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post #11 of 75 Old 09-05-2012, 12:19 AM
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I gave my first BOs a notice and just double paid board so there was nothing they could do. They knew I was leaving and the most I got was a dirty look. They weren't going to treat my horse any differently because they were animal lovers, they are just the type of people that will do anything for money (always asking for donations and volunteers and offering all kinds of random services to make a buck), so when one of their only 3 boarded horses was leaving, they were losing a bit of money.

I work at my current barn at least 3 days a week and am there all the time, so I know all of the horses well. We've had people come and go. Rarely does someone leave because of us. In fact, I can only think of a couple of people who have left in the last year. One on perfectly good terms and is still a friend of the owners. She just had a better trainer opportunity elsewhere. The other was not perfect. The BOs are very nice and accepted her lie as truth because she had mentioned her situation a few times. It was a white lie and she never paid her 30 day notice.

The only other people who have left have been asked to leave. We never treated their horses differently before they left...mostly because we were glad they were leaving. Why leave them on even worse terms than they already are?
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post #12 of 75 Old 09-05-2012, 04:24 AM
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You know the saying "Don't burn your bridges"? Leaving without notice is doing that. Unless you are leaving a bad place, I would give some notice. I would like to at least have the option of being able to return if needed. Going without notice, you might not get that option.

I've only been at 3 barns. The first barn we didn't give notice and pulled them. I would never return there even if it was the last place on earth. We were there only 3 weeks. In that time, we ended up having to clean our own stalls and buy our own hay. They had people there to clean the stalls and they did have hay. They wouldn't clean our stalls, so we had to. Then they said that they didn't clean them because we were. The hay they was poor quality and they weren't giving ours any anyway. We knew they didn't because they never cleaned the aisle by the stalls. All of the other stalls had hay on the floor except ours. They used sunflower seed shells as bedding and our horse would eat them because he didn't get any hay, at least until we started doing things ourselves. Before we left, we documented the conditions there with video in case they wanted to take us to court. They never even tried.

The next stable we did give notice because we and our horses were treated right. My wife started working at a different stable, so we moved them. They were there for the winter but when spring came, we had a flood. All the horses were moved to the BM's parents. One of our horses got heaves while there. When they returned to the stable, they started to get treated badly. My wife was "laid off" so we moved them back to the second stable without notice.

So, long story short, if you don't care about leaving on nice terms and don't care about not going back, don't give notice.
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post #13 of 75 Old 09-05-2012, 10:08 AM
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Locking a horse in a stall and not caring for him properly is so ridiculous! How is it the horses fault the BO is pissed off or the horse owner didnt pay board? The horse is the one who gets punished unfortunately.
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post #14 of 75 Old 09-05-2012, 05:31 PM
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Most places I've been have been fine with notice. Up until recently I've never had problems boarding anywhere. Maybe it's because I tend to gravitate towards rescue barns with understanding operators but there are those people out there that act like petulant children when they find out people are leaving. For a lot of people horses are just business and they don't care about the fact they are living breathing animals. It's when you deal with those people the problems happen because losing a horse is losing money and I don't know many people who enjoy losing money. But it's not just the BO's fault. You have to be a good judge of character as well. Go and visit a barn and scope the place out before you move there and if it's just a short term thing then let them know before you put your horse there. Some people just find a barn and move their horses not really knowing the inner workings of it and then get all fluffed up when it's not what they wanted. Be proactive and talk to boarders. Plenty of them are willing to point out the bad qualities and if there are more bad then good try somewhere else.

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post #15 of 75 Old 09-05-2012, 05:48 PM
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ive mostly always had my horse at home....
we had my mare at my extrainers ranch for about 6-8 months.....looking back now i was REALLY lucky.

we had no contract...we were basically family. i was always at her house, always gointg to rodeos with her.

she never charged board, we paid for lessons but thats it. i borrowed her horses multiple times for rodeos and such...

right AFTER we moved my mare back to the ranch, she went crazy and started rumors, trying to get us kicked out of rodeos, shows, saying we "abused" my mare...

just thinking about how it could have turned out if she had stayed there longer....i could have been in the same situation as some of the people here....thats why we ALWAYS have contracts now for anybody that boards at our house.

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post #16 of 75 Old 09-05-2012, 09:37 PM
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I have a contract & it specifically states that no notice is required to leave. If someone doesn't want to be here they are free to go. I do like to know though so I can say goodbye to their horse, as sappy as that sounds.
I like my boarders but I love their horses.
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post #17 of 75 Old 09-05-2012, 09:55 PM
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somehow I am thinking the new gate code woulda been cummings turbo diesel.
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post #18 of 75 Old 09-05-2012, 10:15 PM
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People listen to Pats advice. It's rock solid. I have my horses at home and have for five years. but I've been taken advantage of by BOs and it seems they take it personally if you move. There are good ones out there but I'm two for two on the craziness and I always paid on time or early.
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post #19 of 75 Old 09-06-2012, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Joe4d View Post
somehow I am thinking the new gate code woulda been cummings turbo diesel.
Joe, the cop asked me how I would have handled the situation if it had been my horse. I told him that gate would have come DOWN, the horse would be hauled to my house and I'd probably be sittin in their lock up for assaulting the BO, but that's just me and I don't advise anyone to do that. He didn't agree (of course not, he can't) but he understood when he saw the situation.
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post #20 of 75 Old 09-06-2012, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Remember, I'm not saying don't pay your bills or follow the letter of your contract, but I won't give notice again, after everything I've read and seen.

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