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        06-16-2011, 03:32 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by mls    
    Did you ask for an explanation of this policy? I cannot even remotely make it fit in my logical brain.
    His explanation is that it causes too much Drama because people get upset when they find out the water or any other utility will be turned off so he just doesn't tell them because he doesn't want to have the drama in the barn.
         
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        06-16-2011, 03:39 PM
      #12
    Banned
    Curious, was the water to the barn shut off for a reason?
         
        06-17-2011, 01:19 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
    Curious, was the water to the barn shut off for a reason?
    The water was shut off to do a repair. This I understand, things happen but I still think we should have been informed that it was shut off.

    The BO has been texting me all day saying if I change my mind I may stay, just let him know and is giving me all these excuses and the such. Yesterday when he chewed me out he said it was a planned repair that he contracted with a plumber for weeks ago. I complained then that we should have had prior notice, I'm thinking 24 hours at least if he knew 2 weeks in advance. But then he started saying that it was a sudden break in the pipes that needed fixed...well, which is it?? Either way, it would have been nice had they put buckets of water in with the horses or notified us in some way.

    It's now past midnight and I still keep getting texts from him, all sorts of things, going back and forth etc. I know there are other people that are mad at him over the situation and mad at him for chewing me out even though I only told my close friend about that, opting to rant it on here because I'm 99% sure nobody from my area let alone my stable is on here. And alas, he is now saying he's going to change his policies and that in the close future he's planning on incorporating...... incorporating? Do little 25-30 horse stables do that????


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    The stable I looked at today has up sides and down sides. Let me know if you foresee any issues. The barns are owned by a lady, can't remember her name. The front barn is the self serve barn, the back barn is the full serve barn and ran by a separate person. We write two checks, one to the stable owner, one to the full care person. It turns out the full care person actually has the care done by her 4H'rs, not herself she just supervises. But she provides hay and bedding. The bedding looked clean in all the horses stalls and the horses all looked relatively healthy. However there is a definite fly issue, the worst I have seen anywhere. The person running the self care just started and she is planning on a LOT of improvements including a new tack locker that was just finished (ooh ahh it's cedar lined....she makes a big deal about the cedar it's kinda cute). There are two tack lockers, everyone shares and the current one looks crammed but she says it will be better when the new one is finished. This weekend the indoor arena is being remodeled. The outdoor arena is absolutely gorgeous and has appears to have a sand mix footing. Horses are turned out daily for most of the day unless it's over 90 in which she leaves them in all day and turns them out overnight. Direct access to a horse trail system that yes....it's legal to ride your horse on.

    The place does look a little worse for wear but it appears they are doing their best to start improvements with the new management...it could go either way. It looks like it was once either a fine racing farm or breeder as the front barn actually looks like a colonial mansion, very very beautiful. Everyone likes to go to shows together and have fun together (I got this from other boarders I spoke with as well as the girl running the full serve) and over all it seems fine. I have heard rumors from people who have moved FROM this stable that there could be Drama, but that was during previous management. Still, it's a red flag and something to watch for. Oh and a plus, the girl who does the full serve says she will trailer Cin there for me too.

    I just sort of have a weird vibe. I don't know if it's the flys, or because I'm used to a stable that is cleaner with cement floors in the barns or what but...just a weird feeling. I don't know.
         
        06-17-2011, 07:33 AM
      #14
    Banned
    So it was a short term thing (the water being off).

    I guess I feel a little less that the BO is being evil then.


    If they have to spend a few hours on any given day fixing things so the water to the auto waters is shut off on that day I can see why he does not contact all the horse owners.

    It is not something that requires a panic and horse owners tend to panic.
         
        06-17-2011, 10:22 AM
      #15
    mls
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
    It is not something that requires a panic and horse owners tend to panic.
    Yes!

    Panic and open mouth before they think.

    Being a BM or BO is very difficult. There are so many people to 'please'. No matter what we do, someone is unhappy.

    The important thing to remember is to communicate. If you have an idea for a solution, share it. Be open to a compromise.
         
        06-17-2011, 10:35 AM
      #16
    Banned
    Any place that the majority of the care being done is going to be done by minors I would be leery of. I would steer clear.

    Is there any way that you could schedule a meeting with the BO of your current place so that if nothing else, you can leave without burning a bridge. It is never a good policy to leave in a huff.

    It sounds like the water situation was temporary and there are always coulda-woulda-shouldas. Talk it through with him and let him know that you were upset.
         
        06-17-2011, 10:56 AM
      #17
    Banned
    I'd stay at your current place. I know you were not happy about the stall situation, but it was the water that really upset you. Now that you know it was only off for repairs, then I wouldn't worry about it.

    It's probably a good thing that you found another barn that you could live with, as it is always good to have a back up plan.
         
        06-17-2011, 10:59 AM
      #18
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
    So it was a short term thing (the water being off).
    If you could call the water being off 4 or more hours Saturday and then all day Sunday, short term...then I guess it's short term. To me, that's a little long for water to be off without notifying boarders. It wasn't a fix that was a few hours, they actually had to yank out the waterer and then go through the concrete slab of the barn floor, dig everything up. Then they stopped for 2 hours, to go buy parts (I was there when they were gone to get parts), then they had to put everything back together, redo cement, put the waterer back in, etc etc etc. I believe they said it was a slab leak. I think the water wasn't returned until some time Monday.
         
        06-17-2011, 11:05 AM
      #19
    Banned
    I believe they were at fault for not filling all the water troughs and providing buckets first. But your BO was not there, he/she might have done that.
         
        06-17-2011, 11:10 AM
      #20
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AlexS    
    I'd stay at your current place. I know you were not happy about the stall situation, but it was the water that really upset you. Now that you know it was only off for repairs, then I wouldn't worry about it.

    It's probably a good thing that you found another barn that you could live with, as it is always good to have a back up plan.
    It wasn't the water that upset me, it was that he didn't notify boarders, he never notifies boarders of anything. He didn't notify us when he decided to turn the electric fencing back on, or that it had a short and was extra strong. Someone's kid got seriously hurt on it (I'm talking severe burns and a trip in an ambulance because it knocked them out), and Cinny ended up with burns the size of quarters on his face from it trying to graze, he finally shut it off. He didn't notify us we had not hot water. He didn't notify anyone when he yanked the toilet out or when it would be put back in (a week). He doesn't notify of anything.' If you look at my original post, I only notified my friends, told them I was watering their horses and that they might want to check on them. 4 people total, they all look after Cinny too. There was no panic or drama caused.

    Plus as I said, there are those people who have to follow rules and policies and those who don't. When you are paying a babysitter in order to go ride you don't want to have to wait an hour for someone to get their turned out horse out of the arena when it's policy you are not supposed to leave a turned out horse in there and that you are to remove it immediately for riders as they have dominance over turnout (we have beautiful turn out runs). BO turns a blind eye to his "buddies".
         

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