Breaking Up with Your Barn
We have been at the same barn for three years and have a great relationship with the Barn Owner.
The care at out current barn is just ok. There is not one thing that I could point to and say, THIS is why we are leaving. Instead, it's a thousand little inconsistencies and irritants that have added up over time.
I almost always talk to the owner when something happens that I'm unhappy with or is a problem. I will say she usually tries to fix it. However, she may be slow to fix it, may talk about fixing it...but never actually does it, or fixes it for awhile before letting things go back to how they were before the fix. It's always different things and when one gets fixed, something else goes wrong.
I'm a very laid back and forgiving person and my horse is an easy keeper too. I have let a lot go over the years, because I love the facility and my horse wasn't "suffering".
But, I'm seeing the quality of care for both the facility and the horses decline. The impacts are small, but I don't want to wait for it to get so bad that my easy keeper is negatively impacted.
The BO tends to take everything personally...and I know she will take it hard when we leave. We are her longest boarder and only one of maybe three that is still there. I will give 30 days notice (per contract) and I want to try and leave on good terms. If care at the facility ever improves, I would love to return.
So, I need advice on what to tell the BO in my notice letter. I feel obligated to explain because of our long relationship.
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