The barn I board at great place and I love riding and being there but theres a few things that make me so angry. I just needed to get this off my chest.
I'll show the B.O possible buys for my next horse, she will take a look at one picture and completely tear the horse to shreds. She points out things that aren't even there. She said she saw Cushing's in one of the horses just by a picture. There's no way, by a picture you could tell that. But that's kind of besides the point.
She has two horses there that are lame as could be. One of the horses, has too many issues to count. When they first got him we was ridable but with a minor shoulder problem, but could still be used as flatwork, they decided to start jumping him. Any one with COMMON knowledge knows not to jump a horse with shoulder problems, let alone any problems at all. So he is gradually getting worse. He's so skinny but eats a ton, he is 100% clubfooted, he can't straiten his left out and its completely over at the knee. He uses him hind and to control himself. He barely can put any weight on his front legs. I quote the B.O on this "I can only trim his hooves if he's laying down". *SMH* Get a vet, and a real farrier who is trained and went to come schooling to trim them. If the horse is too weak to even get it's hooves trimmed without falling over, theres obviously something wrong. Get a vet to sedate the horse to trim the hooves.
Another horse there is developing founder and they refuse to stop it before it get's worse. Every time they see him they say "he's getting so much better", just to put themselves at ease. But, he's getting worse. Nothing like that gets better when you do nothing to fix it. Earlier last year one of the horses passed away from founder, he was only 9 years old. They RODE him while he was in the worst shape of his life. I hate seeing this happen, it disgusts me.
They get A LOT of money every week from lessons and board. But seeing the problems arising in a lot of the horses now they continue doing lessons and putting the lesson horses first before all the other horses. I mean, they could at least take a few weeks off lessons to get the horses that actually need attention and proper care. They have WAY enough money to pay for surgery or anything else that would help the horses that need it.
I'm sorry for my ranting but I find this utterly disgusting. Share your input and how to deal with this without blowing up. Thanks so much!(:
Move to a new barn. Some place you can enjoy being at.
I also suggest moving to a new place. The BO might love horses, but she seems quite selfish in her ways and doesn't seem knowledgeable enough to properly care for her own horses. I can only imagine what's being done to the others.
Serious health problems that can be averted given proper care would have me yanking my horse out for any other situation. My horse may not live in a 5star barn, and I have certainly had my issues there... but one thing is sure, the owner and many of the riders are very knowledgeable, the horse comes first, and the vet/farrier is a speed dial away.
Serious over looks in health like the OP mentioned are a sign of negligence, either on accident or purpose. I wouldn't want my horse anywhere near that.
See the funny thing is, they take great care of all the horses. It's just the ones that show signs of lameness get less care. Which doesn't make sence to me. They treat the horses like their own children. They treat all the horses equally, but the ones who are lame don't get the HELP they need. It's like a win/lose situation.
I agree. It just bothers me so much that they would do that. They claim the horses are their life, then they go thinking the horses are fine, when the issue is rights infront of them. All the other horses hooves are always nice looking, and always getting touched up. The sick horses get no attention. It just pisses me off to more than an extent!
Report them to animal control? It will definitely be a wake-up call for them. The horses may not be in the bad of shape/care for confiscation, but they'll definitely get a warning or citation and a follow up visit to see if they've done anything about it. It's anonymous and a great way to let them know that how they care for their horses is not good enough.
Ok, don't know if I can help here or not... but I will add my thoguhts...
I have seen a BO tell a boarder no no no no to every new horse they went to buy. Some of them were really great horses, but it did not have anything to do with the new horse, and everything to do with the horse they currently had. These people were way over thier heads and heading to get thier 12 year old killed on the horse they had for her. This was the BO's way of convincing them they should move to a new barn. (None of us wanted to watch that kid die - and since then they 'accidentally' killed the original horse... Oh, and then went and bought a five year old rescue out of a kill pen for a 14 year old boy who has never ridden before...)
If you are a reasonable hrose person who does not make everyone cringe when you take out a horse, the above does not apply to you! The stable owner may just be being a rear end. Stop asking thier opinion - it is obivously useless.
About the care of the other horses - call animal control, and get your horse the heck out of there!!! Know that animal control will do nothing about it unless they are actively beating the horse to death - slow torture is fine in thier eyes.
However, the stress that those horses 'vibe' out is affecting your horse. Trust me, the rest of the horses KNOW and are reacting.
Actually, I may have worked for that same person.... though they raised Arabs and only had one lesson horse... Pretty much sounds like the same people though!!! One had to look really close to see the cruelty, but it was there and it was chronic.
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