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        02-26-2014, 12:39 AM
      #21
    Green Broke
    You can have an auction on your own personal property . I have seen boarding stables here, hold auctions, some more honestly than others, and the killer buyers were not there. They may have someone go in place of them, some horse traders were there..
         
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        03-03-2014, 05:44 AM
      #22
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by TurkishVan    
    I've been to many a horse auction here in Iowa, so I KNOW how they go. Auctions are not the place to go when you want a good horse, pure and simple. They're usually places people go to pick up a few, ride them out, then make a quick sale on. Anything that doesn't look even remotely possible of riding gets sold to the packers. Private sales are much better for the horse.

    I will tell you that good horses (worth thousands!) WILL go to slaughter, regardless of breeding, training, etc. I've seen it happen. We had a nearby auction selling some very, very nice, very well bred Egyptian Arabians. Papered, nice conformation, been handled extensively, etc. They even had their own GROOM. Guess how much they went for? $25 a piece. Seven nice, nice horses. The groom bought 2, but didn't have room for more. He was devastated. But the owner said to sell, no matter how low the price. I heard several people joking about them being "cheaper than a bag of dog food", so you know what they were going to do with them. (I unfortunately I knew some of the slimeballs frequenting that auction, so I'm sure they did go and slaughter them for their dogs.)
    Around here, an auction brings mostly packers. People wanting more than $1,000 for a horse usually don't get the horse sold. The auctioneer really has to work for a sale like that.

    So no, I don't have the wrong idea about horse auctions. I would never subject my horse to one, even a horse that I didn't care for.
    Completely agree with you on these statements-this is the reality of horse auctions near me. Perfectly good horses being dumped and pushed quickly through to the kill buyers. The price of the sale is the going rate of the meat price per pound just like cattle. The kill trailers are lined up in a row herding the horses in.
    Going to a horse auction around here is a heartbreaking experience.
         
        03-03-2014, 02:10 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    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.
         
        03-03-2014, 02:33 PM
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    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
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        03-05-2014, 11:38 PM
      #25
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons    
    It is hard for your boarders to not become your friends as well but you must do what you can to have a professional barrier between you and them. Makes it hard to raise you board or ask them to leave when they are your friends too.

    Just some basics to start with.
    I second this. We had to raise our board price $10 per horse due to the cost of hay (included in our board plans). We gave our boarders 1 month notice stating it would go up the following month and if they weren't okay with that they could leave anytime. I am in a predicament with them at the moment for something else, ish. We were okay friends when they first got to our 3 acre farm with their young Clydesdales. We told them their horses would outgrow our property but they still wanted to move their horses to our farm. They outgrew our farm sooner than we thought so I wrote them a professional notice on March 4th stating they have 30 days to move their horses. They have thrown a fit and are being immature and childish about it. Needless to say we are no longer friends. If it's not one thing it's another with these boarders.
         

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