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post #11 of 16 Old 02-09-2009, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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post #12 of 16 Old 02-09-2009, 03:53 PM
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Talk to the barn owner. Let them know what's going on and that you are concerned. If the owner hasn't been there to take care of it, she probably won't be too worried about him, so really nobody else is going to really be checking on him.

I had a good friend go through the SAME thing with a horse that was at the stable they board at. His owner only paid partial board, so he was being fed by his owner (or was supposed to be). The owner hadn't been showing up apparently and so the horse was losing lots of weight and was very malnourished. Finally the barn owner called the horse's owner and told him to come down and take care of his horse. In the meantime she called animal welfare and notified them of the situation. They told her to give the owner a chance and that if he didn't show up in 3 days they would come and rescue the horse. He ended up not coming and the horse was sent to the rescue.

Bottom line: I know you're concerned. Talk to the barn owner and tell them the situation. Don't take matters into your own hands by any means (its safer that way) and let them handle it. The same situation just may happen to this horse as well. It's hard to tell. But definitely DON'T stand around and do nothing. Notify the BO and leave it at that. Hopefully everything works out.

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post #13 of 16 Old 02-12-2009, 01:26 AM
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I think that if the owner is not coming out to see her horse, she probably has no clue as to that there is even a problem. (Not that this is acceptable) I agree with pointing this out to the barn owner. If it really is that bad, someone needs to speak up for the horse.
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post #14 of 16 Old 02-12-2009, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by morganshow11 View Post
so since that she has not been out to care for him or at least come see him.
Do you know this for a fact? People do not all have the same schedule.

If you have a concern, you bring it to the barn owner or barn manager. Reverse the situation, if someone did not like something about your horse, would you want them to simply step in and do something?
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post #15 of 16 Old 02-12-2009, 02:45 PM
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I know it may be hard, but I would recommend just staying out of it. It's a hard thing to do...but hopefully sometime soon the BO will get involved. You could always talk to the BO about it...but since you don't own the horse there's not much you can do, unfortunately. I hope a farrier visits that horse soon! That's really a shame.

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post #16 of 16 Old 02-15-2009, 02:56 AM
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I think you're doing the right thing by not staying out of it. Whatever approuch you take or whoever you approuch, do it subtly incase there is a good explaination but "when you know better, you do better" and you definetly know that a horses hooves shouldnt look like that.

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