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post #21 of 31 Old 12-28-2011, 10:11 PM
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I prefer horses than people. Unfortunately the two often mix, remember this is your hobby; a place for peace and restitution. If u can't find it at that barn then move! No one should compromise their passion for abuse. I can't image what she does when you’re not looking.
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post #22 of 31 Old 12-28-2011, 10:32 PM
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I keep to myself. My horse is my business! I've dealt with a lot of crap at a lot of different barns. If I make new friends or contacts then great, but I stay out of any drama. Unless it involves my horse. That's completely different. Horse people can be so opinionated and nosey.
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post #23 of 31 Old 12-29-2011, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by csimkunas6 View Post
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
I found that as long as the english and western riders have fun poking fun at each other it can actually be very entertaining :) At another barn I was at, the western riders would get a little huffy if we english riders set up jumps around their barrels..even though we removed them immediately when we were done. When the owner of the barn offered up a back paddock that wasn't used for turnout for an "english" ring, everyone, english and western riders both, pitched in to help us clean up, clean out and spread a dozen truckloads of sand as well as moving in jump standards and poles and this was at the height of a New Orleans summer.

The barn I am at now is more of a lesosn barn so we have kids and adults from the ages of 7 - 60+. For the most part everyone gets along but as with any "crowd" we do have our occasional problems. Barn etiquette can be an issue, ie cleaning up after yourself and your horse, not taking things like leadropes and halters off of another stall, leaving your equipment on top of MY tack box etc. I have said many times that if it is an emergency or if you need a lead rope or even a halter, sure, take mine off the stall but at least return it.
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post #24 of 31 Old 01-01-2012, 05:46 AM
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I am currently at a barn, that when I iniatially came to there were very few boarders. Everyone minded their own business for the most part. Of course there were a few things, but it was mainly just the barn manager complaining here and there about her boss the barn owner. Then more boarders started to come in. At first it was nice to have new friends, new people to ride and talk with. However one of the new boarders is a big "pot stirrer". She started to say things here and there regarding the care the horses were receiving from the barn owner. She was questioning feeding schedules, training methods, treatment of the barn manager and staff, the list goes on. She started to drag in a lot of people. Staff and BM are kinda "feeding into it" also. I will admit myself included at first. However I started to realize that some things were being dramatized and some things were downright lies. The proof is in the pudding...the pudding in this case is my 16.3hh OTTB who is a notoriously hard keeper...and is at a great weight, and is the happiest and healthiest I have ever seen him. Then a lot of things happened at once between two workers, and lets just say s!@$ hit the fan. It turned into he said, she said, you said, we said. This pot stirrer actually tried to pit people against each other and proceeded to text me crap about my friend, and then text my friend crap about me while we were standing next to each other. Yes...this woman is in her 50's....They are continously talking about the barn owner, and it is getting bad.
I really like this barn, I really like the barn owner and trainer. They have been nothing but good to me and my horse. Of course there have been differences of opinions as to how things should be done, but I am an adult, I do what I am going to do regarding my horse (everyone has an opinion about horses), but this is high school stuff. Let me promise you...none of us are close to high school age.
Just a rant...not sure what to do, it is just frustrating.
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post #25 of 31 Old 01-01-2012, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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I agree OTTB. People don't need to be in highschool to act like a child lol. Sometimes its hard to ignore it because it is being directed right at you.

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post #26 of 31 Old 01-01-2012, 04:21 PM
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What a horrid person!!

There used to be a girl at our stables whos mum was horrid. I used to have to share a field with them. The BO told her to put electric fencing up a bit further away from the real fencing that split our horses to the BO's. But she refused. I couldn't do anything cos I have no electric tape. Anyway...
my horse got stuck in the fence- this is why the BO wanted the tape up. Yeah bout £1000 in vet bills and it was all 'her' fault.
Luckily theyve left the stables (got kicked out). That girl iis really horrid now- shes used to be really quite nice.

Happy New Year guys!!

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post #27 of 31 Old 01-05-2012, 11:02 AM
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The only two barns I've ever been to that did not have drama were my old and favorite trainer's barn. It was a very small place, and it was really just her personal barn that she had opened up to a small amount of boarders, and she leased some of her horses and gave lessons. There were younger girls, but there were adults too, but there was never any silliness or drama. Nobody was made to feel bad for what they could or could not do - they just got out there and worked for a personal best.

The other one was NOT a good barn. There was never hardly anyone there to start drama, and the manager was a jerk who pretended to know eeeeevvverrryyything about horses - pretended he'd been all over the country/world riding and he really just started locally and had less experience than most of the boarders. He'd get on the internet and read things and come back to us with all this new and "great" information and attempt to force us to use it on our horses. There was no drama over this guy because everyone blindly followed his lead! Why I don't know...but not all no-drama barns are good.

The barn I'm at now has it's moments of drama but overall I am much happier here than anywhere else. The last two barns Amber was at, the managment would always try to tell me what to do with my horse, and would make decisions for me. I'm not opposed to hearing advice, but I want my word on something for my horse to ultimately be what is done if I say so. And it never was at the last two barns, I'd ask for something to be done, and it never got done, or things would be done for my horse that I did not authorize.

The barn we are at now I have never had a problem with something being done that I didn't want or something not being done that I asked for. Save some serious trouble with the people who I call "stable hands" who were hired to feed/turn out/clean stalls. They've done some annoying things but as far as the person in charge - no problems!

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post #28 of 31 Old 01-12-2012, 09:52 AM
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I hear you! I moved my horse to a racing stable 5 months ago and it couldn't have gone better. I was sick to death of the catty know alls. I do miss having people to go riding with, but the pros greatly outweigh the cons as far as I'm concerned. For the most part all the horses are finished working by 12noon, which means I have full run of all the facilities.

I was deeply offended by a group of people.. or "friends" if you may at the last yard, who really let me down when I really needed them. It was to the extent that I had bad feelings towards them and didnt want to be at the yard.. so I made the decision that for my own sanity a move was in order.
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post #29 of 31 Old 01-12-2012, 10:34 AM
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It's really hard to ignore things like that. Luckily I only deal with gossips and trouble makers at work.
My boarding stable is very private. 10 or so boarders and they come to ride and work with their horses and that's all. It's very nice. Half the time I go to work with my horse and I don't even have to share the arena.
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post #30 of 31 Old 01-13-2012, 05:20 PM
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Barn drama is dreadful. A girl I used to know who rode there went through horses like they were mere clothing. She was so stuck up that, when I stopped riding English, she had the nerve to tell me I didn't need to board my horse there if all I was doing was riding western. All I can say is what others have said - ignore her. It's fairly clear she has a jealousy issue, as well as being somewhat narcissistic attitude.

If she wants to make an ass out of herself, let her. Keep riding, and pretend she's not there if you happen to see her around. People like that aren't worth your time.

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