I was promoted at the yard I help out at to a paid manager position. So I am now much more involved in the running of the yard. (woo result!).
There are two Horses at the yard which are incredibly similar. My beloved 'Irish Prince' and another named 'Loyd'. Both are bay thoroughbred ex racers, with nearly identical markings. When I first got prince I found it hard to distinguish him from Loyd when I wanted to bring prince in from the field! Prince is slightly longer in the body, and has a longer tail. But it would be easy to mix them up.
Which is exactly what one of the stableboys did. When we switched from summer to winter pasture two months ago he turned prince into the wrong field. However he thought prince was Loyd and there were some mares on heat in the field. Prince is a stallion, Loyd is a gelding. As a result one of the livery mares is now pregnant as a result of his dangerous mistake. He can tell the two horses apart and often does. However this time he was on his mobile phone while moving the horses into new pasture.
Should we sack him for this mistake? The mare owner is furious.
I honestly don't know what to do, its not the first time he has done something stupid.
Your opinons please.