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post #11 of 27 Old 03-02-2014, 01:45 AM
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Originally Posted by GamingGrrl View Post
Just adding that beet pulp is actually soaked to prevent choke, it expanding is a myth that has been disproven.
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That MAY be true but i used to give my mare strategy. The dry pellets soaked all the water out of her and she analy prolapsed from dehydration. Started soaking it after than she no more issues.
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post #12 of 27 Old 03-02-2014, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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We have been using email for this kinda stuff that way there is a paper trail and we can say we sent it. Most of the time we get a reply back. Now we are probably going to email it to them and post it on their stalls (it's a 3 stall barn, so it's just me and them.) I will also click the " sender recipt button" and keep it professional. Believe it or not lol we have a laminated set of rules posted in the tack room and the barn isle lol. But it will be something to add to the rules. Always a learning experience.
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post #13 of 27 Old 03-05-2014, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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In case anyone is wondering about an update, these boarders got their notices to leave (which I wrote professionally, basically stating their draft horses have outgrown our farm faster than we thought). They are being rude about everything. We have been getting round bales around the 1st of every month. We got 6 round bales (I bought 2, my Godfather, the owner of the property bought 2 extra) plus the 2 the boarders pay for (6 total). Thinking 3 would last one month and we would have 3 the next month. They went through 6 round bales in 1 month. It's been too muddy here to get a truck and trailer of round bales to our farm and the farmer we get it from said he's not selling any right now due to his farm being muddy. We told the boarders we would get some for this month as soon as the weather clears up. I get a text message from them "the horses need hay today. There is none left. What time is it coming?" There are enough scraps to last a few more days for the weather to clear up. I told them what I just stated about the farmer and weather. Then they got an attitude with me and my Godfather. They are costing us money (the two extra bales my Godfather bought). So he told them "I will give you your hay money back and your on your own about getting hay." The cost of round bales here was originally $40 when we started but went up to $50 feb 1st. So feb 1st I emailed them (so it would be in writing) that the price of hay went up $10 so the price of board is going up $10 and if they weren't okay with that they are more than welcome to move their horses anytime. They paid $175 per horse instead of $185 (what we had to raise it to).
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post #14 of 27 Old 03-05-2014, 01:36 PM
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How long do they have be fore they have to leave?

Keep an eye on your stuff as they may steal from you. This cold get ugly. Be prepared and be careful.
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post #15 of 27 Old 03-05-2014, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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We have been including the round bales in board and we originally told them we would get it around the 1st of every month give or take weather. They never had an issue with that until now. /We gave them 30 days from today. Our contract doesn't say we have to give them notice at all. Yes I'm about to lock everything except like grooming supplies in my trailer. Thank you, I will.
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post #16 of 27 Old 03-05-2014, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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This is getting ridiculous. My Godfather just told me the boarders left the hose on when they fed the horses this evening. They know better than that. My Godfather put a lock on the hose and said he will be taking care of the water trough from now on. he suggested that he and I feed my horse because he doesn't think they will during their shifts anymore.
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post #17 of 27 Old 03-06-2014, 02:36 PM
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Take a breath, relax. I've left the hose on a few times at the barn on accident before. It's a pain but it happens, I wouldn't stress over that one - it will give you more of a headache then anything else.
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post #18 of 27 Old 03-06-2014, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432 View Post
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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I totally agree, but I think that I may document it in a written letter. You never know and you never want a "he said, she said" situation.
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post #19 of 27 Old 03-06-2014, 10:05 PM
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sounds like your property isn't big enough to be boarding anyway. I would just keep my own and no others.
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post #20 of 27 Old 03-06-2014, 10:14 PM
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Having owned and found boarding for two draft crosses I haven't had an issue finding a facility. The place we are at now was under the impression our horses ate MORE than your average horse... However, they in fact act LESS. She didn't have to grain or hay them during the summer and they were fat enough to be forced to muzzle them one day on and one off. They were on 3 acres of nice grass though.

So if pasture is good in the area, they should be able to debunk people hesitating to take on drafts.

Make on the subject though, I would follow what others have advised. Written notice that they have X amount of days to leave your facility. You've been more than generous with them and it is clear they don't appreciate what has been granted to them for a small favor in return. In the meantime, if you are willing to take new boarders, start listing again.

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