I wanted to give something to the woman who runs the stable I've been keeping my horse at. I've been boarding there for almost a year and at first, things were great. I paid the woman extra to feed my large mare more and things seemed fine. There were times when the stall was a little messy and it never bothered me to clean it.
For over 2 months now I have noticed a serious decline. On a personal note, the barn owner has been a friend for the entire time boarding there. She's even on my facebook and we're hung out several times.
I don't know where I stand with her. I first brought up being unhappy when I arrived to find a bunch of trash--empty bags of pet food, and a chewed up carrot bag, which scared me as my horse could have eaten the carrot bag, simply because it probably smelled like carrots.
I told her I had to pick trash out of my horses's stall and her answer was "Yeah I saw that this morning before I left for work."
So the second time I metioned something was when I noticed my horses getting skinny. She said something as well, and I figured she would fix the problem.
Now at this point, the stalls are being neglected, not cleaned for what appears to be days as the stall is really saturated with urine when I arrive to see my horse.
The hay has switched, no more oats in the hay. The other boarders start talking about it as well and we all feel the same way, the hay is not suitable for our horses.
I call the owner at this point and my exact words are-- I had a really bad time last night when I went and seen my horse. My stall was wet, the food looks terrible...
She assurred me she would fix things, so I tried to be nice and hopeful.
The next day she seemed concern, but as the days passed, it just seemed to get worse.
Now I am picking bailing twine out of my horse's stall on a daily basis, her stall is always wet , and she appears to be starving all the time. The hay is just gross.
Now I am posting this anon on a message board without any of her info as I want to remain somewhat civil, however I want her to know how and why I am leaving. Her entire barn has cleared out and the people left have expressed their disgust. I can only come to the conclusion that she just does not realize severity of the situation, and does not understand why people are upset.
Here is the picture of our horses, and the hay, and the stalls. Let me know if you think I am overreacting about this and if I am being foolish. This situation has caused me a great deal of sadness as I can't believe a friend would treat my horse like this.
This is the disgusting puddles in her stall.
This is the hay.
This is one horse.
This is the other horse. Part draft.
Btw, the pics are after we clean the stalls