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post #21 of 32 Old 01-31-2013, 06:04 AM
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I think you need a place where you can take care of your own horse yourself. From all the drama over details that is the only way I see you being happy. Sorry, but that is how I see it. You expect a LOT. Period. If I was the BO/BM-I would be praying you would leave. JMHO. Or-move him back to the trainers. Seems like you were happy there. I get the impression that if problem A is fixed, we will move on to another issue and the list (as illustrated above) is endless.......

No matter how many times you give it lip service, I don't think you think your horse can just "be a horse".

I also believe that possibly-just possibly-the BM/BO MAY know something you don't and have something to offer. I doubt very much that you, or the other boarders know everything. That attitude alone would certainly turn ME off from trying to help you.
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post #22 of 32 Old 01-31-2013, 10:23 AM
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Tazzie, I sent an email to her through her website. I doubt she'll have an open trainer policy since she's a trainer herself. I have zero interest in dressage training with my horse at this point, but I'm certainly willing to look into it. Her place is almost the same distance away as this one, but in opposite. It's almost an hour from my house and it's roughly 30 minutes from work. We'll see, though!
I hope it works out! There is a place near where I keep my horse, but I'm afraid it'd be quite the drive to you (I'm in Northern Kentucky). It also looks like a great barn, but probably more than you'd want to drive. The price is reasonable though. Here's the link, but I think the drive might get you. Sounds quite a bit cheaper than others you've seen though! StoneRidge Stables. They are building an indoor as well. Least there is a very large building that went up that appears to be an indoor! And I *think* in their craigslist ads I've seen they stated they had an indoor.
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I've seen them advertised on craigslist, too, Tazzie. Unfortunately, that's just too far away. I've looked at their site before. If I worked in downtown Cincy, it would be worth checking out, but it's probably take me 2 hours just to get there from Dayton after work, esp. With all the downtown traffic, construction and bridge work they're doing.
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post #24 of 32 Old 01-31-2013, 11:29 AM
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IMO, you aren't asking too much at all. I'd be PO'd if my horse wasn't getting outside every day as well, but I'm a stickler for that.
Keep in mind also that I've paid $800+ per month for worse boarding services, the price does not always determine quality.

If you are willing to move (sounds like you are) then if you need to move to a more expensive place, ask if there's chores or things you can do to reduce your board. I ride late, I'm usually the last boarder there, so I do night feed once a week to bring my board bill down, for example. Lots of places will be willing to work with you on that. But if they aren't then maybe you do need to find a way to make the extra cash to pay for the extra $100 a month, which is only $25 a week. I have friends who do sell Arbonne or Fifth Avenue and make decent revenue doing that. The ones who put a lot of time into it, actually live off the income!

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post #25 of 32 Old 01-31-2013, 12:15 PM
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What makes the other pasture dangerous? I've seen horses pastured with machinery of every description and not got hurt. Horses aren't that stupid and arabs are a little smarter. How does your contract read?
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I completely agree that horses are smart. The one I was referring to was at a different place. The woman there had just taken over the property from the previous owner and she had been a former boarder and told me about horses that had fallen and gotten stuck in water run off ditches that ran the entire length of the hills. She was talking about how she wanted to put in a drainage system and fill in the ditches. That, to me, was legitimately dangerous.

How does my contact read as far as what?
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I completely agree that horses are smart. The one I was referring to was at a different place. The woman there had just taken over the property from the previous owner and she had been a former boarder and told me about horses that had fallen and gotten stuck in water run off ditches that ran the entire length of the hills. She was talking about how she wanted to put in a drainage system and fill in the ditches. That, to me, was legitimately dangerous.
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Anything regarding ANY of the issues you are having. That would be a start.

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Theoretically, I'll be being an updated contract soon since board was increased starting February 1.

It states that my board amount, +$10/month for fan in the summer. "up to 1 scoop of grain", 2 flakes of hay fed twice daily. Stall cleaned daily. Turnout daily, weather permitting. Blanketing, change up to twice daily. Hold for vet and farrier. 1 saddle rack and cubby per horse. (They never cleared a cubby, but I don't care about that) Full use of indoor and outdoor arenas and round pen.

I can't think of the rest. I'm at work posting on my phone and it's not something I carry with me.
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post #29 of 32 Old 01-31-2013, 01:54 PM
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I would so not ever sign a boarding contract stating that. A piece of paper should not dictate what a horse is fed IMO.
The blanketing is nice, around here its one blanket on in the AM and off in the PM, no blanket changes.
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post #30 of 32 Old 01-31-2013, 02:21 PM
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I was thinking it'd be too far away :/ I'll keep my eyes peeled for anything further north!
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