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post #21 of 27 Old 11-21-2012, 10:20 AM
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All of these things are exactly why I will NEVER board at a boarding barn.

I do board my horses.

But NOT at a boarding barn.

I searched for another human being who had extra pasture that I could board. I found a fantastic retired couple with 40 acres and 4 horses of their own. My 2 horses have their own pastures, their own corral, their own run in shed, and she feeds them their hay and supplements for me. It's been a wonderful, wonderful set up.

I cringe when hearing boarding barn horror stories like these. Hence why I vowed to never be at one.

I'm very sorry you are having trouble at your barn. NONE of those things would be okay in my book.

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post #22 of 27 Old 11-29-2012, 04:53 PM
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My halter got used once. But it was back the next day. I also lost one of my brushes for about a month, and I found it in another boarder's bag. (Yeah, I snooped, and I'm not proud of it, but I missed my hard brush. It was the only one at the place. I only snoop if something of mine is missing, so far only twice, and I NEVER take anything that isn't mine.) Anyways, of course these are little things, and most of the boarders hardly ever show up. There are some boarders that come MAYBE once a month, and then there are some horses who probably haven't seen their owners in several months. I'm out there every other day. And my BO is amazing, partly because he is also my riding instructor. I'm very blessed to be there. It is quiet, not crowded in the least, and the only rude/bossy/annoying person is the BO's daughter (she is married with a kid of two), and she doesn't come by too often.
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post #23 of 27 Old 12-06-2012, 09:17 AM
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One thing I hate about 4H fair time is the tack stalls. People will cram their saddles, grooming kits, blankets, buckets, etc. all in the 3 or 4 horse stalls being used for equipment that week. I feel that would be what boarding would be like, because everyone's things always end up piled on my stuff. So when I would go to retrieve my saddle there would be blankets, a grooming box, buckets, and haybales piled up on and against my tack. I'd just put everythng back and simmer to myself, trying to control the urge to shove their things off and onto the floor.

I always wanted to have a small farm and board horses, but I would be the most anal person on the face of the earth. Everything has to be in its place, and if someone uses someone else's things without asking, I want to freak out because I always hate it when it happens to me. My friends will use my brushes, which is okay I guess, but they don't ask beforehand. They'll be half done brushing their horse and say "Oh hey, is this okay?" Not like I can say no now, it's already almost over with.

I occassionally keep my horses at my friend's barn and she's amazing. Of course she's trained horses for over 40 years and ridden for over 50 (though she can't now because of bad bones). She always fed my horses just right and made sure they were nice and cozy in their own little pasture. She never missplaced my things or really even touched them unless she had to (halters, etc.). I want a barn like hers; nice, small, and cozy.

Some of these BO stories are just crazy. I'd have a heart attack from stress. Or go on a rampage. I do not accept that kind of usage of horses and tack that belong to me, nor would I allow it if I were taking care of someone else's. ESPECIALLY if I was taking care of someone else's! I would go out of my way to make sure that horse got top level care and attention because who would want upset customers?! Some of these barns are obviously very unprofessional and don't know what they're doing. A lot is expected from BOs and BMs.

Some people need a different profession.

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post #24 of 27 Old 12-16-2012, 12:46 AM
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I board horses here, guess I have been really luck in the ones I've had here. One horse has been here five years now, a couple had been for a couple years but they moved to a acreage and took their horses and also had one for 4 yrs. but they took their's home to their acreage just down the road a couple months ago.
I did have rules here, no using others stuff and if you use something put it back where you got it from not where you want to leave it. Our's are all outside 24/7, so I don't have to worry about stalling any but I bring them all in the corral to feed their supper, everyone's halter is used on the right horse and hung back where it should be.
Thank goodness I don't and have never had to board my horses......I just love having them around all the time!

My horses are the joy in my life.....
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post #25 of 27 Old 12-16-2012, 02:58 AM
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BOSS you have reasons ( all of them ) to be upset. As a barn owner I do not allow borrowing of anyones tack without permission. I do not switch stalls without letting the horse owner know. I inform all my boarders of any changes.

and for you to be a boarder you are paying for their services and like any other business they must follow the boarding agreement. if your horse isnt being fed enough to sustain healthy weight bitch about it you have a right if your lead goes off missing bitch about it if your horses blankets are shared bitch about it.
Barn owners expect the board money horse owners expect the service that was offered and agreed upon.
There are ways to inform your barn owner that you are NOT happy in a calm senseable way.
" BO excuse me but do you have a moment? I have some concerns about my horse that I feel we need to discuss."

Good luck

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post #26 of 27 Old 12-16-2012, 03:07 AM
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If you are having that many problems after just 17 days, I would find someplace else. If you dont wnat your your things used, a locking box, or leave them at your house and cart them back and forth. Your horses blanket should only be used on your horse. Before you sign another boarding contract make sure you understand and the BO understands each others wants and needs.
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post #27 of 27 Old 12-16-2012, 03:00 PM
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wow... I would be gone yesterday!

I hate my stuff being used. ANY of my stuff. My mother is dreadful and grabs whatever is on hand, drives me up the wall. Thankfully none of my horses' stuff fits her pony, but her new horse takes the same size blanket as my gelding so I've said to her she can have ONE of my spare cottons and ONE of my spare waterproofs and that's it. And the waterproof she's allowed to have/use is the old spare with 2 broken straps and a couple of tears in the lining... she doesn't blanket unless the horse NEEDS it for whatever reason so a ratty old spare is just fine.

Just recently my feed has become MY feed, I pay for it exclusively [although my mother gets the scraps from my alfalfa squares to feed her pony, because they would be wasted otherwise] including all suppliments and hay. My two are on a very high quality round bale [oat hay] 24/7 and it's just too much for Mum's pony, but I have said if she contributes to the cost, her new horse [a TB] can share the pasture if he needs it.

My horses are MY horses, one isn't broke yet so if you tried to ride her she'd kill you and the other is a bit finicky and has been known to take off [and regularly chucks in a random buck here and there]. Nobody rides without my permission and supervision, and they don't ride if I don't think they're a good enough rider. I don't ride anybody else's horses without THEIR permission and [typically but not always] supervision.

Because I don't board, all feed is my responsibility, but I do work at a barn and feeds are my responsibility there too. I have had it HAMMERED into me how important it is to give the right feeds to the right horses. I don't check the book any more but I've been working there for months so I know the feeds off by heart anyway.

My boss sometimes rides her boarders' horses but that's because she's a trainer too, so the horses she rides, she rides because their owners pay her to. She has four horses of her own, plus a little project pony she's training up to sell, AND she's a very in-demand coach, so she hasn't got the time to ride someone else's horse if they're not paying her to do it.

The boarders aren't typically stalled because she charges a fortune [the stalls are all sand-based and have to be mucked several times a day so it adds a LOT of time & therefore cost to the running of the place] but if someone's paying for a service they ALWAYS get it. The boarders' horses are all, bar two, in individual pastures, and we don't use anybody's stuff on the wrong horse. Halters are a bit different, the boarders all own their own halters but it's impossible to keep track of whose is whose so when I'm bringing a horse in I just grab whatever. As does my boss. Long as it's put back on the halter hooks, nobody minds if we use their halter. They're all reasonably financial, I mean if you're not financial you can't afford to board there, but they're also all really nice and relaxed about their halters because they understand they have the option to put their halter on their bridle hook if they don't want it used.

...but if I move my gelding there I will be keeping my halter with my bridle, ie separate, because I don't like MY gear being used without my permission.

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