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post #1 of 17 Old 07-22-2013, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Cousins horse broke into my tack room... got into my feed

I'm not even sure how it happened... I keep the tack room door closed and double locked at all times with a key-lock and a sliding (man-made) lock. I keep two keys to my tack room, one is usually hidden on my computer table and the other stays hidden at the barn. On top of that, my feed is kept separated in those blue plastic containers/tubs with the locking lids.

The best I can figure is that my cousins were snooping around and found where I hid the key at the barn, got in my tack room to 'borrow without asking' something (a leadrope, actually... I found it a little while ago thrown out in the backyard where they finished using it and didn't put it back up), and forgot to relock the door...

And my cousins mare got into my tack room, managed to get the lid to one of my feed tubs off, and ate a lot of feed. I mean a LOT of feed. I just bought one-hundred pounds of feed about a week and a half ago, and I already had a little over fifty pounds of feed in the tub at the time I added the other feed, so in total, I had roughly one-hundred and fifty pounds of feed in the tub.

The horse got into the feed earlier today, while I was out walking my dog (I was gone for about two and a half hours with said dog). When I got home and noticed... well, I won't repeat what I said, but there was lots of cursing involved when I noticed how much feed the horse ate. I only have about fifty pounds of feed left in the tub.

Stupid horse gorged herself on my feed... She's overweight as is, in desperate need of her hooves trimmed, and isn't even on any type of grain at all... and I called and told her owner what happened and that she could founder, and my cousin isn't the least bit concerned with it.

Grahh!

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post #2 of 17 Old 07-22-2013, 08:53 PM
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If it founders its not on your head. Let them see how fricken painful a horse is and have them be there when it is put down. The horse will teach them a powerful lesson. Otherwise, I think I have heard enough about your family to know that you may speak but they won't listen. I hope the horse turns out okay.

I would say buy a bigger lock but really you are dealing with a lack of respect. Which I don't know how to fix as my sister came to visit and stole my cats litter box for her cat. My cat was confused as to where his cat potty went, he had to go use the ones in the basement a great injury to his cat pride. So, I can't train my own sister thus I don't think I can give advice on how you should train yours.
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Yeah, total lack of respect. Things have been going so well the past few weeks, too... been getting a good bit done on cleaning up the area where I'm planning on building my pasture so I can bring my horses down and have them literally in my backyard, instead of using the pasture my great uncle (the 'cool' great uncle, lol) owns, which is on another road... etc... then this happens.

I'm worried about the horse, but she's not my responsibility, ultimately, and I feel as though I've done my 'duty' of warning her owner of what happened/could happen... especially since it was her daughters that got into my tack room and left it open...

Right?


I'm sorry about your cats potty... That must have been horrible for your poor cat... so confusing and frustrating, too.

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Oh my! Let us know how the horse makes out, scary!
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I haven't seen the horse today, got up this morning and had to go run errands and got home in time to get ready for work and leave, so didn't manage to go out and see any of the horses... though if the mare wasn't doing well, we (my great grandmother and myself) would have definately been notified.

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I would make your cousin pay for the feed her horse ate

Ihope the horse is ok

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post #7 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 01:11 AM
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Well, no news is good news.
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post #8 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 02:01 AM
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Combination lock..
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post #9 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 02:21 AM
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How rude! Maybe you should start carrying the key only with you and not leave one at the barn. That way there won't be anything for them to discover.
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post #10 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 03:31 AM
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The horse ate 100 lbs of feed?! I hope the horse didn't colic and die! What kind of feed was it?

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