01-20-2011, 06:56 PM
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Hopefully the problems have been resolved by now but keep a close eye on everything because things may revert. If the problems are ongoing and most of the horses are skinny even if they are turned out most of the time, something is wrong because if there is plenty of good pasture for them the grass is probably the best thing they could eat. I donít know where you live but if itís cold and all the pasture is gone then someone should be giving the horses hay to eat out there. Is the hay amount inadequate, poor in nutrients or possibly contaminated?
Do all the owners worm their horses regularly? If everything else is done correctly and most of the horses are skinny maybe that is the problem especially if they all graze in the same areas. Is the water contaminated? Is the grain inadequate or contaminated? What does all the horsesí manure look like?
Times are hard for many people; maybe the owner is having some difficulties. I realize that you are paying for boarding but maybe the owner needs help. Maybe the owner doesnít charge enough for boarding to feed the horses properly or pay for good employees. The horse owners should try to spend more time with their horses.
I would be concerned about leaving my horse at a place where the caretakers donít really care about the animals. If my child were being neglected at a daycare center, I would correct the problem immediately and because of the way I am, I would NOT be happy with just making sure my kid gets enough to eat or proper care. Iíd be concerned for every child and if the problem couldnít be properly resolved, I would find a different daycare.
Horses depend on us to protect them. I doubt that the Humane Society will tell you anything other than itís being investigated. You should find out for sure if the barn has been reported, even if it hasnít been, Iíd talk to the owner.
The barn owner may feel uncomfortable about talking to a horse owner about the issues. Think about the possible problems the owner may be experiencing and possible resolutions then approach the owner and be sure that others are not in earshot. Let the owner know right off that you wish to keep your horse there and that you want to help resolve the problems in order to accomplish that.
Let us know how everything turns out.