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About Avishay04

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  1. Urgent

    I'm sorry, I wasn't trying to use any tactics/high pressure. It's just that it's actually a very real possibility, and after having one horse die today (it was seriously one of the most horrible deaths I've seen, and I've seen some bad ones). Though I certainly see and respect what you're saying. And frankly, I don't want him, I don't want to be responsible for him, and if I can't get some help, I'll have him euthed, plain and simple. THAT I do have the money for, because it's frankly a much better outcome than heading down to Mexico. I'm sorry if I didn't make that clear. I'm in crisis mode, so my communication skills are obviously lacking. A friend actually just emailed me, and she's going to talk to her husband about taking him on. Nothing sure yet, though. I'm really sorry for giving the wrong impression. I'm admittedly quite emotional after watching the other horse suffer and die this morning, and I'm terrified of what may happen to this one, stressed over what's happening with the whole barn. I've known some of these horses for 5-6 years or more, and my boss is NOT being helpful, nor are the other people above him. I'm just trying to do what I can to help this animal either find a home, or have a humane end. I'm always skeptical of people over the internet asking for money, and if anyone wants exact names and locations of involved parties to help make calls, please PM me and I'll be absolutely transparent.
  2. Urgent

    Thanks so much! Ozland - that's great! Its all about networking!
  3. Urgent

    So last week I posted about my craptastic bosses, and I kept it vague because I was still trying to work things out through the proper channels. But now I'm having to move fast to save a life - and I need a little help. I work at a facility owned by a school district, teaching low-cost horse programs for children who may otherwise never have interactions with horses, learn how to ride, or care for these awesome animals. However, in the past year, and especially the last 2 months, things have just gone to **** in a handbasket. My management changed, and one of the people in charge wanted to cut costs everyplace she could. And against my (written, documented) advice, decided to give over the care of the (mostly elderly, special-needs lesson horses) to a guy who has been cited for animal neglect in the past, and who is neglectful, spiteful, and who has repeatedly threatened coworkers - all because actually CARING for the horses was suddenly “no longer in the budget” - but they still wanted my team and I to use the half-neglected horses to make them money via the programs. I made a big stink about it, but was ignored, as were the detailed dossiers that I handed out to everyone involved detailing each horse’s needs: feeds, medications, exercise plans, etc. - all of which were developed in conjunction with a vet and based on good, solid diagnostics - including bloodwork. The dossiers were promptly ignored, and in the past 6 weeks that this other person and his lackey have been responsible for the animals, there have been three emergency vet calls, and multiple other vet calls - one 35 year old IR horse is now down to a 3 on the body score scale, and colicked last week. Another had his tendon badly bowed due to this other person’s incompetence and is also losing weight rapidly, and today, a third horse was put down due to a severe colic which may have been a “natural cause” or may have been, in part or in whole, due to the lack of care and medication for his known issues that he had not received. The manure has now officially hit the oscillating blades. I had already been working with other like-minded people at my job to document the situation and to rescue the horse with the bowed tendon, as well as talking to animal control (which, in my area, is not set up to deal with farm animals/livestock, and who won't do anything if the animal has food at least 1x a day, and water). The 35 year old will likely be put down at the end of the summer, but right now the only horse they’re willing to give up is the one with the bowed tendon. He is a wonderful ex-eventer, and has been a therapy horse and gentle children’s lesson horse for the past several years. His name is Scruffi. Edited: I felt really bad about asking for help financially, so I've removed that. I checked, and it is breaking the forum rules, and for that I apologize. I realized that in my panic to help Scruffi, I was coming off in entirely the wrong light - I'm NOT one to ask for help like that. I know there's no way to prove that I'm being sincere, and I won't be personally taking on this horse since I can't afford it. I've already got people I personally know willing to step in and help, even if that means a humane end (which we're all fine with). It was totally wrong of me, but the rest of this is all still valid, and something I'm truly concerned with. Sorry again for breaking the rules and for any problems I've caused.
  4. My Boss Is An ***

    Thanks for the suggestions and encouragement. I've been looking for a new job for about two months now, but so far, no luck. I don't have a lot of pride - I'll take just about anything in order to stay employed and take care of my horses.
  5. My Boss Is An ***

    it really is, Heidi. One of the other bosses fought recently to get part of our jobs taken away, and a lot of our hours with it. They've cut our resources, and have been generally passive aggressive, accused my team and I of outrageous stuff, the list just goes on and on. >_< I've thought about going to the state employment board to file a formal complaint, but I'm not really sure if that will help, or just cause them to discontinue our project and 'lay us off' to 'downsize'
  6. My Boss Is An ***

    I have LOTS of documentation. All time & date stamped. I've been having problems with coworkers in other departments that share my facility for almost 4 years, so I keep notes on everything and keep copies of all communications. Several of my other team members do the same. We're actually at the point where we're thinking of all quitting en masse, but we're going to try to schedule a meeting with the president and make him aware of what's been going on first. He may not grant us an audience, and if he does, he may not choose to do anything - but going up the chain of command hasn't gotten us results.
  7. My Boss Is An ***

    Or rather, one of my bosses is an ***, and the other is a duchebag. The *** sends me email after email about my performance, the performance of my staff, and nitpicks EVERYTHING. Which, if we were performing poorly, would be reasonable. But the job?s getting done and the customers are happy. On the other hand, he?s 1. new, and knows jack diddly hoo-hoo about the job my team and I are actually doing 2. only pops his head in for 15 min once a week or so 3. jumps to conclusions about *everything* and 4. in the 6 weeks since he became my boss, he?s taken 9 *NINE* days off where he?s been unavailable. On top of that, he keeps ?forgetting? to send me the supplies I?ve ordered, is LATE with everything, and throws projects or deadlines at me with short notice. Seriously, he wanted me to do a multi-program development proposal, including cost analysis in less than a week, and he emailed me last night wanting time sheets turned in by 10:00 am today - two weeks early! Because he ?only just found out today that we needed them early.? You?re the flippin? BOSS. There?s ONLY ONE GUY above you in the whole department! You shouldn?t be surprised by things like that. Today alone I got two different emails before I even got home about things he took issue with during his 15 min on-site visit this morning. When I replied with clear, concise explanations, he suddenly started backpedaling. ?Oh, I didn?t realize,? and ?Ok, that makes sense,? and ?I didn?t know that?s how you did that.? He didn?t even come speak with me, ask me questions, or discuss his concerns - he talked only to two of my staff members. And our concerns? Our issues with poor work environment, lack of supplies, problems with a harassing coworker from a different department? COMPLETELY blown off. Not worth his time. All we get is placating nonsense, no concrete replies. ****, last week when I brought up actual PROBLEMS he didn?t want to deal with, he kept changing the subject to the weather. His boss, who runs the department, is NO BETTER. He always leaves work early, blows off or downplays legit concerns, and then gives me lip service about how hard my team and I work, what a good job we do, how much he believes in us, etc. I?m so freaking tired of it. I?ve been super patient, and I used to LOVE my job, but I?m really DONE. I?m not dealing with these ***** any longer than I have to. I?m a professional, and while I accept there?s a lot of crazy **** that goes on in the workplace that you just have to deal with, these guys are just over the top BAD bosses. I'm GOOD at what I do. I'm internationally certified, I've got over a decade of professional experience, two degrees, and a great track record, not to mention 11 years with this employer. I've outlasted FIVE bosses - three of whom were fired for incompetence, one who retired, and one who made a lateral move. I know I'm being deliberately vague, but one never knows who's reading. But regardless, I am no slouch. I feel like I?m working for the guy in Office Space. Where?s my **** red Swingline stapler? Does anyone in Southern California want to hire me? Cuz I'm looking for a new job.
  8. Yearling

    I say just more ponying and handwalking. I start to pony my youngsters about 12-14 months, and pony them 2-3 days a week, right up until they're ready to start at about 3 1/2. Due to their nature as grazing herd animals, horses do best when they're moving - a band of horses with enough range land will slowly walk about 8-10 miles a day. Ponying at a walk, with little bits of trot thrown in helps to mimic a yearling's natural travel with the herd, and will build lean muscle and help promote healthy growth of bones and development of soft tissues without the stress that early riding or consistent lunging creates on developing structures. And later, when he's 3 or so, saddling him up and ponying him will get him used to being out and about under saddle before you ever put a foot in the stirrup. I also like to take my youngsters to small local shows - show them in halter and showmanship to get them used to that. since you don't have a trailer, asking a friend who may be showing to let you and your yearling tag along will give him some trailer experience as well. :)
  9. Can I Vent For Just A Minute?

    It probably won't help, but I've been involved in a similar situation. I was working at a Therapeutic riding barn, and years before I got there, a girl donated a saddle - she had been taking (regular) lessons from the instructor who owned the place and then went away to college. She then came back after college and bought a new horse, and wanted the saddle back. The head instructor didn't know which one, exactly, it was after 6 years, but the girl insisted it was a Stubben. We only had one Stubben, and the instructor decided to give it to her because her mom was a regular donor of not insubstantial contributions. She'd only had the saddle for a week or so before donating it because it hadn't fit her horse (she'd bought it used on the internet), so like in your situation, no emotional connection to the object. When I got sent to take it to her, she looked at the saddle I brought, said, "That's not it," and closed the door in my face. by the time I got back, she'd already called and accused us of trying to cheat her and give her back a crappy saddle. I wasn't involved beyond that, but I totally didn't want to be. Eventually, she simply told us to "keep the crummy saddle" and bought a new one.
  10. How To Get Rid Of Gnats?

    Get a few pie tins and fill them with about 1/2 inch of water, and add in a little laundry detergent or some dish soap, and put them up around the 3-5 foot height. Gnats will be attracted to the sweet smelling standing water and drown.
  11. Clinics

    I think the most important thing is to stay on topic and not get side tracked. Have "bullet points" you want to get to, that follow a logical flow. If your riders are doing the clinic just to improve horsemanship skills, that's a broad thing - so break it into smaller topics with clear goals/outcomes. if you're working on developing a specific skill or prepping for reaching that 'next level' of competition, try to come at it from several angles so you work with different student and horse learning styles. Another thing to keep in mind - show, don't tell. Show them what to do (ride/work a horse while they watch) but also "show" them by explaining the 'who, what, when, where, why, and how" of everything you do. In a clinic situation, that can be a bit hard - if you've got a lot of riders going at once, you may end up being mostly a "traffic cop" and getting stuck on "who" and "what" and "how" only, which creates an incomplete picture. or if you work with one at a time, you may have people standing around for longish periods. It's a balancing act, and not an easy one - I think clarity of purpose and time management are the two most crucial things.
  12. Wow...what A Shocker!

    I'm not sure why you'd use a weed burner, to be honest. When the weeds get really bad here, we chop down the big ones with a machete, cut the smaller ones up with a weed whacker, rake it all up, and then run over everything with the disc. It's safe, and doesn't take all that much time - we've got 7 acres or so and it takes about 3-4 days working a couple hours each day. Or, if I don't have a ton of time, I'll "pay" a few friends with BBQ or pizza and a case of beer to help me do the job in one day.
  13. The Random Thoughts Thread

    Rosy - I'm so sorry to hear about your family's losses. Hoping thing get better for you and your poor hubby soon.
  14. Compression Suits For Horses

    I remember hearing about these when they first hit the market awhile back. They took a few months to catch on with some of the international level horses, but I've seen the compression suits for humans in use as far aback as about 15 years ago when I first started competing in track and field events - a lot of the elite runners used them. Most people I trained with, and myself included, wore Under Armor, which is just a moisture wicking compression fabric - usually long-sleeved shirts and knee or calf length "shorts", but they also made short sleeve shirts. But Under Armor isn't quite as robust as a full-on compression suit, and it's meant to be worn during actual exercise, whereas the compression suits are meant for post-exercise wear. There is a lot of evidence that they work in humans, and I'd guess that they work much the same for horses. But they've got to be a HUGE pain in the butt to get on and off the animal.
  15. The Random Thoughts Thread

    Sayge - that sounds like my life. One big comedy of errors!