10-08-2010, 12:19 AM
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There are five horses left, including mine. One belongs to the other girl, two belong to a woman who isn't able to afford them and has been trying to sell them for over a year, and one is a stallion who's supposed to be gelded and then sent back to his old owner (if someone could figure out who's paying for the gelding...) but he belongs to the BOs' daughter at the moment. There were about twenty horses who were given notice at the end of July and had to be out by September 1st. Because my friend and I had been cleaning stalls and feeding in exchange for board, they asked us if we wanted to stay and feed the horses that would be left. There was never any real time frame, but it was implied that it would be fairly long term.
Then a couple of weeks ago, the BOs sat us down and were confusing and dishonest about their plans. I know that they were going to sell the house, but then they realized they weren't going to get enough money for it. They kept switching between saying that they were going to stay forever and that they could leave at any time if someone offered them enough money. They also want us to now buy our own hay and feed (reasonable), feed our own horses (okay), and charge us a ton of money for the really crappy, tiny pastures our horses are using (um, no). And if we wanted to use one of the stalls that will be empty regardless, we would have to buy shavings and keep them clean and handle all turnout, in addition to buying and feeding our own feed and hay...and they think $600 a month would be a fair price for this. For a comparison, I haven't found a single barn in this area that charges that much for full stall board with absolutely everything included. That's probably more information than you wanted, but it's all just so frustrating.