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.
Not sure where you figure it's extra money? In MOST cases you give 30 days notice, and STAY the whole 30 days. You only forfeit it if you leave early.
Say you pay board Sept 1st and give notice you will be leaving in 30 days, you stay till 9/30.
I guess I'm a good BO, everyone gives their notice and they stay the whole 30 days. Have had boarders go to another barn that better suited their needs and then come back. Most boarders though have left because they have either sold their horse (3) or loved my farm so much (and think it's a good life, no matter what I try to tell them) they buy their own farm (6) or move out of state (3). Once who moved 2 hours away still kept her horses at my farm for a year because she couldn't find a barn she liked better, in my price range and had a sane BO.
She was gone a year but came back 2 months ago.
I am not going to withhold care or love to a horse because the owner is leaving. I used to take it personally but still remained kind and professional, now it's just business and I'm still kind and professional.
They call my farm "Charlotte's Fat Farm" (because I do overfeed some, they are a little on the chubby side) and swear I take better care of them than they would.
The horses here are happy, fat and not beat up. They come and greet everyone with ears up and bright eyes (because normally we all have treats) I provide treats and carrots for the boarders to give to their horses.
I have had more than one boarder (5 that I can think of) who said their horses have changed since being here, that they are content and have a better attitude. At first I was like yea ok, all horses are happy! But after being told it several times I think it might be a little true.