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    11-28-2011, 07:09 PM
Green Broke
What would you do?

I know it's me again.....

Before I start I wasn't sure if I should post this here or in the boarding section. That being said, if it's in the wrong place please move it!

Well I've just been at this boarding facility for a little over a month and is been great. I've herd some not so nice things about this place from a former friend (who lies) so who knows how true they are!
All of the horses are fat happy and healthy. Most of the horses being retirees and a majority of the owners are older.

Yesterday I went and groomed Moose an feeding time is usually around 4 since it gets dark fairly early. A girl who does not have a horse at the barn feeds on Sunday nights to give the barn manager a break. She does have her own horses but they are at her own house. She is sweet and I don't really know her not do I have anything against her.
She feeds all the horses and brings the inside boarders in their stalls for the night. Now moose is in a paddock with 2 other horses who are owned by the same lady. Thy all wait patiently for their grain at there own buckets and since I had moose in the barn already I feed him in the empty stall. Well I didn't see one feed bucket go up into moose's paddock yesterday! The two other horses were up there whinnying and waiting patently. I'm honesty not 100% if they were fed or not but I'm almost positive they were not fed. In the boarding contract it clearly states all horses get fed 2x a day with a free choice round bail. Let me tell you I was not happy because if I was not there my horse probably wouldn't of been fed. And them to top it off she forgets to close one of the stall doors that she put a horse in! O.O I mean, what would you do? I generally like the plae I'm at but I might possibly be movin barns just because a fried of mine might keep her horse there And I want a riding buddy.

So I mean what would you do in this situation?!
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    11-28-2011, 07:35 PM
Does the barn manager/owner know about this? First I would inform them and then talk to the person that feeds them. If it was a emergency such as a family member passing away, I would let it go, but still keep it in the back of my mind.
    11-28-2011, 07:39 PM
I would just notify the BO and let her address the matter with her staff member.

Then I'd try to be out there when this girl feeds to make sure my horse gets fed.
    11-28-2011, 07:41 PM
I agree. I would talk to the BO about it, and see if he could get it sorted out.
    11-28-2011, 07:44 PM
Well definitely keep an eye on her.. has the health of the horses in the pasture deteriorated?

I would be careful who you talk to about this.. but I think you are obligated to tell management since it was irresponsible of the girl to forget to give horses hay for the night. And it's not something minor like forgetting to turn off the barn lights..

But definitely don't bring it up with other boarders.. or instructors. Just keep it professional and gossip free. Hopefully that was a one time mishap and it won't happen again.
    11-28-2011, 07:45 PM
Green Broke
I haven't seen the BM yet but how should I bring it up? I could text him since I am usually at work when he feeds.
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    11-28-2011, 07:49 PM
Green Broke
I've only had my horse a month and have boarded there for a month and he was skinny when I got him and he is alot fatter now but I wonder if it's just because he has free choice hay
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    11-28-2011, 07:50 PM
I'd just be honest without naming names and try to stay really neutral. An example would be.. "the other night when I was here, I noticed the horses in X pasture weren't given their grain for the night, as stated in the contract. I'm not sure if it's happened before, but I just wanted to bring it to your attention" something like that.

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