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post #11 of 23 Old 12-16-2008, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by starlinestables View Post
I'm in North Texas... where do you board? You should move your horse because that guy sounds lazy. FYI most boarders provide their own blankets and I wouldn't share blankets either cause you horse could get fungus from another horse.

I charge $275 (cause we are still doing some construction on the arena and roundpen) but I take care of my boarder's a little too good. I don't know what kind of facilities your at and if it's worth puting up with his behavior..

My website is if you click on services and then boarding you can get an idea of what we provide for comparison.
Yeah I actually sent you an e-mail asking where you were located then realized it was right on the page. I am far from you. We are in Rockwall County or Royse City.

Also the place I was looking at boarding at was called Mystic Acres. Not sure if you have heard of it. Also I checked out your site and you have a nice place.
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post #12 of 23 Old 12-17-2008, 01:55 AM
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If you have issues regarding the care of your horse you should discuss them with the BO. If you can not come to an amicable solution that is satisfactory to both of you, then you should consider the option of moving her. It is important that a young horses training program be consistent and she probably should be working 5 days a week at this point. Not only do you have to consider the facilities but the amount of time that you have to provide to her training requirements. If you can't swing it then you would be better served to consider putting her with a trainer. (We had a nice colt and paid about $1000.- a month for our trainer which included the boarding...the investment was well worth it)
If you can't afford it and don't have the time, consider selling her and getting a well trained horse your family can enjoy. I have made the mistake over the years of keeping a horse which did not fit our needs just because I liked it. I know it sounds harsh but I simply can't throw my money away like that anymore. You will know when you have a good equine match and your life really changes.
There is a system called "deep bedding" which is quite often used in winter months. The urine soaked bedding is removed and the manure is left in the box and fresh bedding placed on top. The build up provides a comfortable flooring and the composting process creates heat. However, it is imperative to remove the urine as the fumes can create an unhealthy environment. My vet suggested this to me once as he was familiar of it's use in the military and said it worked well during the winter. Is your BO trying to use this system?
I always feed the evening meal on the ground but the corner where the hay is placed is bare, swept and disenfected daily. Regardless of our weather, the horses are out for breakfast. I only have one boarder who asked me to blanket her Arab. The rest go in the natural birthday suits. Never a problem. Yesterday we had a freezing fog come through and I just loved seeing just the very tips of my mares fuzzy coat covered in frost. She looked like a road and it was really beautiful.
For those using a hammer to break the ice in the water tank. I use a section of a big metal pipe which I just let drop and it works great. I am not getting ice fragments flying in my face anymore and the weight of the pipe does all the work for me.
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post #13 of 23 Old 12-17-2008, 07:03 AM
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move the horse home, its obvious you aren't happy. $250 is pretty reasonable and this guy isn't going to go overboard giving you extras. If you want your horse blanketed you need to bring it home. I agree with blanketing depending on the horse/etc. the horse is young and doesn't necessary need extensive training right now. Especially since its so cold the ground had to be hard. He has been showing your wife what to do as well. If she gets some good books, videos and concentrates on simple ground work and simple riding until spring I think the horse will be fine. Driving 38 miles is keeping from her spending enough time with the horse. Bring it home, have peace of mind and do simple work with the horse. JMO good luck
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post #14 of 23 Old 12-17-2008, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by outrun View Post
Yeah I actually sent you an e-mail asking where you were located then realized it was right on the page. I am far from you. We are in Rockwall County or Royse City.

Also the place I was looking at boarding at was called Mystic Acres. Not sure if you have heard of it. Also I checked out your site and you have a nice place.
Yeah Rockwall is a hike from here!! Mystic Acres hosts a lot of shows but I've never been there so I can't tell you what the lady is like. Go to and they will help you find a new facility.. there are also several websites with boarding directories. Good Luck!
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post #15 of 23 Old 12-17-2008, 01:30 PM
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If you are unhappy, try talking to the BO first.
Where I board I have partial care for $275/mo. That means that the BO feeds my horse and brings him in/takes him out daily. I have to clean his stall daily, exercise him, etc... If I want a blanket on him, I have to provide it and most of the time I put it on/ take is off when needed. The BO is very reasonable though and knows that I come out in the evenings, so if it is worm in the morning and she thinks it shoudl come off, she will take it off. For the most part though, I understand that blanketing is my responsibilty, not hers and I appriciate when she does more than I expect. For $230/mo., you are really getting a good deal if you are expecting full care with blanketing. Maybe you are expecting too much. If I were you, I would sit down with the BO and if you don't already have one, do a written contract that specifically spells out what is expected by both the BO and you. If you already have a contract, read it and if you have any questions, go to the barn owner. If things are in the contract that the BO is suppose to provide and they are not providing it, then is when you talk to them again, if it does not change, then move.
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post #16 of 23 Old 12-17-2008, 07:25 PM
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Wait, you are expecting the BO to provide you with a blanket and put it on??
I've never, ever heard of this. I've worked at many, many boarding facilities and none of them provide blankets for boarders. The one I'm currently at has every horse there blanketed, with several more blankets for different types of weather hanging on their stalls...every one of those blankets belong to the owners of the horses...not to the barn.

Also, it doesn't sound to me that you have what I would call a "stall"..more of a turn out with a one sided shelter. I don't clean my lean-to out like I clean out stalls.

I think you need to have a talk with the BO and go over exactly what services he is providing you because I think there is some confusion going on here.

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post #17 of 23 Old 12-17-2008, 08:27 PM
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You will most likely be happiest having your horse in your stall where you can make sure she is happy and well cared for. Worrying and all that extra driving are not worth it. You can buy training videos or books new or used and learn how some pros are doing things. As for breaking ice I use a plastic gallon jug that used to contain corn oil filled with water. It works very nicely and really wipes out a large section of ice with one blow.
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post #18 of 23 Old 12-20-2008, 03:43 AM
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I would move.
I work at a boarding barn, and we try to keep all of our boarders happy.
All of our boarder's have their own blanket's, but if they don't have one at the moment or if the blanket was torn/broken we use one of our extras.
I understand that the BO agreed to provide the blanket, and he should've done that by now.
As for the ice, you should ask him if he could add a water heater if he has one. If the ice is that thick at around 30 degrees then the BO should've noticed especially if the horse has been waiting that long for a drink.
As for stalls, it should be picked everyday, or at least gutted once a week.
As for the whole 'poop keeps them warm' thing, I've heard of people doing that for cows, but not for horses. IMPO, I would never let a stall get that nasty.
If you're really unhappy about the whole thing, and the BO keeps making excuses then I think you should follow your gut and find a better barn.
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post #19 of 23 Old 12-20-2008, 01:58 PM
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Again, on the whole blanket issue, did he say "We will provide you a blanket" or did the contract say "Blanketing included"?

Blanketing included does NOT mean they will PROVIDE one, it means if you bring one, they will take it on and off.
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post #20 of 23 Old 12-22-2008, 09:06 PM
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I would move her i pay 300 for both my horses to have a huge turnout pen that is cleaned they are fed on the ground but they arent any manure piles near theyre food and i have a 26 year old that i blanket and if it gets really bad the owner will put it on him last year my 8 year old slipped on the ice and couldnt get himself up she was on top of that brought him inside where it was warm put him in the arena for the night . so there are people out there who will take good care your horse and there are some who only see$$$ and could careless as long as its still alive

The daughter who won't lift a finger in the house is the same child who cycles madly off in the pouring rain to spend all morning mucking out a stable. ~Samantha Armstrong
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