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post #11 of 23 Old 03-23-2011, 12:22 PM
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No, this isn't a bash on our boarding facility.

Yes, we are positive the horse was injured from the feeder - his blood from the gash was on the feeder.

The horse out of alignment cannot bend his neck to the right or left and cannot be ridden from his sore back at this time. Yes, the vet is convinced the issues are from twisting and stretching to get hay from the feeder.
If you are are so convinced, why do you need a bunch of nameless, faceless strangers to say anything?

Sorry - I have been in the business long enough to see horses do some pretty stupid things. Horses can have a yeehaw momement fall and do the same thing you describe above. We had a horse unable to lift it's head for two days. Vet was out and said he probably fell and pinched a nerve. Unless it was witnessed - nothing else to prove.

My own horse was kicked in the chest and had a gash that required sutures. We saw the kick - or it would of looked like an injury from the fence or round bale feeder. After the kick, he went to eat. Blood on the feeder . . .

Again - are you are absolutely positive these issues are a result of the feeder? FWIW - we have cattle panel feeders for our beef herd. They are pretty darn tough. They have to be to stand up to the pressure.
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Thanks for your feedback.
I will now close this post.
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I will now close this post.
Because we aren't all jumping on your band wagon to say the barn owner is wrong?
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The boarders will replace the metal cattle feeder with a rubberized EQUINE feeder.
Great plan. If you guys are going to buy a new feeder why not purchase it and present it as a gift to the barn owner and ask them to please replace the existing feeder with the feeder you have purchased. This will save you having to point fingers and blame them for something that is more than likely not their fault.

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Yes, we are positive the horse was injured from the feeder - his blood from the gash was on the feeder.
One of my horses needs lots of stitches in her leg (from a very safe gate that she chose to stick her leg through and then pull the gate down).
There was blood many places.
Blood some where does not mean it the injury happened there. It just means that the horse visited the feeder after they had the injury.

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The horse out of alignment cannot bend his neck to the right or left and cannot be ridden from his sore back at this time. Yes, the vet is convinced the issues are from twisting and stretching to get hay from the feeder.
I would guess the vet more than likely said 'that could be a reason' when the feeder was given as an option. Most vets are not likely to point fingers with out catching 'the hand in the cookie jar'.
It is not a good way for them to make friends with barn owners when they have no proof and there are any number of other ways for a horse to get injured.

I know several horses who do not eat out of feeders (or even round bales at all) who get out of alignment to the point they can not be ridden, etc.
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No, I get along very well with our barn owner. and, certainly did not expect Because we aren't all jumping on your band wagon to say the barn owner is wrong?
It's just that I have better things to do with my time.

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No, I get along very well with our barn owner.
Have you simply communicated with the barn owner about your concerns about the round bale feeder that you do not like?
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No, I get along very well with our barn owner. and, certainly did not expect Because we aren't all jumping on your band wagon to say the barn owner is wrong?
It's just that I have better things to do with my time.
I am a 'why' person. It does not make sense to me for you join and to post an open ended question if you are not looking for something.

It is straight forward logic that horses get hurt. As was mentioned - you can put some in a round rubber padded room wrapped in bubble wrap - and still they find a way to hurt themselves.

If it was indeed the feeder, the vet said so - why do you need validation from the world wide web?
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I took the first step by discussing my issues with the Barn Manager last night. She was in total agreement with me and never wanted the metal cattle bale feeders in the first place. They just appeared in three pastures one day.
The owner is rarely at the barn, however, I have left a voice message on his cell. He's a very reasonable guy so I'm sure he won't have any problem removing the feeder.
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MLS,
I too am a 'why' person. Right now I'm asking myself 'why' I even bothered creating this post. And, I truly apologize for doing so.

For some reason, I had hoped the replies from horse people had been much friendlier.
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Hi all,

I am happy to report that I spoke with the barn owner about two out of four horses being injured in the pasture since the metal cattle round bale feeder appeared. I then asked if he'd be willing to move the feeder and he said, "no problem."
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