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        01-01-2009, 11:09 AM
      #21
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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.
    Wow, no offense intended, but I'm glad we don't board our horse with you. This just makes a good point. I think boarders need to find the best situation for themselves and barn owners need to find the best situation for themselves. You both have to be comfortable.

    Do we see Joshua 3 times a week? No. Has it been a few weeks since we've seen him? Yes. Do I like this? No.

    What do you do when someone is ill? We've had some very significant illnesses around here and we can only do what we can do. It's not what we want but it is what it is. Does Joshua forget us? Absolutely not! We are the only boarders. Our BO has three of his own horses. He trains other horses from time to time. He also does hooves and worms himself.

    Joshua is the bottom of the barrel of his herd. He's the newbie and he's the youngest. Even so, when he sees us he comes forward from the back of the crowd because he knows we're his. Even the horse I usually ride, the largest gelding who thinks he's the king of the world, lets Joshua come forward. They all know that we belong to Joshua and he belongs to us.

    We don't have to have friends/caregivers approved. We have brought out my daughter's friends to visit the horses many times. Now, we didn't go out to the farm without the BO until he was certain that we were safe. We still don't take out Joshua for rides without the BO. He's such a young horse and we're such greenies that I'm not comfortable with that yet. Hopefully, this new year will help us to stay healthier and we'll become stronger and better able to tack up and ride more often. We're due!
         
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        01-01-2009, 12:00 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    I actually have 1 boarder that's never been here in fact she's never seen her horse in person. She lives in N.J. We and her horse live here in Mn. She sends the board check each month for over three years.
         
        01-01-2009, 12:32 PM
      #23
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by QtrHorse
    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.
    I do not go to the barn 3x a week. I go more like twice my trainer will ride my horse for me. He says that all the horses need to be worked so his dahter and himself ride Outlaw free of charge! And the board is a good price 250 a month for a good barn heated bath and tack room large indoor but we still have not got the outdoor he's going to sart it when it warms up. And my friend rides him she is more experianced than me so Outlaw get riden almost every day.
         
        01-01-2009, 12:45 PM
      #24
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    Originally Posted by kershkova    
    I do not go to the barn 3x a week. I go more like twice my trainer will ride my horse for me. He says that all the horses need to be worked so his dahter and himself ride Outlaw free of charge! And the board is a good price 250 a month for a good barn heated bath and tack room large indoor but we still have not got the outdoor he's going to sart it when it warms up. And my friend rides him she is more experianced than me so Outlaw get riden almost every day.
    Personally NO ONE needs to justify how many times you go to the barn or how many time it is ridden.

    As long as the horse is happy healthy and being fed properly then that is ALL that counts. Some people that may live a long distance from their horse and never see it for months or even years I am OK with as long as that owner trusts the caregivers to do the right thing. There is always email and that can be an email to the BO or a friend to verify status.

    My boy is in his rest period as there is no arena and the ground can be dangerous to ride on so he is fed let out and spoiled rotten doing nothing and still getting treats. I trust the BO and it is their daughter that rides him mostly with me popping on whenever I choose. I do not have to go up every day or even every week to know he is in the best care.

    I feel that because I have put him in a place where he is being properly fed and looked after shows I care.
         
        01-04-2009, 03:16 PM
      #25
    Yearling
    I have implemented a standard of care at my barn because some boarders are not taking care of their horses even though they come out once or twice a week. I don't care if they come out or not but their horse will be taken care of whether they do it or they pay me to do it. Horses feet, worming, vaccinations must be done and the occasional groom. I don't want boarding/training/lesson prospects to come out to my barn and see some crusty, lame, ratty hag standing out in my pasture. It makes me look bad!
         
        01-06-2009, 12:23 AM
      #26
    Weanling
    The barn I ride at has numerous people like this. In fact some of the lesson horses they have had in the past were just left here by their owners. There is this horse that is kept in a big pen that I don't even think is broke to ride, hte owner hasnt paid in years. Horse is still there. Then there was this girl who had a horse that was stuck in a 12x12 stall for over a year becuase she never came out and her parents could no longer affoard board, poor horse eventually the BO let another girl ride the horse and she ended up taking the horse, best thing for the horse tho because the horse gets to be ridden on unlimited trails and gets lots of love. There are soooo many more horses out here that people just leave or pay people to walk/turn out, whats the point in having a horse if you don't even take care of it???
         
        01-06-2009, 03:08 AM
      #27
    Showing
    I don't board either but I do train. And it is frustrating to have clients who don't return your calls, pay thier bills, or come to see their horses. The most current example I have is my bay horse Denny. His owner sent him to my dad because he was considered a "problem horse". Due to a job change at that time, my dad did not have the time to mess with him for about 6 months and he kept the owner updated. He only charged for a portion of the feed. She never paid those bills or accepted the suggestion to come pick the horse up. Later, I fell in love with the horse and began riding him. Dad kept trying to call the owner and tell her that the horse was broke and ready to go and she would only owe XX amount of money for training and feed for 1 year because she had not paid anything during the time we had him. Finally, after I had been using the horse for about 6 months, she called and stated that she would not be able to pay the bill and offered the horse instead. And that is the story of how I got my christmas gift when I was 15.
         
        01-08-2009, 07:47 PM
      #28
    Foal
    I keep my horses at my mom's house which is bout 30 mins drive with no traffic. I'm there just about every day to clean stalls feed, care, trim feet if needed. I care for 4 horses, sometimes 5 if there is a boarder, take care of my own home and give lessons on the side oh and that's after my full time job. I don't see why people don't care for the horses. I can't imangine owning a horse and only seeing them a few times a year. If they are horses in a pasture with room to move that's another storey. But horses kept in stalls need to be turned out often.
         
        01-08-2009, 09:17 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    I'm at the barn to see Sandie every day (no, I don't ride EVERY day, she does get regular days off, don't want to wear her out!!) But granted, I've only had her for 8 weeks, she's my first horse, and I live 10 mins from the barn where I board her, so it's a rare situation in my case!

    I think it's great if people can get out at least a few times a week, many of the others I board with are there every day or at least every other. But to board your horse and see it once or twice a year is ridiculous to me...why own a horse?!
         
        01-10-2009, 07:26 PM
      #30
    Foal
    As a BO, I don't know.. My one gal who doesn't makeit out enough is juggling two jobs and school. She knows her OTTB will be okay if she keeps him, but his prospects might not be so good if she sells him (given this economy). We do our part by keeping him half-leased and in lessons, both to keep her costs down and keep him fit and schooled so she can enjoy him when she comes out. I admire her- a lot of responsibility for an 18-year old. The boarders I can't handle are the ones here ALL the time (who board here to save money), who want blankets put on for free when they call at midnight, and expect thier horse to be fed out of a golden tureen & chins wiped with a tea towel- gRRRRRRR
         

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