If you just want to read the immediate "what happened when I was out of town," then skip down to the line. Otherwise, to figure out more of the backstory, read the following also.
If you read this you'll probably understand much more of what I'm going through:
I don't even know how to identify how the care is. At first what happened is the fired both of the stable hands. At that point, my old trainer took his string of 9 horses and left, and then more people began to pour out. At that point my trainer was then forced to do all of the work of the entire stable from feeding to watering to cleaning the stalls. There was a whole lot of drama between him and the owner (this trainer is seriously the sweetest person ever), talk of gossip and people turning on each other, and more and more people began to leave. I feel like most of the people up there have left, and the amount of boarders has really shrunken. I heard some things of the care being negative. The problem is that I haven't had any personally horrible experiences with the BO being rude or anything, but I hear things of her being a liar, unstable, blaming people for random things, being unprofessional (I have experienced some of this), leaving a halter and chain on in a stall or something like that for some time, having the hay nets too low, etc. I have seen her ride my horse and I know she is trying hard but her riding did not have the experience to deal with my horse who is a challenging horse to ride and didn't compare to my old trainer. It's kind of a bummer to hear myself say these things such as that she isn't nice or such because I haven't experienced any issues with her personally, but I can say that I am concerned about her being unstable for my horse. My horse is field board and I always know she is getting fed and watered and all of that, but I really am just done with the drama and I want to get out. Plus it is 40 minutes away and the distance is too far for me to be feeling that negative every time. My dream stable just gave away their last stall yesterday, but they may have another opening in the next few weeks... so I'm praying and being patient... I wish I could move somewhere in the meantime but I don't have a place so...
So today I went to the stable after not seeing my horse since Monday and I assumed she would be fine, just a little stiff to ride. So I brought her in from the field (keeping in mind she is on full care field board) and put her in the cross ties. She had poop which may or may not have been diarrhea streamed and dried down the back of her legs, and then when I lifted up her tail she had the worst crusted poop and diaper rash. Not only that, but her back hind right is/was quite swollen (even hot) and she was visibly off at the walk. Not only did no one take care of the situation, but no one even texted me to tell me that there was a problem! Before my trainer was kicked out, he would bring her in and put a sweat on her for me without even having to ask, and he would text me, bute her, and inform me of the situation. I had someone knowledgeable at the stable help me with the bute, the furisone, and cleaning out her rash, and I also called my own trainer, but then I texted the BO and told her to please continue buting her for me and she got nervous saying, "you didn't bute her on an empty stomach right????" She hadn't eaten dinner yet but she had been eating hay and grass throughout the day, I let her graze for a bit before, and gave her an apple. The reason I gave her bute gel and not powder was because I wanted to make sure she got the full dose in case another horse pushed her away from her feed in the field! I'm just so frustrated because at first I was thinking the care wasn't an issue for me but now I'm sick and tired of this and it's a lot for my horse. I'm trying to wait it out until the spot at the new stable opens up, but in the meantime I just hope nothing else happens.
I attached the pictures because I wasn't quite sure how to add them. Feel free to take a look and offer your opinions. I'm infuriated.