I have never boarded anywhere that required horse owners to pay for repairs unless it was a frequent thing (ie; overly destructive horse kicking holes through stall walls all the time, running through fences).
Not your responsibility. This is the BO's responsibility - its what happens boarding horses. AND - its also HIS responsiblity to have taken care of nesting bees or hornets around the barn, so the BEES are his responsibility, too. If your horse had needed vet care, I would have been very very peeved if my horse had needed vet care because the BO hadn't exterminated/removed bee nests. And because there was more than one been in the stall, there is a nest around there somewhere.
Its all his responsiblity. I'm shaking my head that you are willing to pay for that.
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Can you talk to your vet or farrier and see if they know of a nice basic, safe place to move Charlie now? They may know a nice back yard type place that has no ring etc... but has a knowledgable horseperson running it. It sounds like your horse is on stall rest so ring and indoor aren't necessary right now.
Are you close to any racetracks? Maybe one of the vets or trainers there knows of a reasonably priced layup facility. A friend of mine used to have a 6 stall barn, no rings and a few small paddocks. She specialized in short term lay-up for race horses.
Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)
SonnysMom, I chatted with the farrier this morning.
I am visiting a barn this afternoon...not too far away, seemed willing to work with us when I explained Charlie's needs over the phone. (I am also willing to come out 1-2x per day AND pay extra to compensate for the extra bedding, etc.) I am going to meet with them and sit down, explaining what I need and seeing if that's something they are interested in doing. (I am a veterinarian, as well, so I hope that gives me some credibility--I'm not making this stuff up.)
If this doesn't work, there is a retirement facility nearby that I've heard good things about. I imagine they are used to working with horses with special needs.
I am in middle-of-nowhere, central PA right now, so pickings are slim.
I appreciate everyone's well-wishes! I am getting Charlie out of there ASAP, as it seems the BO has anger issues, and I don't trust that guy as far as I can throw him.
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If the barn management failed to mitigate or remove a bee's nest in your horse's stall, that is 100% on them.
My Percheron took out one of the shelters at my boarding barn last month by leaning on the support post to scratch his neck.
My immediate response: "DH and I will be here tomorrow night with posts & concrete to fix it." BM looked a little dazed, and said "No, that's ok, we've got it covered." She looked even more dazed (and declined again) when I offered to pay for the repairs.
I KNOW my horse is a tank, and will inevitably do some damage. He would take out fence lines at his previous home; current barn has 3-board with 2 or 3 strands of hotwire, which he is respectful of.
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soon . . . or ever, even in her worst nightmares."
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