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post #11 of 31 Old 12-16-2011, 10:07 PM
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That is great you finally found a barn for your horse that you like

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post #12 of 31 Old 12-17-2011, 12:32 AM
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Being the younger girl at the stables is always hard on anyone.

The first barn I experienced was pretty good; a little bit of bitching but nothing that nobody got mad about or it caused a huge drama. Although there were people who stayed for a couple of weeks and got behind on there rent so they left with out paying anything, this really used to piss mum off. Then there were the people who were there for a big show and treated the rest of us like we sucked and knew nothing about horses. I stayed there from age 9 - 13 so it was a good barn.

That barn then changed owners, and since we were good friends with the people this didn't impact us at all. Many of the agistee's (spelling sorry) left, and the new owners started filling the stables with 2yo TB's and were training them for racing, this was fine with us untill the lease on my old pony was nearly up, and we had found a green OTT TB for me expand my learning and train. I think I kept Joe there for about a month untill we noticed that they were starting to treat me completley different and even put Joe in the yards with the babies so he would calm them down. I was mortified, and although they never said anything we felt as though they didn't have room for a girl who wanted to just have fun.

We moved to my instructor at the time's barn; It was beautiful there with a big dressage arena, a round yard and my own paddock. I'm going to call her Indie(Instructor), Indie was having some husband trouble and was always coming to me with her problems, when they got a divorce the whole scene changed she was depressed and it really impacted me as a person, I just wanted to go there to ride and not become her personal therpist. We moved a year later after I stopped taking lesson's with her.

I have now moved to the most perfect barn. I have two old style brick stables, a huge paddock, my own tack room, and the best part is that it's only me and an older lady who just rides for fun. I could not ask for anything better, its 5minutes away from my house, close to the Equestrian Centre and the public riding park. Joe is also alot happier in the company of older, more mature horses. (;

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post #13 of 31 Old 12-17-2011, 10:32 AM
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I'm sorry about your experiences! I find that almost every barn has some drama, some worse than others.

One place I went to the owners got MAD at my mom for cleaning our stall while I was riding, it was before I had my license so my mom had to drive me, she got bored waiting and wanted to help out.

I was in a really bad boarding situation for much longer than I should have been, I don't want to go more specific than that but the manager was verbally abusive to students and owners of horses. Getting my horse out was a nightmare.

The place I went after, I really liked (besides the owner, but I never saw her anyways). But one day, the owner decided that horses could only be turned out while the owners where there, and otherwise had to be locked in a stall, so I had to leave.

My current barn I LOVE. It's so perfect and the first barn I actually know and like everybody! There isn't a thing I would change about my current barn, except for them fixing the trail situation (which they're working on!)

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post #14 of 31 Old 12-17-2011, 11:39 AM
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I think we are one of the barn #10s, too :) I think that is partly because most of our boarders are adults? We have had some not-exceptional business interactions where we've had to ask "Please remember to pick up after yourself, including removing your horse's manure from the arena... we've done it several times already for you, and thought we should remind you after this 6th time in a week..." where the person who wasn't following barn rules didn't like being reminded of them, but they reserved expressing their "disgust" over this to us, basically... Those types of things, where it isn't really drama... just annoying to us as the barn owners.

Everybody we have here gets along well and supports one another! We really try to make sure people understand how we operate our facility before they come, and encourage them to make sure they choose a facility that best matches their "needs"... that helps weed out the people who just don't seem to fit in before they even come. :) It is a hard situation you are in, but I agree with previous posts that the best thing to do is ignore the person. If you go to a show and have a problem with them harassing you, then turn them in to the show administrators.

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post #15 of 31 Old 12-19-2011, 06:03 PM
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My last barn was awesome but lonely as not very many people but no drama. I would still be there if the BO hadn't become afraid of my horse. He now lives at my trainers, which is good for him. Not much drama here either.

I must say that we have a romper room at work and it's filled with ladies ranging in the ages of 56 to 66.
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post #16 of 31 Old 12-19-2011, 06:48 PM
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well ive been to three barns the first we had a little pasture with 15 other horses and the BO and their daughter were mean and bred their horses all the time all were underweight and just a bad place. so we moved him and to my friends place and we had a blast but her dad was rude to him and kept commemting on what i did. we moved him to my other friends and then got another horse but i was finding saddle marks on them and one of their horses injured my new horse and blamed us and then their horse injured herself when we were there and they told EVERYONE we made her get hurt after we took care of her and stuff, so we moved them to our house and its all better now!

just hang in there!
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post #17 of 31 Old 12-19-2011, 10:19 PM
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In my experience this type of thing happens just about everywhere, well for me anyways. But I think what bothers me more about it at the barn is that horses, and barn life is something that means so much to me, that it really upsets and bothers me when other people can be the same way.

At the moment, knock on wood, lol, the barn Im at, and have had my yearling at since Ive moved back down to NC is a relatively drama free zone. Dont get me wrong the English riders and the Western riders comment about each other's discipline, which is fine for me, because I do both. But I have been at plenty of barns just like yours was. Sorry to hear about that, and hope it gets better if it hasnt already ;D
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post #18 of 31 Old 12-26-2011, 09:28 PM
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we keep drama out of our barn. I've had to ask two boarders to leave because they couldnt behave, but I myself and the rest of my boarders are happy for it. One bad apple WILL spoil the bunch.
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post #19 of 31 Old 12-26-2011, 09:34 PM
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I have never boarded my horses, ever. However, I still hear about the drama, gossip and all the happenings at the 2 barns in my area that have indoor arenas. So, must be a common thing. I was considering moving my horses to self board facility with an indoor for a few months this spring so I could get a headstart on lessons, the drama thing I highly doubt would bother me.
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post #20 of 31 Old 12-27-2011, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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I am really happy that I moved my mare to my friends house now that we ALL get along so well. We all went out on our horses today and it was a blast! I live in an area where we have a lot of boarding stables with indoors, and trainers and that seems to be the place where people have the problems.

I just found out that the girl who caused all the problems with me at my old barn is now moved on to someone new and is causing even more problems..:roll: I guess some people never change, and she is getting a very bad reputation around the island at every stable I know of. She's been kicked out, fired, run out you name it..

When I look back and now don't have to deal with her drama, I feel bad for her and her horse because she is in the horse world for all the wrong reasons.

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