I will try to keep this short.. I did not have anything in my boarding contract to cover this situation.. and do not want this to happen again..
I do have the standard clause that states if I can not reach the boarder I may contact a vet and have them treat the horse and payment to be made by the boarder up to ___$ amount.... etc...
But this is what happened.. 40+ years, I have never had a "new horse owner" totally "blow my advise off!" These people were brand new horse owners of 60 days. The horse had been in my care by the previous owner for 3 years.
On the Sept 3rd the rider's saddle had slipped, and the rider(250lbs) had pulled hard while falling off the horse on a 45% incline. On Sept 10th I recommended that the horse see a vet do to a slight lameness I observed... and the barn vet was going to be onsite. They declined saying that they thought the horse was fine since he trotted away... For additional 2 weeks, I continued to ask that the vet check the horse.. I had already ruled out abscesses, laminitis, and felt it was now a shoulder injury. A farrier stated he thought the shoulder might be broken. The horse's lameness declined to the point of being immobile.
Finally, I aggressively demanded that the horse be seen by a vet and/or chiropractor, he agreed to the chiropractor. Chiropractor stated possible EPM symptoms as well as a shoulder muscle problem. Both of us stated to owner to immediately contact vet for EPM medication. Boarder delayed, refused advice. The previous owner even called and told him she would pay for the treatment $110. For the month... A vet call was finally agreed. The vet recommended that the horse immediately start meds.. he declined, and wanted to wait for the exposure blood result! That took 6 more days. Too late, horse had to be put down on Oct 6th.
I have now filed a animal abuse case.
Do you have a contract clause in any of your contracts that would give the Barn Owner a option if a border refuses medical treatment for their horse? I need a "animal abuse clause" in my boarding contract for boarders/owners?