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post #21 of 28 Old 07-10-2013, 05:03 PM
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There are other things to use besides shavings. Straw, pellets and paper all work. Hell even dirt is better than just mats.
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post #22 of 28 Old 07-10-2013, 08:43 PM
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I wonder if the other boarders know that their horses are being locked out?
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post #23 of 28 Old 07-11-2013, 01:57 AM
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I think it's very common to have barn owners try to cut corners to save money, and it's usually your horse that loses. I've had my own problems with my horse not having enough feed, without my knowledge, so I know how it feels, to think your horse has been mistreated when you are paying well for him to be treated well. I'm on a waiting list now to move. My horse nearly starved for 3 weeks without my knowledge, and I can't wait to get her out of the place I have her. But I have to wait until there is room elsewhere. A pretty facility does not mean conscientious barn owners. Having round pens and indoor arenas and jumps does not necessarily indicate a place your horse will be put first. She may well starve to death before you even realize it. Ok, I'm venting. Sorry.
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post #24 of 28 Old 07-11-2013, 02:38 AM
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Those two things - people feeding the horse without permission and the BO sneaking around behind your back - would prompt me to move.
Regardless of the shavings thing, which, whatever it's her barn, I don't like people doing things with my horse without authorization. This is why, although people call me snobby, among other things, I choose to use my money to pay for board at an excellent facility with great people. And yes, it is expensive.
However, that being said there are expensive places which also give poor care. But paying lots of money IMO does give leverage to ask a bit more of the facility and people than a mom and pop, at cost operation.
Good luck on your barn search and even if you do have to look at more expensive places to make it work, sometimes they do allow you to work off board - ask when you are talking to the BO. Lots of places are happy to have someone to clean stalls for a few hours on a Sunday for reduced board.

ETA to answer your original question, unfortunately yes it is the norm in boarding to deal with sneaky crap. It's also unfortunate that a lot of people don't notice, or choose to put up with such behavior, instead of demanding change or leaving. So it just continues.
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post #25 of 28 Old 07-11-2013, 03:09 AM
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I would move. Your horse should not be locked out of the stall you are paying for. The fact that you cannot put down shavings or straw is ridiculous. Maybe the BO is afraid she will get stuck mucking out the shavings or straw. No one should be feeding your horse treats without prior permission.
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post #26 of 28 Old 07-11-2013, 04:50 AM
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I think it's very common to have barn owners try to cut corners to save money, and it's usually your horse that loses. I've had my own problems with my horse not having enough feed, without my knowledge, so I know how it feels, to think your horse has been mistreated when you are paying well for him to be treated well. I'm on a waiting list now to move. My horse nearly starved for 3 weeks without my knowledge, and I can't wait to get her out of the place I have her. But I have to wait until there is room elsewhere. A pretty facility does not mean conscientious barn owners. Having round pens and indoor arenas and jumps does not necessarily indicate a place your horse will be put first. She may well starve to death before you even realize it. Ok, I'm venting. Sorry.
That happened to my mare. I finally just moved her without a trailer when she was standing above her fetlocks in water. The day I left I found my full bail (I was buying my own food) was covered in mold, and my mare went from a body score of 5 (1 being almost dead 10 being a cow) to a low 3 from the end of November to just passed christmas. Had to walk her 7 miles along a city street just to get her out of there. The place that starved her was a beautiful place, but the care was non existent. The place I moved her too fed their own hay but it was the smallest two flakes a day I had ever seen. She is now in a place where she gets fed 4 times a day :)
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post #27 of 28 Old 07-12-2013, 02:59 AM
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I would move if I were you. You cannot trust your BO's word. How can you trust that she is doing anything you want or don't want her to do? I just came from a crappy barn situation where I had a dozen or more red flags that I chose to ignore. I wish I had not. You need to be able to trust the people who care for your horse when you are not there. Good luck.
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post #28 of 28 Old 07-18-2013, 03:25 PM
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Honestly? I'd be looking for another place.

The no shavings thing is WRONG. The pee is pooling, staying wet and he has no place to lie down except in puddles of pee. And if you don't mind paying for them, or if your pricing is such that it is normal to expect shavings? Then you are getting shafted here.

And Stall Pro has minimal dust anyway.

I would not be quite as upset over the feeding deal IF they were only horse people and not visitors and every Tom Dick and Harry as it sounds like it is here.

As for being chained out? I would have ripped chain off if had to use truck to pull it off.

You are getting done wrong, period. And worse? So is your horse.

Get him out of there.

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