My gelding, Nickers, has a very sensitive tummy. He has coliced at least once a year for the past 5-6 years. He eats too much, or gets very gassy, or in November's impaction case he didn't drink enough, etc. When he is going to be on grass for more than a normal day (ie: 24 hrs) he doesn't get any feed. We also add oil to his feed AM/PM and he has to wear a muzzle when he goes on a new grass field for the first 10-14 days per my vet and the hospital that we have visited twice.
Ok, so yesterday the horses went out around 8 AM and they were going to stay out all day/night since me and mom couldn't get there to feed due to a family party. No biggie, it was gorgeous out! Well, one of the boarders (Boarder A) who was going to help feed originally had called the BO (who lives on premises and was there last night thank god) on Thurs to see if she was still needed. BO told her no, the horses were just going to stay out. They would be fine missing one meal and staying on grass. Everything was ok.
Boarder A decided to show up yesterday anyway to see her horse. Well, one of the other boarders that was going to help never contacted BO like she was going to so she convinced boarder A that they were still coming in supposedly. Even though boarder A had spoken to the BO, she went along with the other boarder. Boarder A's horse and Nickers are in a field together with another horse. Boarder A brought her's and mine in and fed them both She didn't add oil to his feed, and when the BO came out and went off she said "Well, just leave him in his stall then by himself in the barn if you're so worried" and left. BO called me about 7PM last night and told me what happened, by now she had put Nickers back into the field and was watching him. I went up there to put his muzzle on just in case. BO also told boarder A that if anything happened to him - she would be responisble (everyone in the barn knows that he is a prone colicer)
Well...he coliced when I got there. Thank goodness it was just a lot of gas and resolved in 1-1 1/2 hrs with some banamine, but still. I would like to be reimbursed for my banamine as it was a situation that shouldn't have happened and a tube of banamine isn't cheap! How should I go about confronting boarder A? She is a friend so I feel bad (I know I know, it could have been a lot worse), and if I did have to call the vet she would have been getting the bill - but how do you bring up something like this?
Sorry for the novel! Help yourself to cookies and chocolate anything on me