Frustrated with Boarding
Hi there I don't post a lot here, mainly read threads and lurk. This is mainly a little rant of mine....no...long rant...feel free to ignore.
I have a horse, he is big but not huge. (16.3 hand high) he's an American Cream/Lusitno and is a cuddly horse who just loves to please. He's a great horse to ride and be around. I can crawl all over him and he just stands still and lets me do anything. I give my boyfriend Lessons on him (and I use the term lessons VERY lightly, its mainly me walking obi around while my poor boyfriend tries to control him haha)
I have gone through 2 barns. On my thrid at the moment I always look for horse boarding in fear he's going to be a horrible nightmare with the new barns I join and I even tell/warn the barn owners what others and even the previous owner has told me of him. And tell them my situations I am in. I do not get upset if the barn I am looking at declines me over it.
First barn: (New Lesson Barn)
I bought him back in 2010. And moved him to a friends barn and started taking lessons with him, he was trained in Dressage and jumping. I was excited to do trail riding and training with her and her horses. Not even 3 weeks being there another horse attacked him. And he still has the scars on his butt and sides and one on his neck..to show for it. I moved him to a private section while he was healing and dismissed it as horses will be horses and didn't let it get to me. He was happy being in his own little feild and I visited him almost everyday to every other day.
A few months later we tried to re unit him with the other horses in the field beside him and all seemed well. Me and my friend as well as the barn owner checked on them and at night would seperate them. One day he was chased through a fence, and hurt his leg. I fixed the fence and apologized, offering to pay for any damages. Everything settled again and we went on with keeping him away from the others.
I asked when the farrier would be coming and she told me the day, and a vauge time. I had to work so I told her my situation and she said they could handle him. I was relived as I worked with him for weeks to be good with picking his feet up (I have had horses who rear up and flail around and hate it so good feet manners is a must!) I got a e-mail saying that my horse was crazy, trying to lay down on the farrier, and they had to twitch and sedate him...which startled me. On top of it my horse was out for a few weeks because the farrier effed up his feet and he was really sore >.>
A few weeks later I get an e-mail "Your horse isn't safe and I want him gone in the morning" this is at 9pm...in the middle of the month. I tell her to give me to the end of the month while me and my best friend are confused as hell. I even showed her he's good with his feet you just have to take it slow and from what people have said about this farrier he's really rough with horses =/ but she still wanted him gone....heavy hearted I left...
Second barn: (Private barn - not a lesson barn)
This barn I loooove! Indoor arena, outdoor arena, dressage ring. 4 seperate paddocks 2 HUGE feilds. And 6 indoor spaces (which I don't use) and the lady is amazing! She has drafts, and a clyde as well as barrel racers and other animals.
No problems for 6 months. All the horses are getting along no fits or injuries on my horse. I go riding with her and her son and even go to the rodeos with her! Then Winter hits for the first 2 months everything is fine. I notice problems with the barn - metal sticking out dangerously, hay twine laying everywhere. I do my best to keep things clean and tidy. I always clean the barn, even if I don't use the arena I clean it up. I am always helpful to the other boarders and respect there space.
One day I go out and see another horse has cut himself on the jaggedy metal. I bring the horse in clean it up and wrap it gently. Texting his owner that there is a sligh cut on his leg and I badaged him up. Its also the day I notice my horse is in the wrong field...he broke the fence - its a black plastic covered wire fence with 2 strings. I could break it if I wanted to haha. I fix it up and inform the barn owner what happened. She is ok with it.
A few weeks after winter has ended and its started to get nice I got a email about fixing the fence and it would cost 150$ confused because I am out there every day almost I ask for what? He apparently ran through a fence so I pay. I don;t mind paying for damages.
Then a few months later, after months and months of me and her riding her helping me improve with him and everything! She sends me a text at 11pm that says "Your horse is to big, and he needs to go...my neighbour can board him for you" Upset I asked what he did, did he destroy something? Hurt someone? Hurt a horse? No response other then "hes just to big" which is bull crap she has 3 17hh+ horses there..
Sooo I moved him again!
I have only been at the new barn a few months but so far, He lets the owner halter him, walk him, put fly spray! (which I cannot believe because he use to run as far away as possible for that) tack him (she even rides him when I can't make it out to see him which I think is awesome), farrier handles him without me with no problem. She can put a fly mask on him, cross tie him, anything...and not one complaint....yet...And he seems to be getting along with the small little herd of Appys
I am starting to dislike the horse community...and I know its only been a few barns...and I shouldn't be all upset with the community as a whole. But its upsetting when this happens. I hate moving barns constantly....I am a shy person and get nervous when meeting new people, it feels like I have to start all over again :(
I am a flexible person. I am a safe person. I am resonable and I help out as much as I can. I do not complain or whine and I am not rude to others. When people don't even give me a good reason as to WHY they want me to move its a little hurtful...Because it makes me think the worst, and dosen't help me FIX the problem. Is he destroying fences? Hurting horses? Hurting people? Destroying buildings, objects? I pay board on time, I pay any damages (which I NEVER had to do owning my Arabian !@#$% years back and she was a nightmare!) vet bills, lessons, trailering, worming, farrier, all on time and I never EVER complain about it.
Uhg....anywho /end rant. Better go to the barn and cool off >.<