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    03-27-2012, 12:58 PM
  #21
Trained
You really need to talk to her then, this could be a really easy fix. I don't know if you've boarded elsewhere before, but I've read/heard plenty of horror stories from other boarders about what they endure to find a good barn.

Don't think about it like a confrontation. It's a discussion and those aren't so bad. ;)
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    03-27-2012, 01:02 PM
  #22
Foal
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Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
You really need to talk to her then, this could be a really easy fix. I don't know if you've boarded elsewhere before, but I've read/heard plenty of horror stories from other boarders about what they endure to find a good barn.

Don't think about it like a confrontation. It's a discussion and those aren't so bad. ;)

Oh alright. Thanks for putting it into perspective for me :)
     
    03-27-2012, 01:22 PM
  #23
Trained
No problem! It's a lot easier to see from the outside sometimes :) Good luck!
     
    03-27-2012, 01:52 PM
  #24
Yearling
I've boarded at mostly larger barns in the past.

Two of them being show barns. One had about 70 horses and the other had about 50. They both had amazing facilities. The first one, however, had an owner that would be your friend one second and then stab you in the back the next. Needless to say we left there. The next one was absolutely wonderful and I had no problems with it. All of the horses were well cared for and the people were very nice.

The last barn I was at had over 100 horses but the facilities weren't nice or suited for that many horses. The owners were just in it for the money (I don't know why they chose horses then). The majority of the horses were unthrifty and often most injuries/illnesses would go unnoticed until the owner took the horse out. The people were very nice though.

The place I'm at now would likely be considered semi-private. There's about 25 horses, ten of them being the owner's. They are all show horses and all of the horses are taken care of wonderfully, they have nice facilities, and all the people are nice.

As for them taking out your horse without your consent, I would definitely have a serious talk with the owner. It'd be interesting to hear why they did that. Good luck!
     
    03-28-2012, 03:37 PM
  #25
Foal
Definitely talk to your BO about the vaccinations.

I've boarded at both public and private barns. Where I am at now, because I am quite close with the owner, my horse gets thrown in on things like vaccinations with the rest of the herd. (Have been at a private barn for almost six years now).

It is quite possible she thought she was doing you a favour, regarding vaccinations.
     
    03-28-2012, 04:05 PM
  #26
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Katyusha    
Joe, you're absolutely right. My husband always tells me, "just humor her."

Alright, there were a few other things I didn't mention; My horse's tail was banged with out asking me and he was vaccinated with out telling me. Now, I know he needs his shots, but is it normal for people just to go do things to your horse without telling you or asking you?
It depends on your original agreement. I keep my horse in a similar situation. The property owner is a horse trainer/seller but it is not his sole income. He is not a boarding facility. The only horses are his private horses, the horses he is working with and training, and those that are for resale. It is myself and 1 other person who keeps a horse on a monthly basis for board.

The expectation in my board is that he will provide wormings and ticking. He also keeps an eye on my horse for overall health, but now that Sam is in the pasture, it is a distant eye. He will also provide shots, which I reimburse him for and if the farrier is coming out and it is time will include Sam in the appointment. I pay for shoes.

He does not have to tell me first if he is going to vaccinate, worm, or detick Sam. I told him in the beginning to just include my horse in his routine and let me know the expenses. I showed up on Sunday and he deticked all the horses and Sam was included. I am at the barn often enough that I am aware when the farrier is coming and will identify if I want Sam included or not.

On one hand, it is good that you have someone who is paying attention to your horse in your absence. She may be very worried that you will think she is not doing her job so she comes over the top.

Does she expect you to self-care for your horse? That may be the other reason she is contacting you. She may be happy to board your horse, but if you are absent she feels that the horse is being neglected and uncared for.
     
    03-28-2012, 04:14 PM
  #27
Yearling
I agree with MNTigerstripes. Have a casual talk with the BO. I wouldnt be surprised if she thought she was just helping out. Sounds like a good facility and it is nice and close, you have friends there, I would think very carefully before leaving it.-
You can just say "Thanks for arranging the vaccinations, can you let me know ahead of time next time? I like to be there." Also, "Thanks for cleaning up my horse's tail. I think I am going to try to grow it out as long as possible now."-
Give her a chance. :)
     
    03-28-2012, 04:16 PM
  #28
Yearling
What is tail banging? I thought it was a typo... it sounds like a really big deal.
     
    03-28-2012, 04:21 PM
  #29
Trained
Trimming a Horse's Tail- How to Bang a Horse's Tail - Banging a Tail
     
    03-28-2012, 04:28 PM
  #30
Yearling
Thanks MN Tigerstripes. I was picturing banging as in smashing!

Well, I learned two things today.

1) Google is your friend even when you think it is a typo.

2) Horses can have bangs too.

Not sure what your breed of horse is, OP. I completely understand why you are upset with the land owner. (How much did she take off??) That's the nice thing about boarding from a guy I guess. He barely grooms his horse's saddle areas, no worries about him playing barber on my horse's tail!

Actually, he is not that bad about grooming his horses. And, I did ask him to shave the inside of Sam's ears when he removed some nasty tick scabs and put ointment in them. And he can put a really nice face trim on a horse. But, he is less inclined to take the initiative of someone else's horse without a request first.
     

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