It would be a wise decision to move barns. You don't want your horse at a barn that may be in trouble with the humane society. Not only is the stable owner getting in trouble but he/she is also lying to you about the care of your horse. As long as you have the proper food, water, and shelter for your horse you shouldn't get in trouble.
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.
I could not feed only my own horses while a bunch of hungry ones looked on. I would move my horses then start a compaign to shut that place down.
Someone else mentioned looking for smaller, cheaper places. Knock on doors of places you see with a few horses. Many people wouldn't mind taking in a few boarders. Drive around & look. The worst they could say is no.
Speaking as someone who boards other horse's I do the best I can to please the owner and keep the horse's healthy and happy. Just recently we had a stray buffalo wander on to the nieghbours property and spook one of our boarder horse's through a fence. The horse had cut his legs badly and the two top post were completly taken down... I contacted the owners and cared for the horse till I got instuctions but also have in my boarding agreement instuctions on what to in case owners can't be contacted. Do you trust that if an emergency were to arise she would do the best for your horse's? Would she notice if one was to collic? I would sleep a lot easier knowng that the people who are caring for my horse 90% of the time care about my horse.. Even if it meant a farther drive for me