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post #31 of 51 Old 02-11-2009, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by kershkova View Post
the first move was because my trainer was moving to a differn`t barn.

She locked us in a stall one time and called us bitchs and hoes
Umm yeah... I am pretty sure that you could have pressed charges for that...
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post #32 of 51 Old 04-14-2009, 06:01 PM
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Considering Leaving

I loved my barn for many years and never thought I'd leave but the dynamics have changed over the years. The care of the horses is great - no complaint there. There is access to great trails and all went well for 7 years until I got a different horse that needs alot of training. Over the years, adults left the barn and now there are about 7 or 8 teenagers and only 5 adults. I can only ride around 3:00 when all the "kids" are there. They have totally taken over the big ring which has jumps set up and they jump. They also school the owner's horses. I'm am left with a smaller ring which is not graded, is up and down hill and has tree roots sticking up, which trip the horses. I used to love the quiet and companionship of an adult barn and find myself just getting stressed out now when I go to the barn. (Oh! it's important to know that I work all day with adolescents and crave adult company in my "hobby" time with my horse.) Also I want to work on schooling and training my horse, which is very difficult with 6 or 7 kids zooming around every which way. I pay full board, which is pricey in this area of the country - $800 a month. Many of the kids don't have their own horses and I don't know what their deal is. It's all very sad to me and I'm grieving the loss of the barn I once had. The only other barn in the area that offers comparable care is 45 miles away and a commute for me. I feel very loyal to this barn but feel that it's no longer working for me. Thought I'd post this perspective because it's not your usual dilemma. Any thoughts?
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post #33 of 51 Old 04-28-2009, 10:41 AM
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The first place I boarded had 75 horses on less than 10 acres. Every pasture was mud. Some days my horses were given hay, other days they weren't. The BO would use my Racking horse for lessons, and when i asked her to stop she became belligerent. They never seemed to notice if anything was wrong with the horses and because of this several horses died on that farm in the two years I was there. The final straw was when the BO's son kicked my Quarter horse. I was glad to get out of there. next i tried self care. But the BO was a control freak and she never liked the way we did anything. We always tried to conform to her wishes but she was never happy. We left there and went back to paying for full care. The place we are currently at is wonderful and they even have their own tack shop.
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post #34 of 51 Old 05-08-2009, 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Got2Gallop View Post
Also since all horses were brought in and grained in their stalls at night and none of them would have seen Lily getting her grain since I would bring her in an hour before the other horses when I got off work, it wouldn't have caused any issues for the BO in the pasture.
Sorry, I have to laugh. Yes, it would cause problems for the BO.
If one of my horses was brought in early & given grain you can BET that the others horses would know what was going on! While you are only concerned with one horse, she considers the herd.

This is also setting your horse up for resentment & retaliation by the other horses for her special treatment. You may be her owner but if she is to be part of the herd she has to appear to respect the herd heiarchy. And believe me the lead mare & the spoiled brat will notice & get back at her.
It is the Nature of the Herd (a pecking order if you will), dont mess with it so your horse doesnt have to pay for your attention. Do you really want to put your horse through this?

Let the BO do what she is paid for.

"If your gonna act like a turd...go lay in the yard."
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post #35 of 51 Old 05-10-2009, 07:53 PM
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I guess my prior post was premature. I caught the BO shorting my horses hay several times and discussed it with them and they seemed fine. Today I went out and they were in the process of feeding. Well they were shorting my horses hay again and I questioned them and then it just hit the fan. They started calling me the "hay police" and tried to order me off the property. So now I have to find a new place to board once again.
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post #36 of 51 Old 05-11-2009, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Racker View Post
I guess my prior post was premature. I caught the BO shorting my horses hay several times and discussed it with them and they seemed fine. Today I went out and they were in the process of feeding. Well they were shorting my horses hay again and I questioned them and then it just hit the fan. They started calling me the "hay police" and tried to order me off the property. So now I have to find a new place to board once again.
Shorting hay?
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post #37 of 51 Old 05-11-2009, 12:18 PM
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Yes. Not feeding enough hay.
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post #38 of 51 Old 05-16-2009, 09:18 PM
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Well I moved my horses yesterday to a new facility. Hope things go smoothly.
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post #39 of 51 Old 07-03-2009, 04:42 PM
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Well at my barn there were many issues it started in april or may and it started with someone saying I was cruel to my horse (when I wasnt, I didnt do anything ) my horse was having a bad day that day, and she taught I was doing everything wrong because I wasnt trained by her trainer =S, so we tryed to resolve it and move on but then the barn owner got in it and was saying when we came into the barn that everything changed and that I was the problem and now its july and were moving on the 15th,

so if u have problems and cant deal with it and just dont want to go back to the barn than I say move but if u can deal with it and dont want to move than dont, try to resolve it at first,
thats what I think.
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post #40 of 51 Old 07-03-2009, 06:39 PM
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I was at a barn that went through 3 different managers, as the owners own a couple other properties too. The owners are great, and the first two managers were very nice. The last manager I didn't like at all. She did okay at first, but then she started getting after all the younger boarders who didn't take lessons from her, and she was more concerned with giving lessons, and going to her regional and national shows than she was taking care of the barn. None of that really bugged me though until a) my Thoroughbred tore her superficial flexor tendon almost completely through, and being a high strung horse, my vet wanted me to ride her on hard flat ground at a walk, after 2 months, and work up to a trot. When we discussed that, the BM was right there, and said that it was okay for me to ride my horse around the outside of the turn out arena at no faster than a trot, as long as there weren't any horses in the arena. Then a few weeks later she came up to me and told me that I wasn't allowed to do that, as riding outside an arena stirred up the other horses, understandable, but then seconds later right in front of her, two of her students went galloping down one of the barn aisles, and she didn't say anything, and it started becoming a regular occurance. and b) my dads horse colicked one night, and there was no one in charge on the property, so some boarders had to get my horse out, and walk him around, while another one broke into the house to get our number, cause they couldn't get a hold of anyone else to get a hold of us. Needless to say, we found out that the BM was gone at the Arab nationals, and had put an 18 year old in charge of 100+ horses. The girl came for a couple hours in the middle of the day, gave lessons, then went home to her own horses she had to care for. The owner of the ranch came up to talk to us the next day when we had to put our horse down, and talked to us about what was going on, and when told that the BM had been gone for a week, said they had no idea, and that the contract was violated because they had not been notified by the BM that she was not going to be there for 2 weeks. I can not blame the actual having to euthanize my horse on the BM not being there, as he would have had to be put down anyways, but he definately would have suffered a lot less if there had been someone in charge to catch it sooner, and take charge of the situation. Shortly after that I had to sell my mare, and I've never been back to that ranch, even though the BM bought her own place a few months after I sold my horse. I do respect that barn managers and or owners have a lot on their plate, and might seem to be a little short, or picky, ect., but that they are just trying to look out for the best interests and issues of everyone at their place, but there are some things which are just totally unacceptable to do.
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