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post #71 of 75 Old 10-14-2012, 09:23 PM
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lmao Great advice!

I was totally paid up and told the manager I was THINKING about changing locations due to gas prices rising and wanted something a little closer to home. Within a few days I get this rude email saying I'm 3 months behind and in 10 days if I don't pay amount IN FULL they will sell my gelding at auction. Infuriated I went with all my back statements showing them cashing the checks I wrote each month. They said it wasn't enough "proof" and come again when they have a lawyer present. The next day was a local polo tournament (which is what most of the barn comprised of) so I went and picked up my horse and never heard from them or their lawyer since. technically I didnt give 30 days BUT can you blame e? They were going to try to steal my horse even though I had paid board. One person did inquire where we were headed and I said to the beach. case closed.
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post #72 of 75 Old 10-14-2012, 10:02 PM
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Wow! Just wow!!!!

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post #73 of 75 Old 01-02-2013, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
I'm going to peeve a whole bunch of barn owners out there but I've really heard, read and experienced ENOUGH.

D O N ' T EVER give notice when you're moving your horse. It seems like lately everyone is using the notice for crazy stuff to keep people from their horses.

Make sure you are paid up on your horse board bill. Find a new place to take your horse(s) and pay for a stall as of a certain date. Hook up your trailer or hire a hauler to go pick up your horse.

Example: June 1, pay your board bill in full. Go find a new place and pay for a new stall starting June 15. Start taking your stuff home a couple items at the time so that you don't have a huge packing job on the day. On June 15 go pick up your horse. If the anyone asks where you're going you have 2 choices. Either tell them it's none of their business or make up that your horse is going to the vet or a show or on a trail ride. Move the horse, call the barn after you're gone and tell them you're not coming back. If they scream about 30 days notice, tell them you're giving them 2 weeks (since you already paid for the whole month) and tell 'em to sue you for the rest.

They won't bother, it's not worth the time and money. Even if they do, show up and argue why you shouldn't have to give notice and cite these crazy threads and stories about people who have given notice and had nothing but heartache because of it. They probably won't prevail.
Thought we knew the person because they were recommended by a professional. We were told someone was on site 24/7. What they didn't say was it was a quarreling, drunken couple who had nothing to do with the horses.

No one seemed to run the barn. Boarders cleaned, fed and turned out horses. Could never reach owner even when we had emergency. Folks, the board on this facility was $1000/mo.

Finally caught him at barn and said we were moving and asked what we owed (we'd been there 3 weeks, owner kept saying they'd let us know board due). Sometimes barns charge a higher daily rate and that's what we didn't know. Anyway, he sent text with total and said just leave check on counter when we leave. Got to barn and horse was padlocked. Cut the lock and sent a text check was at the barn. Psycho!!!
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post #74 of 75 Old 01-22-2013, 10:51 PM
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This all is why we take first and last month's board up front. Had one bats-crazy yank 3 horses is the dead of night on the 3rd day of the month. Worked out great for us - $$$ in the pocket and a cleansing of some ridiculous baggage!
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post #75 of 75 Old 01-22-2013, 11:16 PM
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This really depends on the barn you board at, and you should know your barn owner/staff's reaction to people leaving, having probably seen other people leave. At my barn, people come and go for different reasons.....sometimes seasonal, training reasons, or they think they found a better deal. Our barn owner would never intentionally burn bridges with people, because oftentimes they come back.

We did have this one lady who gave a month's notice and got really paranoid. She started asking people to keep an eye out for her horse to make sure he wasn't neglected during that last month. Seriously? At a big barn, people come and go. This lady had been there long enough to know that our BO would *never* mistreat a horse because the owner wanted to move.

I have heard of some really looney barn owners where you would want to maybe spend the extra money to pay for that month or several weeks in advance and, as the op said, get the heck out of there one day. So long as you have paid for that month and that gives them time to find a new boarder, that is fair. I wouldn't expect to go back to that barn any time soon
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