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post #11 of 16 Old 10-07-2010, 11:51 PM
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I'm curious. How many other horses are left and who do they belong to? Typically when a barn decides to close down, everyone is given a date that they have to be out by. Did they just expect you to take care of these horses indefinitely? At the very least, if the other owners know the barn is closing, they should be getting those horses out of there. I would give a notice now, and move your horse. Stick out the feeding as long as you think is necessary, but definitely move your horse. If they do sell the property, the new owners are probably not going to want a bunch of horses there, and if they give you notice to move, and your spot at this new barn is gone, you'll be struggling to find something fast. It isn't worth the risk.

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post #12 of 16 Old 10-08-2010, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #13 of 16 Old 10-08-2010, 07:35 AM
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Honestly, it does not change anything in my opinion. 30 days notice is kind of the industry standard. I would still do as I mentioned before.
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post #14 of 16 Old 10-08-2010, 07:42 AM
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I was a little confused about one thing. In your first post you said you were staying there free for caring for the other horses. And in this last one, you said $600. Which is it? How much ere you paying before for straight boarding?

IMO, if you are paying that much to keep your horse there, you shouldn't be doing any work. Around here, a really nice full board facility will charge in the range of $450, and they go above and beyond just feeding your horse. I realize prices vary, but it sounds like they are quoting you a ridiculously high price, and betting you won't check into it, so it will be more money in their pocket while they try to sell their house. I would bet money that if somebody wanted to buy the place, they would dump you all out of your ear without batting an eye. Give a notice, and I personally wouldn't give them but a couple weeks notice at best, and get that horse out of there. They are taking advantage of you and your friend, and will continue to do so as long as you stay.

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post #15 of 16 Old 10-08-2010, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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At the moment, I'm not paying anything. The feed and hay are still provided. It would be next month when the new price started. The $600 would be for a stall, and it's less than that to keep him in one of the the small pastures. And they would provide and do nothing except letting me use the pasture or a stall, even for $600.
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post #16 of 16 Old 10-08-2010, 11:48 PM
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$600?!?! That is ridiculous! I would give my notice of 30 days, and move your horse after the vet comes out. I agree with Alwaysbehind, you should still feed because that is fulfilling your contract. After the 30 days of feeding, you are free of that place. I would move your horse as soon as possible.
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