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post #1 of 27 Old 03-01-2014, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Okay this is a little bit of venting but I also want your opinion. We just opened up our 3 acre barn and pastures to two horses (owned by the same family) under a co op contract. They have two young/growing draft breeds. We told them before they moved their horses here that they would outgrow our property and they would have to move their horses. They agreed and still moved their horses to our farm. I have a 26 year old 15.3h QH. Both of them were smaller than my horse in October (when we started) and now they are either his height or way taller. Also my horse is underweight right now so I have adde molasses, corn oil, beet pulp, MSM, and a vitamin supplement to his senior feed. All I pre mix his feed and supplement in ziplock bags. I wrote specific instructions on our dry erase board on how much molasses, beet pulp, and corn oil into his feed and to put MSM in it at night. I also ask them to have one feeding ready to go, soaked with water, for the next person. So we don't have to wait for the mixture (lol) to soak due to the beet pulp. Twice they have forgotten (that I know of) to put water in it to soak. I confronted them the first time (the 2nd was this afternoon.) They were pissed when we went from feeding once a day to twice a day. They were feeding their young draft breeds 1 scoop once a day (now twice).
My Godfather (owns the property) and I are both tired of them and their horses (very pushy and follow your every move all the time). Also we have repeatedly told them to park on the driveway when the side of it is too muddy and they still park on the side of the driveway. I even put a cone there and still they do it. We warned them people get stuck and we don't appreciate the ruts. What would you do ?
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post #2 of 27 Old 03-01-2014, 10:12 PM
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I'd tell them they have run their course at your place and give them X amount of days to move out.
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post #3 of 27 Old 03-01-2014, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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That is more than likely what we are going to do, but I still wanted someone else's opinion on the matter. We will probably give them 2 months to find a place since I'm sure finding a place for draft breeds is hard. / it just threw me over the top when they don't follow directions on feeding my horse. I even explained to them I need them to soak it bcuz it expands and that I don't want it to expand in his stomach.
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post #4 of 27 Old 03-01-2014, 11:26 PM
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Just adding that beet pulp is actually soaked to prevent choke, it expanding is a myth that has been disproven.
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post #5 of 27 Old 03-01-2014, 11:40 PM
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first welcome to the forum I would ask them to leave I am a barn manager and the rule are there for all to enjoy the place and there horses . They have no regard for the place or how the place is set up to work as for the beet pulp soaking is need to soak up water other wise it will do it in the horse and course colic

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post #6 of 27 Old 03-01-2014, 11:50 PM
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I would write them a letter and hand it to them tomorrow, since today is March 1, and I would give 30 days notice to move. It's not your problem if they have trouble finding a new place, 60 days is too long and will not make them feel any urgency.

I would enumerate the reasons they are being asked to move, basically they broke their contract with you, and that would be that.

The next time they left a rut in my driveway or on the side, I would make them move their car and hand them a shovel to fill in the ruts.

As for them preparing your feed for your horse......eh, that's touchy. I would mix up enough beet pulp and put it to soak in the morning, so that there was enough for the night feeding and the next morning's feeding. That way all they would have to do is serve it up. Remember, if you want it done right, do it yourself.

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Just adding that beet pulp is actually soaked to prevent choke, it expanding is a myth that has been disproven.
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Either way still not good lol :)
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post #8 of 27 Old 03-02-2014, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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I do not live there (15-30 mins away depending on time of day/rush hour). That is why I have to ask them to mix in the liquids and MSM. They want me to treat their horses as if they were my own when it comes to this stuff so I expect the same for my horse from them. They have asked me to soak one of their horses feed bcuz they believe he chokes on his food, so I do. Otherwise I would gladly do it myself all the time. Thank you all for your advice/opinions :)
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post #9 of 27 Old 03-02-2014, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Also my horse will pick out the beet pulp if I just soak that and then add it to his dry senior feed. We tried that lol :)
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post #10 of 27 Old 03-02-2014, 12:34 AM
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I agree with Dreamcatcher in that it has to be in a written format rather than verbal. It may sound a bit heavy, but I would consider a registered letter as proof that they did receive it. Hopefully you will never need the documentation, but without it they could simply say that they never received it.
Keep your writing on a professional level and as purely a matter of business.

I also might use this experience to create a nice set of rules/requirements for the next individual to sign.

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