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    02-04-2011, 09:26 AM
  #1
Foal
terrible boarders

I see lots of posts about bad barn owners ,but what about bad boarders?Id like to hear about that.I have had some terrible boarders .I let a girl clean stalls before to work off some board.She came up once a week,never cleaned a stall,I don't know what she did out there....When it came time to pay her mom gave me 50.00(out of 250.00) 2 weeks late and when I told her you still owe me 200.00 because your duaghter didnt do what she was supposed to do,she wanted me to give back the 50.00 so she could pay to trailer her horse out ...When I wouldnt return her money(because I had already spent at least that to feed her horse) she called the police(lol)when they showed up she's all like"here comes the troops" who told her (even though her hubby was a cop) They couldnt make me give back the money.I waved bye to her with the 50.00 in my waving hand(not to mature I know but I was pissed) I have many more stories worse than this but Id like to hear yours.Also I know not all boarders are bad..I have had a lot of great boarders also that pay on time,follow rules and I have learned alot from them.
     
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    02-04-2011, 10:41 AM
  #2
Foal
That story was funny - I almost fell off my chair laughing but sadly it happens all the time - glad you see you had the sense to wave with the (little amount of) money in your hand!
Now here is a thought - what if you had a trailer and told her - "Give me more money & I'll gladly ship your horse to..........." or do you think that would only incur a loss of more money?
     
    02-04-2011, 10:51 AM
  #3
Banned
There are frequently threads discussing how bad boarders can be.

I am not sure it is in good taste for a barn owner to post a thread complaining about their boarders though. Certainly not a good way to attract or keep clients.
     
    02-04-2011, 10:52 AM
  #4
Foal
At the time,we had no trailer,but its good thing because I think I wouldve trailerd this one to their house (in the city) and tied it to their porch or something.(also not to mature but again I was upset) I have a trailer now but will never again let someone work to pay off board,its too bad to because I know there are alot of good hardworking people out there that do what they are supposed to ,but I will not chance it again.
     
    02-04-2011, 10:54 AM
  #5
Banned
Smartest way to deal with that situation is to not allow new boarders to take on work for board. If you have an established boarder who you know has a good work ethic then sure, let them.
     
    02-04-2011, 10:57 AM
  #6
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
I am not sure it is in good taste for a barn owner to post a thread complaining about their boarders though. Certainly not a good way to attract or keep clients.
Yes! If I have an issue - I vent to friends. Usually out of state friends that do not know the people or horses involved!

I will post a question now and again to see how people feel about an issue but I will not trash a boarder on the world wide web. What goes around, comes around.
     
    02-04-2011, 11:02 AM
  #7
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
There are frequently threads discussing how bad boarders can be.

I am not sure it is in good taste for a barn owner to post a thread complaining about their boarders though. Certainly not a good way to attract or keep clients.
I tend to agree. Even though I have never been a barn owner, it always seems uncomfortable when I see a business owner complaining about their customers. I can only imagine how quickly there would be trouble if I was caught complaining about customers on the internet in my business. I've worked in the corporate world for 15 years. It's just a big, big no-no. Dealing with difficult customers is just one of the things that business owners deal with, in any industry.

As a boarder (and a good one too!), I would be completely turned off if my BO or BM was publicly complaining about any other boarders, even if it was warranted.
     
    02-04-2011, 11:18 AM
  #8
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
There are frequently threads discussing how bad boarders can be.

I am not sure it is in good taste for a barn owner to post a thread complaining about their boarders though. Certainly not a good way to attract or keep clients.
I totally get what your saying and agree I probably shouldnt vent here but...
I am not complaining about any of my current boarders...they are all great, this incendent happened at another barn I had not my current barn(because now I know better)It is also not in good taste for boarders to post complaining about barn owners,but they do. I don't want any boarders like that one anyway,Im very picky about them anymore,ask why they are leaving the farm they are at,also if I could contact the barn they are leaving and for referances(i can give them referances for myself also )...I would rather be empty than have a full barn with people that are ignorant.Boarders leave barns without paying all the time,then jump to the next barn and leave the Barn owners to cover the expense.There should be a "dont board to/at website" like the" don't rent to" one.So people could check out boarders,barns and owners of barns to see if the barn owner is doing what they are supposed to or has ever been charged with neglect or anything like that,and to check boarders that steal or don't pay.Again All my current boarders are great and in general most of the boarders that I have had have been helpful,awesome people I am still friends with.
     
    02-04-2011, 11:24 AM
  #9
Banned
I can imagine being a BO is very frustrating.

I boarded for a very long time. I saw boarders come and go that I know I would not have liked having to deal with.
     
    02-04-2011, 11:30 AM
  #10
mls
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by DWStables    
There should be a "dont board to/at website" like the" don't rent to" one.So people could check out boarders,barns and owners of barns to see if the barn owner is doing what they are supposed to or has ever been charged with neglect or anything like that,and to check boarders that steal or don't pay.
Works in theory - but - boarding is a highly emotionally charged atmosphere. People exaggerate and yes, even out right lie. Rumors get started and they never seem to go away. There is a barn in our area that is rumored to always have strangles running through it. It's not true of course but it's the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the barn name.
     

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