I've been boarding at this great stable since July, when I bought my first horse. I pay my board bill on time (usually early), clean up after myself and have a great rapport with the barn owner and the boarders. Whenever I'm there, the barn owner and I have great discussions and we get along well.
Yesterday, I found out that the barn is closing. Who did I find out from? Definitely not the barn owner! I found out from a friend of mine (K), who is dating a girl (RS) who keeps her horse at the barn. She is in the process of selling her horse because she is moving to Japan. Now that I think about it, the conversation was pretty funny:
Me: Hey K - how's RS doing? Any luck with selling Pepper?
K: She's okay and she's still working on it. What are you doing with Vanna in December?
Me: What do you mean? I'm still working on saddle training her and hoping for some warm winter days.
K: ... Have you found a new barn already?
Me: No, why? Why would I need to do that?
K: The barn is closing. All horses have to be out by December 1.
Me: Since when?
K: I dunno, a while ago.
Me: [insert choice words here]
Finding a barn isn't a problem - I already have an appointment to check out a new barn today. It's about 5 minutes closer to my house and has a lot of the same amenities as the barn I'm at currently - round pen, outdoor arena, trails, feed/tack room and barn for access. The only thing missing is an indoor arena, but that's not a huge deal. Winter board is $190/month and summer is $150 (pasture/rough board). Feed is included. The barn owner will even haul my horse from the old place to his place for free, so I don't have to walk her the couple miles and cross an overpass.
I guess I'm just choked that I had to find out from someone else, other than the barn owner. He SHOULD have told me, because I'm pretty sure this isn't a new development. I saw him on Sunday and he didn't mention a thing to me. I'm pretty peeved.
I paid for a month of board on October 18. Would I be within my right to request that he reimburse me for the remainder of the month if I move my horse this weekend? He wants everyone out as soon as possible.