Okay, so apparently I'm an under-educated idiot.
At least, that's what the BM is deeming her young boarders.
I was out Tuesday between University classes to feed my filly since I worked that evening. Noticed that the hay supply was awfully low. Assumed that the farmhands were just busy at the moment, and that night or the next day, it would be replenished.
Wednesday I wasn't out. Tonight, I went out after supper... and there is nothing left. We're talking picked clean. The BM was busy giving 'lessons' [you bring your own horse and learn to ride?? Does that make sense to anyone? I thought it would be learn to ride then buy a horse ] and so I didn't bother to interrupt her. Irritated, I drove home and wrote her; then informed my friend who also boards there of the food shortage.
I returned with the friend about an hour and a half after my initial depart. It was cold, rainy and dark. And there was still no food, while the 'lessons' continued.
Our board has been increased to pay for 'water/lights' during the winter, although the 'lights' we are supposed to pay for is in the arena that we rarely use; and there are no lights in our pasture/paddock at all. The water is a joke; it's shared between both BM's horses and our own.
Okay, so anyways. I get a letter back saying: "They don't need it anyways, it's for X's horse to put weight on him. There's plenty of pasture." Umm.. And here's the kicker. The four boarder horses are starving. The "pasture" is exhausted and depleted of any healthy growth because it has not had a chance to rest since spring. The underweight horse is continuing to lose weight, despite the hay/pasture/Cool Command supplements he is given. I know these horses are starving because my filly RAN to me when I went out today [she knows I bring food] and the rest eagerly followed, which is the opposite of typical.
On top of that, the pasture is about four acres; with two large dugouts and a swampy mess of littered trees. So there's about 2-2.5 acres of "grass" for these four to eat.
When you run a business, it's reallynot okay to starve your client's animals. And insult to injury; her horses get switched between two large, lucious pens AND have a fresh, untouched bale of hay. Am I missing something?!