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    08-04-2013, 08:33 AM
Totally agree with Anebel and Dreamcatcher. Get out, THEN tell them you won't be back. Only time I give 30 days is my seasonal place that I go year after year. THey know when I come and go. OTher than that-if it is a care issue-nope-not a chance.
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    08-04-2013, 02:07 PM
Wow, you guys have me very worried now. I wish I didn't have to worry about the $450 I'm losing. This new place is 550, that's a total of 1k for both boards if I do move! Well, I do have to get the vet out before we do move to give my horses the Potomac Fever vaccine, it's now a scare in my area. Also, I need to contact the vet my new one was with up north and get them to fax/email me his vaccine records because for some reason I forgot to request them ugh :(

You guys have been very helpful and I do appreciate it. At first my mother was just kind of disapproving the move because it had only been one time without water and the stall was getting done by me. It took some convincing, though she now does see what is happening. She is not a horse person, but she works with someone who is- her coworker said that I'd never be happy be with any boarding facility and sometimes I need to take and give.

I say piss off, if I'm paying as much as I am and NOT on self care, when my horses are not taken care of as they should be- game on.
    08-04-2013, 02:26 PM
Since I've done both, boarded and now keep my horses at home, I know what it takes to keep them happy and healthy. I also know that in a boarding situation, you are not going to get the kind of attention for your horse that you give him at home. It's not their horse, no reason why they should give him that kind of attention. As long as the stalls are picked 2X/day (a lot more often in a show barn) and they're fed on time, and NEVER allowed to run out of water, you're getting pretty much what you're paying for. Letting the horse run out of water is a deal breaker for me and I've fired barn help for that. ONE time and you're gone, so I would move from a boarding facility that let my horse run out of water or if I found the water or waterer consistently dirty.

I will compromise a little on that, I have a trainer who is an old cowboy and he just doesn't see the need to clean water tubs. I want my horses water clean enough for ME to drink it. He's an awesome trainer, great with my horse and my horse worships the ground he walks on AND he's beyond reasonable in price. I take a jug of bleach and a brush with me and clean my horse's water barrel once a week.

Does he give my horse the kind of attention I do, no, but he figures that's my job and he's right. The horse is well fed and when he's trained, he's TRAINED, I never have to worry about holes in his training, ever. So, it's worth a little "give" on my part. Pick your battles carefully.
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    08-04-2013, 03:17 PM
I definitely understand the picking your battles. If my horses stall wasn't picked PERFECTLY, I would do it. Because their job is to clean it of poop and urine, not to pick EVERY SINGLE minuscule piece of poop that cannot be picked up by a pitchfork...I just like to. I understand that his water buckets won't be cleaned daily, I understand. I will do that myself. But the second my horse's FROG starts to crumble off because lack of cleanliness in his stall- I get pissed. That is not acceptable. I've been there a few times where it looked like his stall hadn't been cleaned in 2 days. The run-in in the field my other horse is in, his field buddy thinks its a litter box. I've cleaned it twice now, but when there is TOO much manure in there to the point where they cannot stand, that's what I put my foot down(and the workers won't clean it). I give and take a little, but for the amount I'm paying I do except more. My breaking point is the fact that there was no water. Right after that is when I started searching for new places.

Especially since my horse is on stall rest and per vet's orders must be in there. He had surgery and is NOT ready to go back to field board.
    08-04-2013, 04:19 PM
Yep, no water is a major deal breaker. I used to commute between OK and TX for work. Gone 3 days and back for 4. I went out one day when I had just gotten home, middle of summer, height of the drought, probably 110 F and found no water in the broodmare pasture. I called the guy who worked for me and fired him on the spot. Not acceptable.

I agree with the filthy stalls too. I can't stand it if the stalls only get picked once a day, never mind not picked for 2 or 3, I'd have a FIT over that one. So, I'm with you, time for a new place.
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    08-04-2013, 11:55 PM
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I have a firm belief here. If they break contract by not caring for your horse, you take the horse, 30 days or not. They didn't live up to their end of the contract which I feel makes it null.
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    08-05-2013, 01:54 PM
Well, last night I totally hit my breaking point. I had gone out tack shopping(more like hoarding) with a barn friend. We get to the barn at 7 PM and no one had fed/watered/mucked etc. They do it at 5. Thank GOD BO was out mowing grass. We confronted BO and he was quite obviously pissed. Well, the same girls who are continuously slacking on their job show up at 7:15. BO pretty much bit their heads off. So they get to doing their chores, and finally get to muck my horses stall(one on stall rest) I take a look after and it was a pathetic job. For a horse that is in there all day, they took maybe 5 minutes. I picked up the pitchfork and did it myself.

Well another boarder happened to be there, she confronted them face to face. I personally can't, because I don't enjoy confrontation. I just suck it up and do it myself. Well, said boarder went after them for doing a shoddy job. Made them re-muck. Even after the second mucking, it was still not ideal. This horse is too on stall rest, has only been for about 4 days. He ALREADY has thrush from unclean conditions.

So right before they leave I stop to ask the workers if the two horses on stall rest have been fed, it didn't look like they had. THEIR ANSWER, I KID YOU NOT:
"...I thought you fed them."
So they are now ASSUMING we are feeding them just because we're there. NO. That is NOT how this works. I was completely LIVID. I actually started crying I was so pissed off. I'm going to ask BO if I can leave sooner, he's not the type of person to be shady; the workers are.
    08-05-2013, 03:07 PM
JUST LEAVE. He's not going to give you a refund, barns just don't do that. It's your horse, your responsibility for his welfare. Yes, you're paying and not getting what you're paying for, shame on them. If you stay after all of this, SHAME ON YOU.
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    08-05-2013, 04:23 PM
I definitely am not staying, and I DEFINITELY don't expect a refund LOL
I'm just waiting for a response from the girl at the new barn about my vaccine records for my horses. Once she gives me the okay, I'm going to ask about coming sooner...then I'll call the trailer guy.
    08-06-2013, 06:28 AM
This is a moot point because of stall rest, but if I'm about to feed and there is an owner there, I'll ask them if they want me to feed or not. It's both something they like to do and something I prefer them to do, because if I feed them at 9 am, and they start riding at 9:15, there might be issues. If the owner does not tell me, and I don't ask them, I will feed. This has worked against me once, when someone had a fit because she forgot to tell me she fed after her ride. (Same person later left because I 'wasn't feeding' her horse and she thought me mucking 2x a day, when she was only paying for 1x a day, wasn't enough.)

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