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When I moved Piper to this barn 7 months ago it was NOT this bad. When it started to go downhill I started looking for another place but didn't have a lick of luck. I had one place lined up and actually paid up front on board but they had their daughter move back home with her horses. Then I had another place lined up but after doing a thorough inspection on the property I decided against it because the fence needed major repair and they were unwilling to do it. I mean, the horses could walk right over the back fence on the property and right on to a major road.
This is why I'm excited to move, to get my horses out of this place. I literally feel sick every time I go out there. I do all that I can but get yelled at every time I do something the BO thinks is wrong. I know I've ranted on here about it before. Like when I would clean a stall and she would tell me that she didn't want it cleaned. Or I would pick it all out and she would tell me that she wanted only the manure picked out. It's been problem after problem. Yes, the humane society has been called on her. She actually knows people who work there...... Once I move my horses I am going to try my best to help these other animals.
Ally's stall. You can see how un-even the matts are and how much manure is in there. It is completely soaked and the horse has rashes on all four of her coronets. This is the stall she is using to put her birthing goats and mini mare in. When I try and clean it out she tells me to only take out the manure and nothing else. When I first arrived this stall looked nothing like this. The mats she uses are actually factory equipment mats.
Bonnie's stall. Used to be the hay room when I first go there. It has not been cleaned since I had to put Piper in there. I used to clean it out. I have picked out as much as I can but she doesn't have much straw to replace the old stuff with so I've been doing what I can.
Charlie's stall is probably the worst. It was supposed to stay empty until it was cleared. About a month after I moved Piper there she stuck the pony mare, Pixie in it. I do not know when the last time this stall was cleaned. I didn't even know she used it as a stall until she put the pony in it. The manure has gotten so high Charlie can almost touch the ceiling. Charlie gets through the fences so he spends A LOT of time in his stall. When she moved Pixie into the stall I offered to help strip it. She told me it would be a warm weather thing. That is when I started looking for another boarding place. It has been pretty warm out for a few weeks. She still hasn't touched it. Now that it is really bad she told me that I could help her strip it out. I don't want to because I offered to months ago before it got this bad but I will if I have to because Charlie doesn't deserve this.
The barn. When I first came it was completely clear of debri. All that was in the aisle way was the tack trunk and the white storage container. Everytime I come I pick up most of the things lying in the aisle way. It was not nearly this bad when I first came. There were a few things that lay around but now there is always a ton of stuff. AND when I pick things up sometimes the BO will come through and dumps out what I pick up and re-pick it up.
This is why I pick up the stuff when I get there. The horses will pull the stuff into their stalls. This is Impy's stall. Impy is the BO's personal horse. His stall is always clean. One of my "jobs" is to basically clean it out when Impy uses the bathroom. (I had just gotten there so it was dirty from him being in all night) When I told her about this she told me it was okay, the horses would be fine and they do it all the time. One time one of the horses pulled a whole box full of all sorts of medicine into his stall, including needles.
Cats.... She had about 11. I think. One was hit by a car. One disappeared. Now there is nine. About half have sinus infections, only four are fixed and they are all "rescues". One looks like it has mange. She has mentioned about taking the cats to the vet or giving them some medicine she has at home but she has not done it.
No water low enough equals
Dogs. She had a bunch when I got there but they were all pretty good looking. She adopted out a few. All weren't fixed. A few months after I moved there she had a litter of 6 month olds and they were breeding with each other. One of the old dogs died. She said from old age but I honestly think it was from worms and living conditions. She has one on a chain and it wraps itself around it's post until it has about 12 inches of chain. When it rains the dogs will sit on top of their houses where it is dry because it gets wet in their houses. Now she is down to 4 (thank goodness). All the dogs are supposedly dogs she rescued. She did mention something about putting the dog on a swivel chain or back into the dog kennels but has not done it.
The worst part. When I got there I noticed the two little minis she was keeping together. I didn't realize she was breeding them until she decided to get rid of the stud. When I asked about it she told me she didn't want the stud hurting the foal. I was taken back at the mare being in foal because of the mare's condition. She is completely blind and foundered. After she sold the stud she stuck Pixie the pony mare in with Mabel and for the first days the mini mare got the crap beaten out of her. I'd like to note that she has been having the farrier work on her hooves.
I know I'll probably get bombed for posting this and I REALLY think I deserve it. I was WRONG to move my horses here. I can't believe I did and I kick myself in the head everyday. As soon as we found the place we are moving into I was so so happy. Now if I could only help the animals that are being left behind...... I try to do what I can while I'm there for them. My horses are healthy, fat and happy (as you can tell when I post their pictures). They are out in pasture at all times.
I would have NEVER gotten Dallas or traded Piper for Annalie if I would have known that boarding place wasn't going to work out. I thought it was pretty much a for sure thing because I had already paid the board. After the boarding place called me I thought about selling or even placing my horses to get them out of there. But my husband talked me into looking for a place for us to move. I'm glad we did. I guess this stands as a warning, something I should have thought about, if you feel even the slightest bit wrong about moving your animal to a place DON'T DO IT! My husband warned me the day we went out to check the place out NOT TO DO IT! But I was so excited to have Piper right around the corner that I didn't listen. Like I said I kick myself in the head everyday for moving my horses to this forsaken place. Once I get my horses out I'm going to see what I can do about the other animals.
thats really sad I am glad you are moving your horses and hopefully you will be able to do something for the animals left behind :(
Oh wow. Thats shocking. How can she run a business like that???? What do the other boarders think?
At the moment the only other boarder is her friend. She does have people bring their horses to her for training. I don't know what they say about the place because it seems to me like she seems to be cleaning it up in the spring and then lets it go all winter. Maybe it is because she makes more money in the summer with lessons and stuff...
Ugh! People like that drive me nuts! I hope you can get your horses out soon!
June..they are out of there in June. I might cry hauling them home though. Leaving all the other guys behind. There are a couple that I've become pretty attached to.
That really truly sucks. Maybe the SPCA can take in the other horses? Best of luck :/
Wow....I really hope that something can be done for the horses and other animals that are there. I am glad that you are moving your horses out of there. Sometimes we are so excited to do something that we think it is for the best that we dont always see clearly. I am surprised that the ASPCA hasnt been made aware of the conditions though. I truly hope she gets this cleaned up and gets her animals in better health or she may lose them.
Best of luck!
Just wow! the conditions(haha I almost put conditioners :-P) just sound and look plain horrifying! A good boarding stable should muck the stalls. It's ridiculous that the owner has to consistently come in and muck out the whole stall themselves because the conditions got so bad!
And those poor cats! I'd call the humane society to come get them because they look like they're in bad shape. And they have to drink that dirty water! so sad.
I'd encourage you to call the humane society to come and inspect to give the stable owner a wake up jolt.
But I laugh at this statement.
My feral cats have a water bowl that gets cleaned out very frequently. Heck, they have a heated bowl in the winter.
I see them drinking out of puddles (mud puddles in the paddock) and such all the time.
Why drink clean water when you can drink from muddy/manure water?
I am guessing the ASPCA and/or humane society will do nothing. Keeping things clean to an immaculate standard is not what they care about. The animals are fed and watered and have shelter.
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