Let me clue a few of you in. I am a Barn Owner and I have a 30 day clause in my contract. I don't enforce it, if you want/need to move, then by all means, do what you gotta do. Unless I have sent a horse out for training, which by its very nature is temporary, I haven't boarded a horse off my own property for at least 20 years. I'm merely going off what I've read on various boards and my NASTY experience with a BO last weekend. I was merely the hauler, not the horse owner.
To ME, and it's my opinion only, to have a boarder give notice (paid in full til the end of the month, receipts in hand) and then go out and change the code for the property gate and to tell her that she may not come in to see her horse without police, and then to refuse entry to the property even with the police in attendance, is a lot less than ethical or good business sense. This BO has lost several boarders in the last month and I suspect, is going to be losing a whole lot more real soon.
In the beginning, she told the police the boarder was the problem. The officer who was there to keep the peace the day we moved the horse came in expecting the boarder to cause a ruckus and found out very quickly that the boarder was not the problem. For instance, she wanted the month of Sept. Paid before she'd let the horse go, so I had the amount in cash (the boarder preferred not to have to even speak with her) and counted out the full amount in front of her and 2 officers. She had insisted on cash, no checks, cashier or otherwise. I had a receipt written out, YES for the poster who thinks I'm very suspicious I AM, and she didn't want to sign the receipt and said she'd get her own receipt book. Ok, that works. OOOPS, can't find her receipt book but still wants the cash and to not sign a receipt. Yeah, NO, not going to work. That caused a ruckus because I won't back down on something like that.
The BO had told me the horse in question was a destructive and difficult to load horse, so I had the boarder get a tranq from her vet so we could make sure not to have any issues. I told her to go with my husband and tranq the horse first, so while it took effect we could move her stuff 2nd. The BO stepped in and refused to open the stall and made them move the items first and then complained when we hadn't tranq'd the horse first......Getting the picture here?
The officer and I had a discussion at the end, where he mentioned numerous calls in the recent past, to this facility and how he now had a pretty good idea that all these boarders were not the problem.
I would not in any circumstances be giving notice with my horse on any property after this little goat rope. Yes, I'll pull the horse, and call later and say we're not coming back. I do not feel that someone should have to pay 30 days on top of 2 weeks notice, so thus, giving 6 weeks notice, when the board for the current month is paid in full. There's a lot of shady folks out there and because of that, I now feel how I feel. It is ENTIRELY up to each individual how they handle their own situation, I'm merely expressing my views.
The horse, by the way, was an angel and walked right into my trailer and only complained when we got stuck in traffic and he got hot.