Horse care questions...clueless and need advice
I hope I can get some good advice on this because I don't know what to do.
I am renting a home that has a 2 stall barn and corral next to it. I began to rent it out to a girl who had brought 2 horses. I have absolutely no experience with horses and don't really know the first thing about them, although I love animals and have come quite attached to the ones here.
Anyway, I found out soon after she moved them in, that one was pregnant and do within a few months. Well, things seemed fine to me. She would come in the morning and evening to feed them. They have seemed taken care of for the most part..I thought. I normally saw hay, although there was never quite that much, but enough. And food (pellets) were kept in the small fridge.
Anyway, I have noticed that the stalls have gotten pretty bad lately and I cleaned them out on the weekend, not because I wanted to (yuck) but because I felt sorry for them, especially with a baby. Sometimes I would notice that they were left locked inside, normally this was on very cold days but then started happening more and more in nice days when I would open the doors for them. Then notced they had no water and I would have to bring my hose out to give them some water. I really never cared about helping out, but she doesn't call to let me know if she wants me to feed them or anything and then I do sometimes and am not sure if they are getting double.
So..to try and make a long story short, my landlord was by and he said he is very worried about the horses. He said he could see ones ribs and that she looked bad. I never noticed much, but she does seemed to have lost alot of weight quickly or is sick. He insisted that they werent being feed properly. She also said she couldnt find hay and there wasn't any for 2 or 3 days.
I don't know if she is neglecting them or not. They are VERY dirty and I know that she doesn't bathe or brush them, but I don't know that she is doing something wrong or not. She feeds them about a half bucket twice a day and I would imagine gives a small amount of hay, not really sure how much. But, they do seem like they should have more..and now one does look pretty thin. Maybe she doesn't have the money I am assuming..she won't call me back so I don't know.
Anyway, I left her a message about what my landlord said and I noticed there was hay brought and that she had been coming here. So..I am wondering if my landlord is over reacting or if they aren't being properly fed and kept. There isn't any grass for them to graze on in the corral and I am not comfortable taking them out since they could run and we live on a very busy street. He acted as if she was abusing the horses and I am not sure she would do that or if that's the case.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.