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post #11 of 28 Old 04-19-2011, 02:44 PM
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If my horses stayed in any time it was below 20degF they would be in all winter.

I believe what the OP was stating is that since does not pay the barn to do her horses blankets her horse was out with out one, which meant her horse needed special attention because of it.
This is not the fault of the Barn. It is the fault of the OP.
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post #12 of 28 Old 04-19-2011, 02:52 PM
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I live in VT and my horse stays on one of the green mountains and I know when it's too miserable out for a horse. I understand what she said about a blanket but I can't believe people have to pay fees for this, that and the other. The horses were brought in early maybe 10 times this winter, and I don't even own a blanket, BM told me not to get one. Sienna is a fuzzy, hardy thing that likes to be outside. But when it's that cold, the BM puts her extra blanket on her in the stall. Full care should be full care.
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post #13 of 28 Old 04-19-2011, 02:55 PM
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Morab, your barn has different policies in place.
There are different barns with different rules and different policies because there are different things that matter to different people.
One set up is not wrong.
Just different.
Different is not wrong.

A person has to pick a barn that works for them.

Yes, there are barns that charge extra for feeding and stall cleaning.

It is hard to believe that your horse is every outside in the winter if you feel they should not be out if it is below 20degF.
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This is getting to semantics, sometimes it can be 40 with freezing rain and wind gusts up to 60 MPH and they come in. If it's a bright sunny day at 20 the horses are fine. There nothing wrong with different and I doubt her barn rules have changed, I agree. I'm just wondering why someone would leave a horse out in a blizzard if they cared about horses. I wouldn't board there where it seems to be a lot about just the money, but where people board is their choice.
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post #15 of 28 Old 04-19-2011, 03:06 PM
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Mine stay out when it blizzards because I am at work and they are at home and I do not have 40 minutes to drive home and then another 40 minutes to drive back to work.

They have shelter if they choose to use it.

It has to be very frustrating to be a barn owner and have a system that you have had all along and have someone come in and since they are paying you the prescribed boarding amount they insist they are entitled to other treatment than what they signed on for.

Boarding horses is a business. If you want the barn to be there for your horse to live in they have to figure out what they have to charge to break even and make a profit. To you it is 'just about the money' to them it is a business and if they do not make enough money to pay the bills it does no one any good because they will have to close.

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post #16 of 28 Old 04-19-2011, 03:10 PM
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We've left pregnant mares in a bush all winter, not blanketed, with plenty of hay. They have been perfectly fine and delivered healthy foals.

Not to mention the fact that wild horses still stay outside year round and seem to be fine.....let alone the ones that lived years ago. Blankets are a fairly "new" thing, and has probably only been happening for 100 or so years.

If the arena was closed for the weekend for a clinic, that usually means the arena is off limits for the whole weekend. Maybe the barn owners wanted to have it free and clear for any number of reasons after the clinic....that they don't have to tell you about.

Barn owners are not always at the barn every single minute of every day, so for her to have to make an extra trip down to the barn just to bring in your horse would be an inconvienance (sp) to him/her.

Seems reasonable to me really....

Barns have rules for a reason. It does not matter why they are there or who put them in place, they are there to be followed. If you don't like them, then why board there?

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post #17 of 28 Old 04-19-2011, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by morabhobbyhorse View Post
In any weather below 20F or or a cold rain, etc. my BM automatically brings the horses in. To leave a horse out in a blizzard or freezing rain, etc. is poor care no matter how much you pay for your board. You shouldn't have to call, it should be automatic. Sounds like the barn is in the wrong business. And my panties can't bunch 'cause I don't have any on
I certainly don't want my horses in if it's below 20*F...they'd never be out during winter months!- they LOVE snow and they LOVE being outside. They can handle it! I don't consider that poor care at all. I had to change barns just to GET that. My horses looked the best this winter outside then they have in the past where they've been stalled for the majority of the time. The one I worry about losing weight, didn't shed a pound I think because she wasn't stressed being cooped up!

I don't see any big problems or drama. The arena thing is a little weird though. If you want more bedding, it & add it yourself. I would check with the BO on that first though. I've seen the difference in a little bedding & alot and can certainly say I don't want alot in a stall, especially if you're using shavings. SO much waste and really hard/time consuming to clean! Horses don't NEED alot of bedding, it's nice, but they don't need it. If I use sawdust I like to add alot, shavings...NO! So annoying.

I don't get how the blanketing fee has to do with asking them to bring your horse in early, but basically boarding is what it is. You have to get used to a barn, find out what you don't like & don't expect it to change - do what YOU can to fix it. Buy your own shavings, bring in your own horse, etc. It sucks, but that's the price you pay when you board. I'm on my 6th boarding barn now, so trust me if these are the only issues you're having you should consider yourself lucky. If you've got a barn owner that feeds, waters & turns should thank your lucky stars! I know that isn't what you want to hear but after dealing with all of the crap I have from several different barns, these 'issues' seem so silly & easily fixed to me.

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Originally Posted by starlinestables View Post
About the Shavings... horses don't need a ton of shavings. More shavings=more dust. More shavings also requires more labor to haul in more and it takes a lot longer to clean. Not to mention if they spread their manure.. shavings suck the nitrogen out of the soil (turning it yellow) it also sucks moisture out of the feet. Unless, your horse is in majority of the day, gets sores or has sore feet, he doesn't need a "soft and cushy" bed. They've slept on rocky, hard ground for centuries.
I second that too. I keep just enough shavings in stalls to absorb the urine. If I put more my qh will dirt all over the place, so I have to trash all of them again.

Frankly, I don't see too much drama there. And if you don't like something just talk about it with BO (in polite way). In most cases BO will try to solve the problem (if any of course) or at least give good reasoning why its done this way and not another.

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post #19 of 28 Old 04-19-2011, 09:53 PM
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My husband has family in Colorado that breed QH's. The stallions and unpregnant mares are kept out at pasture all winter and as far as I know they do not use blankets. I thought you said you were the one who wanted to bring your horse in a few hours early, not have them do it. If that's the case I don't really see what the problem is, that seems kinda weird.
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post #20 of 28 Old 04-19-2011, 10:05 PM
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Boarding facilities exist to make $$$, not throw it down the drain. Every time something has to be done with a horse it costs $$$ because either the BO is paying someone to do it (and hired help never works for free) or the BO is doing it themselves which means they can't be doing anything else that could earn them income. A BO can either charge enough for full care board that it is monetarily feasible to include blanketing or they can charge a lower boarding charge and a blanketing fee for those who wish it. A lot of people would rather have the option to pay for just the services they need instead of a higher boarding rate for a horse that never needs a blanket.

My horse most certainly stays outside when it's below 20degrees. He's been out in the rain too and guess what? He didn't melt! I'm sure he didn't like the hail storm (ow!!) but since he has shelter in his turnout, he went inside last as everyone without a shelter obviously needed to go in first and my BO doesn't stand outside all day staring at the sky for the first sign of inclement weather! I'm sure I could pay her to but then my board would be more like $10,000 a month!! You get what you pay for....
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