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    02-16-2013, 11:47 AM
  #11
Trained
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Originally Posted by horsietori    
I had to change the first barn because I needed an indoor arena, 2nd barn because the place was all sand and my mare sand coliced horribly, 3rd barn because the BO let someone ride her, 4th barn because my mare got an leg injury because of #3. So I have all valid and important reasons for moving her. And my horses are more than just an animal, unlike some of the people in the world who think they are dispensable.There are very few here who think that, so get off it. As I said in my first post, I have no problem doing most of the things, but I don't think I should be paying that much for so little. PAYING THAT MUCH?? Are you serious? Some of us pay a minimum of $300 for pasture board. Your board is INSANELY cheap!I understand the price of hay (at least in my state) is higher than usual but still.But still what? Is the BO just supposed to suck it up? No way can I afford the perfect dressage barns where I would prefer to board. Not even if I had 1 horse could I afford $800+.
I think you need a reality check. Perhaps if you had just one horse you could better afford a place that would meet your expectations.

Oh-and now some of this is Mom's fault? Not sure why, but she may have reasons.......I am feeling like you are a bit of a spoiled kid.
     
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    02-16-2013, 11:48 AM
  #12
Green Broke
I'm sorry, but you don't sound very realistic about your situation. You are not willing to pay more, in fact, you want to pay less than your already insanely low board. You have a colt that you refuse to geld for whatever reason, yet you expect people to accommodate you. YOU outlined the contract? If you were boarding at my barn, it would be by MY contract and my rules. You criticize you BO for not having an indoor, for having what you consider crappy footing, etc. Do you have any idea how many thousands of dollars those things cost? Do you have any idea how much your board would go up if those things were provided? I doubt it. You are coming across as VERY VERY difficult to deal with, and honestly, one of those boarders I would have been happy to see go, if I still ran my boarding facility. Those are the exact sort of things that make it a headache for everyone involved in boarding, and one of the primary reasons I got fed up and quit boarding. Until you have been on the other side of the fence, being expected to shell out thousands of dollars and hours of time, without getting any realistic compensation for it, you should be glad for what you have.
     
    02-16-2013, 11:56 AM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by horsietori    
I had to change the first barn because I needed an indoor arena, 2nd barn because the place was all sand and my mare sand coliced horribly, 3rd barn because the BO let someone ride her, 4th barn because my mare got an leg injury because of #3. So I have all valid and important reasons for moving her. And my horses are more than just an animal, unlike some of the people in the world who think they are dispensable. As I said in my first post, I have no problem doing most of the things, but I don't think I should be paying that much for so little. I understand the price of hay (at least in my state) is higher than usual but still. No way can I afford the perfect dressage barns where I would prefer to board. Not even if I had 1 horse could I afford $800+.
I live in an area where board is average of $400 for full care(no indoor). The higher end of the scale would be $600 - $700 with an indoor and full care.

There is a barn that is self care. When I say self care, I mean self care. You buy your own hay, shavings, feed etc. You even supply your own broom pitch forks and wheelbarrows, water buckets, feed tubs and hose. You turn your horses out, you maintain the fencing, provide your own jumps, maintain your stalls etc. Board there is $300 a month PER horse. Something to think about

You are paying dirt cheap board. Consider the price you pay does cover electricity for the barn and basic maintenance around the property. Plus she is providing your hay, which is NOT cheap these days.
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    02-16-2013, 12:04 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Oh wow! What you are paying IMO would barely cover hay!!!
     
    02-16-2013, 12:33 PM
  #15
Showing
Count your blessings that your board is that cheap, and if you're still unhappy after that, move.

I pay $400 for field board. It is one of the more expensive places around, but it's close to the city and has the facilities I want - anyways, my point is that your board is insanely cheap. $150 around here would get you a horse in a field, maaaaaaaaaybe with some hay tossed at it. Maybe. Field board for a "meh" facility (ie no indoor) seems to start around $250.

If you aren't happy, there's a simple solution, maybe even two:
Talk to the BO
Or
Move
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    02-16-2013, 12:45 PM
  #16
Banned
Hmmmm who pays the board? You or your mom? If your moms paying it, count your blessings......quite frankly if you are a teenager who's mom is paying board for a mare and a stud colt.....you SHOULD be thankful you have that financial support and quit whining.

If you want all the extras.....get a job and pay for it.
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    02-16-2013, 01:04 PM
  #17
Weanling
I appreciate being a part of my horses care, I'm sure most of us feel that no one can take better care of our babies than we can :) maybe consider finding a place where you can do chores for the whole barn in exchange for board? I have 4 horses. Around me, board with an indoor, outdoor, tack room, parking, and wash rack starts at 400 a month. Two of my horses are used in the barns therapy program (which I manage during the week) so they board for free; I get to manage their work schedule and monitor their handling, which I like. I feed on the weekends in exchange for board on the other two; I don't stall any of the horses as they are much happier in a herd. Weekend chores entail checking the water twice a day, checking the horses for cuts etc, and making sure the three round bales are full (about 15 minutes total, twice per day). If you are caring for your horses anyways, why not find somewhere a little nicer and work off your board?
     
    02-16-2013, 02:11 PM
  #18
Started
I don't know much about the cost to board in other places, but around here, $100 or less is around average for pasture board, self-service only, while full care runs between $300 and $400 usually.

I'm not going to jump on you, but maybe if you could map out the exact things that your BO is doing/not doing per your contract with her and take it to her, and calmly try to discuss if there is perhaps a misunderstanding about what exactly the contract's wording means.

For example, if the contract says, "BO is not to remove my horse from the pasture unless there is an emergency," you should write that down and then put a corresponding date and time when this has happened. Perhaps there is a miscommunication about what constitutes an emergency.

I have found that if you lay things out in a calm, respectful manner, a lot of issues are simply communication issues as opposed to laziness/meanness/rudeness/etc.
     
    02-16-2013, 04:09 PM
  #19
Green Broke
I'm pretty sure that Michigan has weather much like Wisconsin, where I live. Of course the footing is crappy, it's winter. My horses haven't even been outside for 6 days due to ice, though they get indoor rotation.

Feeding on the ground is fine when there is snow or frozen ground. You could put your horse on Sand Clear or something like that.

I hope your place has stallion safe facilities.

Someone who barn hops will soon find that perspective barns know about them before they show up inquiring about boarding.
     
    02-16-2013, 04:33 PM
  #20
Green Broke
I'm a person of my word, but if you acted like that I'd ask you to hit the road. It sounds like you need her more then she needs you! Remember that! Where else are you going to board a stud? And a the INSANELY low price of $175?! Full board at my place is $850.. that's hay and grain 2x a day and small dirt turnouts! We aren't a very fancy barn either. Used to have a small indoor but it blew down in Sandy.

Seriously, if you want something done right DO IT YOURSELF! Worried about sand colic? Put your horse on sand clear. Buy a bunch of hay nets and stuff them YOURSELF! Boom, problem solved! Want a clean stall? Clean it! Want fresh water? Fill it! Why can't your BO move your horse? I think that's also absurd! As a BM I move horses when I move them. I can see being pissed if she puts them inside for no reason, but saying hands off... What makes your animals so high and mighty they can't be touched by her?

I would be mortified if I was paying $800 and got that kind of care, but for $150 what are exactly are you expecting?
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