Originally Posted by doubleopi
I had a recent barn that my girl was at that was adamant that there was a $25 late fee if board wasn't paid by the 5th. I'm out of state. The only address I had (as the BO never bothered to put her MAILING address on the contract) was the physical address of the barn. I mailed the check to that address with it arriving before the 1st. However, she did not receive mail there so it got returned to me. She then threatened to evict my horse and charge all sorts of money.
I was so mad. We didn't stay there too long.
Moral of the story is if you want your check on time put your MAILING address on your contract.
My old bo INSISTED on sending bills out through email, and I had given her my father's email address numerous times and for some reason she kept sending them to my address. Finally she got it through her skull that the invoice was supposed to go to him, and that she would ALWAYS have her money on time if she did so. Sometimes there would be additional charges in the month if the farm tab had paid for any veterinary services, wormer, farrier etc, so sending a set amount each month wouldn't necessarily cover it.
I arrived to the barn one day after I had been out of the country (without internet access) for a few days, and got greeted with a nasty conversation from the bo about why my horse's board had not been paid on time. I asked which email address she had sent the bill to, and she said my school email address (It was summertime and I was hardly checking that email anyway!) because the email "wouldn't go through" to my dad's address. I had to politely explained to her that we have NEVER paid her bill late- in fact, we were often early- and that the best way to ensure you get the full amount of what you are owed on time is to make sure that you send the bill to the person that's paying it. She got her money that day. Heck, a quick phone call saying "Email wouldn't work, board is $XXX" would have worked!
I don't like having to be "that person", but things always run much more smoothly when clear expectations are set, the bills go to the right person at the right time, and you know where to send your money