The roadway leading to the facility is riddled with large potholes and water eroded crevices that pose a true hazard to any vehicle attempting to travel upon it. For a horse facility which receives horse trailers and regularly scheduled delivery vehicles this is simply a negligence.
The barn, being constructed of wood, is not under the care of a pest/termite company. The barn has beetle and termite infestation that is visible and audible.
The stalls do not have fitted stall mats ammonia build up is therefore a problem. The electrical outlets are exposed and above each stall and are covered in dust, webs, and debris which is a real fire hazard.
The stalls have non functioning rusted metal automatic waterers with protruding sharp areas that can cause serious injury to the horses.
The gated entrances to most all pastures are severely eroded and have insecure rocky footing for horse and handler trying to navigate through the gates.
The pastures are not over-seeded nor treated for weeds/clover/ poison oak/ etc. They are abundant with weeds and large rocks and fallen limbs.
The barn eaves/overhang roofing is visually sagging. It is only a matter of time before they completely collapse.
Management does not properly dispose of manure and it is piled up in the rear of the property which breeds a real insect and rodent population problem. There is a large manure spreader on the property but is in dis-repair and management will not spend the money to have it repaired.
The barn is absent of any cupolas..which have been an essential part of proper ventilation in barns for centuries. One of the most damaging elements to a barn is warm, humid, stagnant air. This moist air contributes to the growth of mold, mildew, and bug infestation which ultimately can lead to wood rot and jeopardizes the structure of the barn and the barn’s valuable contents.
There exists 2 large fan inductions at Inanda Stables which do not function and have not been repaired. When there are 24+ / 1000 pound animals (horses) housed under one roof, they produce a substantial amount of body heat and when paired with the heat of the areas 95+ heat index this makes for a very dangerous environment for these horses AND the employees who must work within. The interior temperature has been recorded in June of 2015 at over 102 degrees. Cupolas allow the heat to escape and the cool fresh air to enter and they are simply a NECESSITY for a horse barn.
Inanda Stables provides 3 arenas; One dressage arena. One jump arena. One indoor arena. ALL 3 have poor footing; hump hills, improper material, and erosion. There is no effective irrigation system and the dust produced when on rides is stifling. The indoor arena has a version of irrigation but it is make shift out of plumbers piping with hand drilled holes which do not drip properly and have therefore caused potholes.
There is a round-pen provided ( I think 70'x70' ) for horses who need recovery time/isolation.
The pasture board horses are provided a spacious outdoor stall near the main barn. Unfortunately the exterior of these stalls has begun to rot and boards have fallen of the fascia but the interior of the stalls are in good shape.
There is ample parking for boarders who have their own horse trailer and there is no additional parking fee.
The main barn provides 4 aisle cross-ties and 2 wash stations, a tack room which has no ventilation and so molded tack is an issue, and a lounge which has a refrigerator and a beverage machine.
MANAGEMENT AND STAFF:
Inanda Stables is one of the few stables that has an on-site manager. This person is provided housing in close proximity of the barn structure and pastures. This manager conducts daily management duties and also conducts a night check for the wellbeing of the animals.
The stables employ 3 morning-time staff persons and 2 afternoon-time staff persons. They perform duties such as: feeding, watering, turn out/turn in, and stall mucking. The on-site manager works some of these shifts also.
Inanda has a very talented Hunter/Jumper trainer named Alejo Maddalena. Unfortunately, Inanda does not have properly maintained jumping equipment and safe footing for Alejo to work with. It is questionable how long such a talented trainer will stay at this facility. The jumps he has been provided to use are rotting and falling apart. The arena footing is awful and there is no irrigation and so dust is terrible.
EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES:
No respiratory masks provided for dust/debris/sand inhalation during required arena dragging task and barn "debris blowing" task performed with high powered blower. Respiratory damage is a given.
No formal discussions, training, or posted rules regarding employees driving tractor or club car. It is a dangerous hazard when an employee is allowed to operate such heavy equipment without proper training.
No safety course or safety guidelines discussed or explained. Safety log required to sign but there is no safety course, discussion or explanation of such provided. Most importantly, there is no indications or discussions regarding horses with dangerous behaviors which may put employee's in physical danger. It is also my opinion that the manager of the barn should undergo proper human resource management as she seems to have an issue keeping employees. Over the past 5 months she has lost 6 employees and this tells me there is a problem with employee retention; especially when there is only a total of 7-8 employees.
Inanda Stables was once a well maintained boarding and training facility which has fallen into disrepair and neglect. For the $700+ fee required to board your horse ... the facility falls short of BASIC expectations. I was an employee of this stable for over 6 months and therefore I feel I have given a fair and knowledgeable review. I resigned from my position with no hard feelings other than the disappointment of the mis-management of the facility.
Inanda Stables is located at 1 Red Fox Run, Shoal Creek, AL. This business specializes in Horse Boarding Stables.
Inanda Stables was founded in 1977, and is located at 1 Red Fox Run in Shoal Creek.
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