Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
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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Last edited by usandpets; 09-05-2012 at 05:26 AM.