My barn has only been open a year and the drama I've dealt with is unbelievable.
I don't know why everyone thinks the boarding stable should pay for their stupidity.
-I've already been to court once this year because some lady couldn't afford her horse's care and donated him and then when he was well again she took him back.
-Every horse I've gotten in for consignment goes lame.
-I've had people grossly over pay for horses and then when they get rid of them they think that exempts them from giving me 30 days notice or from taking care of them in the mean time.
-I just got a horse in and the lady neglected to tell me she has uveitis.. she neglected to care for it and it got soooo bad and she didn't return any of my 30 phone calls so I finally just took care of it myself..which meant eye ointments 4 times a day including Christmas. :o|
- Board was due yesterday and 6 boarders have paid. 1 works off her board so that doesn't count. 1 traded 6 months worth of junk for board so she is paid for so technically 4 out of 15 boarders paid on time.
-I can't sleep very well because I have this sinking feeling that one of my boarders is going to pick her horse up in the middle of the night so she can skip out on payment after her horse has racked up $75 in extra care bills the last month. So every little sound outside wakes me up.
-I got a friesian mare in for boarding because her owner broke her arm. I discover this horse is DEAD LAME. Owner has xrays done and they confirm bone spurs in the stilfe. She is done being a riding horse. The owner paid $8,000 for this 18 y/o friesian mare a year ago! So I list her for sale as a brood mare for the owner only to get a call from the previous owner this morning saying the mare is NOT breeding sound! She is basically worthless. Well I would just take her back to her owner's place now that her arm is healed but the owner has moved 2 hours away. I have a feeling I will get stuck with her... I've always wanted to own a friesian.. just not like this.
The sad thing is... I check references most of the time!