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post #21 of 75 Old 09-06-2012, 12:18 PM
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Looking back on what happened to Char, Spanky and Katie I agree 100% with Dream. That demon woman wouldn't let me buy them from her for double the price she set.

Our new horses have our names all across their papers with no doubt as to whom they belong to.

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post #22 of 75 Old 09-06-2012, 12:24 PM
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Giving notice doesn't mean your horse has to be there. You can pack up, move and THEN give notice and pay up.

Don't burn bridges!

I recently brought my horse home from where he was boarded for various reasons. I didn't give a laundry list of reasons, say why I was unhappy or anything, just let them know that I decided he should be moved.

One week later my horse got into a fight over the fence with the neighbor's horse and sliced the back of his heel bulb open which required him to go on stall rest.... only I don't have a barn! I texted my old BO a picture of his owie and before the Vet even finished sewing him up, she was in my driveway with her trailer while her hubby was at the barn getting his old stall all ready for him.

Can't tell you how grateful I am that she dropped everything and hauled my horse back to her barn. Sure, there are 9 billion boarding facilities around here (literally..... since we are near the college) and I could have procured a stall at any one of those BUT my horse would not have been quiet, calm and ok with 24x7 stall rest as it would have been a new, strange place. Going back to his old stall and all his buddies? He would have RUN right on in (it was dinner time... LOL) if he didn't have an ouchy foot!
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post #23 of 75 Old 09-06-2012, 12:29 PM
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Did he heal up okay, Delfina?
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post #24 of 75 Old 09-06-2012, 12:39 PM
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Um. Many barns have a 30-day notice requirement, for good reason.
The OP sounds very suspicious and I would be right peeved off if I were your BO; taking items one at a time to keep suspicions down, then move without giving your barn owner a heads up? Bad business sense at best. Burning bridges in the horse world, small as it is, is not usually a good idea.
I've been released from 30 day contracts before by being honest, upfront and amicable to the parties involved. No sneaking around and up-and-leaving for me, thank you.
Even when I left a barn for its deplorable conditions, which happened gradually when I was there, I left on good terms. You never know what the future holds.
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post #25 of 75 Old 09-06-2012, 12:39 PM
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When I first moved down to kansas, I boarded my horse (other horse I left in nebraska as it was cheaper) with my friends coworker friend who had a few horses. Where I lived at the time I was smack dab in between two towns, so I focused on finding jobs in those two towns. (un)fortunetly the two jobs I had found were in the town that did NOT contain my horses, so a month goes by and TONS of gas as it was a 40 minute drive from one town to the other just to see my horse (3+ times a week)...needless to say I got sick of this pretty quickly. BEFORE I even started pursueing a boarding barn in town B- I let these people know what my plans were and that it was just too darn taxing for me to keep two jobs and come down to see my horse, so I NEEDED to move her (plus as good as the care was, their fences and pen with jagged crap all over i really wasnt impressed with). They told me i had to do what i had to do and that they understood.

Fast forward: found a great barn in town B 10 mins out of town, that provided great care and their place was horse friendly PLUS it was much cheaper per month than i was paying before so i was able to afford to bring down my older arab mare!

ANY hoo the owners of where i previously boarded, started telling our mutual friend that i was just a user and various other things (My board was paid in full for your services... I got NO free ride!). And that it was shady of me to move my horse on a day no one was home EVEN though I TOLD them what day I was coming!

Some people are just wacked, and they will always be that way.
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post #26 of 75 Old 09-06-2012, 12:40 PM
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Did he heal up okay, Delfina?
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Stitches came out this week and he is looking good!

Still on stall rest this week and next week we start limited turnout. Not sure when he's going to return home yet as he needs to stay calm and quiet (he's a Morgan, calm and quiet are NOT in his vocabulary!) until he's fully healed and since he loves his stall and that we rotate all his buddies in the stall next to him so he isn't lonely, I'm in no rush to get him back here..... hubby who is really tired of me driving to the barn 3x a day has other opinions.
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post #27 of 75 Old 09-06-2012, 12:48 PM
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also we bought a little farm here and once we fence a couple pastures off we will have room to take on One or two boarders... Now I can understand a 30 day notice if your a big barn that employes people and a trainer, but for a small barn?? I agree with not burning bridges (in the best of circumstances that cannot be helped!) but as long as my future boarders have the common courtesy to tell me whats up, and pay in full before their horse leaves the property, thats all that should be nessesary IMO. Thats what I did with the first barn (with not so great results) and thats what i did my the second barn (No bridges burned there.)
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post #28 of 75 Old 09-06-2012, 12:49 PM
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I'm glad to hear it's going well.

I've never had to board, but I would never leave without notice unless my horse or myself were in danger.

I have had horses out for training, and had one trainer get annoyed when I pulled the horse. After I explained why, she understood. But I did give her six weeks notice.
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post #29 of 75 Old 09-06-2012, 12:51 PM
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I gave two weeks nOtice at my first barn because there farm hand that only worked on Sundays forgot to feed the pasture my horse was in. Thank god i was working with him and fed him myself that night. She also forgot to shut one of the horses stall doors. Good thing I was there. And, she gets payed. If it were me I'd be paying more attention.

He bitched that I owe him $100 and I said yup and never payed. I'll never go back being that they refused to put a trough in my horses field too because he had a 'nice' pond to drink out of..the pond was absolute filth, the shed was always damp and gross Beause it was at the bottom of the hill and the one horse he was in with had no manners and would constantly beat him up and run him over. Not to mention the owner of the horse is a wack job.

Never again.
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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 gonna 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.

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