moved my horse to a new barn several months ago. It's a small dressage-oriented barn. Just 9 horses and owners. The barn manager is nice, and I've figured out that it's best just to do things her way. :) However, it's time for fall shots and three of us booked a farm call with our usual vet. Now the manager is insisting that we use the vet she uses. My vet is more expensive, but their practice keeps better records and is more likely to come when I call them at 3 AM. I've been using these guys for 10+ years. The barn manager does not own the property, but she has total control of the barn. Can a barn dictate what vet you use? My feeling is that as long as I'm up-to-date on everything and can prove it, then I should be able to use my own vet. Ever heard of this?
I'll tell you why the BO's and BM's want you to use "their" vet, or "their" Farrier. Because they get a great discount if the Vet can take all the boarders as clients.
And no, it is NOT permitted. I get infuriated when I hear about BO's or BM's controlling their boarders in that way.
They forget that they are there FOR the boarders, no other way around it. If the boarders were not there, the BO/BM would be out of business.
I am disgusted at any BO/BM who says "My Barn, My Rules" ERRR, wrong answer! Yes, there has to be rules, but come on, there's a line and it has been crossed when you demand that your boarders must use their Vet, Farrier etc, etc.
Remember, this is YOUR horse. YOUR money, YOUR time, YOUR effort. YOU put your money where you deem fit for your horses well being and well fair. Not your BO/BM.
As a BO and BM I will say that I still get requests for me to attend a service visit for them if they can't be here and they expect me to do it for free. Attention boarders...don't expect services for free.
My BO does. I work full time and cannot be there for when my horse gets his teeth done or for my Farrier.
But that's why her barn is full to the brim, 2 huge barns full - and other facilities are losing clients during our horrible economic times. Other barns have raised board, she didn't. Other barns have boarding contracts, she doesn't. Other barns have poles up their keesters, hers doesn't.
That's why her barn is full. When one leaves, that stall if filled ASAP with a new boarder.