Humane Society called on my barn, what should I do?
Okay so I heard it through the grapevine that the barn I have my two horses boarded at have been reported to the local humane society. I have mentioned to the barn owner that her horses are looking skinny and their feet had needed done but she didn't really say anything to me about it.
One of mine is looking much better than he did before, not underweight by anymeans he just is lacking in the muscle department. Then my other one is skinny and I have been telling my barn owner to bump up his feed and whenever I go out I always give him extra hay and grain because I know she isn't bringing him in like she says she is. She told me she brings him in in the morning feeds him breakfast gives him hay then he stays in all day with hay in front of him all the time. Then he is supposed to go back out at night after she feeds him dinner then she throws hay out to the whole herd at night. I have came out to the barn numerous times at random times and he is ALWAYS turned out. I even sat out there all day one day working different horses and she never brought him in.
I have been thinking about moving barns but I love the location and I have just decided soon I am just going to start feeding my two on my own.
But can I get in trouble with the humane assc. for my boy being underweight? I don't see how I could since I am working on his weight and its not like with her how all except like one of hers are showing their ribs.
You may check out the law in your area, but generally speaking I think as long as the horse has adequate food, water, and shelter you cannot get in trouble.
I think it would be wise to move barns.
Well heres the thing...by paying her to keep and board your horses, the responsibility isn't *all* on you anymore to keep their weight up. If you really like the barn that much...heres what I would do.
I would ask the BO to do self care. Be prepared, it is a lot of work. Tell her you would like to rent the space but that you will take care of buying all the feed and hay and will be responsible for actually feeding.
I think I might just ask her if how much she has been feeding them and then just tell her I will start feeding them so I can get my skinny boy's weight up.
I'm pretty sure you couldn't, but on the same token, you chose and are still choosing to keep your horses in a place where you know they are not recieveing adequate care. I'm not trying to be mean or rude, I think if you are going to get in some trouble, this will likely be the reason why.
Since you like your location, I would try to start on self board care asap. The more you can prove you have been caring for you animals and trying to put weight on your horses, the less likely you will get into trouble with the Humane Society.
I personally would start looking for a different barn. For the time being though, you might want to call or go by the humane society and ask to speak to the investigator in charge of the investigation at her barn. They should be willing to talk to you and that way, you can let them know that not all of the horses there are hers and that you have been paying board but your horses aren't getting the care they are supposed to. Let them know that you are working to fix the situation with your horses so that if they do decide to do a seizure, they might not take yours as well thinking they are hers.
I think smrobs has the right idea. (regarding the humane society)
but if you can manage self care, that would be a good idea. and just look around for other places. hopefully there is a place near by that has a more caring individual running the place.
If you know the BO is not looking after your horses as well as you want, get your horses to another barn! What is more important to you, the location of the barn or your horses being looked after? It is not ok to pass the responsibility to the yard owner because you are the horse owner and you are responsible for that animal. Sometimes that means standing up and saying things that other people don't want to hear, but in the name of animal welfare who cares? Tell your BO they are not doing a good enough job of looking after your horse and you will be either looking after him yourself from now on or move to a better yard with staff who know what they are doing (which is what I would do, why would I give money to anyone who mistreats animals?).
I guess im confused as to why you are paying someone to care for your horses, which they are not doing, and you are not upset about this! I would never pay someone to care for my horses and expect less then the highest quality care. If I were you i would find another barn asap and contact the humane society as smrobs said
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