How do you expect people to make money? Just because you board there they should do everything for free? Where do you think all that "high end" stuff comes from? I can't stand it when boarders think we should do everything for them for free....Barn owners time is worth nothing?? Im sure they will be glad to see you go...
Wyld Eyed, I understand how you have to make money at a stable. They have charged us for things that weren't done (e.g. They said they repaired my blanket which wasn't used once.), they fed my horse a type of feed without my permission, they charged us for clinics he was used in(which I didn't give permission to), they charged us for hay(which was supposed to be included in the board). Their board is already ridiculously expensive: $750/month and then you are charged for mandatory things like hay and turnout. That is not something they told us when we started there. They have also charged me for lessons I never signed up for (not lessons I didn't show up for, I always show up for my lessons anyways).
One word of advice - throw out anything you have 'heard' and only go on what you have seen.
As far as leaving, give notice and do it. You do not have to say why.
"Dear Barn Owner -
This is written 30 day notice that I will be removing Lancer from XYZ Stable as of February 28, 2011."
Signed - Lancer's owner
If you are concerned about anything going missing, clean out your locker prior to handing notice over. If you are REALLY concerned, pack up your tack locker, have a trailer come in and leave your notice with your final check, load the horse and leave. No drama. Done.
Thank you, that is good advice! A co-trainer told us about his training, they were actually laughing about how funny it was to see a horse hopping around for 1.5 hours.
Myself, I would even consider suing the stable your horse is currently in, for damages done to your horse, both physical and mental, and for improper use of him, where you said that they were letting other people ride him and work with him without your permission. That seriously bothers me when people do that.
I'm going to stay away from anything like that
Not being fancy doesn't mean they don't have a great care!
If you current contract tells anything about advance notice (like 2 weeks or 1 month) then send
it to the BO as certified mail now. If not, tell them you are moving and just move on.
I'm just going to give notice by the end of February. I'm pretty sure there is a 30 day notice fee, I'll move my horse and pay for March at both stables...