The ethics of the situation: colt has healing pastern wound, actually 3 wounds in different locations, one abrasion on front, another side abrasion and cut on back of pastern. He is has been under vet's care from the beginning. I keep it bandaged according to vet's instructions. With the 3rd injury, which was due to his activity two weeks ago, the vet told me to put him in a stall to immobilize him as much as possible until everything healed to the point that we could leave bandaging off.
Barn manager says, no problem, put him in stall, and I need not pay for the stall board. Come to find out a couple of days ago that it was so he could lease it out from under me, ironically to an acquaintance of mine. Therefore, I am told that I will need to vacate the stall in a week and that if I HAVE to keep the colt quiet he will put him in the lean-to out in a pasture.
Part 2, ethics of the situation: all the cowboys who hang out at the barn, including the manager, none of whom have DVM degrees by the way, have been harassing me about bandaging the wound and keeping the colt put up in a stall. For example, "When are you going to stop bandaging that leg?" "That vet is really milking you for everything he can get" "Just put gold dust on it" "WHO is your vet?" NONE of these guys has even seen the wounds, and I doubt that they have read as extensively as I have on wounds and treatment (I have a medical background). It's a new place and there is a lot of posturing going on, and I have been the mature one watching the boys and, as one of my female boarder friend says, their peeing contests going on, but when I was told this morning that I would be put out in a lean-to if I HAD to have a stall, that was going just a little too far. Why didn't he just tell the prospective new boarder that the stall won't be available until another month or two? Because, most likely, he doesn't respect me nor my vet's professional treatment plan.
Yes, I am considering a new place to board. There isn't much available. This hasn't been the first sign of boorishness from this manager, although it has never been directed towards me. However, I have been too angry over the situation all day and just want to bounce it off someone else to get an objective opinion. What would any of you do? The manager is a popular local trainer so there isn't really anyone I can talk to locally without stirring things up.