Should I pay the vet bill?
I board at a local stable, and travel quite a bit for work, but the first day I got back from my last trip, as I had just arrived and pulled one of my horses out to groom, I was confronted by another boarder regarding an issue with my other horse.
Evidently my horse was turned out in with a large group of mares. Another mare, newly returned to the barn from training was also turned out with this group and there was a scuffle between the two. My mare has some scratches on her hind leg, but the other boarder's horse required stitches.
She didn't ask me to pay for this, but fully informed me how much it cost and that she missed a show this weekend due to it. I feel terrible about the situation, but am I responsible and should I offer to pay the bill?
Also, the BM never even told me this happened or that my horse had been hurt too. Not that I wouldn't have found it when I got her out next to groom her, but some heads up or explanation would be nice. None of her cuts were deep enough for stitches, but could use salve. I could have had my husband come out and apply it while I was gone.
I don't know why my mare was turned out with this group. She's always had a smaller private pasture when I've been out before. The BM knows she has sliders on, and prior to putting them on, I voiced my concern over what could happen if she was turned out in a group due to stories I've heard of other horses getting kicked by one with sliders on. So the consequences weren't unknown and there had been a discussion with BM around the safety of sliders prior to purchasing & boarding the horse.
What would be the appropriate thing to do? Should I pay the vet bill? And what should I say to the BM?
It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the horse bolts! ~Nicholas Evans