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post #1 of 30 Old 12-23-2008, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Boarders who only come a few times a year

I don't know if it's common for boarding barns to have a boarder to only come to just SEE their horse once or twice year, but we actually have five boarders like this. One of them decided to get their older qh mare bred a few years ago. We didn't think it'd be a good idea because the mare was almost 20 years old. It took the mare two summers until she was finally considered bred. (She'd spend all summer at the breeder's, and come back in the fall.) When she did have the foal the owner's would come take pics and pet him, but after about a week they had nothing to do with him. WE had to halter break him. WE had to train him to pick up his feet for the farrier. WE had to teach him groundmanners. We only did as much training as he needed, so that he would be safe around us and others. We found out later that the owners though that we'd train the colt not only manners but break him to ride to. :roll:

We had another one that kept their horse here, only came out once or twice just to flat out gallop his horse down our 4 1/2 mile trail, and when he got a divorce he decided to move to New Mexico. ?!?!? But he owed us almost $3000 in board. This guy was also very rich, so it's not like he could have just payed it off. The problem was that he wanted to move his horse to New Mexico first, and we wouldn't let him until he payed off his board. Evenutally the guy told us to keep the horse, sell him, and use that money to pay for his board then call him if we needed anymore. We still havn't sold the horse...

I have tons of other stories, but I'm just wondering if any of you have had any similar things happen?
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post #2 of 30 Old 12-23-2008, 05:44 PM
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I don't board, but for awhile I was doing something where I would exchange half lease on my horse for board. Well, lease turned into lessons because these girls did not have safe riding habits. That was fine, they were good kids.

Well then they decide to buy a 3 and 4 year old because they found two dun paints. They asked me to get up on them the first time to see how they acted. Well turns out they expected me to train both of these horses. I moved my horse from there and I just saw an add on craigslist for the horses. I e-mailed her and she said that they had to sell them now that "their trainer abandoned them"

So frustrating. These people were really inexperienced horse people so it was also bad judgment on my part, but I definitely agree it is frustrating.
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post #3 of 30 Old 12-25-2008, 10:47 AM
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I board horses for 4 different people and none come to see their horses much twice a year at most one guy hasn't been here in 3 years. Doesn't bother me in the least in fact I love it as long as they send their board check each month.
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post #4 of 30 Old 12-25-2008, 07:01 PM
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Oh yes.....TONS of boarders and issues like this. People who don't pay, don't pay and don't come to see the horse, who come to see the horse but pay, even have one who bought a 2 year old unbroke beautiful horse, then decided $ was tight and life was busy and cut her training to 1x a week and shows up MAYBE 2x a month which is just crazy.......I've got about 4 boarders like this at present and 2 from past where I've kept saddles and tack, and had to file court papers and so on....

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post #5 of 30 Old 12-26-2008, 10:37 AM
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I board my horse, but get out to see him at least three days a week unless something is going on and I can't. We've had [and have] other boarders do this kind of thing. There's a girl who comes out to see her horse maybe once a month. She doesn't [generally] ride. He is such a sweet horse, and he deserves to get out of the stall more often.
The bigger issue, though... one time we had people come out who had 18 horses with a foal on the way... 18! They filled up the barn and one pasture, and they never, ever came out. Their horses were emaciated when they came and I don't know how many [if any] were broke to ride, because they NEVER came out. They didn't pay their board [a reduced cost because of so many horses], and finally, the barn owner told them they had to get out, or he was selling their horses. It took them an entire summer to get them out, and in the end, we had a mare, a foal, and a stud to deal with. I don't think the barn owners ever got their money out of it.

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post #6 of 30 Old 12-26-2008, 01:02 PM
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I work this out in advance with each boarder. They must come a minimum of 3X's per week. I don't care if they ride or not (some horses are retired and I make sure they are pastured daily for exercise) but they must groom and handle their horse. If they can't they must arrange an approved friend/
family member, another boarder or myself to do this for them. If I do it, they are charged for it. If the horse is barefoot, I handle the trimming schedule and the farrier will bill them directly. I clean hooves and inspect each horse daily anyways whether they are here or not. I also provide worming services and arrange for annual vaccinations and they pay for it. I'll be happy to take full care of their horses but they will pay me for professional services and they know this is the case.
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post #7 of 30 Old 12-26-2008, 02:21 PM
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This was written by one BO about people that come up to see their horse less than that BO feels they should. It was in response to a previous post regarding a boarder that placed their horse with a BO that was very much looking after the horse and the boarder had physical limitations that limited riding and distance and work related limitations that would not allow the boarder to come up 3 or more times a week. All board was paid in full on time or before time.

Don't you mean you're working to be able to pay someone else to care for your horse for you?? They are the people who really CARE for your just financially support it.
You haven't ridden for years, just get someone else to, & you hardly go a see him. he is just a piece of property that you can brag to others about.
I find that the previous post by QtrHorse boarders on this a very presumptuous post that if you don't see your horse as often as dictated by the BO, you probably don't care for your horse or doing right by that horse. The fact that, that boarder placed their horse with such good people only proves they care for the horse. If I HAD to go up everyday to check up on my horse I would be sending a message that the barn was NOT taking good care of him.

Now there are some people that do abandoned their horse but to impose or presume that all that don't see their horse to your standards is somehow neglecting it is the height of arrogance.

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post #8 of 30 Old 12-26-2008, 02:46 PM
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I have heard of that. I board our horses but we go at least 5 days a week and almost always 6 days a week. We dont' go on Sunday unless I want to pick up my horse for a trail ride.

My friend takes very good care of our horses and I know they are in good hands--she knows a lot more about horses than I do--but I want the horses to know us and respond to us.

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post #9 of 30 Old 12-26-2008, 06:39 PM
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I go out as much as I can. But with work, jobs, school, and life in general, sometimes I can't make it out all week (take finals week for example). I see him at least twice a week when I turn in horses for an hour. But I love that horse to death. I financially support him. But I love him too even if I can't see him sometimes. Im 19, paying board isn't worth the bragging rights =P
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post #10 of 30 Old 12-26-2008, 08:19 PM
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i have seen both sides of this where i board i have a friend whose out there daily but her schdule permits it where as mine i get out at least 2 times a week depending on the weather since they ony get boarded throught the winter we had a couple who are doctors and they have three horses the younger mare is still there but they had the other mare and gelding there for about 6 months never seen them nore met them for that matter .. they moved to another state took them 2 more months to get things arranged to get thier horses well thier gelding wasnt doing well and the stable owner did what she could for him she foundthat his liver was failing and let the owners know. well they moved and tried saying he wasnt getting the care he need which was crap cause mine are very spoiled there...and now they want another baby ahhh!

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