Well I went down to Baton Rouge to pick up my new horse so I had to board my current horse. My trainer was completely full in fact she already had an extra in the round pen temporarily...so I had to go out on a limb and try a new place. I went out and inspected the place and it seemed nice and relaxed...met a few boarders and the owner. Seemed nice enough and it was only two nights so I signed him up. Well...I come to pick him up yesterday and the owner tells me she had "trouble" with him eating. So instead of calling me or emailing me or anything she decides she is going to try new foods. Thank GOD he didn't colic or have a laminitis attack. I was miffed and it was a thunderstorm and I didn't want to go coocoo bananas on the lady...there were a bunch of boarders there...and I just wanted to get home after a 6 hour drive. So I just nodded quickly and loaded my horse with a wave and goodbye. I watched him all night he was definately out of sorts but never colicked or anything. He seemed edgy to say the least. Anyway...she said she was feeding him Equine One or Select One...I kind of blanked out when she said it because I was so shocked by the event. I can't find anything on the web about a feed called that. It was a mostly white bag with burgandy stripes on top and bottom. It had little roundish pellets that looked like dog food. Does anyone know what it is?!?!?!? I would really like to know a label to see what was shoved in my horse.:-x:-x
OMG that is horrible. I would be pissed too. She had no right to do that. Any time I have had a horse that was here and wouldn't eat i would leave it inthe feed pan and just make sure there was plenty of water available. Unless the horse acted colicy. then No feed and contact owner asap. I am sorry that this happened to him and you.
If he was on it only a couple of days, they I wouldn't worry. He was probably nervous because of the storm and the move. He'll calm down in a few days. Just give him plenty of turn out time, free choice grass hay, and water. Let his system clear out. After a week or so, you can decide on a feed plan for him, if he needs anything extra. Mine keep their weight on well with the hay we give, so I feed them just 1/2 scoop of alfalfa pellets a day with flax and a vitamin supplement. It works well and keeps everyone calm!! ;-).
She was wrong on several things. She should have called you or an emergency contact and if she were really worried she should have called a vet. She she really should not of tried a new feed. I would have been FUMING... but, standing on the outside looking in... I think she was only trying to help.... but.. yeah... I'd have been mad too...
All of that probably would piss me off too. However since he's OK (no colic or anything) I'd just let it pass. Things like that DO happen if the horse is in someone's facility. I kept mine in 2 places before I finally moved them to my property, and you just never know what's going on there. Some BO are just BS and do whatever they think is right placing horses in big danger sometime.
It just irks me because I get an ulcer every time I go on vacation thinking about my animals.
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