Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
I agree, how many other horses are in with the round bale? Have you watched him when he is there to see if they are chasing him away, or does he get to eat too?
I'm also wondering if there could be a medical reason for the weight loss under all of this? What is your worming schedule like, when was he last wormed and with what? When were last dentals done? Does he get anything besides hay such as Omolene or another grain ration to balance him out?
If you know your horse is eating off of the round bale too, I would probably get a vet out. Not getting enough food isn't the only reason a horse looses weight/condition sometimes. It sounds as if your horse should be getting adequate feed, unless you know for a fact the others don't let him eat at the round bale.
I think I would probably call a vet in to assess the situation for 2 reasons, 1) you will find out more about WHY the horse is loosing weight/condition and know for sure whether there is some underlying illness or lack of food. and 2) you will be able to get vet instructions as to whether or not your horse needs more food. HAVE THE VET PUT IT IN WRITING if your horse isn't getting enough so that you can then have a basis for moving further with the BO on the problem. If the BO STILL won't budge after a vet says the horse needs more groceries, then I would move and consider it a breach of contract on the BO's part as you have contracted for them for proper care of your horse. If it really blows up and they try to take you to court for extra money for leaving early, you will have in writing that a vet said the horse needed more feed and you will hopefully have witnesses to the fact they refused to add feed, or allow you to add hay you have purchased yourself to your horse's ration. I really doubt the court will see in the BO's favor.