I've had this percolating in the back of my mind for quite a while, but wasn't sure how to address the issue. The events of the last week have prompted me to go forward, as a cautionary tale for horse owners here.
Yes this is horse related, so feel free skip this if the subject bores you ;)
A little background....I have boarded my horses at a variety of places over the years, and have operated two different boarding places. I've had them in local Disney barns, to backyards with tarps and boards for shelter when needed, but most situations were in the middle with adequate care and some facilties to use-arena, round pen, or trails nearby, etc. Since I don't show, I sometimes ended up the odd owner out in a place full of competitors, but generally speaking if there was genuine cause to do so-my horses got moved. Like most owners, I paid fairly close attention to my horses.....but there would be periods where I could not get out-and trusted the owner/operator to take care of them for me.
Over the course of this winter, I have heard of situations where the care provided does not even meet the minimum state or Boro standard, never mind what the owner thought they were getting. I have two such horses in my care right now......recovering nicely.
And I will have another shortly who is in even worse shape.
In both cases, the owner(s) paid board regularly but due to circumstances, were unable to closely monitor the horses. They believed the BO when they called to check on them, and were confident that the horses were in good condition and being decently fed. Well, I am here to tell you that a horse that is a condition score 3 to 4, is NOT being decently fed. A horse that is critically dehydrated is NOT being properly cared for. A horse that has open wounds from an unknown source has NOT been handled properly as far as herd management. And we won't even go there about discovering that another person used a horse trailer that does not belong to them, eh?
Last week a previous boarded called me, very very upset about their horse. They had dropped by to pay board (BO not home) and saw the horse. They wanted the horse moved asap, did I have space? Yes, I can make space, and then ensued a rather frustrating week trying to find someone to haul (my trailer is blocked and I can't get to it) for a reasonable amount. The owner was so upset that I even made a driveby myself-I was sick to my stomach to realize that I could see ribs all the way down from over 100 foot away. I knew this horse inside and out, it had been with me for a year. I know the metabolism, the character, what the horse needs to be healthy.
So yesterday it all comes together-I thought. Found someone to move the horse, figured out where to put her on my end, and plans were made to haul around 6pm.
You won't believe what happened next-stay tuned...I will relate the rest later today in this thread as a comment........