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        10-26-2013, 10:32 AM
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    It that's the way she does it, you may have to pay more to have your horse brought in and fed separately twice a day. Otherwise, I'd either come out myself and feed twice a day or move.

    This part of boarding always "sucks" because you are paying someone to care for your horse yet it's their facility and their way of doing things.
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        10-26-2013, 12:08 PM
    Why even deal with it? Find a new barn, your paying good money for a service and it sounds like to BO is not holding up to the arrangement.
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        10-26-2013, 11:45 PM
    I was at a barn where they fed no hay. Just grain and bitten down pasture. I asked if I could bring my horse hay. She said no-it will make the other horses jealous. I asked if she could put a bit of weight on. She said I told her I wanted my horse skinny. The next time she said my horse was depressed. The next time she said my horse was pregnant. The next time she said my horse was nursing...... I hung the key on the stall one day and moved. Never said goodbye.

    The next place was like heaven. My horse and baby were weaned, baby going in with other youngsters. My two got shiny and had good weight. They got nice hay and pasture all night. My horse had a sparkle in her eye. Get your horse out of there.
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        10-27-2013, 12:09 AM
    It's too bad that there are people out there that don't know or care what horses need for proper nutrition. I'm fortunate that my horses are boarded where they have access to pasture and free choice hay at multiple feeders and I live less than 5 min. From them. If things were different and they were in jeopardy in some way, I wouldn't think twice about moving them. I've seen many horses come and go at our facility and lots of underfed horses thrive when offered proper nutrition. While boarding may never be completely ideal for everyone, you still have the final decision as to where the environment will best benefit your horse and your pocket book.
        10-28-2013, 10:42 PM
    Thanks for everyones input! I have talked to the BO and she is going to put my mare in a small paddock with 3 other horses with the choice of 2 bales. I did have to tell her that if something didn't change I would be finding a new barn. Come the winter my riding coach is opening her own facility and I will be moving my horse to her barn. Thanks everyone:)
        10-29-2013, 07:32 AM
    Stay vigilant because 2, roughly 60lb bales is what I go through in the dead of winter and one of my 3 is an 11 hand air fern.

    boarding, feeding, weight loss

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