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twh 02-27-2010 08:46 PM

BO Chains Her Horses
 
At the barn I am currently boarding at, the BO is in the habit of chaining her horses to the wall in their stalls on a pretty short chain, and then just leaving them like that all day, even when she goes out.

It's not that she's tacking or washing or grooming... she just has them standing there chained all day. These horses never get turned out because "they're showhorses".

I have never seen a barn do this sort of thing to any horse.

Opinions? Ideas?

ridergirl23 02-27-2010 08:50 PM

thats really weird and cant be good for the horses. having 'horse time' is the best thing you can do for a show horse,or any kind of horse.
do your horses get turned out at tha barn? or is it only her horses she does that too? I personally would move barns because it doesnt really sound like i would agree with this persons opinions on horses, haha but im a picky person.

twh 02-27-2010 08:56 PM

She only does this to her own horses. My horse gets all day turnout, and there isn't even a chain in his stall. She's actually been taking pretty good care of my horse.

eventerdrew 02-27-2010 09:16 PM

I would move barns. I personally wouldn't support a business of someone who is abusive to their horses like that.

twh 02-27-2010 09:37 PM

Do you think I should report her? It seems like animal abuse.

eventerdrew 02-27-2010 09:41 PM

I don't know. I wouldn't be able to give you that kind of advice without knowing exactly what's going on and knowing the extent of the abuse. There is no doubt in my mind that it IS abuse though.

It is ultimately up to you if you report her or not but I would definitely move out before doing it. You don't want that to blow up when you're there.

Other things to think about:
are the horses thin?
are they living in bad conditions? (i am assuming no to this answer since you board there)
do they have any open sores as a result of being chained up?

If none of that is applicable, I don't know that the animal control people could do anything. But then again, I don't have any experience with animal control

Good luck

twh 02-27-2010 09:44 PM

Of course I would move my horse out before doing anything!

She feeds them well and keeps their stalls clean. I haven't noticed any sores or injuries. They're just a bit lethargic, which isn't surprising since they never go out.

Honeysuga 02-27-2010 09:52 PM

What about their mental soundness? Their overall soundness? Do they get really stiff and unwilling to move after being chained? Do they seem dull and unhappy? Is the bedding sufficient to provide cushioning for them to be standing in one spot?

I advise you to take pictures and videos, as much as you can get if you think it is an abuse case. Take them to the humane society or what ever animal control is available in your local area and see what they say, they have to investigate if there is a complaint and you can request to remain anonymous to prevent retaliation from your bo. The worst they can say is that they do not see any abuse...

That has to be a terrible life, chained in one spot all day day after day...

starlinestables 02-27-2010 11:24 PM

I mean this in the politest way possible but if she is abiding by her contract with you then you need to mind your own business. She may have a reason for keeping them tied like.. ummmmm teaching them to stand patiently. I had three horses tied in stalls today for probably 3 hours until I could get to them one by one... Not going to kill them... they just stand there patiently until I take them out.

kevinshorses 02-27-2010 11:32 PM

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Originally Posted by starlinestables (Post 565386)
I mean this in the politest way possible but if she is abiding by her contract with you then you need to mind your own business. She may have a reason for keeping them tied like.. ummmmm teaching them to stand patiently. I had three horses tied in stalls today for probably 3 hours until I could get to them one by one... Not going to kill them... they just stand there patiently until I take them out.

Exactly!!! Mind your own business. She is not hurting them. You should keep an open mind and see if you can learn why she is doing it. I certainly wouldn't call it abuse and if you report her you should be ashamed of yourself. I have kept horses tied up and saddled for several hours because I felt like they needed to be able to do that.


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