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    07-09-2012, 01:31 PM
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Weanling
Careless owner?

So one of my friends is leasing the sweetest little arab mare named Ronnie. Ronnie is super sweet, loving, caring, if anyone is out in the pasture she will try to follow them back. My friend, lets call her Jill (obviously not her real name), is really good to Ronnie. She gives her extra grain and grooms her till she shines. The only thing is Ronnies owner asn't been out in, literally, months. Jill still has to tell the owner when she is riding though. So Jill is a busy girl and was at a two week volleyball tornament, two weeks of camp, and a week family vacay, not to mention that she coulnt come out for a week straight before all this because she was studying for finals. That equals 6 weeks of no one taking care of Ronnie. Jill asked her owner I I, or anyone else, could come ride Ronnie, or just take her in and groom her and the owner said no. Whenever I went out to get my horse I put fly spray on ronnie and gave her a handful of grain, beecause she is really skinny and pretty much shunned from the herd so when they feed she gets the smallest amount. Also, 6 weeks with no hoof care has turnesd her feet super cracked, with big chunks missing. I know it's none of my buisness, and it is totally up to the owner what she does wit the horse, but i'm getting worried about Ronnie...
     
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    07-09-2012, 01:34 PM
  #2
Showing
If your friend is leasing the mare, there should be something in the contract stating just who is supposed to be paying what when it comes to her care.

Your friend going on vacation doesn't mean she can shirk her responsibility to the horse when it comes to foot care or feeding if it's in her contract.

Horses aren't dirt bikes. Someone needs to be responsible for the animal's care, regardless of whether or not the person leasing the horse is riding it.
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    07-09-2012, 01:48 PM
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Yearling
I agree with speed. It should be in her contract WHO is taking care of the horse.

In my opinion, though, she should have had time to at least go check the horse in between her escapades. If she is studying for finals, she may not have time to go ride, but she can take an hour away and go check the horse, at least once a week.

Same with the vacations, she had to come home at some point to repack/regroup. Why did she not go check Ronnie then?

Not having him ridden is not going to kill him, neither will him not being groomed. However, his feet and feed is a big deal. Your friend needs to speak with Ronnies owner about this stuff as soon as possible.
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    07-10-2012, 10:20 PM
  #4
Weanling
She has, as well has the barn manager and barn owner. Ronnies owner said that she would make sure to go out and check on Ronnie next time. We'll see...
     
    07-10-2012, 10:39 PM
  #5
Started
If she's leasing her it's her job to make sure the horse is taken care of. And, that mare needs to have an advocate if she's thin and being taken advantage of.
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    07-11-2012, 04:18 PM
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Foal
There is no excuse to not take care of a horse. Call the SPCA (although I am not a fan of them they do great things).
I have seen this sort of thing happen and it needs immediate attention!
Get help and take care of her. The "owner" (or whatever they want to call themselves) should be thankful for all your help.
     
    07-11-2012, 05:09 PM
  #7
Showing
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Originally Posted by skyhorse1999    
she has, as well has the barn manager and barn owner. Ronnies owner said that she would make sure to go out and check on Ronnie next time. We'll see...
You still haven't answered the question. What does the lease contract state about WHO is responsible for the horse's care?
     
    07-18-2012, 01:59 PM
  #8
Weanling
Speedracer- I have noooo idea. Ronnie is for sale and my friend is buying her so she can take care of her (she thougt ronnies owner was with her while my friend was gone) and it's all over:)
     
    07-18-2012, 02:25 PM
  #9
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by FreeRider5    
There is no excuse to not take care of a horse. Call the SPCA (although I am not a fan of them they do great things).
I have seen this sort of thing happen and it needs immediate attention!
Get help and take care of her. The "owner" (or whatever they want to call themselves) should be thankful for all your help.
At a boarding facility one thin horse is not going to raise any eyebrows. One horse is horse/owner issue. Owners need to have the vet out for dental work. All of the feed in the world won't help if it can't be chewed and digested properly.
     
    07-18-2012, 02:51 PM
  #10
Foal
If the rest of the horses are fat and Ronnie is skinny I would be concerned there is something else going on. If she is being this ignored when was the last time she was wormed? When is the last time someone checked her teeth? Ultimately it is the owners responsibility to make sure their horse is being properly taken care of. It also sounds like the horse isn't on a full lease but a partial (reading between the lines). I would be curious as too what the lease says.

Buying the horse will be the best thing for it, giving the horse a job and some proper TLC (and a vet check up) and I am sure she will quickly turn around. When I got Mia she had been neglected for years you'd never know it now. I don't get the mentality of owning a horse you are not going to use, up here I would say half of the horses I come across are pasture ornaments it is insane. There is not a whole lot you can do with people who just don't want to see their horse. It is frustrating but what are you going to do?
     

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