I have boarded my horse here for several months and things looked good from the outside, but then after several months I have found for that not to be the case.
The Board Owner/Marcia drinks heavily while handles the horses at the barn. The horses are smacked around/abused enough to where they are scared if they do not do what is asked of them.
The owner does not call a vet when necessary and administors her own drugs when she feels is necessary.
Several of the horses have lost significant weight due to the "hay" the owner is feeding the horses at the barn. The hay looks like Straw, no green. When cleaning my stall my horse I would find my horse isn't eat the hay. I have came into the barn several days with horses not having water in their buckets, and buckets are never cleaned or dumped. There have been times where 6 horses colliced in the same day, which was due to the owner changing the grain on the horses and not telling the boarders that she was doing it to save money because the bags of grain didn't sell in the store. [continued below]....
..... She bought a different grain to sell in the store and removed the tags and sold the grain as her own.
Full care boarders should be aware the stalls they are paying to have cleaned are only being cleaned at a max of 3 days a week, and are still not cleaned by any standards. Several of the stalls should not have horses in them for their safety, example of boards missing on the bottom of the stall, where a horses leg could possibly get stuck if a horse decides to roll or lay down. The ceiling of the barn has several boards that look like they could fall down at any minute. The roof leaks when it rains, and if you are lucky enough to get a stall that doesn't leak, then forget having light to see inside the stall to clean.
The board owner talks negatively about new board owners and is not scared to tell anyones business even if talked to confidentially.
The turn out areas are mud pits and have no grass in the fields for grazing. Horses are not let out regularly when owners are told they are.
The indoor arena is very uneven and not safe for any rider. When someone rides or lunges their horse in the arena the arena will fill up with dirt where it is hard to see. The arena is small and there are lessons being done 3-4 times a week, so actual paying boarders cannot ride between prime time hours of 5-7pm.
The Owner moves anywhere from 5-10 horses a week (which in this economy is unlikely no matter who you know). I believe she is a weigh station for Slaughter houses. She gets in horses late at night and are gone the next day. Many of the horses are referred to as "dog food" before the leave the farm. It is not safe to bring in horses, not knowing their immunization records, which if they are caring a disease could be passed through-out the whole barn.
The owner is disrespectful to people at the barn and talks down to them if they are having problem with their horse and asking for assistance or guidance, doesn't matter if children are in the room or not.
The horses should be the main priority of the owner and are not. The board owner is more concerned with making a buck than the horses safety and well being. If you are considering boarding, please look elsewhere for the safety and wellbeing of your horse. Please Please consider elsewhere to board, there are many highly qualified boarding facilities around to board your horse in a safe environment.