Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
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.
Honary "HFA" member...That's right, I'm admitting it!
BTW....That's NOT rain on your windshield!!!!