The problems I have had so far are beyond the contract. I go and look at a place two to three times before moving my horse(s) and usually get the rules before I move as well as mostly I have seen them outlined in the contract.
The first place didn't do fence repair and put my horses where I didn't want them, as well as a neighbor WAY over feeding them my grain because she was under the impression they weren't fed enough because they didn't roll like hippos when they walked....I didn't have the time or energy to search 80 wooded acres to ride my horse for 30 minutes. The next place was actually really nice for a few months. Nice fences, nice people, the BO was usually agreeable...then winter came, and he 'ran away' from everything and let my horses practically starve even though I provided the grain and offered to pay more money. Then it was wire fences that were always down, and keeping horses in a CLOSED metal barn (not my horses but not something I want to see) Then he stopped feeding the stalled horses grain. Mostly, for me, it was that fences were always down and wires were everywhere. Then, the place after that was nice...until I realized that my car wouldn't make it out there...not there fault, but a fault that I missed. Now, I looked at this place and talked to these people several times, signed a contract that I thought was fair. Then, they turn around and give me rules that if I had known, probably wouldn't have moved out there. Not only that, but if I had known that they would change their minds from free board to charging me without notice...Which sadly....was in the contract I signed (won't be making that mistake again).
So...I feel that I have done the right things, and what's best for the horse (safe property that is close enough that I can take care of her daily should the need arise) yet some how....I keep getting stiffed....
I'm trying to make this place work...But now I'm afraid that the people will just randomly tell me to get off their property for a hairbrained reason with no warning and expect me to have a way and a place to move my horse last minute.
I looked at the new contract and they tried to write in there that they could cancel it at any time...Um...no....I need at least 30 days so I can find somewhere else....I can't just pull boarding places and transportation out of my rear!!!
I think the thing that is most upsetting, is that while they expect ALL this respect (which I have done nothing but give and give and give) they are not even treating me like the adult I am....And that hurts....I have worked VERY hard to have my horse. To keep her happy, healthy, behaved, loving, and everything else....I have never spared an expense that she's needed...and just because she's a horse...doesn't mean that she's any less than someone else's child....-sighs-
Sorry...I think this tumbled into a bit of a rant...I'm just so....frustrated with all this!!!