    Anyway!

    Get out. As quickly as you can. Secure a job to pay the extra.
    Fed only once a day? Stall cleaned once a week?
    I have boarded at three places in my life (soon to be four). All were private situations (box stalls or private runs). All fed three times a day, and stall cleaned everyday.

    I really hope you can figure this out soon, and I'm sorry you're going through it ): To answer the title question... you worry is absolutely appropriate.
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        12-21-2013, 11:38 PM
      #23
    Teen Forum Moderator
    She is leasing her friend's horse.
         
        12-22-2013, 01:24 PM
      #24
    Foal
    Endiku.. I talked to my mom and stepdad. They don't want me to go in and clean the stalls because they don't want me to develop a bad relationship with the BO. They said her living conditions aren't horrible and that the stalls aren't dangerously dirty and that I'll just have to make the best of it until we can move. They do think she needs to be moved ASAP and that they hate seeing her in that kind of place. But for now I'll just have to go out very often and check on her and clean her hooves and do everything I can with what I've got. My stepdad said I can't get a job because I need to focus on my education and don't have time for a job and if I need money that I can work for him. So, as of now, I literally can't do anything except go out and check on her a lot.
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        12-22-2013, 03:50 PM
      #25
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    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.
         
        12-22-2013, 04:46 PM
      #26
    Foal
    They said that they could eventually pay for it, but just not now. My stepdad is horsey, he was a world champion in western pleasure in the 80s, but he says her conditions aren't terrible and that she'll be okay until we buy her. He said they're doing everything they can to get the money to buy and move, but I guess it just can't happen soon enough for me. He said he hates the place as much as I do, but it's all we can pay for right now. He was against the move to that place in the first place, but it wasn't out decision unfortunately because I'm just leasing. Thanks for all the advice and encouragement. :)
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        12-22-2013, 04:48 PM
      #27
    Foal
    He (stepdad) also said that the poop and pee isn't hurting her feet. And I understand it's not 'hurting' her feet, but it's not clean and it's definitely not acceptable. But again, all I can do is make the best of the situation and be patient and check on her often.
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        12-22-2013, 04:53 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    Standing constantly on wet bedding, peed on shavings, and feces is very bad for horses feet. They develop all sorts of painful conditions that can be expensive and difficult to cure, not to mention leave a horse not rideable until their feet are ok again.
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        12-22-2013, 05:48 PM
      #29
    Foal
    Right... I just wish that I was older and actually had a realistic chance of doing something for her other than what I'm doing for her now. Do you know if smearing Vaseline on the bottom of their hooves to keep them cleaner and keep all that yucky stuff out? I heard it works pretty well, and was thinking I could try that for the fact that she stands in the gross stall.
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        12-22-2013, 07:36 PM
      #30
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    Yes, the ammonia can actually eat away at their feet. Remember, the outside is dead but the whole bottom part is and coronet area is 100% alive. Standing in slightly damp pee bedding messed with my filly's hooves a little (made them more brittle/chipped), and I'm sure it could do more if prolonged.
         

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