I am annoyed that my personal lead rope is never hanging on my horse's stall door where it should be. I am annoyed that my things get "borrowed" and never returned to my grooming box inside of the tack room. (I even have a rubbermaid bin with a lid on top. ) I am a little annoyed that you switched my horse’s stall and didn’t tell me. (Of course, I thought it was a little strange that you put a mare in a stall next to a stud colt. Of course he ripped out his mats trying to tunnel to the other side. )
I am more annoyed that I am pretty sure my mal-nourished horse isn’t getting fed the way you charged me an extra $70 on top of my $350/mo. board. I am *really* annoyed that you have her turned out in a field with this psychotic saddlebred (who tries to tear into anyone with two legs on the ground) on a chilly night while one of the horses you are “trying out” (from another barn) stays in her stall and drinks from her bucket and eats from her feeder. My horse is rarely in her stall when it's cold outside, and is stalled when the sun is out. Why is that?
Oh, and I bought an entire container of supplement that you are dividing among your other horses. Soooo… am I getting reimbursed for that, or are you/their owners buying the next gallon? :/
Kind of annoyed that her blanket got switched out with another horse’s blanket too, after I had taken the time to write her name on the tag. Glad it is someone that I know’s horse, or I would have you wash my blanket. :S
Maybe I’m just crabby but I think these are legitimate reasons to be irked for now.
Love the property. Love the people in the barn. Love the feel of the place.. but there are just these tiny things that bug me,
:X Someone please share your cruddy boarding experiences with me so I don't feel like an overly-picky, nasty person.
Wow... I think that (from the perspective of a barn owner), the only things on here that wouldn't
be a legitimate concerns are:
a - the lead rope (unless of course it is actually GONE, gone)... when you have 20 horses to put out, most people just hang on to the lead-rope they start with. It gets tedious to walk back and put each rope on the doors (depending on the barn layout), and I guarantee you aren't paying the barn owner to waste that much time. Personally, I try to remember to return them to the right stall, but - if it isn't there, all you have to do is ask
(this, again, from a BO... not YOUR BO... just a BO's insight :))...
b - the stall being changed: you pay for your horse to have access to A stall, not THE stall. Barn owners may move horses at their discretion for any number of reasons, and they don't have to notify you (unless you happen to be there and putting your horse in its stall - in which case, it'd be to their best interest to inform you). However, the fact that they give your horse a stall and then leave other horses in your horse's stall in her absence is weird and unhygienic. If we ever find reason to swap stalls with any of the horses, we clean them thoroughly and the horse's own buckets follow them to the new stall.
The rest... holy crap. That's just bad business! You should talk to your barn owner - find out what your board fees pay for, if it is not already spelled out in your contract! Or, if it is, and you aren't getting the services promised, bring this up (tactfully, of course) with her