30 days notice, court, etc. Opinions?
Ok, so I'm curious as to what to expect, I will try to make a long story short.
I have had issues on and off with my boarding stable for a while now, but recently they fired their barn manager and hired another one. With those changes came some things I wasn't happy about. They cut way back on shavings, changed all the grain to rolled oats and raised the board to 345/month. Fine whatever...
Now a while back Brandon had an impaction colic, and the vet recommended he have two water buckets instead of one. While I was gone to Florida for work training, the new barn manager took my second bucket out of Brandon's stall and put it by my tack. When I asked the owner why (via text) she responded with:
"They just freeze. You can put it up he doesn't drink much. We will not water 2 buckets."
Every night when I went out there, even around 6, at least one and one half of the buckets were gone. Regardless, I feel that they should have at least TOLD me they were doing it, rather than being cowardly and doing it while I was in Florida.
Prior to leaving on my business trip I had to cancel a lesson with my trainer because part of the roof of the indoor blew off.
The entire barn is losing insulation (some of it falling into the feed bins) and is covered with black mold.
The holes in the ceiling of both the barn and the indoor have so many holes in them, there are piles of snow everywhere.
They leave the hay outside, stacked in wagons to get covered by snow...then they thaw and mold.
Brandon has bleeding hock sores from lack of bedding, I asked for more but they were not thrilled about it.
I pay my board from the 15th to the 15th of every month, it just happened that way.
On Dec 15th I gave them my 30 day notice (super polite) and last month of board. That night the barn owner called me. She was extremely unprofessional, told me another boarder had already told her I was leaving, told her I wanted to come back in the summer, but I was not welcome back. She was snarky and upset. I maintained composure. When I hung up I called the new place to see if I could come early, as I was pretty sure the minimally ****ty care he was getting was about to get worse. They were fine with me moving early. Called my friend with a trailer and met her at the barn.
Brandon had 0 water and no food (he's not usually done with his hay that early because of the hay net). We moved and I cancelled my last board check.
Now the owners are taking me to court.
I am curious as to what will happen with this, as the contract is poorly worded and sketchy, and I feel that Brandon's health was in danger staying there any longer.
Also, the barn owner swore she did a barn check every night and filled buckets, etc. She didn't even realize Brandon was gone until the next morning.
Here is a copy of the contract as well. My board has gone up a few times without us signing new contracts.
So will I have to pony up or ?
I am getting the vet to send me records of the colic incident and double bucket recommendation.
"My treasures do not clink together or glitter; They gleam in the sun and neigh in the night."