Oh, I have no intention of cowardly dropping the letter for her to find. I just wanted help in what to say (both the letter and in person). I am required by contract to give 30 days written notice.
I KNOW she will want to know why and I'm worried I will start blabbing which will give her an opportunity to attack, cry, make excuses, crazy promises, etc. It's hard to know which way this will go! Some days she's very reasonable and others she's a complete nut. My family likes her as a person, but her business skills are questionable. *sigh*
I'm hoping I can be prepared when I do give notice. I want to practice what I should and should not say and just prepare myself. It will not be easy because I know she will feel betrayed. I won't even mention our coach...because that isn't the reason we are leaving (it's just the best option for us).
We are leaving because:
I'm paying for full care.
I'm receiving partial care. The horses are fed, given hay and their water is filled each day. That is it.
The water is often empty or dirty when I arrive in the evening. The BO only cleans the water once every 3 days or so.
The feeding times are inconsistent. My horse receives her breakfast between 5 and 11 in the morning and her dinner between 4 and 9 at night.
The hay quality is not as good and my horse has a small paddock with a round bale. She's getting fat.
The paddocks are never raked or spread. My horse is standing in manure up to her ankles because the BO is not rotating pastures or practicing good manure management.
The flies are awful due to poor manure management. There are piles of manure everywhere. The BO does not fly spray her horse (or ours).
The arena is in bad shape because they never drag it except once a week. Our horse is tripped and getting sore due to poor footing.
The barn cats are fed in the tack room/feed room. The feed barrel is left uncovered and they have defecated in the feed. I told the owner, she covered the feed for 2 days the. Started leaving the cover off again.
No one is on the property from around 8 am to 6 pm on weekdays. Tack rooms are left unlocked (to allow the cats access) and if a horse gets into trouble, no one is there to help.
My horse had been left blanketed for two days in 60+ degree temps (it was in the 40s at night, thus the blanket).
Farrier and vet services are spotty. Our mare is barefoot and gets trimmed every 6 weeks. Farrier only wants to come out if it's worth his time (multiple horses). Few other boarders and lesson horses only receive care every 60 to 90 days. So, I'm having trouble getting our mare the maintenance she needs.
*all of the above issues have been discussed with the BO numerous times in polite terms*
PROS - Two covered/lighted arenas and we have the place to ourselves because no one else is there.
At the new facility I will pay full full care and receive even more.
Manure is hauled away weekly. The pastures are dragged and horses rotated.
The BO fly sprays all horses as needed.
Farrier schedule is set for the year and posted (vet and worming schedule too). BO sends out reminders, you drop off the $$ and the service is taken care of. No muss, no fuss.
Feeding is done at the same time daily (a 30 minute window). Water is checked 3x per day and buckets cleaned daily.
Blankets are put on when temps drop below 50 and removed once they go above 50 again.
Owner lives and works on site. Horses are checked regularly throughout the day.
Locked tack room with assigned spaces. No pets allowed in tack or feed rooms.
Riding ring is dragged 1-2x per day to maintain footing.
CONS - busy barn with lots of kids (my daughter's age) and only one small uncovered riding ring.
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Last edited by HorseMom1025; 11-07-2013 at 02:40 PM.