Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: South East Texas
Advice about a terrible boarder
We have boarded a 16 year old standarbred Gelding at our barn for almost 5 years now. His owners live literally 75 yards away and can easily walk to our barn. In those years, he has been ridden about 10 times and they have NEVER fed him grain. They don't feed him hay either, but they are required to pay for 1/4 of the price of hay when we buy it every year. But they don't physically come feed it to him, I usually do. They haven't touched him since March of this year.
I try to ride him and exercise him so that he will be good for their daughter (who is 15) when she wants to ride (which is once a year, maybe.) We have had SO much drama revolving around this horse. WE keep him for free on OUR land but they don't allow us to use their tack, equipment, or anything. They lock it all in their shed. They usually say they can't afford hoof trimming when the farrier comes, so I usually have to pay for that and they never bathe him, spray him with fly spray, feed him, groom him, ride him, worm him or take him to the vet. I literally had to beg them to get his West Nile vaccine, and even then the owner tried to tell me she would order it offline.
The owner is my mothers sister, so we can't kick him out of the barn. They have been saying they are building a fence for 4 years now and even cleared the land to build it but they haven't lifted a finger for 3 years.
The other day, me and my husband went riding out in the national forest looking for deer sign for hunting season. My husband rode Domino (the boarded horse) and the owners threw a fit. I was RAGING mad.
For the past 3 years I have fed him beet pulp and alfalfa to get him ready for winter, wormed him, bathed him, made sure his tail didn't mat, exercised him, continued working on his groundwork, cleaned their tack, and made sure the farrier took care of his hooves...everything. Now I'm not allowed to ride him.
He needs to be wormed by the vet (he has had worms in his feces for 3 months now) and he needs his teeth floated, but I refuse to pay for that too. About two months ago I told the owner she NEEDED to take care of him, so she called her "vet friend" to look at him at our house and this "vet" (who was a 20 year old girl) said he was fine and I was being annoying about his care!
What would you guys do in this situation? I feel bad just not caring for Domino because it isn't his fault that his owners are crappy.