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Ok, just wanted to see if I'm overreacting. My b/o has been out of town for a week, and my hubby and I have been feeding and turning out in the morning and doing stalls and feeding in the evening. I went out this morning and gave all 3 horses their grain. While they were eating I went to put their hay out in the pasture. We've had a lot of rain this past week, so I decided to put the hay piles in the paddock area right outside the barn on the gravel, to give the pasture a chance to dry out for a few hours. I got a text from my b/o after I got home, who was at the airport 4 states away. It was a forward from the girl who is staying in her house while she is gone, saying the horses weren't fed this morning, so she took it upon herself to feed them. Rather than call me(number is in the barn, on my mare's stall, AND in the house, she chose to mess with the horses and text the b/o. This girl knows NOTHING about horses, and filled a 5 gallon bucket with sweet feed(the horses only get oats, the sweet feed is for the goats), and 2 full bales of hay and took it to them in the pasture. The horses had been grained and given hay not 2 hours prior. Am I out of line for being upset??? I called her and explained to her that if any of the horses colic or have any issues because of this, it will be her responsibility to pay vet bills, and asked her to not have ANYTHING to do with my mare. I just needed to rant, lol. Cookies if you made it all the way through!
 

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I would be FURIOUS. A) you fed the horses and B) the girl who said they weren't fed knows nothing about horses and gave them wayyy too much of something they don't even eat.

UGH. I hate situations like this. Kindly explain to your barn owner that the girl really knows nothing about horses and shouldn't be allowed to feed them. Maybe she can call upon you to feed the horses next time?
 

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I think you have a right to be upset. I know I would be upset in that situation. If I were you, I would try to contact the owners of the horses involved, and let them know what happened, just in case something bad should happen (such as colic).

But that's just me.
 

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Drew, the b/o knows this girl knows nothing about horses. She was just there to house sit and take care of the dogs. I have full responsibility for the horses and goats when she goes away, as that is how I pay for my board.

Doc, I agree 100%. Luckily, it's a small private farm with 3 horses. 1 horse is mine, and the other 2 belong to the b/o. I told her they had been previously fed, and then told her what this girl had fed them. She is NOT happy, however this girl is the girlfriend of the b/o's son, so I see her being around a lot. I explained to this girl that if ANYONE even has a whisker out of place because of this incident, I will not hesitate to call the vet on her dime.
 

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Wow, I'd be pretty upset! However... in this girl's defense I think she was 'trying' to do the right thing. She thought the horses weren't fed and try to take care of it herself. she just didn't go about it it right. :) What she should have done is called you and asked if you had taken care of the horses and offered to help if for some reason you hadn't. OR called your B/O and told her she didn't think the horses had been fed and waited for instruction. What she needs is a firm talking to about the situation and what to do (not to do) next time.
 

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Well then she really shouldn't have touched them at all. That makes it all the worse. ugh.

I hope your horses are ok.
 

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Thanks guys. This 'girl' is actually 26 years old, and had been given previous instruction to call me if she had any questions at all about anything related to the animals. I spend more time with them that the barn owner, as I am there 6-7 days a week, at least once a day. She was like"well, they looked really hungry". Honey, they're horses...they ALWAYS look hungry!!!! I told her to stay out of the barn n, out of the paddock and pasture, and away from the horses. She has no business on that part of the property whatsoever. I really feel no sympathy for her, as she knew the ground rules before the b/o left. Maybe I'm just mean, lol.
 

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Oh my gosh. If she knew the ground rules before hand, then she shoud of just left things alone.

Total irrisponsibility on her part and she should definately be held responsible for anything that occurs!

*cringes* ugh, the thought of that sweet feed being fed to them........

I am more angry for the horses.....I hope nothing happens.
 

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Of course you have a 'right' to be mad. It's your prerogative. Feel as you must.

I think, though, you're over reacting. The horses aren't going to colic. If they'd been fed their hay already....2hrs prior as you stated...then they'll be just fine with the amount of grain they were given and the extra hay...the horses are thinking...WOW! Christmas!

The housesitter could of, should of, would of...really, what do you expect of people nowadays? You've had a talk with her, presumably she's learned her lesson...let it go. Chances are if your b/o goes away again, they'll get a different housesitter.
 

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All I know is that 2 hours had passed from the time I put their hay out until the time I got the text from the b/o. I know that when I turned the horses out they ran past the hay and around the barn to graze. Not sure what time, if they did, come back for their hay. They are accustomed to getting it in the top pasture, lol. I was concerned that almost 40-50 pounds of sweet feed could cause problems, considering they only eat 2 cups of oats am and pm. I'm a relatively new horse owner, and very protective of my girl. It freaked me out because when my b/o was away in October, her beloved Percheron gelding died in my arms of a heart attack. I was reacting as though I could lose another one. I doubt she will get another house sitter, haha. This girl is the girlfriend of her son or something like that. I just told her plain as day to say they hell away and call me from here on out.
 

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All I know is that 2 hours had passed from the time I put their hay out until the time I got the text from the b/o. I know that when I turned the horses out they ran past the hay and around the barn to graze. Not sure what time, if they did, come back for their hay. They are accustomed to getting it in the top pasture, lol. I was concerned that almost 40-50 pounds of sweet feed could cause problems, considering they only eat 2 cups of oats am and pm. I'm a relatively new horse owner, and very protective of my girl. It freaked me out because when my b/o was away in October, her beloved Percheron gelding died in my arms of a heart attack. I was reacting as though I could lose another one. I doubt she will get another house sitter, haha. This girl is the girlfriend of her son or something like that. I just told her plain as day to say they hell away and call me from here on out.

So, your reaction was based in fear. Understandable. And as I said, you have a 'right' to feel as you do.

40lbs-50lbs of sweet feed is an entire BAG. Maybe I misread, but I thought you said she fed a 'bucket'?

I just happen to have a bag of sweet feed here....for a 500kg horse....1100lbs...the daily recommended amount for an active pleasure horse is 2.8kgs...just over 6lbs. Then of course the label goes on to say to adjust that amount up or down for the needs of specific individuals.

So a 'bucket' for three horses....yeah, likely nothing to worry about if the horses are in general good health and don't have any specific issues like severe allergies, founder etc...
 

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I would be very very angry. But then again I get peeved when the bo butes my horse with out calling me first.

Actually that much grain can do a number on a horse, especially if they're not used to it. I probably wouldnt grain them again at night after that.
 

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Ok, just wanted to see if I'm overreacting. My b/o has been out of town for a week, and my hubby and I have been feeding and turning out in the morning and doing stalls and feeding in the evening. I went out this morning and gave all 3 horses their grain. While they were eating I went to put their hay out in the pasture. We've had a lot of rain this past week, so I decided to put the hay piles in the paddock area right outside the barn on the gravel, to give the pasture a chance to dry out for a few hours. I got a text from my b/o after I got home, who was at the airport 4 states away. It was a forward from the girl who is staying in her house while she is gone, saying the horses weren't fed this morning, so she took it upon herself to feed them. Rather than call me(number is in the barn, on my mare's stall, AND in the house, she chose to mess with the horses and text the b/o. This girl knows NOTHING about horses, and filled a 5 gallon bucket with sweet feed(the horses only get oats, the sweet feed is for the goats), and 2 full bales of hay and took it to them in the pasture. The horses had been grained and given hay not 2 hours prior. Am I out of line for being upset??? I called her and explained to her that if any of the horses colic or have any issues because of this, it will be her responsibility to pay vet bills, and asked her to not have ANYTHING to do with my mare. I just needed to rant, lol. Cookies if you made it all the way through!
Oh waw, I think you have all rights to be furious. Have you called the BO back to explain the actual situation? If your barn owner knows you, she should know what the actual situation is with how you handle feedings etc. She should know you wouldn't do something like this I'm sure.

I would make sure to explain all this to her and I would definitely given a piece of my mind to this house sitter, whoever she is and made it clear to her to stay away from your(the) horses.

Keep us posted on the situation.
 

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I would be upset, too.
But I can give the girl a few brownie points for caring enough to at least try to feed the horses. Even if she did it wrong, she meant well. I would be more upset about the fact that she didn't ask YOU about it before jumping the gun and telling the BO that you didn't feed them. And I don't think getting extra food one time will hurt the horses. If I was you, I would just take the girl out and show her what to do in case she ever did need to feed them. And ask her to call you before making assumptions again.
 

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If you want to be upset be upset with the BO not the girl house sitting. She was trying to be helpful. The BO should have set down the rules so that the house sitter understood them. Period.

I have to agree, a boat load of hay and a bucket of feed given to three horses is not going to do any harm.
 

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When you have the chance, I would explain to her about the consequences of overfeeding horses. Explain to her that it can kill them. It really sounds like a simple case of ignorance to me.
 

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It really sounds like a simple case of ignorance to me.
really, this is what it sounds like to me. however, i also wouldn't be HAPPY about it, however i seriously doubt that it'll hurt them. hay never hurt a horse, mine eat free choice on round bales all winter and nary a problem. if it was any more grain than what they got, i would be watching them closely for the rest of the day, however i doubt that you'll have any problems.
 

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Thanks everyone. The BO came home Saturday afternoon, and we had a talk. She had told her house sitter, in NO uncertain terms, that the horses were off limits to her, and if she had any questions she was to call me. The bucket that she gave them was one of those big plastic buckets with the metal handles you can get at Lowes. 10 gallon bucket, filled with sweet feed. The horses are doing fine, but I made sure they didn't get any grain tonight. Even if she was just "trying to help", the repercussions could have been much worse. I explained to her earlier the dangers of overfeeding, and she agreed if there were any problems she would pay any and all vet bills. I think some of my anger was due to the fact that she contacted the BO who was 4 states away and told her I hadn't fed the horses, rather than pick up the phone and call me(my number is in 3 easily accessible and very visible places), in the house and the barn, all of which she had to walk past to get to the grain. It's over and done with, but I appreciate having somewhere to vent! =)
 

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The bucket that she gave them was one of those big plastic buckets with the metal handles you can get at Lowes. 10 gallon bucket, filled with sweet feed.
I am guessing you really mean a five gallon bucket.

Yes, 10 gallons sounds more dramatic, but most likely it was a five gallon bucket.

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I also think if you were THAT worried about the horses health and well being you would have called the vet right out.
 
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