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        06-25-2010, 12:05 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Wow its amazing that she didnt hurt herself more. Minor injuries for a horse that was probably thrashing around in panic......phew, close one! I bet she wont try swimming again for quite some time : ) Thanks for sharing this story. Its lessons like these that help others avoid similar accidents!
         
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        06-25-2010, 12:06 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    Lovestory no offense but I'd never stable my horse at that barn. First they starve them, then they let them get hurt like that.
         
        06-25-2010, 12:16 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Draftrider, no offence taken at all :) But I do have to disagree. They don't starve the horses, it was just a bad summer, and the accident was a one off: its the first accident of any kind theyv had in about 8 years. But I appreciate your honesty
         
        06-25-2010, 12:24 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    If they aren't starving them, then why are all the horses at this stable, including yours, underweight? They certainly look like they have been on poor quality or not enough feed. I'm not criticizing you dear, just the fact that if all the horses are thin, its lack of overall care. One thin horse in a herd might be a vet issue, or being bullied out of food- but if all of them are thin its a management issue.

    Accidents happen- but any normal person puts a fence around a pool- to prevent children and animals from falling in.
         
        06-25-2010, 01:31 PM
      #15
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by LoveStory10    
    They know about the pool, and generally avoid it. What happens is they are let out to graze in the garden, but I agree with the fence thing!!!
    Wow! That's all I can say. I'd run away from such place the moment I'd see the pool on ground without any fence. Animals are smart, but they are not THAT smart to understand pool is not a place to jump in, and the sticking out nail is not a scratching stick, and so on, if there is a chance for the accident to happen they always find it. I'm not driving at you personally (I understand it's not your place), but if someone is doing boarding as a business (well, if for just your own place it's true too) that person should at least learn safety before even starting it.
         
        06-25-2010, 04:34 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    Wow! That's all I can say. I'd run away from such place the moment I'd see the pool on ground without any fence. Animals are smart, but they are not THAT smart to understand pool is not a place to jump in, and the sticking out nail is not a scratching stick, and so on, if there is a chance for the accident to happen they always find it. I'm not driving at you personally (I understand it's not your place), but if someone is doing boarding as a business (well, if for just your own place it's true too) that person should at least learn safety before even starting it.
    Then I will. She picked the barn. It's an owners responsibility to ensure our animals are safe. Yes accidents happen, but this was 100% avoidable. I feel for the horse. I also agree with Draftrider, unless this is horse is really old or a newly acquired rescue it's in tough shape.

    A tube of de-wormer would go a long way.
         
        06-25-2010, 05:39 PM
      #17
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by G and K's Mom    
    Then I will. She picked the barn. It's an owners responsibility to ensure our animals are safe. Yes accidents happen, but this was 100% avoidable. I feel for the horse.
    Is it her horse? Because my understanding was that it's not. Although I may be wrong. I agree completely though - it's always the owner's responsibility to provide safety for any animal.
         
        06-25-2010, 05:55 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    If I were the OP and had the option, I would move barns. ;)

    To let horses graze around an open pool is asking for disaster. Yes, no accidents have happened...until now, and that poor mare could have been critically injured. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say. This could have been avoided...which is why fencing off a pool is a good thing, regardless of whether or not the horses know about it. This mare obviously didn't. Who is to say she or another horse won't do it again, and not be so lucky the next time around?

    I will also have to agree with other posts that judging from the looks of the horses you have posted thus far, a serious feed overhaul and perhaps a new worming program need to be considered. Even if you are not the one keeping an eye on or buying their feed, it is still your sole responsibility, OP, as the owner to make sure they are getting what they need -- including a safe area to live in and good nutrition. If the barn management is making things difficult I would find another place ASAP.
         
        06-25-2010, 06:02 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    And its not just in the last few weeks that the horses have been very thin there. I remember a thread a few months back when you posted pictures, and everyone said they were too thin.

    Look I know you are a teenager, but even my 3 yr old niece knows that if there are bones poking out, the animal is too thin.
         
        06-25-2010, 06:09 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
    Ok guys I believe she said that the pool WAS fenced. And the horse got over the fence and over a wall of some sort. And that the BO is blaming it on a gate malfunction.
         

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