Update ~ Rosie seems to be getting better. She's on complete rest, I can only do ground work, lunging at walk, for at least 10 days. I reminded BM that "rest" does not equal "stall rest" and to "GET HER OUTSIDE".
I asked Jodie to just drop by the barn in the middle of the day on Thursday and "check things out" if you will. She said both my girls were outside and grazing happily. This made me smile. Our grass is just starting to green up and grow so turnout is a good thing if they are shorting Rosie hay.
As for how I'm going to address this "issue". I wanted to take a few days to get my temper under control, and observe. I'm not completely done with my observations yet but am getting there.
There are probably three things I will not tolerate when it comes to the care of my horses:
1. Physical Abuse
2. Not feeding per my instructions ~ and I make it easy. All supplements are measured by me and put into a labeled zip lock bag. So all a BM has to do is just grab a bag and dump it.
3. Unlimited water ~ no matter what.
I'm redoing feed charts today and putting back on the girls stall doors, closely monitoring by stopping by at all hours of day to see what's going on. If things do not improve and it's obvious I'm not over reacting I'll be having that conversation with the BO.
Odds 'n Ends...
I'm thinking of providing my own feed. The barn is feeding a 12% Pellet, but I don't know what the brand name is.
I'm thinking of moving both girls to Kent's Dynasty Secure or Dynasty Pro. They are both 14% Protein, with 6% Crude Fat. Dynasty Secure has 20% Fiber, and 11 % Starch/Sugar. Dynasty Pro has significantly less Fiber at 7.5% and significantly more Starch/Sugars at 33%.
Any experience with these types of feeds, or any feeds you've used which comparative I'd be interested in hearing about.
... and lastly
My husband and I have been seriously talking about selling our little house in the city and moving to the country. The private barn and acreage I was leasing is owned by a really good friend of ours. He offered us Land Contract for what he owes, on his 3 bedroom, 2 bath log home on 5 acres with 4 stall barn.
My husbands current employment status hinders us when it comes to getting lending in traditional methods and we thought we would have to put this goal off for a few more years. I'm praying that this is doable as it resolves my boarding problem! I LONG to look out the windows of my home and see MY horses standing in MY pasture.