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post #1 of 36 Old 01-02-2010, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Why do I always get the Lemons? VENT

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!

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post #2 of 36 Old 01-02-2010, 01:20 PM
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What a LOT of problems!
I'm afraid though that I don't think any barn will come without problems..

And about the stealing horses, do you not have the proper info about them?
In case it happens, you can always go ahead and call the cops, have them go after the owner.
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post #3 of 36 Old 01-02-2010, 01:40 PM
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Maybe you need to re-write your contracts as far as health care and the like. If a horse is obviously ill and the owners can't be reached sort of thing that makes them responsible for the bills. Can you also put an addition to to your boarding agreement that if your out of pocket costs reach $__ money then you have the right to take ownership of the horse.
What a pain in the patooty you have had! Here's a hug, hope it helps

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post #4 of 36 Old 01-02-2010, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Ok I received 2 more board checks by mail so that makes me feel a little bit better about the $500 check I wrote to the hay man.. lol

The sad thing is I do have that stuff in my contracts.. I have a boarding agreement with a standard of care clause. I have a liability contract for my property and the property I lease... I have barn rules they have to sign.. I have signs... I send out monthly newsletters letting people know whats going on and whats new.

The problem is people never read anything... So I go over contracts whenever they sign them.. they just forget. LOL gotta love people!

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post #5 of 36 Old 01-02-2010, 02:50 PM
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I am so sorry. Running a boarding business can be a miserable job. After you've been open longer, you'll go through a sorting out process and will end up with a good core clientele. Right now, as the new barn, you're probably getting some people who have run through all the other local facilities.

I would share some of my boarding horror stories with you if that would make you feel better - I've got some doozies.

I have only one piece of useful advice for you. Improve your security a little - close and padlock the main gate at night. Also post barn hours and ask that your boarders abide by them or ask for exceptions on a case by case basis. Make it harder for someone to come in and take a horse after hours to avoid payment, and if you end up in court, posted hours and closed and locked gates will make their intent to defraud you clear.
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post #6 of 36 Old 01-02-2010, 03:23 PM
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My barn just put in closed circuit cameras. It makes people a little bit more wary about doing something bad. Especially when you look up and there is that blinking red light....
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post #7 of 36 Old 01-02-2010, 03:36 PM
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I'd install those fake security cameras that look like real cameras and tell everyone their for security purposes. You don't spend a ton of money and the people think you are watching.
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post #8 of 36 Old 01-02-2010, 10:47 PM
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Ugh that's awful! Those are the things I'm dreading. We get our first boarder on Tuesday. Yipes.
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post #9 of 36 Old 01-02-2010, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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We are going to put in an entry way with gate here soon.. It has certainly climbed up the list of priorities a bit. I also want to put in cameras but like I said... we are newer and I'm still adding on..

I would love to hear anyone's boarder horror stories... People just amaze me.

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post #10 of 36 Old 01-03-2010, 02:45 AM
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The worst thing that we have had would have to be a boarders Missouri Fox Trotter was getting a little rough with a pretty younge gelding. He was going to be ridden that day and he ran into the round pen, bent it, got cough in it, broke two legs, cut all the way trough his nose.

We felt so bad because it was my moms friends horse, but she totally understood. He was playing with the other horse not looking at what was around him.

The vet was out in like ten minutes to put him down. We also had a appaloosa had to be put to sleep last year from some wierd problem she has had her whole life, that finally came to her.

I though she had collic because I was feeding the chickens and she rolled over into the fence because she was so uncomfortable. Its was supper hot out and by morning the vet was there. I felt bad because she was suffering and her buddy knew what was happening and she wouldnt get close. Me and my mom stayed out there with her and kept pooring water on her and gave her shade, because neither of us could have slept knowing she knew she was going to die alone.

Other than that nothing bad has happened besides all twenty getting out!

I sure do miss Rocco the baby and Pie, and we almost bought Pie too!
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