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        08-05-2011, 07:44 AM
      #31
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    Stakie, I think you need to breath and relax. Insisting you were intentionally deceived will make it so you can never be comfortable at this barn.

    Livestoride made a truly wonderful post. Re-read it again and again.

    No one lied to you. You and the barn owner simply have different views on what something means.
    It was your job, as the person looking for some place to keep their horse, to make sure you and the barn owner are on the same page.
    Your barn owner thinks 'having a buddy' means being able to see other horses. I am fine with this definition. If I was looking for a boarding place and my horse having another horse in the pasture at all times was important to me I would make sure I spell out just that. Not simply say I want my horse to have a buddy.


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    Originally Posted by BarnBum    
    I have boarded horses all my life, full care. Flymasks were NEVER a problem and cause more money to be paid. C'mon people it takes five seconds to put one on (unless the horse is weird about its face, which I can understand her not wanting to do it)
    I kept my horse(s) boarded for most of my adult life (so slightly less years than the dinosaurs have been extinct). The one and only boarding barn that I kept them at that included fly masks on and off was a tiny back yard facility. One that was more keeping your horse with a friend than a boarding facility. All other places were either pay extra or leave it on 24/7.

    Five seconds? Really? It take me longer than that to put fly masks on my three at home. Add that the OP's horse is pasture kept. Applying the fly mask requires one to catch the horse first.

    When you run/own a boarding facility you have to remember anything you agree to do for one person you will end up having to do for all the people.
         
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        08-05-2011, 08:02 AM
      #32
    Weanling
    I went over very thouroughly before I moved to the barn what I meant about buddy. However I am just going to suck it up and deal with it for the time being.

    As for the fly mask, yes five seconds. My horse is very easy to catch and never gives me a hard time. I am past that however. I will just take it off and put it on for extended periods of time.
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        08-05-2011, 08:26 AM
      #33
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    Stakie, why not shop for land and keep your horse yourself? You sound like the type of boarder who would be much happier not boarding.

    Then you can realize how quickly what one person thinks is a five second job adds up to eaten time.



    Starline, I have to say I totally loved your post. I totally agree. I was shocked to read that someone was complaining that their horse did not have a buddy to share their paddock. The vast majority of boarders are complaining that their horse has to share their paddock/grass/run in.
         
        08-05-2011, 08:31 AM
      #34
    Weanling
    At some point I will get some land. Just not in the plans at the moment.
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        08-10-2011, 12:28 PM
      #35
    Yearling
    Alwaysbehind's is another post worth reading and re-reading a few times.

    Stakie, you now need to get past your anger and disappointment and move on. I suggest you take some time to write down the issues that need to be formalized in a contract and make an appointment to create a clearer contract with the barn owner. The owner may have limited experience with boarders as well and so this would be an exercise that benefits both of you. Here are some of the things that should be addressed in the contract:

    - where and how long your horse is turned out
    - how many horses (max) and (min) will your horse be turned out with
    - what type of feed and how much is to be provided by and fed by the barn owner ( consider grain, supplements, mineral blocks, etc)
    - blanketing, fly mask, bandage service
    - temporary access to stalls, barn, wash areas etc.
    - veterninary care (who barn owner calls in an emergency (ie you or vet first) and cost of bandaging or additional vet care if needed)
    - farrier service ( does the barn owner hold your horse?)
    - where you can store your tack / place your own tack box, extra food, treats, etc.
    - where / when you can ride on the property
    - hours - some owners don't want people coming / going early or late
    - cancellation conditions of the contract ( do you have to give 1 month's notice or pay up front one month?)

    I am sure I left out a few items, but I think these are all important. I have also had each of these items addressed in every boarding contract I have ever had. The barn owner may also have a few items to add. Remember, you are paying for access and services on someone else's property. You must be crystal clear in writing what you are paying for. If it isn't written down, you cannot assume you are entitled to a service or privilege.

    Once you have this worked out you then need to focus on building a good and positive relationship with the barn owner. If handled well, this will be an opportunity to do just that.

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    Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
    Stakie, I think you need to breath and relax. Insisting you were intentionally deceived will make it so you can never be comfortable at this barn.

    Livestoride made a truly wonderful post. Re-read it again and again.

    No one lied to you. You and the barn owner simply have different views on what something means.
    It was your job, as the person looking for some place to keep their horse, to make sure you and the barn owner are on the same page.
    Your barn owner thinks 'having a buddy' means being able to see other horses. I am fine with this definition. If I was looking for a boarding place and my horse having another horse in the pasture at all times was important to me I would make sure I spell out just that. Not simply say I want my horse to have a buddy.

         
        08-12-2011, 08:52 PM
      #36
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    Is your horse freaking out about being alone, or is he standing around and grazing like normal? If he doesn't care, why should YOU get bent out of shape about it?

    The only reason I would be upset was if the horse was herd bound and went nuts without a companion. That can lead to injury, overheating, and other unpleasant things. Otherwise, I don't see what the big deal is. Learn to pick your battles.

    I think it is a little dumb that the chick won't take ten seconds out of her day to put a fly mask on your horse. But I wouldn't be super mad about it, either.
         

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