I have been boarding at a local barn since May of 09. I have a 15 year old TWH that is just as mild and calm as a guy could as for.
The stable has 7 horses, 2 of which are what I would call ok to people but a real pain to the other horses in the barn. One is a mare and another is a gelding. They've been on the farm since birth but not the oldest horses there. The mare will chase just about anything away from the hay in the field and the gelding is just a little prick (sorry for the lauguage).
The problem I have is since I have been there my horse got kicked in the front to the knee and to the chest and put a Hematoma on his chest and a bum knee for about two weeks. We seperated them for a bit until he was heeled. Put him back out and they would pick a little but things seemed Ok. I would notice the occasional knick and cut here and there. With the hopes that they would work it out.
Well the other day I went to go for a ride and while grooming him out I noticed a Silver dollar or larger size cut on the front of his hind quarter right on the bone. The skin was ripped to the meat. It appeared to be a couple days old and I was out of town so didn't notice it myself until I returned.
I know horses will be horses but I think it has been long enough that if they would work it out it would have been by now.
I also learned that while I am gone and when I don't feed him he was getting fed nearly 4 times the amount of grain actually needed. I feed a different feed than what is provided in the barn but everyone was informed on what to feed. Also some joint supplements weren't being given.
This being said, how much notice should I give the stable owner that I am moving my horse or am I just being over concerned with the conditions in the barn. How often do your horses get into fights or get abused by other horses?