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post #1 of 15 Old 09-14-2012, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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What to do about a boarder who neglects his horse...

Hi all, I am new and joined to get some advise on this one area. I am sure I will be coming more frequently :)

I have one boarder who has completely neglected his horse. I took over this farm, with the existing boarding business here about 3 months ago.

Anyway, I take care of this horse (the boarder is up to date on his board), but in the 3 months I have been here, he has only been here maybe 5 times.

I have not seen him in over 2 weeks now. When I last did, I told him he needed to get a vet out to see his horse. I believe he has worms and a litany of other issues.

I feed this horse a bale of hay a day, he is currently a pasture boarded and is able to graze all day in the fields.

His hoofs are way too long. The boarder blew off the farrier about 2 months. You can count his ribs, his mane and tail are so loaded with burrs, it looks like he has dreadlocks. It is really sad.

The address that was given to me in his file is not current, his number is not current. I don't know how to get a hold of him and his horse is suffering.

We moved all the other horses from that pasture, basically quarantining that one horse.

I have the previous owner I bought this place from telling me that I need to make another area for him in a more isolated area so someone from the humane society or the sheriffs doesn't see this horse.

I am thinking of calling the humane society or sheriffs department my self.

The last time this guy was here, my husband told him that he needs to get proof that his horse wormed and examined by a vet as well as a farrier or he is going to be evicted. This was almost a month ago.

I don't know what to do.

All the other horses here are perfectly fine and all the other owners are wonderful!

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post #2 of 15 Old 09-14-2012, 03:09 PM
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Wow! That is a tough place to be in. I too feel bad for the horse. I guess I would call to find out what your legal rights as a boarder/care taker of the horse are. That call might also protect you if he all of a sudden says "my horse was in his/her care and look at him."

I can't wait to hear what others say about this. The fact that you are feeding him so much hay plus free choice grazing in the pasture (assuming there is enough there) suggests more going on for sure.

What did he say to your husband when he told him that he needed to worm his horse?
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post #3 of 15 Old 09-14-2012, 03:15 PM
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What does the boarding contract say?

How is he paying board? If he comes in person, get his updated info then. Maybe he just wants to get rid of the horse and doesn't see a way out?
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I wonder if (for the horses sake) you couldn't worm him and get the farrier out, than add the costs to the board fee. Of course, your boarding contract should outline what you can and cannot do.
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post #5 of 15 Old 09-14-2012, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Inga - He agreed to have his horse taken care of. We just haven't heard from hims since. I agree. This horse should be fat with all the food he is getting.

Dancing Arabian - When he paid in August, I was out when he came by and he gave the money to my 13 year old son. Who provided a receipt. When came by about a month ago, my husband told him that he needed to provide current information and need to have his horse looked at. He told my husband he is in the middle of a move and didn't have the information yet. He gave his board rent to one of the other boarders to give to me for September.

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post #6 of 15 Old 09-14-2012, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Horse mom - You are right... it should outline all that. As I mentioned I have only been here 3 months. Most of these guys have been here a lot longer. We have been trying to get contracts in place that are up to date. The previous owner did many things on a handshake verbal deal and clearly did not have up to date records on anyone and he has had serious debilitating health issues over the last two years. So, I am trying to get that all straightened up also and everyone up to date. It was part of our home owners contract we we made an offer on this house to maintain the stables until his passing or up to 3 years. Which ever comes first.

Long story.
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post #7 of 15 Old 09-14-2012, 04:10 PM
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It is not unheard of for people to not see their horse often. I know of several that only see them a couple times a year. They do pay board and expect the facility to take care of all the care

It could be that the guy is going thru some hard times and dealing with the horse is not a top priority. Sad but it does happen.

If you are that concerned about deworming and the hoof care, just go ahead and have it done. Add the expense to his board but don't expect to get paid for it

Next time you see him, explain your concerns and figure out a solution. Have him sign a contract, assuming there isn't one now, that puts it all in writing what you are to do if it happens again or if there's an emergency.
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Usandpets ... thank you. I appreciate your reply ;)
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post #9 of 15 Old 09-14-2012, 04:53 PM
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we had a boarder like that.
she didnt so much neglect him health wise. but she was only out about 1-2 times a month.

we had a contract built stating that we would schedule and take care of shots/farrier/worming etc. and she would provide the money for it all. it worked out well. she gave us the money needed the month before and so we hould have it at the time of the appt for whatever.

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post #10 of 15 Old 09-14-2012, 05:48 PM
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Sounds like a simple and straightforward plan, Roperchick! There was a boarder at the stable where Star was before I brought her home who did the same exact thing to the stable owner - however, he also didn't pay his board on top of bogus phone #'s etc..... She did everything for that horse out of compassion, until he got his act together. Flying Silk, you sound every bit as compassionate, (and you deserve more than to be conned like this owner!) Welcome to the forum, and the best of luck! :)

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