Twine in Hay…

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  • sassypony Original Poster sassypony
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    If you board your horse, do you ever see twine left in your horse’s hay? I came by this morning to visit my horse and she had two very long strands of twine in her feeder. I was horrified! Thankfully it didn’t look like she had eaten any but it was a bit icky and looked like it was chewed a bit. What would you do in this situation? I left the BO a note but now I feel like I’m going to be treated differently because they will think I’m an over protective snob. But since I am paying a pretty penny per month, shouldn’t I expect proper feeding of my horse? Thoughts?

    pheets pheets
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    You have every right to expect quality care as a paying boarder, just remember that you are dealing with humans : ) I don’t know the circumstances at your barn like what time they feed, how many times this has happened to you, how many different people are in-volved with the barn chores, things like that. I am the consummate string-nazi as they are plastic now, for the most part, and the plastic twine does NOT break: not good for cross-ties any more : ( .. I also worry more about them getting tangled in it than eating it. I now insist that the twine be cut from a bale, not pulled off like I used to do.

    Thing is, as careful and demanding as I am, once in a while a string sticks to a bale or flake and ends up going out with the hay, not often, but it happens. I admit sometimes I am feeding in the dark and don’t catch a string, not often but it happens. If it is happening regularly at your barn, you have more of an issue. Mention it to the manager, definitely, but be forgiving of the first time, ‘specially if you have been there for a while and this is an isolated incident. Horses live in the barn. The barn is run by humans and no-one that I know of has achieved perfection yet : )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

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    Pheets is right: To Err is Human. And unfortunately, the management you complain to isn’t typically the person feeding your horse. The people throwing hay are probably the least paid and therefor the least careful. It’s not an excuse, I know. Complaining isn’t always an option, because it can tarnish your presence in the barn and you don’t want to make people spiteful of you. You also risk decreased care to your animal by the ‘burned’ staff in the future. They may ‘accidentally’ leave more twine in your hay or ‘accidentally’ forget to top off your water. It’s wrong, but it happens.

    Thankfully, (most) horses are rather smart and know not to eat twine. Then again, my mom’s old QH gelding would eat anything within a 3 foot radius of his head, including the occasional plastic bag and sponge. I think for your horse, if anything, he’d get it in his mouth, think ‘yuck’, drop it, and move on to tastier options. I’ve encountered everything in my feed bin, from rocks to dead snakes to rusty barbed wire to *gasp* mold (and the vet bill that ensued). My horse is boarded on a military installation so the hay quality isn’t always great (or good, even… it’s the government, after all). Complaining to the manager got me nothing but a headache and a lot of being told how much worse it could be. Sigh. Right.

    At the end of the day your horse is your responsibility, no matter where you keep him. He is lucky to have you checking in 🙂

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    About 2 years ago I bought a horse training farm in the outer bluegrass of Kentucky just outside of Lexington. The facility had formerly been a gaited horse training facility charging $600 per month for boarding. You would not believe the amount of bailing twine and broken glass I removed from the 8 paddock areas. I’m a stickler when it comes to horse safety. I had a friend whose horse ingested a long length of bailing twine and developed severe colic. Her mother just happened to notice a small “cord” sticking out of the anus. She carefully pulled and the entire length of twine came out relieving the built up gas. Who knows what would have happened had that piece of twine not been exposed. I have never forgotten that incident. There is no excuse for the situation you describe. You need to have a serious discussion with the boarding facility. DWB – Ty Run Stables

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    Good thing you stopped in to see your horse! I agree with thejessjones. To err is human …but to forgive is what a true horse person does.:) Point it out to the manager, by all means, but if it hasn’t been happening a lot, forgive! mistakes happen. It’s good to know people watch out for their horses. Thanks!

    Speak your mind but ride a fast horse. -Anonymous

    NinaJD NinaJD
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    Being as where I used to board this happened quite often and we’ve had a horse eat the twine and then halfway poop it out…I’m going to have to say that you have EVERY right to bring this to the attention of the BO.
    I don’t care who’s feeding the horses, they need to pay more attention to things. If they’re throwing in twine, who’s to say they aren’t feeding moldy hay as well?

    I’ve had some very negative experiences at different boarding facilities.
    we pay to have our horses cared for, this includes proper feed and safety.

    If anything you brought it to the BO’s attention. Maybe it’ll happen again, maybe it won’t. But at least they know about it and can watch for it. Sometimes you’re in a hurry, things happen. I get it. But at the same time, twine isn’t exactly small…

    But that’s just me. I am a horse care snob. hahaha

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

    pheets pheets
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    Note the attitude that you get when you DO bring it to the manager. If they dismiss it casually or become defensive, red flag. If they are remorseful (sincerely), forgive and move on. As thejessjones well stated, it is not likely the manager that feeds (esp. if it is a larger facility) and s/he might not be aware of the incident. Tell manager and let them address the situation. If you soon find another string in your hay after a discussion, then you definitely have cause and the responsibility to be openly concerned and assertive.

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    cruisecontrol cruisecontrol
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    I have found hay in various horses hay before but not typically my own as I do not board but care for boarded horses. You have every right to be upset, displeased, whatever you would call it. Don’t worry too much about your horse as long as both pieces of twine were found and intact; just keep an eye on her to be sure she is eating and passing manure…if she is, she should be just fine…if she’s not call your vet.
    You should expect your horse to be carefully fed and finding both pieces of twine in her hay is certainly not in that category so you absolutely have reason to bring it up to the barn head/manager/whoever is in charge. At my barn, we keep the bale we are working from in a wheel barrow so we can push it from stall to stall; every time we open a new bale, the twine is immediately removed from the wheel barrow and thrown out. You could suggest that some sort of safety precaution like this be used.
    -Hope this helps!

    The triple threat of riding = EVENTING! 😉

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    That’s exactly what I do, remove the twine when the bale is opened. If a piece turns up missing I look until I find it. If you’ve ever dealt with young horses you know they are extremely curious and sample everything. Horses can ingest the strangest things sometimes, so at Ty Run Stables we always try to anticipate any potential hazards and remove them.

    NH_Dressage NH_Dressage
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    We go an extra step with hay twine. When we open a bale, we remove the twine, we fold it a couple times, then knot it a couple times. The result is too big to eat and has loops that are too small to get a hoof through. Only after that is the hay twine considered ready for the trash.

    Natural Horsemanship & Dressage : It's all about Happy Horses

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    I run a boarding barn and the first things I go over with new employees or new boarders is safety. The undoing of a bale of hay has to be taken seriously. I teach them to cut the twine with a pair of scissors I keep hanging on a hook in the hay room. The scissors have a loop of braided bright pink string through them so they are easy to see if dropped or lost in a bale. They must be put back where they came from.

    Then I insist the baling twine is inspected for those little 1″ pieces of twine that sometime are still sitting on the bale from the baler machines cutting device. Remove that little piece then pull both pieces of twine completely out. Knot the twine and place it in the garbage pail provided that I keep in the hay room just for twine. Now employees or boarders may proceed to feed the hay.

    I am really strict about this procedure because I too, when i was 12 years old, found a piece of twine hanging from my pony’s anus and I knew he had just dodged a bullet.

    NH_Dressage NH_Dressage
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    Our procedures are nearly identical, Olfield. 🙂 However I don’t allow scissors in the hay room. Safety yard knives / hay cutters only! I wish SmartPak would carry them…

    Natural Horsemanship & Dressage : It's all about Happy Horses

    ksuzn ksuzn
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    I am also a baling twine Nazi in my own barn coming from experience as a boarder having to pick twine, even chewed on ones,s out of my stall, field, etc. Yes, to err is human, but when it is a consistent problem or the barn has loose piles of twine everywhere, you have to wonder what else are they not paying attention to! I operate my own barn now and the policy is cut, pull, fold over and knot, then and dispose of hay strings in the designated bag BEFORE it even comes out of the hay room. I also keep a zip lock bag in the office of trash and objects I’ve found in bales as a visual to reinforce how important it is to do a quick inspect of flakes being fed out and checking the stalls for foreign objects while filling the water buckets.


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