My heavy draft has lost approximately 200 to 300 lbs in the time I've been at this barn. You can almost see her ribs. I was mortified for the vet to see her like that.
I explained to vet how much Rosie and Bonnie each are supposed to be fed and asked if I should be feeding more:
These are my written instructions and they are posted on their stalls -- well they WERE. Someone has taken them down =/
Rosie: 2 scoops of 12% pellets and 1/2 bale of hay 2x's a day. Her supplements are Weight Gain and hoof grow 1x day. Unlimited water.
Bonnie: 1 scoop of 12% pellets and 3 flakes of hay 2x's a day. Supplements are hoof grow and mare calm 1x day. Unlimited water
Vet asked Barn manager how much he's feeding Rosie in hay (not "are you feeding as much as the owner has requested" I liked that). He said "3 flakes once a day". When I asked 1. Where did my instructions go, and 2. why they were not being followed - I was not provided with any real explanation. Thank God my Vet went off before I did.
On top of all this they have not been turned out. They are not turning out any horses because "it's muddy and the horses will ruin our paddocks".
.... I HATE BOARDING
So I'm putting the feeding/care instructions back up on the stalls. I'm showing up every evening to ensure they both have hay and water (Rosie's water bucket seems to always end up outside her stall door). I have to show up to make sure Rosie get's her meds anyway. I don't trust them to not give them. If I can't make it Jodie lives 10 minutes away she said she would.
I don't understand... I checked this place out well. I talked to other boarders. I showed up with 5 minutes notice, 3 times. Each different days and different times of days. The other drafts in the barn all look good.
Oh did I mention that when Rosie started coughing they NEVER CALLED ME?!?! When I asked "How long has she had this white ropey snotty nose" was told "I never noticed that".
I want to talk to the owner of the barn but I don't know how to approach her on this without sounding like I'm whining. So I'm going to wait until my temper calms down a bit and my brain is not so scrambled. Then I'm going to write a letter and get documentation from my Vet about the horses weight. Lucky for me, I was able to keep my normal Vet at this barn. So it's someone who knows me and my horses.