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post #1 of 12 Old 12-19-2009, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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For boarders - have the people at the barn ever harmed your horse?

Well, when I moved to a new barn, I found out that my pony had a stumach oulser. I was wondering what it was from because I didn't think it was from medicine. Turned out that since I was jumping 7 days a week (yes I know that's a lot.. i'm only jumping 2 days a week now), they were giving my pony bute so that she wouldn't be lame and feel pain when she jumped. AND they did NOT ask us! So basically they could have killed my horse. I'm so glad I left that barn!
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post #2 of 12 Old 12-19-2009, 09:13 PM
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I have not had a barn owner give meds without my say, but my first boarding experience was not the greatest. Now, I was only about 5 minutes away from where my horse was living, so I saw him, and took care of him myself; everything was good until the BO brought her own horses back from 'training'. She had health problems, which I understand, but she really sucked sympathy where she could. She had other people feed her horses; which was fine, because the first year I was there, my boy was in his own paddock. Well, the second year I was there, she decided to take down the other paddocks. She still tried to bribe other people to take care of the horses, and was not purchasing good hay-it wasn't horrible (except for one bale), but not what I wanted my horse to have...but I was stuck. There were no barn openings at other stables that I could afford, so I had to keep him there for the time being. I just made extra trips, to spread out hay, and give him hay. Well, her younger horse was a pita, and kept chasing the other two horses, and my boy started losing weight inspite of me going over and feeding extra; fortunately we found jobs in another city, and I moved him to my parents for a while.

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I have not had a barn owner give meds without my say, but my first boarding experience was not the greatest. Now, I was only about 5 minutes away from where my horse was living, so I saw him, and took care of him myself; everything was good until the BO brought her own horses back from 'training'. She had health problems, which I understand, but she really sucked sympathy where she could. She had other people feed her horses; which was fine, because the first year I was there, my boy was in his own paddock. Well, the second year I was there, she decided to take down the other paddocks. She still tried to bribe other people to take care of the horses, and was not purchasing good hay-it wasn't horrible (except for one bale), but not what I wanted my horse to have...but I was stuck. There were no barn openings at other stables that I could afford, so I had to keep him there for the time being. I just made extra trips, to spread out hay, and give him hay. Well, her younger horse was a pita, and kept chasing the other two horses, and my boy started losing weight inspite of me going over and feeding extra; fortunately we found jobs in another city, and I moved him to my parents for a while.

Aww. I'm glad you switched barns. Sometimes horse people are just so greedy or irresponsible that all they care about is money and not about what the horse needs. Also, i'm glad your horse is okay
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post #4 of 12 Old 12-19-2009, 10:17 PM
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im thinking of trying that new ulser gard stuff you see the mags!! But that was NOT cool!! Great im moveing to a new barn tomorrow........hope I don't run into that!!
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post #5 of 12 Old 12-19-2009, 10:50 PM
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so I haven't caught anyone doing anything but I am like 95% sure that my mare was being abused at the old barn. She wasn't right ... like she made a 180 degree change in her personality. She went from being sweet, nice, calm, cool minded, easy to handle and fun to ride- to nasty, rearing when I was leading her, trying to take off when I would ride her, pissy towards me blah blah blah. I actually thought about selling her b/c I was at a loss. Well I ended up moving her to another barn and she went back to her normal self- other then her tapping into this new found energy but that just means longer rides for me

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post #6 of 12 Old 12-19-2009, 11:43 PM
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I kept my first horse at a family members house with her daughters horse, and if I didnt make 3 trips a day to make sure he got fed, he didnt... They'd just set grain buckets down in the pasture and walk away, and their mare would push my appendix and their donkey away from their grain, and keep them away from the hay... My appendix lost 300 pounds before I moved close enough that I could keep an eye on him daily, and even though I don't still have that horse, they still try to blame his weightloss on worms.... I've never seen a wormy animal lose that much weight in 3 weeks...

After that experience, I will never keep a horse anywere but at my own place... I don't want to have to look at a starving animal ever again...

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post #7 of 12 Old 12-20-2009, 01:38 AM
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aww. I'm glad you switched barns. Sometimes horse people are just so greedy or irresponsible that all they care about is money and not about what the horse needs. Also, i'm glad your horse is okay
I don't board my horse anymore (for the time being); she lives on the campus I live and work at.

Unfortunately the horse I was talking about died due to a freak pasture accident this spring.

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post #8 of 12 Old 12-20-2009, 10:16 AM
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I think a past vet made my first horse head shy. He was great for me, I have him meds alot, like smz and such from a syringe. The barn I moved to, asked the owners to have the vets deworm their horses. I didnt really know you had to opt out of it, for them not to do it. The vets had like 50+ horses to do so im pretty sure they just rushed thru it and didnt take the time to be friendsly to the horses. The barn owner didnt understand when I told her not to have the vets worm my horse after that. And I only allowed my Vet to treat my horse, not whom ever the barn owner decided to call. Same barn had mexican workers feeding the horses moldy hay.

I've had a BM give my horse bute once when I didnt ask. I did understand she was in a little pain, but she's got navicular so I like to see the degree of lameness before treating it. I explained the situation to them and it didnt happen again.

I've had a BO keep my horse in her stall all winter, without asking me. I would keep turning her out and the next day I'd find her inside. I understand a few days b/c of weather, but her pasture were far from nice to begin with, because there were too many horses. I was under the impression my horse was going out daily when I decided to board with her. This same BO also didnt feed my horse enought hay, and did did a horrible job of cleaning stalls. She refused to put new bedding in, saying I didnt pay her on time. I always paid when it was due, I guess she didnt read her own contract.
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post #9 of 12 Old 12-20-2009, 11:07 AM
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Yes, the first time I moved to a boarding stable from my own property, my horses started becoming hard to handle and severely headshy. Turned out they were beating her around the head with a crop. Other conditions were pretty nasty and I moved her to another barn. Where I met my now co-barn manager. We found a vacant horse property to lease and we have our own barn.

It's atrocious what uneducated, ill mannered people will do to a horse.
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post #10 of 12 Old 12-20-2009, 12:06 PM
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The barn I just moved from didn't really hurt my horse, but neglected him. After he had hernia surgery he was in a small 12 x 12 area in his paddock. Half the time I went out see him he had no water and they hadn't cleaned up his poop. Most of the horses there didn't always have water. She feeds her own horses their grain on the ground, in the mud and poop, so who knows what they are ingesting. Plus the crappy hay. Now he is in a huge 12 x 18 stall with a big paddock, automatic waterer and fresh hay. Getting spoiled he is :0)
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