08-05-2010, 03:50 PM
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Did you talk to the barn owner/manager and offer to buy bedding and pay for the use of the stall and they STILL flat refused, or did they say "We don't offer that as an option during the summer" and nothing more was said by either of you? Surely they'd be willing to accomodate you if you were to approach them kindly and respectfully - you are, after all, at THEIR FARM so respect is needed. Bedding costs money, use of the stall costs money, and cleaning a stall is time consuming work (especially when done properly and not just "picked out") that may require you to do it, or the barn owner to be paid for their time. If you aren't willing to pay the extra, don't be upset if the answer is no. I'd be more concerned about your horses overall condition and call reputable farrier/vet to come work on your horse: if they say NO to that, then definitely consider moving... also, it wouldn't hurt to have the vet say "Hey, how can we make sure this horse gets some alone time to be fed a specific diet?" to the barn owner and have a conversation that involves all of you! Just remember, being respectful is probably key here...