Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Indianapolis, IN
• Horses: 0
Should I "blackball" my current barn when I leave?
I am in the process of moving my horse from a barn that I moved to a few months ago when my old barn closed. I moved there with several other boarders, and we were, with the exception of 2 others (one of whom left 2 weeks ago), the first boarders the barn had ever had. We've been there for 2 months.
The BO has been terrible at providing stall covering-- I have literally never seen my or any other boarders' horses' stall even close to adequately covered. This has caused hoof problems in each and every horse. I have had to pay serious money on special shoes and thrush treatments. They stalled on feeding several of our horses adequate food, and they have refused to turn our horses out on the grass. My horse lost an incredible amount of weight, and I wasn't even riding him due to illness! It took me four weeks to get them to increase his food and quit short-changing him/being disorganized (I really don't care what their excuse is after I asked the first time). On top of all this, the BO is often rude and makes excuses, including blaming us and the stablehands (definitely not their fault-- they got yelled at for giving "extra" food and shavings to the boarders, when it was really just adequate and what we had asked for). These problems apply to every single boarder. Despite a promise to change, I've come to the conclusion that I cannot trust them to take care of my horse consistently.
So, I am moving, and the others are not far behind me or have already left. The BO will lose all or most of her boarders in the next month or two.
My issue is this: should I "blackball" the barn in online reviews/the local tack shop where people go for boarding ideas? I want to, but I'm afraid I'm just too emotionally involved at this point. I don't want anyone else to go through what me and my horse did, but I don't want to ruin a barn's reputation because of my own vindictiveness. Should I warn others off?