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post #1 of 8 Old 12-16-2007, 02:14 AM Thread Starter
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I am nervous...never boarded before.

Granted I have only had my horse for a month and a half, I have been driving an hour and a half a day to take care of him. I do everything. I am the only one who gives him attention :). Well, due to family drama, I have to move him and board somewhere. I found a place today and am moving him tomorrow. This place is full care and is pretty descent for the money compared to others in the area...i shopped around. Plus he will be only 10 mins away!! I am just SO NERVOUS about someone else taking care of him. I have a good feeling about the people that own the place, everyone is really nice, they have GREAT hay and a really great schedule. plus the other horses are all long term so I dont have to worry about random horses coming and going. I have to sign their contract which I understand and respect, but what if something does happen??? I plan on asking more questions tomorrow. lol these all are silly worries I should get over, but was anyone else ever kind of nervous about that? Is there anything I should look out for besides the obvious questions to ask? Well, I just needed to get that out, even if no one responds. THANKS for listening!
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-16-2007, 05:06 PM
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I understand what you mean, its kind of like trusting strangers to babysit your kids. The best thing to do is make surprise visits when you know they will be feeding, turning out, etc. I worked at a huge barn, had atleast 30 horses, where alot of very wealthy people had their horses boarded. They seemed nervous when I started working there because they didnt' know me. I made sure whatever I did they could show up at any time and see that I'm taking care of things properly and that they could trust me with their horse. Hope this helps.

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post #3 of 8 Old 12-16-2007, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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yes thanks! that's what they do...they say i can do whatever whenever and use whatever i need. and thunder has never seemed happier. thanks for response!
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-17-2007, 11:39 AM
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It's always a scary thing to put your horses life and well being into someone else's hands.

What I recommend is, keep an eye on his weight and his attitude to make sure he is happy, healthy and being cared for.

If I were you, I would still go to the stable as often as you could. Its especially good to show up around feeding time now and then just to observe, imho.

I boarded my horse with a "friend" who, instead of asking me to move because she wanted to get another horse of her own and my horse was "in the way" of that, she stopped feeding my horse. I was never there for feeding time. I trusted her. When Cocoa started dropping weight I had the vet come in and he said she was fine health wise but was losing weight more than likely because of her age. I decided to take matters into my own hands and told my friend that I would be in charge of her feeding from now on. After I did that, my horse started gaining bucket loads of weight. Shortly after Cocoa started improving, the truth came out. My so called friend was starving Cocoa so she would be able to convince me to put her to sleep. She didnt want me to "move" Cocoa, but she wanted her gone so she could get another horse.

I moved her right away and now she is happy, healthy and FAT at a boarding stable slightly further from my house and more expensive. But its worth it.

And I am no longer friends with the woman that tried to starve my horse to death.

But all that could have been avoided I think if I had just randomly stopped by at feeding time.

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post #5 of 8 Old 12-17-2007, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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that is some very good advice! thank you very much :)

oh man that is very sad about your horse (better now though). i had to move mine bc my sis in law was causing too much drama in the family and decided it needed to start with removing the horse! random and had nothing to do with anything, just that she didn't want anything to do with helping family out! so...we moved him. now he's closer, much more expensive, but so far happy. i plan on being their everyday if i can since that is what i am used to ;)

thanks for the advice!
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-06-2008, 10:48 PM
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How'd it go?
Anyway, you'll be nervous at first, but then you'll understand that after a while, he's in a good, safe place.
But you can go on and it'll be shorter!
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-07-2008, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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oh well he is fitting in VERY nicely thanks! Actually, He is the pig of the barn lol...he drinks so much water that it all comes right back out and trashes the place, plus he has a run attatched so he likes to stand in the rain lol. He has gotten so strong in just these past couple weeks. It's really a huge difference. It's nice too since I am able to actually work with him in the arena and before i couldnt. The only difference is, is that they only do full care, so I am not the one cleaning his stall or feeding him, so he backtracked a little and we are working on our bond again. i was just told that he is about to go through a growth spurt, so I will post pics as soon as i get a charger for my camera . Oh and the other thing is that he is getting some habits since other ppl have been taking care of him too....but nothing we can't work on.

Thanks for the advice!
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-30-2008, 12:45 PM
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Good advice folks. It is important to frequently check on your horse when you rely on others for daily feeding, etc. Although, I board my horse at a good place, I record her weight every 2 to 4 weeks and keep a journal so I can detect a weight loss or gain.

Occassionally, I am out of town for business trips. I have made arrangements (in writing) that if my horse appears ill or injured, it is understood they will call the vet without hesitation. I also make sure I leave them with contact information so I can be notified. This gives me great peace of mind that if anything happens, the stable owner won't delay treatment.

Just be cautious wherever you board. Make sure that the facility is willing to make daily checks on your horse for you. If you don't visit your horse frequently why own one.

Good luck!
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