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    11-17-2012, 11:38 PM
  #11
Foal
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Originally Posted by Strawberry4Me    
big wig show lady should know better. My BO is a big wig show lady and she is fantastic. Most of our boarders are big into showing and keep their fancy warmbloods here for board/ training. I talk with them all the time about things that might be bothering them, or just to check in. Some people don't want their horses in the mud, some don't want them in paddocks too close to the woods during hunting season, some don't want their horses in paddocks next to certain other horses. The point I am making is that if she is a big wig show lady, she should be used to people complaining and/ or talking with her about concerns. People are particular about their horses, you are not alone.

If she is really rude and you are really uncomfortable talking to her, probably a different barn is a good idea. You really should feel comfortable with a place that you are paying to board your horse.
<3 Thanks for the input, Strawberry4Me! I will think on it some more.
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    11-18-2012, 01:50 AM
  #12
Weanling
Glad venting is making you feel a bit better. I always find that venting somehow helps figure things out.

P.S. I should clarify that personally, I'm partial to my own lead rope, and therefore it doesn't matter where I set it if I get distracted when I'm finished turning out... Lol. However, if someone borrows mine and I can't find it right away, I'll grab the nearest one (that doesn't look like it is being saved for something special). Not big show barn here - laid back, all discipline family barn. I'm surprised that, at a show barn, where clients are understandably more particular about certain things, they are so lax about things. No matter the environment, people going through your closed tack/grooming box is NOT acceptable!
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    11-18-2012, 02:19 AM
  #13
Banned
Personally I'd consider moving. There are some smaller things, but the feed is the deal breaker for me.
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    11-19-2012, 02:02 AM
  #14
Green Broke
Move. Yesterday if possible.

This is NOT acceptable, on any level.

And I am saying this as a groom who has worked in show barns, as well as boarding barns. We NEVER used anything that belonged to a boarder, except on their horses. Not a lead rope, not a salt block, not a blanket, nor grooming tools. NEVER....EVER.

This is unacceptable, period. And I have to wonder how "big-wig" she is, if she is running a place like this. She sure isn't professional.

Most horse owners who board, will tell you the biggest deal breaker with them, is when their things are used on other horses, feeding is not followed, and horses are moved. And supplements, and special things, and meds are to only be used on the horse they have been bought for.

The owners, if it is a boarding barn, count on their horses being where they are supposed to be. We never moved stalls with Saddlers, and rarely any other barn either.

Although I do have to say, that where I am now, we move them around, as it cuts down on being so attached.

As for equipment? I would be coming unglued. If your things get damaged, or lost, who is going to replace them?

Find another place to board, unless you have the guts to stand up to her, but don't expect anything to change, as this has been going on for a long time I imagine.
     
    11-19-2012, 07:48 AM
  #15
Green Broke
All of your concerns are legitimate, including the one about the lead rope. I would approach the BO about people using your things and feeding out your food. If the lead rope continues to vanish, I'd stop leaving it out.
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    11-19-2012, 08:23 AM
  #16
Showing
Gah, it's reading things like this that make me ever so thankful I don't have to board. From a non-boarder perspective, I'd be pretty angry. You are paying for care and extra at that & you aren't getting what you pay for.

I have one boarder (a special exception to my I'll never have boarders rule, she's my doctor and a very close family friend) and I would NEVER use any of her equipment (aside from when I work her horse, I do use her saddle & bridle that go with her mare) and I can't even fathom using her supplements & such for my own. I wouldn't expect her to use mine and I'd go through the roof if that were to happen. If it were an emergency type of deal and it was a case of hurry & grab some wound dressing & vet wrap - that I'm totally cool with, we can sort out replacing what was used later but other than that, nope, don't touch my stuff.

I just see a lack of concern and common courtesy in this situation. I might be a bit picky because I've never had to board but I would be gone. Yesterday.
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    11-19-2012, 08:40 AM
  #17
Weanling
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Originally Posted by AlexS    
Personally I'd consider moving. There are some smaller things, but the feed is the deal breaker for me.
Wow, I echo this one! I'd probably endure everything else (although I'd proly nail my leadrope to the hangar next to my stall door, hide a camera somewhere, and youboob the people trying to pull the leadrope off the wall LOL)
However, not feeding my horse properly would be a deal breaker. Out of about everything, proper feeding is something you really have to have trust in your barn to do!
     
    11-19-2012, 09:33 AM
  #18
Foal
Okay, well I've had a TERRIBLE board, wich lead me to just building our own LOL. So here it is:
1. They didn't feed her MY supplements that the VET told me to give her, they just gave her what they THOUGHT would be good for her, which led to colic. (Luckily she lived)
2. They would let anyone, boarders OR lesson people, ride her and even up to 15 times a day without my knowledge. So when I came to ride that day and my horse is SO over it since she's been ridden atleast five times... I'm ticked.
3. The BO told the trainer there that I wanted my horse trained in jumping. (SHES A BARREL HORSE!!!) So he trained MY horse to jump 4 ft without me knowing. One day I came to the barn and the trainer was JUMPING HER! He said "I'm glad you wanted her to learn to jump. She's a real natural" (That REALLY ticked me off)
4. One day I walked into the tackroom to find barn helpers CUTTING my horses blanket! They said "We're making it into a saddle cover. It's so old so we thought we'd buy you a new one." That blanket was NOT old! I had JUST bought it and it was really expensive. It just LOOKED old because my horse rolled in the mud with it on in the pasture.
5. I came to ride one day and she wasn't there. I asked the BO and she wasn't sure. I went out to look in the pasture and there I saw, coming up the trail, was FIVE LITTLE GIRLS BAREBACK ON MY HORSE USING A LEADROPE AS REINS! Okay, I told them they could groom her when they wanted because she LOVED kids. But riding. Bareback. On a trail. And then listen to this! The BO came out and said, "Oh I thought they were back. They just loved grooming her so much I couldn't resist when they asked me!" WHAT?!
Sorry for that rant but I couldn't resist sharing.
     
    11-19-2012, 10:09 AM
  #19
Started
No boarding facility is going to be perfect. If you want it to be, then you have to take care of your horses your self. That's just the way it is. You have to ask yourself what you can and cannot deal with. If you can't deal with these things, then either talk to the BO or BM about it or move. Personally I would bring everything to their attention and only keep a week's worth of supplement at the barn at a time. Scooop out a week's worth in individual tupper ware containers. Give them the benefit of the doubt once. Maybe the don't know this is going on. And if it happens again, move.
     
    11-21-2012, 10:09 AM
  #20
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Barrelracer00    
Okay, well I've had a TERRIBLE board, wich lead me to just building our own LOL. So here it is:
1. They didn't feed her MY supplements that the VET told me to give her, they just gave her what they THOUGHT would be good for her, which led to colic. (Luckily she lived)
2. They would let anyone, boarders OR lesson people, ride her and even up to 15 times a day without my knowledge. So when I came to ride that day and my horse is SO over it since she's been ridden atleast five times... I'm ticked.
3. The BO told the trainer there that I wanted my horse trained in jumping. (SHES A BARREL HORSE!!!) So he trained MY horse to jump 4 ft without me knowing. One day I came to the barn and the trainer was JUMPING HER! He said "I'm glad you wanted her to learn to jump. She's a real natural" (That REALLY ticked me off)
4. One day I walked into the tackroom to find barn helpers CUTTING my horses blanket! They said "We're making it into a saddle cover. It's so old so we thought we'd buy you a new one." That blanket was NOT old! I had JUST bought it and it was really expensive. It just LOOKED old because my horse rolled in the mud with it on in the pasture.
5. I came to ride one day and she wasn't there. I asked the BO and she wasn't sure. I went out to look in the pasture and there I saw, coming up the trail, was FIVE LITTLE GIRLS BAREBACK ON MY HORSE USING A LEADROPE AS REINS! Okay, I told them they could groom her when they wanted because she LOVED kids. But riding. Bareback. On a trail. And then listen to this! The BO came out and said, "Oh I thought they were back. They just loved grooming her so much I couldn't resist when they asked me!" WHAT?!
Sorry for that rant but I couldn't resist sharing.
umm who in the heck was paying this trainer to do this?? And forget about anybody riding my horse!! Omg I would be livid and my horse would be outta there!

As for the OP..I would be talking to that barn owner.. she probably isn't aware that your stuff is being used especially in a common tack/feed room.. where other boarders can also get at your stuff. You may want to start putting a lock on your box. AS far as feed goes, I would give the barn owner one chance to right the feeding issue especially when your are paying so much for board plus an extra $70..
     

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