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    12-06-2011, 10:10 AM
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Weanling
How to switch boarding barns?

I've only had my horse for about 1 1/2 months and I've had him at this boarding stable just as long. But...I don't like this stable. The facility is decent but I feel like they could do a much better job. They have him standing in knee deep mud and I have to let him run out of the gate when I go get him otherwise I'll get stuck. And I feel they aren't giving enough hay. I could buy more from them but they'll charge me double for what they pay and I won't even know if he gets it all because they just throw it in with all the other horses. They also require about 8 different vaccines some of which they require again in fall...I'm not one that believes in too many vaccines. And the people are bipolar. I could go one day and they'll be very talkative then the next they won't even talk to me.

Anyway, I've found a barn a few miles away from this one that costs a little bit more but it seems they're more family oriented and focus more on the horses (plus they live on site which is a plus). I called the lady last night and she talked to me for nearly an hour and she was very helpful. I'm going to go look at it in a couple days but I already like the looks/sound of it. Plus they don't require all those vaccines and it's up to the owner if they want to vaccinate their horse or not. Except she does of course require a couple basic ones....NOT 8!!!!!!!!!!!!

My question is how do I go about telling my current barn that I'm moving him (if I decide to) since he's only been there for a couple months?
     
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    12-06-2011, 10:23 AM
  #2
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Blondehorselover    
My question is how do I go about telling my current barn that I'm moving him (if I decide to) since he's only been there for a couple months?
You don't have to tell them anything. Write up your notice and say "I will be moving Blaze on January 1, 2012. Thank you, signed _____________"

If your contract says you need to provide a written notice.
     
    12-06-2011, 10:23 AM
  #3
Trained
Give 30 days notice that you are moving him (usually this means on the first of the month, so Jan 1 tell them you are moving him on Feb 1. You have no obligation to say why or where and if they ask, say its closer to your house. They don't need to hear that you think they take bad care of the horses.

I also hate to mention it but there are some vindictive people who will take out your leaving on the care of your horse. Be prepared if this happens you may want to move him to the new place before Feb 1. You will however be paying board at both places as you will have to pay all the way to Feb 1 at the old place regardless.

Good luck!
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    12-06-2011, 10:47 AM
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Showing
It's a business arrangement, not a relationship.

Give them 30 day's notice and tell them you'll be moving your horse. You don't have to give a reason why, even if they ask. It's none of their business.

Just be prepared to move your horse before those 30 days are up, if necessary. Many times it is.
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    12-06-2011, 01:37 PM
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Green Broke
Depends on your contract, what does it say about notice ? Let me guess no written contract. Since it is a care issue in the absence of any written contract I don't think it would be out of line to tell them now that you will be moving by the end of the year since you most likely have vacation days and it will be easy on you. That's still over 20 days. I wouldnt wait or pay all the way up to the end of January unless there was a contractual obligation. Even then a case could be made that they wern't living up to their end of the bargain and you needed to move the horse for it's well being. I wont keep my horse in a group pasture, and your hay situation is just another example of why.
     
    12-06-2011, 01:46 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Sounds like the exact same problem I am having!
     
    12-06-2011, 02:10 PM
  #7
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
I wont keep my horse in a group pasture, and your hay situation is just another example of why.
So how do you keep your horse?
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    12-06-2011, 02:42 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by mls    
So how do you keep your horse?



I would like to know this as well...as I don't really have a choice all the horses go out to pasture together. And I was always told they're happier that way anyway. Thanks everyone for your answers! This is a month to month contract so I can cancel at the end of the month if I end up liking this place...
     
    12-06-2011, 03:08 PM
  #9
Trained
I don't have anything to add re: moving your horse or changing barns. But one sentence bothered me a little.

"Plus they don't require all those vaccines and it's up to the owner if they want to vaccinate their horse or not. Except she does of course require a couple basic ones....NOT 8!!!!!!!!!!!"

What does she require and what does the current barn require that you don't want to give? For example, I only require 3, Rabies, WNV, Fluvac Innovator 6, but they cover a lot.
     
    12-06-2011, 03:35 PM
  #10
Weanling
What does she require and what does the current barn require that you don't want to give? For example, I only require 3, Rabies, WNV, Fluvac Innovator 6, but they cover a lot.[/QUOTE]


She requires tetanus/coggins. But I will also be giving rabies/WNV. Here's what my current barn requires (and I've checked with vets in my area and most of these are separate vaccines...unlike a lot of people have 1 vaccine cover a lot of these, so I'd be paying for each separate vaccine...it's ridiculous)

Mandatory Fall vaccinations (deadline September 30th)
-Intranasal Flu
-EHV
-Annual Dental exam/float

Mandatory Spring vaccinations (deadline April 30th)
-Intranasal strangles (given two weeks after other vaccines) <---meaning an extra farm call
-Rabies
-West Nile
-Intranasal flu
-EWT
-EHV
-Coggins Test
-Fecal egg count

Ok so I may have exaggerated a bit on how much but I will feel much better knowing that I can choose what I want my horse vaccinated against.
     

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