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post #1 of 19 Old 08-02-2014, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Frustrated with boarding barn

<p>This is a bit of a vent. But I need to get this off my chest.</p>
<p>I've been boarding my horse at this small family run barn for over 2 years now. Things were great to start. He had great care I didn't really have anything to complain about .</p>
<p>Recently things have been going downhill. I pay for full care board with a stall with daily turnout weather permitting. He is never in his stall even when it is very hot, humid and buggy. There is no shelter whatsoever in the pasture. He can't get out of the sun or get under cover in a storm. I am all for maximum turn out but in the summer I would prefer night turn out (which is what I was told she did). It started out that way when I first moved there. One time it was in the 90's with high humidity so I put him in his stall before I left instead of turning him back out. The BO got angry and sent a very nasty txt saying he was fine outside and she didn't want me to take it upon myself to keep him in, that now I made more work for her because she will have to turn him back out and do his stall.In the winter he is out 24/7 too in all kinds of weather. I want him in at night in the winter. She never realizes when he is hurt. He has a huge scar on his leg from a cut he got around the time I had surgery so I couldn't get out there. Then she leaves his halter on 24/7. All the hair is rubbed off of his face where the halter goes. That has me irritated. I told her I don't want his halter on like that. Then I went out today and he is noticeably lame and I don't think she has even noticed. Then the indoor is small which I can work with but there are huge rocks all through it and it has only been dragged once or twice in two years so it's like cement with giant rocks. I am highly upset about all of this. I'm moving him at the end of the month to a place I can see him everyday and it can't come soon enough. </p>
<p>I really liked the BO until all this started happening. It's like did she realize that owning a boarding barn is a lot of work and just doesn't want to do it anymore? If that's the case she needs to get out of the business. </p>
<p>Sorry for how long this is. I just needed to vent.</p>
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post #2 of 19 Old 08-03-2014, 01:21 AM
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That is ridiculous! I expect a boarding facility to take even better care of my animal than I would. That's why they have staff and schedules and experience with animals, right? Otherwise I would just put my horse in my backyard, which is what it sounds like she is doing!
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post #3 of 19 Old 08-03-2014, 06:52 AM Thread Starter
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That is ridiculous! I expect a boarding facility to take even better care of my animal than I would. That's why they have staff and schedules and experience with animals, right? Otherwise I would just put my horse in my backyard, which is what it sounds like she is doing!
I'm glad I'm not over reacting about anything. I hate to complain, I hate being "that boarder."
Her horses have a run in and a large pastures but the boarders have smaller paddocks and no shelter or grass. I think she has us there to fund her kids shows and things for her horses.
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I would move. I have been at a few barns that annoyed me with this. If I pay for a stall, I pay for my horse to sometimes be IN it. I did not stay long at those places.

Sounds like "life happened" and the lady has gotten lazy. Start looking and get out.
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post #5 of 19 Old 08-03-2014, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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I would move. I have been at a few barns that annoyed me with this. If I pay for a stall, I pay for my horse to sometimes be IN it. I did not stay long at those places.

Sounds like "life happened" and the lady has gotten lazy. Start looking and get out.
I am moving him on the 31st of this month. It is a beautiful facility where he will be pampered :)
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<p>This is a bit of a vent. But I need to get this off my chest.</p>
<p>I've been boarding my horse at this small family run barn for over 2 years now. Things were great to start. He had great care I didn't really have anything to complain about .</p>
<p>Recently things have been going downhill. I pay for full care board with a stall with daily turnout weather permitting. He is never in his stall even when it is very hot, humid and buggy. There is no shelter whatsoever in the pasture. He can't get out of the sun or get under cover in a storm. I am all for maximum turn out but in the summer I would prefer night turn out (which is what I was told she did). It started out that way when I first moved there. One time it was in the 90's with high humidity so I put him in his stall before I left instead of turning him back out. The BO got angry and sent a very nasty txt saying he was fine outside and she didn't want me to take it upon myself to keep him in, that now I made more work for her because she will have to turn him back out and do his stall.In the winter he is out 24/7 too in all kinds of weather. I want him in at night in the winter. She never realizes when he is hurt. He has a huge scar on his leg from a cut he got around the time I had surgery so I couldn't get out there. Then she leaves his halter on 24/7. All the hair is rubbed off of his face where the halter goes. That has me irritated. I told her I don't want his halter on like that. Then I went out today and he is noticeably lame and I don't think she has even noticed. Then the indoor is small which I can work with but there are huge rocks all through it and it has only been dragged once or twice in two years so it's like cement with giant rocks. I am highly upset about all of this. I'm moving him at the end of the month to a place I can see him everyday and it can't come soon enough. </p>
<p>I really liked the BO until all this started happening. It's like did she realize that owning a boarding barn is a lot of work and just doesn't want to do it anymore? If that's the case she needs to get out of the business. </p>
<p>Sorry for how long this is. I just needed to vent.</p>
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Move out.

I find it very rude that she would tell you, the owner of the horse to not take it upon yourself to do or not to do something. Pack your things, and move out.
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post #7 of 19 Old 08-07-2014, 03:44 AM
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Sounds awful. You pay full board for a stall and she gets mad at you when you actually use it? You didn't make more work for her, that was the work she was supposed to be doing in the first place.

She also sounds incredibly lazy that she can't even bother to take his halter off when she turns him out. That's not even safe.
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post #8 of 19 Old 08-07-2014, 09:56 AM
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Agree with the above comments. The way I see it, despite any relationship with the BO etc; you are paying for a service and it is not crazy to actually expect to get it in full - or move :)
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That wouldn't fly with me. Full board is about 650 to 800 a month at a decent barn and the horse would most certainly have day stall and night turnout if that is what the owner requested. That's pretty standard as I certainly wouldn't want a show coat blown. Now I do charge more 35 to 50 per day for full stall layup , but that is a lot of extra work as the stall would be cleaned 3 x per day
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post #10 of 19 Old 08-07-2014, 10:48 AM
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like everybody else I think that you need to move to a different barn and it might be nice to give her heads up about why you are leaving so if she wants, she can perfect her bisiness or quite what she's been doing:)

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