Time to find a new barn! (Major venting!)
Here's a little background on my situation. I have a 5 year old OTTB gelding. He was boarded at home with me, but I moved and brought him closer to my new apartment. After searching on craigslist for a few weeks, I found a place to board Rigby at a great price. The woman rents the barn and has several horses. She is the daughter of a veterinarian/ex-vet and is an equine massage therapist. There's an indoor arena, a couple pastures, and a creek. I'm the only boarder there right now. Sounds great, right? Well, maybe not. I've only been there a month or two and things seem to be revealing themselves quickly. First, some of her horses are skinny. My thoroughbred is working on gaining weight right now too, so I wasn't going to judge. She gave me what seemed like a perfectly valid explanation. The more I think about it, the less it makes sense. She has only been at this barn since late spring/early summer, so I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt. The second thing is this. When I first spoke to her, we agreed that we would knock down the price significantly if I cleaned stalls twice a week. Great, I need the exercise and the discount! Well, every time I offered to do it, she would tell me not to worry about it. Come to find out, she never has clean shavings! She has been giving excuses for why she doesn't have the shavings. Meanwhile, I'm getting very upset because my horse is standing in a stall full of poop and mud! I asked her several times over two weeks if she had shavings. I was getting very irritated and went to TSC to buy some shavings to hold him over because it was getting ridiculous. Thankfully, as I was checking out at TSC, she said that she had finally picked up a load of shavings and I didn't have to buy them. Fantastic, problem solved. No. This was a week or two ago. Today, I went to the barn for the first time in several days and found my horse's stall in bad shape AGAIN. I thought "Okay, I'll just clean it all out and put in some new shavings." Well, never mind, because, yet again, there weren't shavings for me to use. Um, hello, I pay for this service! *UGH* The third thing that is very irritating- sloppy arena. When I first moved him there, the indoor arena was very, very, very dusty. Oh well, I can deal with that for the price. Except now the problem is that she has left the water hose on in the arena trough so that it over flowed and made a big, sloppy mess in the arena. Mind you, my horse slipped and fell in this wet mess right in front of me one day! What the heck! But again, this is all stuff that seems petty to me, especially for such a low price. Well, here's the fourth thing. Today, I went to check on his grain supply to see if she had ACTUALLY done what she said and picked up grain. The original deal was that I would provide his food but last week we decided that it would be better to get him on a better grain. She told me that she gets her grain from a mill and she would pick some up and I would pay her for it. Well, I saw the bags for her horses in the barn. They were regular plain, white feed bags. Rigby's was not. I looked at the bag and it said that it was "Noble Goat" by Purina. I was very confused, so I looked at the ingredients. It stated that it was medicated with something for bloat, I believe. I was really ticked and confused, so I took pictures then came home to look it up. As it turns out, one of the ingredients in it can be FATAL to horses! Do you see that?! FATAL!!!!! What the frick, right?! So I text her to tell her that I looked it up and she cannot feed it to Rigby. She responds to me and says that the lady at the mill didn't have any other bag to put it in, so she used that bag. She insisted that she has been feeding him the same food as her horses. Now, this is the first question I will ask that isn't rhetorical. Does that seem fishy to you? And by fishy, I mean impossible. Would someone at a mill really put their feed in a Purina goat food bag?
As I write this, I realize that I need to get my poor baby out of there. I can't sacrifice his well-being for a lower price. Especially since this isn't even everything that has been upsetting me about this place. Have any of you guys had any experience even close to this? I don't even know where to begin with this. I have been searching high and low for a place to move him to, but they are all way too far away or waaaaaay out of my budget. On that note, does anybody know of an affordable place near Delaware, Ohio?!
(Sorry it was so long, I've been really upset and stressing out about this all evening and I really needed to vent!)