Rant about boarding stables
I have a elderly mare which is aged 30 years old.
She was my first horse which I purchased and thinking she was 15 years old. Turns out the vet and seller was working together to give me the lies to buy the old and lame horse. Long story... which will be explained after my ranting is done.
Anyway she is 30 years old stated by my farrier, dentist, and vet.
She is having trouble keeping her weight. I was worried since she is my first horse. I know it is not normal for horses to be showing that a lot of ribs and hips. I confronted the boarding stable owner to discuss about her feeding plans. She was feeding her 3 lbs of 10% sweet feed 2x a day daily. I requested her to change the feed to senior feed since I just "discovered" she was 30 years old. Then she started to spouting all crap that I was a irresponsible owner for signing the contract as the horse is 15 years old. I told her. I already know it is my fault for not buying the horse that I imagined. I learned my lesson, but I do not want to give the mare away because it is not her fault that I was being lied to. I was determined to keep her and give her last few years a quiet life to live. I was frustrated with the barn owner for not being reasonable. I did not mind to pay extra boarding fees for the senior feed for my mare. The barn owner gave in and didn't charge me extra fees for the senior feed. I was grateful, but my mare STILL losing the weight. I decided to STALK the barn owner, it wasn't the best thing to do, I wanted to find out what have she been doing with my mare. I was new to the horse world. She never show up to feed the horses. I stayed there from 2 PM to 10 PM. I was SO angry that she didn't do as she promised in contract.
I didn't know what to do since I do not have any horse friends who have ability to assist me finding new boarding stable and with the transportation. What makes things more difficult that was I am deaf.
I searched around internet for other boarding stable. I found new one, but still the SAME issues. SKIPPING FEEDING HORSES. I moved 8 different barns within 3 years. It was so FRUSTRATING! They thinks I am a IGNORANT OWNER because I am DEAF. I decided to RENT my own farm, and take care of my horse. She is looking much better and the skinny mare don't exist anymore.
I wonder why do those barns have to cheat people's money? I mean we paid for their services.
I really feeling terrible how people treat me because I am deaf. They thinks they can get away by not taking care of my horse. I am deaf, but I am not stupid. I can see the bad things they have been doing.
The story about my 30 years old mare...
I worked at a barn as internship to learn all things about the horses. I worked there for 6 months. I learned a lot, but it wasn't enough. A mare arrived at the barn looking sad. The instructor told me it will be my new job to retrain her and sell her to new owner. I worked with her, and she was looking better. I still could tell there was something odd about her because she drained her energy easily. Her legs wasn't so flexible that she can move easily. I asked the instructor to check on her, but she keep on saying she is just stiff due to lack of exercising. I decided to listen to her because I knew I am not qualified to talk back to her since I am under-educated about horses. Later, she was up for sale $400 dollars. Nobody interested in her. Vet came to draw a Coggin test and checked her age and wrote in the paper that she was between 12-15 years old. My boyfriend encouraged me to buy that mare. I decided to buy her as my Christmas gift. I moved her to new barn........ then I found a farrier to do my horse' hooves. She came and said what a old horse! I was like UH? She is only 12-15 years old. My farrier said no way she is definitely over 25 years old. So I decided to ask my vet to come and do thoroughly exam. Discovered that she have arthritic hocks and stifles along with her age 30 years old. I was so shocked, and I was very disappointed too because I have to retire her. My farrier told me to send her back to that seller. I just couldn't do it. I kept her with me.
I am glad that I did because she suffered enough. She have old scars from her previous owners. My vet said apparently it was knifes, and spurs scars. I was amazed how deep can spurs scar horses.
Thanks for reading. I would appreciate your responds for my few questions.
1) Did you ever meet a deaf horse person?
2) What do you think about a deaf person owning a horse?
3) What would you do if you experienced same purchase as I do?
4) What would you do to encounter the bad barn owner about the feeding situations?