Purpose of the 30 day notice and payment?
Since there were so many threads regarding a 30 day notice with a boarding facility, I thought I'd ask why having a 30 day notice is necessary. I'm not for or against it, but I want to know everyone's opinion.
Here's my 2 cents:
Why I like the concept of a 30 day notice:
It gives the barn owner the opportunity to secure their income by replacing the exiting horse with another boarder. It allows the owner to plan for upcoming hay deliveries, bedding deliveries, and helps them balance their checkbook in general. It's polite. It allows the owner to adjust their schedule accordingly (if they only board 1 horse, they may forfeit a potential vacation due to their boarder).
Why I dislike the concept of a 30 day notice:
If your horse is in danger in their current situation, you must find a place to move them, pay full board there, and pay board for the previous barn that you're no longer staying with. Unfortunately I have dealt with this problem before. My mare colicked, the barn managers were indifferent and completely unwilling to help me out by putting her in a safe area to walk around. I had no choice but to move her quickly, or leave her stalled and potentially colic again. So I was forced to pay full board for a new barn, another month on my previous barn, and my mare's vet fees. I was on the 2nd day of the month, and tried to compromise by asking for a pro-rated fee, but they did not budge. So I had to do all of this on a student budget. Not something I was prepared for. Thank goodness I had the money. A 30 day notice may also be difficult to deal with if you're being relocated for your career or etc. But in that case, it might just be easier to not own a horse!
What does everyone else think?