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post #51 of 75 Old 09-07-2012, 04:57 PM
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post #52 of 75 Old 09-07-2012, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by aforred View Post
What is your contract like, if you don't mind my asking?

And what led you to choose this one over the others?

I like gathering information, if you couldn't tell. And I'd like to know what people look for in a boarding facility, so I know what to expect if I'm ever in that position.
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the contract at this barn was actually one of the less extensive ones out of all the places i went (i asked for a copy of the board agreement for each place i toured). it covers what is provided, terms of the agreement, cost and liability - so relatively short and sweet all things considered.

i ended up choosing this particular place because the owner/manager has 30 years of BM experience, knows a lot about feed/care of hard keepers, is willing to accommodate my "cranky" gelding, has a safe and clean environment with both stall and turnout, no limit of the feed necessary o keep my horse in good condition, plenty of room for my tack/equipment AND the boarders all raved about how great a place it is. given the cost and what is provided it was the best choice i could make financially and mentally (for my sanity as well as the care of my horse). granted it's a little more expensive and a little bit further than i'd like to go on a daily basis, but i think it will be best barn for this particular horse.

i have two more horses to find a place for in the future so i'm taking this as a learning experience. ;)
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post #53 of 75 Old 09-07-2012, 06:18 PM
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Thank you for sharing. It sounds like you've found a great place!
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i'm hoping so too! thanks :)
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post #55 of 75 Old 09-16-2012, 02:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Adam View Post
^^ This is a FANTASTIC piece of advice. ^^

I've always been able to give 30 day notice and not have a problem, however if I ever did feel there would be an issue, I'd just at the end of the month haul my horse home, go back in and pay, then give my 1 month notice. Your out the one month payment, but at least there will be no problems taking the horse home.
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post #56 of 75 Old 09-18-2012, 06:59 AM
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The only time i ever boarded I discovered there was a den of rattlesnakes near the barn.
I hate snakes so after being there for 2 1/2 months I paid the rest of the 6 months board in advance.
For 3 horses.
As I was loading up the BO blocked my truck and trailer so that I could not leave and called the Sherriff.
He tried to state that I was taking horses that were his.
I had to arab geldings and a TB mare.
The geldings were very waryof strangers and the TB mare difficult at times. she also would kick out and he knew this.
I told the sherriff deputy if he owned them let him catch them and unload the mare.
He refused to enter the trailer and the gelding would not allow him near them. I could catch them no problem.
the sherriffs deputy took him into custody for refusing to cooperate and getting violent.
There are some Crazy BO out there. Dreamcatcher I see your point. Shalom
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post #57 of 75 Old 09-18-2012, 07:16 PM
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I've never understood the whole 30 days notice thing, just because it seems kind of greedy for BO's to expect someone to pay for board when they are NOT going to be there.

Sure, you lose some monthly income, but you should have such a good budget, that losing a boarder doesn't disrupt it.

I mean, that's like a business owner (say...a dog groomer for instance with a repeat customer) charging the dog owner for a groom next month, when the dog isn't going to be groomed that month for...reasons. That's just dumb. If I had a business owner tell me "Oh, well, even though you aren't going to be buying/using our product/facilities next month, we still have to charge you anyway, because otherwise we will get behind on our bills." I would RUN.

And I know that a LOT of barns have the 30 days notice, so it's hard to avoid. But perhaps the BO's need a better marketing strategy or something if they have to charge boarders for leaving? Because isn't that what they're doing? Sure, boarders can still give notice that they're moving, whether it be a day, a week, or a month, but it's up to the BO to either find a new boarder to fill that spot, or be able to handle the expenses without that boarders' money.

Afterall, after that 30 days of "extra" board, the BO will be without if they haven't yet filled the spot. So just seems silly to charge it in the first place.

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post #58 of 75 Old 09-18-2012, 07:25 PM
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I understand the purpose of the thirty day notice to be a courtesy to allow the BO/BM to find a new boarder. It doesn't mean that you HAVE to pay for services you won't be using, and in fact, many don't. Many people plan things out and know well ahead of time that they will be leaving. And many BOs will waive the 30 day notice policy if the boarder is in good standing.
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post #59 of 75 Old 09-18-2012, 08:45 PM
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I own a couple of rental properties and the 30 day notice is indeed a good thing.
It allows me to paln ahead and to schedule cleanings and maintenance that might need to be done while the property is empty.
If I ever boarded again and wanted to move I would give the 30 days notice unless the BO was unreasonalbe then I would move the horse and pay for the 30 days.
Keeping your end of the bargain is important.
If my horse were in danger I would definetely move ASAP.
If the BO was negligent I would have them see me in court. Shalom
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post #60 of 75 Old 09-18-2012, 08:57 PM
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a 30 day notice is a common courtesy so the barn owner can have a chance to find someone to fill your stall. if you want to pay the 30 days and leave prior to that being up thats another thing. Ive never given any issues to anyone who decided to leave UNLESS they didnt give 30 days notice.
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