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    12-01-2008, 02:03 PM
I vote calling CANTER too. I think that's a wonderful idea.
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    12-01-2008, 02:36 PM
Thinking into the future, after this problem is resolved, I wouldn't want her back as a border.
    12-01-2008, 05:00 PM
If she is able to provide "supplements", then maybe the solution is her providing a different kind of feed (that you approve), or working it out money-wise so that you can buy this horse the feed he needs. I think calling CANTER, or something along those lines, is a good idea. She seems to be the type that wants to do things her own way, but doesn't have the knowledge or experience to be able to make important horse decisions.
    12-01-2008, 08:58 PM
Perhaps some beet pulp and rice bran added to the diet will help put some weight on.
    12-01-2008, 09:25 PM
Oh, gosh! Good luck with the whole situation!
    12-02-2008, 05:00 AM
It is difficult to manage everyone's different supplement requests. I have a whole cupboard full of tubs, drops, liquids, etc. Mostly herbal remedies. Any medications are only administered with a vets prescription and instructions. I would not feed a product that I am unfamiliar with unless I spoke with my vet first.
Just a a BO I would never accept a horse in anything but good condition. It is just simply too much work to be responsible for re-conditioning of another persons horse. Not to mention the added expense on your end. You should look at every horse, get references from the previous BO or caretaker and check that the animal has had regular health care issues attended to such as vaccines, worming, hoof care. I also document a health history with the owner and inquire about respiratory problems, past colics, founderings, etc.
    12-02-2008, 12:15 PM
Originally Posted by BeauReba    
Great idea! I don't think they would like what she is doing (or not doing!) to the horse.
I agree I think it would be a good idea. It might be jumping to my guns but I have no respect for people who make no effort to care for a sick horse properly. I would also try to get animal bylaw to come out. Doesn't sound like she even cares about the fact she is slowly killing the poor thing.
    12-02-2008, 08:17 PM
That horse needs to be taken off all sugars or she's going to make him sick. The more I learn about proper nutrition the more I'm finding out how bad most feed is. I had a horse that was given to me by a vet because the owner wanted to put her down because she was skinny and she didn't know what to do. In about 2 months time she had put on some good weight. She was given free choice grass hay, a few pounds of Alf, and some beet pulp balanced with rice bran (1lb beet pulp to 1 lb rice bran works well to balance). Along with plenty of fresh water and free choice salt. It's all pretty simple. I would hope that the lady just doesn't know rather then just not caring.
    12-02-2008, 11:07 PM
In my contract I do inquire about their past health issues and require references but all my boarders are novice or first time horse owners. Out of 6 stalls available, 3 of the horses were from out of state and the horse in question was 100 miles away.

I've talked to her some more, and apparently she is buying this stuff from some "livestock nutritionist" that she works with that she has fed her other horses "for years". She has no idea what this stuff is and she says he won't tell her!!!! Her ignorance is really annoying...

Good news though, he's been with me for almost a month and he looks like his is starting to fill out a little. I also spoke with Canter and they are going to speak with her.. apparently they have been trying to get the horse back anyway.
    12-04-2008, 03:33 AM
Yay, good for you. Calling CANTER was the best thing to do, this was your not the bad person in their eyes and I am sure CANTER wants to know that the horse they rehomed was not being cared for properly. In 6 months that horse should be quite a bit fatter than what it was. She did not know *hopefully* what she was doing with it, or she did not care. I have taken so many rescues and within 3 to 4 months, they are usually fat and happy as clams unless their is something else going on with them that takes longer to get weight on.

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