The last time, before today, that we talked to my BO was a couple weeks ago..not sure on the exact date, but it hasn't been a long time. She knew that my due date was coming up.. we even talked about when she had her daughter, so its not like she hasn't known that I've been pregnant.
With everything we need for the baby coming up, and the economy (IMO) still in the toliets, we dont have the extra cash laying around to pay people to exercise the horses, when we could be using it for (IMO) more important things. I know my horses and I highly doubt they are doing anything that is dangerous. They may be a bit more spirited, especially with the way the weather's been lately (was in the 60s-70s then dropped down to the 30s and is now back in the 60s) But they have never done anything that would ever make me think that they are dangerous.
I think it would also matter how they are being taken in/out. Last winter she would let them wander in (someone would be in the barn, another at the gate) so if she's doing that I really dont think you could expect a horse to behave 100% of the time.
Jenny, prior to it dropping below 40 at night, they were out 24/7 in 2 large pastures. Now that the temps have dropped, they come in around when the sun sets, get fed and are in for the night. In the morning (between 8-9..this being based off of what she has said in the past) they are fed and then turned out again.
I'm waiting to hear back from some girls at the old barn.. seeing if either they can or someone they know can work with them.
I guess I was just so taken back that she didn't mention this to us before. I dont see how their behavior could have changed in a few weeks time. Why not have mentioned something before hand? Or e-mail or call us to say that she was having problems.
I dont know.. i dont think I'll ever get it, but such is life...
I'd also like to add that I gave my horses the winter off (last year) I would go up there and say "hi" and give them a quick grooming before a froze and that was that. They were fine for all this time, I just done see what has changed. You'd think if they would have acted up it would have been sooner.. like a few months after, but they were always very quiet and easy going.
Gem was rarely worked because a few things happened (arthritis, colic, lameness) so we just wanted him to get better before we did anything. He's been a pasture puff basically since we got him, and he's been fine.
Vega was worked regularly up until about... Julyish of 08. We ran into quite a few walls and I quite riding her, but did work with her. Then I got another horse in Sept and she sadly was put on a back burner. I rode the new horse almost daily, until it got too cold for me to ride and they had the winter off. In March/April we decided to put Montana up for sale as he loved to work and hated being in the pasture. He acted up a lot and I did what I could. He was sold in July.
Between July up until now, we have visited the horses a few times. Not as much as I would have liked, but I wasn't about to be there by myself with no cell service. IMO it wasn't a smart move. When we would go up there, they were never jumpy or spooky. In fact they were very lazy. Nothing seemed to make them move, unless you had food.
Like I said, I just dont know what would have changed in the past few months to make them go from calm lazy horses to "jumpy and skitzy" horses.
Last edited by appylover31803; 10-26-2009 at 06:20 PM.