Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
Just when I thought I found a place without drama.....sigh (rant)
Yes, I'm moving Cinny again, sigh :(
When I first moved in, I contracted for a barn stall with a run. The day I was to move him in (as I was loading Cinny) I was notified that the stall wasn't open and Cinny had to go into a box stall with no run even though I had already signed a contract and PAID for the other stall. The BO promised me that when a stall with a run came open, it was mine and in spring he would put a panel up in the one behind Cinny's stall to separate it further and give Cinny a run when the ground thawed. The panel has yet to be put up. A stall with a run came open and was given to someone else. We had barn drama last weekend and two horses with runs at the end of the barn were moved out yesterday because of it (see below) so last night I requested the end stall and was told that both were already spoken for.....
There seem to be two sets of boarders, those who must follow rules and be courteous to all, make the barn sparkle before leaving and the BO makes sure they stay in check. Set #2 don't have any rules, don't have to clean up after their horses and can be rude as can be (including turning their horse out in the only indoor arena, getting in their car and leaving for several hours while others have to wait for them to get back in order to have lessons or otherwise work their horse), steal other people's hay/bedding because the rules don't apply to them.
It was advertised that there is a trail head right in the stable parking lot that goes into a large state park trail system, one of the main reasons I moved there, and when I did a walkthrough before boarding there I asked about riding on trail and the BO went on and on about the wonderful trails to ride on. In reality, this part of the trail system is restricted to pedestrians only and it's illegal to ride a horse there if you do, you can get ticketed and fined a few hundred $$ and if the patrol spots your horse pooping on the trail they will get you for littering too.
And now for the drama last weekend. The BO went on vacation. The person looking after the stable opted to turn off the water and NOT notify the boarders so that we could properly water our horses by hand. I arrived in the afternoon and all the waterers (each one holds maybe a gallon of water if that and is shared by two horses) were bone dry. I'm talking rub your hand on the bottom and you get dust, not even water residue. I went to the house with a bucket and asked for water for my horse who normally isn't a thirsty guy but he emptied my 4.5 gallon fortiflex in less than 5 minutes. The last show I went two he drank only 2 of those buckets in one day so...one would think this means he was out of water for some time. I called my friends and told them I would water their horses and that they might want to check them later to make sure they had water that evening. Went back to the hose to get water for my friend's pregger mare and the guy taking care of the stable chewed me out and said the horses could go all day without water and they were fine. Another friend showed up and we opted to water everybody's horses.
Today the BO returned and requested to speak to me in private where he then ripped me a "new one" and told me NEVER to call other boarders again, no matter what. As if I called everyone, no....I only called my friends who gave me their #'s but that didn't matter to him. He then told me it was his POLICY to NEVER notify boarders when water is turned off. This I really disagree with...it is a self service stable, we are responsible for our horse's well being. Some people do endurance rides on the weekend sometimes up to 50 miles, their horses need water. How can a boarder properly care for their horse if they are not notified of what is going on. Is this wrong of me to expect to be notified if I have to make sure my horse has water because the auto water is off?? Then the last straw....he expected ME to apologize to the guy that was taking such wonderful care of our horses.....
Am I asking too much for an honest BO? One that doesn't advertise he has things he doesn't, or rent you a stall that isn't free to rent? One that helps you take the best care of your horse instead of trying to sneak around and hide the fact that things are turned off instead of letting you know so you can compensate? Where are the barn owners who reinforce their rules to ALL boarders, not just the ones that don't bully him? Sigh.....
Having a horse should be fun, relaxing, pleasant..... not a source of added stress.