I've been boarding my mare for 6 years and I have been at 4 different barns 5 different times. I know I'm not easy to get along with and I know I expect a lot. BUT I also know how things should go and I expect the basics to be covered, even if I need to do the work.
Problem 1. BO promises things and goes back on them.
Problem 2. BO has done things that were outlined in our contract that she is NEVER allowed to do (feeding my horse off the ground b/c of sand colic issues, taking my horse out of the pasture when there was no emergency).
Problem 3. BO is getting so many horses at her barn that she is running out of hay and room.
Problem 4. My ex friend is changing everything she wanted in the first place when we moved to this barn together.
Problem 5. BO isn't doing what is put in the contract.
I pay $175 for my mare and $150 for my 9mo colt. I feed at night, I pay for bedding, I clean the stalls, I feed grain, I give them water. All she does is open their stall doors to let them outside. Not to be rude but she is completely lazy!!! My friend pays $200 for her horse to have the stall cleaned every day, horse fed 2x, water, and bedding. My dad is the one who unfreezes all the water tanks, hoses, and such. I've never once seen her do it. The BO cleans the stall 1x a WEEK!!!! I always do the water because she never does. When she does clean the stall she leaves the wheel barrel full of poop and never dumps it. She treats every horse like a dog. In MY opinion, I should be paying $100 per horse at the MAX. She has dry lot pastures without a ton of room, no indoor area, crappy footing in the outdoor arena, dangerous round pen. I could go on and on. Every single thing I have outlined in the contract is being broken.
My biggest problem is my 9mo is not gelded and she treats him like he is a puppy. I try telling her that he needs discipline but she just says "oh he's a good horse" and doesn't listen to anything I say.
It isn't easy finding a new barn because price is a factor and my colt isn't gelded.
I don't expect perfection. I don't expect to always agree with others. But is it too much to ask for her to do the work that I pay her for and to do things the way I would like, which actually makes things EASIER for her?
Also, she knows next to nothing about horses!