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    03-26-2012, 04:07 PM
  #11
Trained
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Originally Posted by Katyusha    
I was quite pissed - and those reasons, more than the other reasons, are why I'm considering moving. I just can't wrap my head around how anyone would think that's ok.
That is TOTALLY different than her emailing you. I would definitely be looking, and in that area-there are LOTS of nice farms. To me the biggest difference there is what you want to do and how deep your pockets are. I like an indoor, which there are not too many of around there. I also ride western now, so that makes it nearly impossible! Lol (I live about 20 miles from Middleburg, if that) My guy is in MD now, because they have what I want for him.

I board at a small private barn during the summer when I live out of state. Sounds like about the same as what you have there. Only the BO is also my friend. EVen so-NOTHING is done with my boys that I do not OK. She always asks about shots, farrier, fecals, EVERYTHING. Nothing should be taken for granted. I have never been in a barn where they would bang a tail without asking, no less give vaccinations!

I somewhat like the anonymity of a large barn, and I tend to ride during the day when the teens are not around......but the small private is nice too....

Good luck-if you ride an English discipline you should be able to find something fairly close.
     
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    03-26-2012, 04:46 PM
  #12
Green Broke
I almost get the vaccination thing-so all the horses are done together, but youshould have been given a heads-up prior to the date. But, anyone messng w/your horses mane or tail in a way like that is un-acceptable. I would ask why it was done & let thm know your feelings about that. In a NICE way. Being so close to your home IS a big plus.
     
    03-26-2012, 05:25 PM
  #13
Weanling
I have been at some big barns of 100+ horses and as small as three boarded horses.

A few things I have noticed over the years... unless each boarder has thier own locked tack locker, stuff gets 'borrowed' and usually returned, but not always. This is true for any size place.

The personal care of the horses usually tends to be best at the ten to fifiteen boarded horses level. Less than that and the stable owners are not making enough money to make it. More than that and the don't have time to take notice of each horse.

At big barns, if you don't ride the specific main disapline, you are an outcast. At a small barn, if you don't ride the specific main disapline, you get looked at wierd and may have to answer a LOT of questions.

I have gotten phone calls before on why I was not out in a couple days from both the smal and the huge barns. I find that the smaller barns are better about contacting if there is a problem with your horse - ie injury.

I have been told that my horses were not welcome at a large barn because they did not want my driving horse - only Western riders. I have never had a small barn have a problem with my horse cart - other than I wind up giving a log of lessons!

I find that peopel in larger barns tend to be a bit more stressed out than at the smaller barns.

Then, from left field, concerning your specific situation... If someone touched my horses without my specific permission, I would be gone the day I found out. Even if I had to ride them out, we woudl not stay there.

I actually met a lady who did what I consider an 'emergency' move. She had kept her three horses at the same stable for several years where they had recieved excellent care. One weekend she goes out to ride and only two of her three horses are on the porperty. After a frantic weekend of trying to locate the missing horse, including police reports, it turns out the stable owner had borrowed him.

The stable owner went on a large four day trip and they were one horse short for the number of people they were taking... so without asking or even informing the horse owner, had the horse shod and took him for the four day camping trip.... I can't even imagine.

The very day they got back, the three horses were moved to the stable I was at.
     
    03-26-2012, 06:07 PM
  #14
Started
Wow that's crazy! Although... I have been to both large and small barns (business type and backyard private type) that have or will do all of the things mentioned here. It's all a matter of being clear with what you need/want, them being clear with their needs/wants/expectations and both parties coming to a mutually beneficial arrangement.
     
    03-27-2012, 11:39 AM
  #15
Foal
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Originally Posted by yadlim    
I have been at some big barns of 100+ horses and as small as three boarded horses.

A few things I have noticed over the years... unless each boarder has thier own locked tack locker, stuff gets 'borrowed' and usually returned, but not always. This is true for any size place.

The personal care of the horses usually tends to be best at the ten to fifiteen boarded horses level. Less than that and the stable owners are not making enough money to make it. More than that and the don't have time to take notice of each horse.

At big barns, if you don't ride the specific main disapline, you are an outcast. At a small barn, if you don't ride the specific main disapline, you get looked at wierd and may have to answer a LOT of questions.

I have gotten phone calls before on why I was not out in a couple days from both the smal and the huge barns. I find that the smaller barns are better about contacting if there is a problem with your horse - ie injury.

I have been told that my horses were not welcome at a large barn because they did not want my driving horse - only Western riders. I have never had a small barn have a problem with my horse cart - other than I wind up giving a log of lessons!

I find that peopel in larger barns tend to be a bit more stressed out than at the smaller barns.

Then, from left field, concerning your specific situation... If someone touched my horses without my specific permission, I would be gone the day I found out. Even if I had to ride them out, we woudl not stay there.

I actually met a lady who did what I consider an 'emergency' move. She had kept her three horses at the same stable for several years where they had recieved excellent care. One weekend she goes out to ride and only two of her three horses are on the porperty. After a frantic weekend of trying to locate the missing horse, including police reports, it turns out the stable owner had borrowed him.

The stable owner went on a large four day trip and they were one horse short for the number of people they were taking... so without asking or even informing the horse owner, had the horse shod and took him for the four day camping trip.... I can't even imagine.

The very day they got back, the three horses were moved to the stable I was at.
OMG...That is completely unacceptable!!

Well, I guess I have a lot to think about. Thanks for laying it out! There's a few things for me to consider. Like someone mentioned, being so close to my house is huge, but I think I just have to speak up and tell her what is and isn't ok.
     
    03-27-2012, 11:51 AM
  #16
Yearling
I have an extremely similar BO, very opinionated and vocal lol. I have dealt with it for 6 years because I am able to work off a portion of the board by helping with her other horses and I get the experience of riding a lot of different horses. She has taught me a huge amount about training as well. But it still remains that she is annoying! Lol. I would, in no uncertain terms, lay it out for her if she EVER did something to my horse without letting me know. As mentioned above it makes sense to have everyones shots at the same time, but I **** well better know about it! The tail though, that would really PI** me off, even though it's a small thing. Just tell her, flat out, do NOT do another thing to my horse without my knowledge or I will pick up and take him/her out of here so quick I'll be gone before the horse hair settles. I like the convenience and the facilities, I don't really want to leave, but this is NON negotiable.
     
    03-27-2012, 11:54 AM
  #17
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Katyusha    
OMG...That is completely unacceptable!!

Well, I guess I have a lot to think about. Thanks for laying it out! There's a few things for me to consider. Like someone mentioned, being so close to my house is huge, but I think I just have to speak up and tell her what is and isn't ok.
There are so many pros and cons to both situations. We run 30-40 horses at our facility. Large enough to not feel as though you are under a microscope, yet small enough to not be the 3rd Suzy.

Care at a small barn can be less than care at a facility with 100 horses. Depends on management. It's up to each person to ask when they interview and keep their horse where they feel most comfortable. Have a list of questions and ask. Maybe check out the larger barn and see if you like it before you decide to write it off.
     
    03-27-2012, 12:11 PM
  #18
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jacksmama    
I have an extremely similar BO, very opinionated and vocal lol. I have dealt with it for 6 years because I am able to work off a portion of the board by helping with her other horses and I get the experience of riding a lot of different horses. She has taught me a huge amount about training as well. But it still remains that she is annoying! Lol. I would, in no uncertain terms, lay it out for her if she EVER did something to my horse without letting me know. As mentioned above it makes sense to have everyones shots at the same time, but I **** well better know about it! The tail though, that would really PI** me off, even though it's a small thing. Just tell her, flat out, do NOT do another thing to my horse without my knowledge or I will pick up and take him/her out of here so quick I'll be gone before the horse hair settles. I like the convenience and the facilities, I don't really want to leave, but this is NON negotiable.
I think the real issue is that I don't want to burn any bridges. This lady isn't boarding for income; she's a neighbor down the road who just lets me board my horse there at her house. But she has foxhunt ride out, an arena with jumps and a small xc course, so it's a pretty sweet set up. She's really good friends with with two of my friends who live on her property and she's also friends with my landlord. Either way, there are some things that are unacceptable. Touching/doing things to my horse with out letting me know is out of the question. I can humor her on the other stuff. But I am going to go look at some other bigger barns (if they call me back!) just to see what they have.
     
    03-27-2012, 12:33 PM
  #19
Trained
Just curious if you ever spoke with her about tail banging incident? Or the vaccinations? If you haven't, it's very possible the problems could very easily be solved with a quick conversation with the BO. IMO your set up sounds pretty sweet and to be honest there'd have to be a lot more issues than you describe to convince me to move.
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    03-27-2012, 12:37 PM
  #20
Foal
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Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
Just curious if you ever spoke with her about tail banging incident? Or the vaccinations? If you haven't, it's very possible the problems could very easily be solved with a quick conversation with the BO. IMO your set up sounds pretty sweet and to be honest there'd have to be a lot more issues than you describe to convince me to move.
No, I haven't :(

I dread confrontation - I really do. But I know this has to be done.
     

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