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        08-06-2014, 07:51 PM
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    Foal
    Another "leaving the barn" rant!

    Reading this thread gives me comfort - knowing I'm not the only one who has allowed myself to be used and abused and then feeling bad about leaving.

    Today was the straw that broke the camel's back. I went to the barn to give my horse a bath. Of course there's no good area to give her a bath. The only two places for me to tie my horse, period, are two rings - one on each side of the big door going into the barn, and one ring is right next to an electric fence and the other is right next to a big table with a potted plant on it. It's a very high traffic area and it's not paved and give a bath creates a lot of mud.

    There are many more appropriate places on the property where rings could be placed, where a horse could be tied to be bathed in peace but no - that just can't happen for some reason.

    So I'm giving her a bath and she's stomping and making mud but we're generally having a pretty nice peaceful time and the owner comes out and the moment she gets close to my horse, my horse starts getting upset and nervous, bouncing around and making me nervous too. This has been a problem since day #1. Every time I'm having a nice peaceful time with my horses, she comes out and upsets them. They hate her. So then the owner starts yelling at my horse for making mud, and then she asks me to move my truck because her husband has to bring the hay wagon in (through the door we're standing right next to of course). So then of course I have to untie and move my horse, who is covered in soap - and I can't finish washing her because I can't tie her up anywhere! So the owner holds her for a while but then her husband starts yelling at her that she needs to help him put the hay away and I have to very quickly rinse off my half washed cremello and send her off streaked with mud.

    I can not deal with these people anymore. I swear the woman is extremely passive aggressive and will do anything and everything to prevent me from being able to care for and enjoy my horses.
         
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        08-06-2014, 07:58 PM
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    Trained
    Yes, move, doesn't sound like you can enjoy your horse in peace and give it a darn bath even. We pay too much money for our horsey hobby, we want to enjoy every last cent of it.
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        08-07-2014, 03:38 PM
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    Weanling
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    ...the owner comes out and the moment she gets close to my horse, my horse starts getting upset and nervous, bouncing around and making me nervous too. This has been a problem since day #1. Every time I'm having a nice peaceful time with my horses, she comes out and upsets them. They hate her.
    This is a big red flag to me. Why does your horse get upset when she sees this woman? Has the owner done something to your horse? Your horse should not get upset when it sees one person unless it's anticipating some sort of action. I agree. Get the heck outta there!
         
        08-08-2014, 07:29 PM
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    Showing
    I am way to picky about where I board. I boarded at a facility where my poor foals were stuck in a tiny paddock with really poor fencing with 3 other young horses. It was terrible. The property kept falling apart and the leaser of the property didn't care to fix any of it.

    Luckily during that time I had free board> I would never in a million years have agreed to pay a dime for such a crappy facility.

    Move and make your life and your horses life better.
         
        08-08-2014, 10:02 PM
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    This is a big red flag to me. Why does your horse get upset when she sees this woman? Has the owner done something to your horse? Your horse should not get upset when it sees one person unless it's anticipating some sort of action. I agree. Get the heck outta there!
    I agree, and disagree. At my old barn my horse hated the barn owner. I use the term barn owner in the most literal sense- he owned the property, cut hay, and made repairs to the facility. He never cared for or interacted with the horses. Only went in the barn to talk to someone. I would be beyond shocked if hidden cameras revealed him interacting with any horse on the property, let alone laying a hand on him.

    However, he is a very inappropriate old man that made me very uncomfortable for legitimate reasons. I think my horse picked up on this. If I was riding and the barn owner was talking to me my horse would get nervous. He'd jump if he moved in my direction. One time I was grooming my horse when he suddenly set back against the tie ring and took off like a bat out of heck. My horse is well trained to tie, so I was standing there scratching my head until I looked back and saw the bo pushing a wheelbarrow. I still firmly believe that this guy didn't do anything to my horse, but he sensed that there was something very off about him and disliked him. I trusted my horse.
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        08-08-2014, 10:35 PM
      #6
    Foal
    I agree with what DuckDogers has said. There was a groom who worked at my barn, never laid a hand on my horse or me. Was always very nice, however he was a little slow. He had a slight mental ******ation, he couldn't drive or work heavy machinery- basically. Anyways…

    Chevy NEVER liked him. The groom had to lead him out of his stall to pick his stall and lead him back in very carefully. If that doesn't happen, Chevy would pin him in the corner and start kicking him. He is NOT an aggressive horse…at all! I would trust my horse with a 3 year old child on his back or grooming (obviously supervised) him over any other horse. However, the groom was fired due to the fact that he was charged with a sexual federal offense.

    Chev always stays even next to me when being led, but whenever the groom would approach, he would always walk ahead of me and put his head slightly in front of me and he would sway his butt (his tail is paralyzed so he cannot move it) and pin his ears at the groom. Horses can really tell about people. Get outta Dodge and don't turn back!
         

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