RANT: Dad's boss.
Oh boy do I hate this man.
Some of you might remember the threads I posted in the horse welfare section about an old racehorse he owned who was neglected and sick, and ended up dying. Well, yep, same guy and he is still as uncaring and neglectful as ever.
Background: My dad manages three side-by-side properties just out of our city. They are owned by two brothers - One of whom dabbles in breeding racehorses. We keep our horses on this brothers farm for free because dad does a lot of extra work - There are also three other horses that belong to my friends who are paying him agistment to keep them there. We used to have about four paddocks we could rotate between and a shed that used to be two stables for all our stuff.
Not long after Googie died, he decided he was too cheap to keep paying his neice to keep his racehorses at her place, and brought them all out to the farm. Because of this, he took back the shed and we had to convert an old silo into a new shed about half the size. We also lost the use of two of the paddocks, including the best one.
So now there are 29 thoroughbreds. Yep, 29. About 8 of them are unweaned foals. Thoroughbred foals, in paddocks that are fenced for cattle and sheep with barbed wired. I can't see anything wrong with this scenario, can you?
Some of the horses are the older ones who were here originally. There have been a few added to this band, including a reallllly nice mare who isn't too old. But - She has a growth on her stomach. It actually looks like there is a football under the skin on the bottom of her stomach - You can't beleive the size of it until you see it. What does dad's boss do? He thinks it is a hematomea (sp?) and doesn't call a vet. It has been there for months now. This mob is chucked in a back paddock, not fed, and checked on every week or two. They haven't been wormed, had feet done, etc in the whole time we have been here. We tried to treat them for lice (Dad and I) but one is too wild to catch so it is useless.
Then there are the mares and foals - At least he is feeding these ones. We have seen at least one foal almost go through a fence. One of them is dead lame - Started out only mildly lame, then went to no weight at all/cantering on three legs, now back to putting weight on it but still lame. Boss reckons it's a stone bruise and again hasn't gotten the vet.
He had a colt out here for a while who had a big fungal growth on his lip - But such a friendly and pretty boy, we called him fungus and used to give him a bit of attention. He got sent off for training.
Well yesterday we got out and Fungus and another mare are back from training - Just thrown out in the paddock in racing condition, with shoes, no rugs, no feed. He has done this before with horses in racing condition and he doesn't even take the shoes off - They just wear and get torn off eventually. Oh, and on top of it, Fungus is lame.
PLUS - He made us move our horses into a paddock with way too much feed for the ponies because he had a young colt in the neighbouring paddock and he didn't want him going through the fence to get to our mares.
Guess where he put Fungus and the mare? Yup, in the paddock next to the colt.
Oh boy do I hate this guy. It sickens me to see these lame horses without vet attention. Dad can't say anything, I can't say anything. Nobody else who knows anything about horses comes out, so we can't even pretend someone else called the RSPCA.
Now we have to walk our horses through the paddock with Fungus (Now gelded, thankfully) and the mare.
Gah, it just sucks.