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    05-03-2012, 12:30 PM
  #11
Foal
My advise would be to not post anything negative about the ranch. As a BO we do look at things like that and would label you as a potential "problem child" if we have seen postings slamming another facility. Remember if you put it on the internet it is there FOREVER. Just let it go. Chalk it up to a learning experience and laugh about it. That's the easiest way to get thru life.
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    05-03-2012, 02:41 PM
  #12
Banned
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Originally Posted by caseymyhorserocks    
But if you post it all over the internet .. The BO could come after you,
Wrong. The truth is an absolute defense to both libel and slander.



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Originally Posted by caseymyhorserocks    
I would just consider it rude posting warnings all over everywhere.
I disagree. Rude is neglecting horses entrusted to your care for compensation.
     
    05-03-2012, 02:47 PM
  #13
Super Moderator
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Originally Posted by msulli22    
I pay $450/mo for indoor and outdoor arena access... except the outdoor is often unavailable because they turn their horses out there despite having 2 other dry lots. The stalls were cleaned every day, but most days new bedding or little bedding was added because they either a) yelled at the stablehands to not give "so much" (even though the mat underneath was still showing) or b) they frequently ran out. All the horses received 2-3 flakes of hay 2x/day and 1/2-2 medium scoops of grain 2x/day, depending on size. However, many of us had to "remind" them for the first month to give what was promised to our horses. And the worst part of this is that their own horses are usually well bedded and fed, so it isn't even just ignorance causing these problems. Since we were their first boarders, we only had the treatment of their own horses to go off of, so everything seemed fine.

But, you all are right. Sooner or later they'll earn their own bad reputation. The other boarders are looking to move as well (and I mean ALL of the other boarders), and losing all your boarders in under 3 months is the kind of information that spreads itself. As much as I want to rant my frustrations publicly (or, more publicly than the internet), I'll keep quiet unless asked or directly confronted with someone considering that barn.

Getting this objective advice has been very helpful. Thank you all.
Where I come from , that's a steal of a deal!
     
    05-03-2012, 02:52 PM
  #14
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by msulli22    
My issue is this: should I "blackball" the barn in online reviews/the local tack shop where people go for boarding ideas?

But I don't want to ruin a barn's reputation because of my own vindictiveness.
Why? Just to make yourself feel better? The only thing it will do is show others in the horse business in your area that you are quick to point fingers and be negative.

The horse world is small and karma is a b!tch. It may not be today or tomorrow, but those get what is coming to them. (Look at Rita Crundwell)

You recognize that your emotions are in control right now. Be the bigger person and simply walk away.
     
    05-03-2012, 03:03 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by msulli22    
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?
if you think the barn-livery yard is not looking after your horse did you sign a disclamer did thay have the yard rules stated ie turn out how much beding hay feed. Have you gone over your quota. And have thay broke and in breach of there own barn rules all I can say your horse comes first and if nobody likes that that's tuff.
My best advice if its a very poor service and the barn owner is fobing you off id leave and the next barn id go to id ask for a letter disclamer of what the barn has to offer ie services hay feed turn out bring in muck out bedding grooming and exercise (schooling) and a supply of there barn rules.
     
    05-03-2012, 03:29 PM
  #16
Yearling
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Originally Posted by michaelvanessa    
if you think the barn-livery yard is not looking after your horse did you sign a disclamer did thay have the yard rules stated ie turn out how much beding hay feed. Have you gone over your quota. And have thay broke and in breach of there own barn rules all I can say your horse comes first and if nobody likes that that's tuff.
My best advice if its a very poor service and the barn owner is fobing you off id leave and the next barn id go to id ask for a letter disclamer of what the barn has to offer ie services hay feed turn out bring in muck out bedding grooming and exercise (schooling) and a supply of there barn rules.
ill tell you about our little yard we have 3 horses and one pony owned by the barn owner there is me with my pony and another woman whos a right pain we get on like a fammaly I maintain the electrics and the water on the barn helped fence all the paddocks with stock wire I fitted all the electric fence lines as well the only thing I buy is my bedding I get a wood pellet called aquamax its in a 13 kilo bag place it in a wheel barrow add water and it swells up and fills the wheel barrow up I pay 160 a month that includes all the hay and turnout as well and I hack out (trail ride her cob quincy) and the good thing about it we know were we all stand.
     
    05-07-2012, 07:06 PM
  #17
Foal
Don't burn the bridge....
     
    05-08-2012, 02:06 AM
  #18
Yearling
black balling a yard

I think the best way to go about it is if you know someone is going there is not to recomend it.
Youll find bad yards people que to get in I don't know why.
There is one down the road here my old pony snowy had a cyst on her off side fore elbo and on the yard thay had a pony week were a child looks after a pony at the time I had a broken arm.
The yards name is kings oak equestrian centure.
So I thought what could go wroung I said are the kids under constant supervision the owner said yes and the pony was on full livery.
So I thought the pony would be ok and when I went up there a couple of days later the child had tryed to remove the cyst with a metle curry comb.
I went mad at first and I asked are thay sure thay were supervised.
I told her did you call the vet or my vet she said no I was discusted.
She asked who my vet was I told her and she said the vets not coming on her yard and starter swareing at me I blew my top and said that's her vet
And that's who will be seeing to her.
I said what doi owe you and payed the difference.
I said to her the only horse you can look after is a cloths horse I then replyed well I think that would be unkind to the cloths horse.
I often ention about that yard still to day even though it was 23 years ago.
I supose looking at it logicley youll never for get the person that did this to your horse I still have private bad words about them.
     
    05-08-2012, 09:38 AM
  #19
Showing
I have boarded and have had boarders so I've gone down both sides of the road. When someone tells me an earful of how bad a barn is, my first thought is "got behind on the board" as this what most commonly happens. Should someone ask why you left just tell them it didn't meet your expectations. History has a way of repeating itself and you just never know if one day you have to go back there. If you were to post anything negative about a barn, no BO will let you and your horse in the door.
     
    05-08-2012, 10:44 AM
  #20
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
Where I come from , that's a steal of a deal!
In the Midwest that isn't a deal. It's average for good care and facilities.
     

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