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        12-26-2008, 11:41 PM
      #11
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Spyder    
    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.
    No, I'm talking about the people who almost never see their horses (come out once or twice a year), and their horses have either gotten grumpy, lonely, and some very energetic from not being ridden in such a long time. Some of these boarders I have never even seen before, and I work at the stables 5-6 days a week from 8am to sometimes 7pm (except on school days). Almost as if they forgot about them. I understand if you can't come out to see your horses for a few weeks. That's why you board them, or at least that could quite possibly be one of the reasons. Even though I work at the stable I board my horse, I don't always groom/ride her everyday.
    We have many boarders who can only come out to ride or whatever whenever they can find a little gap in their busy work schedules. Even if that's once or twice every other month. They're awesome boarders, and I don't think they're neglecting their horses at all.
         
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        12-26-2008, 11:43 PM
      #12
    Trained
    I know it sucks that they don't ride them, but I much rather see someone paying for board and not coming to see the horse than selling it for $100 to the first person that asks. As long as they keep the horse fed, vaccinated, and trimmed I can't complain too much.

    That one guy who you said came out and rode his horse really hard after never seeing it is completely not okay though..
         
        12-27-2008, 12:03 AM
      #13
    Banned
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    Originally Posted by whitetrashwarmblood    
    No, I'm talking about the people who almost never see their horses (come out once or twice a year), and their horses have either gotten grumpy, lonely, and some very energetic from not being ridden in such a long time. Some of these boarders I have never even seen before, and I work at the stables 5-6 days a week from 8am to sometimes 7pm (except on school days). Almost as if they forgot about them. I understand if you can't come out to see your horses for a few weeks. That's why you board them, or at least that could quite possibly be one of the reasons. Even though I work at the stable I board my horse, I don't always groom/ride her everyday.
    We have many boarders who can only come out to ride or whatever whenever they can find a little gap in their busy work schedules. Even if that's once or twice every other month. They're awesome boarders, and I don't think they're neglecting their horses at all.

    I was primarily posting in reply to QtrHorse and the person I quoted (not a member here). The purpose of boarding is exactly that...you PAY someone to do a set of duties you are unable to do that is agreed upon at the time you move your horse.

    The person I quoted (again not a member here) posted that comment that made my blood rise for I don't see my horse even twice a week and since there is no indoor arena he basically rests in the winter. Now QtrHorse posted that she expected to see the boarders three times a week (almost sounds like they must sign some sort of agreement). So what if they get sick or have things crop up that prevents this...is she going to kick the boarders out ?

    Believe me, my horse is not going to forget me and as long as he is healthy, happy and being fed right then I am satisfied if I don't see him more than once a month. I have had him in places where I was up more frequently and simply got fed up with having to throw him more hay to maintain weight. Where he is now he is spoiled rotten as far as being fed. If he is out and is unhappy (with flies or cold or whatever) he comes to the gate and he is brought in. The BO actually waits for him to get unhappy with the heat or whatever before she goes shopping. He eats a full bale of hay a day as well as a ton of treats. People at the barn go into his stall and scratch his withers and they play with him outside his stall with the "lets make faces game". When I come up it is work so I am sure he would rather have fun than work.

    I tell you that any horse that lays stretched full out in the paddock snoring away with the hens roosting on his stomach and him sleeping through it, is very well taken care of...in spite of me not seeing him three times a week.
         
        12-27-2008, 03:10 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    We have a horse here now that was gradually abandoned. This girl bought a two year old stallion (and she was MAYBE an advanced beginner, and he was very green) and after a bit, she got dumped and it scared her. So then she quit riding and only popped around once a month to pay board, and didn't even stop at the barn to see the horse, much less do anything with him. After a few months of this, she bailed and never came back. That was 11 years ago. So now it sends up warning flags to me if the owner can't even make time to see the horse once in a while. To me it says they don't truly care what is going on with the animal if they can't even stop by a couple times a month. I know things come up, but I would think they'd still be in contact with the BO to see how the horse is, even if they can't come out. I have one here now that was terribly abused by a barn where he was supposed to be in training, and his owner didn't check on him for 6 months. When she finally went to visit him, he was all but ruined by these people, and has been on a LONG road to recovery ever since. I wouldn't be able to stand not seeing mine at least a few times a week, if I had to board them somewhere - I would worry myself sick!
         
        12-27-2008, 07:38 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    If I had a boarding stable I would put in my contract something about if board isn't paid pas X amount of $$ or for X amount of months the horse may be sold to recuperate costs. I've seen stables put LOCKS on stalls and only the person in charge of feeding and stall cleaning (both at the minimum) was allowed in.
         
        12-27-2008, 08:36 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Most states already have laws that if you don't pay your board after X number of months you can sell the horse. Its against the law in some to lock an animal in a stall if theres a fire they need to have at least a chance for anyone to get them out.
         
        12-27-2008, 08:40 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    I know it's not a great idea to lock a horse in a stall (I never would!!) but I think they were afraid the owners would take them before paying. It happened a few times!
         
        12-28-2008, 02:58 AM
      #18
    Foal
    I apologize if I gave off the impression of being arrogant in any way. Having the boarder, other person or myself attend to horses physical and emotional needs 3 X's per week has worked well for us. We all help each other and I am happy to do the extra if they can't arrange it with another boarder or friend.
         
        12-28-2008, 09:13 AM
      #19
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by whitetrashwarmblood    
    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?
    I think all barns have those type of boarders. The barn I'm currently at only has active riders because it's a showing barn BUT a few months ago we did have 2 or 3 different boarders who only showed up once or twice a month.
    I just don't understand the purpose of spending so much money on a horse if you are not going to ride or let alone spend time and working with the poor animal. I know have been guilty of not being a good mom and have done it a few times where I haven't gone more than 1-2 over a period of 1-2 weeks but those situations were directly related to my shift work(nights at the time) and the cold weather.

    Since having gone thru that rough set of a couple weeks, I no longer take extra night shifts, unless it's part of my regular rotation and make it a habit to come at the barn regardless. It is such a stress relief for me and it is so enjoyable that it's essential for me to have that time with my boy regardless of how tired I might be...plus he needs his momma ;)
         
        01-01-2009, 10:12 AM
      #20
    Foal
    When I used to board me and my mom were the only ones that went out to see our horses and all the other boarders would only come to pay their board and they wouldn't even look at their horses! There was a couple people who would go their probably 3 times a month to just ride and then they would disapper for about 4 months again!
    I personally think that those people are just wasting their money, all they do is pay board and vet and farrier bills but they never get the chance to be with their own horse!
         

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