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    12-19-2010, 11:57 PM
  #1
Yearling
Angry Scared Horses (long rant)

The BO is letting a guy keep his animals at the barn for his live nativity scene. When I walked into the barn this morning, the smell almost knocked me down. At first I didn't even realize the other animals were in there. I always concentrate on the 2 heads that are hanging over the stall doors waiting for their feed. Rook had this terrified look on his face...big eyes and snorting. I was petting him and talking to him when I heard something banging behind me. I turn around to see the heads of two llamas, and the head of a goat which had started climbing the stall door, there was also a sheep in with those in the one stall, and another mini-donkey alone in another stall. Poor Rook did a couple of quick laps around his stall, he wouldn't eat his grain, and when I went to let them out for the day, he practically ran me over getting out of the barn. When I took him back in this evening, I had to coax him into coming in. He did a dead stop at the barn door, and started with the big eyes and snorting again. Normally I can lead him into the barn and Rose will follow. Not this evening though. It took me coaxing him and after I got him in his stall, Rose was still locked at the barn door. I had to put the lead around her neck and coax her in.

After I left this evening, I started thinking (dangerous, I know). The saddlebred I used to have was an easy keeper until the BO brought his mini-donkeys in. They started running him out of his stall and stealing his food. When I realized they were doing this, I would stay to watch him eat...so they wouldn't bother him. Now I've come to the realization that they were the problem. Even after I started standing over him when he would eat, he stayed very nervous. I don't want to leave them out at night because it's been getting into the teens, and usually windy. But, it's looking like I'm going to have to at least leave Rook out there where he's calm. He's one that definitely does NOT need to lose weight.

One of the worst parts of the whole thing is that every year, the BO tells the guy the same thing..."If you're going to keep them here, you have to clean the stalls." If they don't do it this time, this will be the 4th time that I've had to clean up after them. The first of which being before I got my first horse in this area. The stalls didn't look like they'd been cleaned in a long long time. They were pretty nasty. Then, 2 months after I got him I had to clean up after them again. Every year, he tells the guy the same thing, and every year I end up cleaning up after him. The BO called me this morning while I was down there. I reiterated to him that the guy needed to clean up after he leaves this time. Oh, and did I mention that they dropped them off at about 7 yesterday evening and when I got there at 8:30 this morning there was no water for them!!! The people didn't even bring water buckets for them. So, of course I found a couple of extras while I was there and took care of that. Then, the girl showed up to feed, and didn't have any dishes to feed them out of. Once again, found an over the fence feeder for the llamas and a couple of small buckets that were bought for the minis. The llamas fought over the food in the over the fence feeder, and the sheep and goat fought over the food in a small bucket. The whole time, she's saying how cute they are while they're fighting. I feel like I'm taking on the responsibility for 5 more animals right now. And with the cracked rib that I can't seem to let rest, it's not something that I can at the moment.

These little beasts are going to be the guests at the barn until Wednesday night...unless the people are too lazy to take them home and put them away after the last showing.

Kudos and cookies to all who read through this whole thing. It feels better now that I've let it out.
     
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    12-20-2010, 12:06 AM
  #2
Banned
Our poor Scooter is scared to death of mini donkeys. Mini horses he is okay with...mini donks...no way! Its the smell. The smell different from a horse and to a prey animal...different equates to 'wants to eat me'! Scooter has never gotten over his donkey fear and the more the BO tried to force the issue, the worse it got.

Its really terrible that people don't take care of their animals. I would let that poop stack up to the ceiling. As long as your horse is safe and clean...I honestly wouldn't worry much about the other boarders animals.
     
    12-20-2010, 12:13 AM
  #3
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by corinowalk    
Our poor Scooter is scared to death of mini donkeys. Mini horses he is okay with...mini donks...no way! Its the smell. The smell different from a horse and to a prey animal...different equates to 'wants to eat me'! Scooter has never gotten over his donkey fear and the more the BO tried to force the issue, the worse it got.

Its really terrible that people don't take care of their animals. I would let that poop stack up to the ceiling. As long as your horse is safe and clean...I honestly wouldn't worry much about the other boarders animals.
Agreed.
     
    12-20-2010, 03:50 AM
  #4
Started
I agree that I wouldn't clean up after them. I also if I were the BO wouldn't let the guy take his animals home until he had thoroughly cleaned the space in which they were kept while there, and if he left the animals, well then, I'm sure there is some way the BO could take ownership of the "abandoned" animals, and then sell them. Though I don't know anything about animal law, so I could be completely wrong. My mare was terrified of chickens when I first got her, though she got over it when she stayed at my old work for a while, and they had like 15 chickens running loose. But when she first saw the mini donkeys, she fell in love with them. When she was up in the paddock (which was way to small for the number of animals it holds), she and the donkeys would be in the back corner eating together. It was so cute. But anything new or different should be introduced properly. Not just thrown into the stall across the way, or the stall next to the horse, with no proper introductions, or even seeing if they get along. Poor ponies. I'm glad my mare lived with a mini petting zoo for a while. Got to see chickens, goats, pot bellied pigs that slept in her stall puddles, dogs, cats, a green wing macaw, mini horses and donkeys, and loads of kids lol. Not much truly scares her now. Mostly its just show.
     
    12-20-2010, 09:37 AM
  #5
Weanling
The other animals aren't yours...don't worry about them. You have no obligation to care for them, so don't do it.

As for your horses being scared...I'm probably one of the only ones who will say that I absolutely don't mind it. Our horses were scared when we brought calves and big ol' giant turkeys and such into the barn the first time too, but they got over it pretty quickly, and now I know they're not going to throw me and run if we ever see one outside-well, it's less likely. Maybe walk your horses up to the other stalls with the llamas and sheep and such in them and let them see what they are.
     
    12-20-2010, 10:15 AM
  #6
Yearling
My problem is that if they don't do it, and I don't do it, it'll end up staying there and stinking. I'm the only one who boards there, and it's my responsibility to take care of the barn...as per the contract I have with them. It's not so bad that I'm even considering moving my guys. But all it will take, if they don't get cleaned out, will be his wife making one of her rare appearances down there and saying it stinks. Then it'll fall on me.

As far as taking care of them, I can't let any animal that is where I am going anyway go without water; it's just inhumane. Especially with it being so cold out. Even though one of the llamas spit on me this morning, I still went in and broke the ice on their water and made sure that the buckets were full. Those suckers have quite the range, and pretty good aim when they go to spit...LOL.

And with Rook, I'm very surprised that he is that scared of them. We've passed all of those types of animals at different times while trail riding, and all he'll do is stop and look for a second, then go about his merry way. I think it's freaking him out because they're in "his" area. At least he ate half of his grain this morning though.
     
    12-21-2010, 02:33 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by charlicata    

As far as taking care of them, I can't let any animal that is where I am going anyway go without water; it's just inhumane.
I feel the same way. I trained some horses that lived in stalls and the owner never cleaned them no matter how much I told her to, so I always did it. Whenever I was working with them, when I put them back I'd have to give them water and hay because they never had it. Call me a softy, but it's not the animals' fault their owner is incompetent.
     

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