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Should I "blackball" my current barn when I leave?

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    05-08-2012, 01:33 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by churumbeque    
In the Midwest that isn't a deal. It's average for good care and facilities.
Where I'm from that kind of (lack of) care would be a rip off. It's all relative I guess!

Anyway I have nothing more to add to what others have said, I wouldn't burn a bridge as others have mentioned, the horse world is VERY small!!
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    05-08-2012, 05:01 PM
At one of my boarding barns, the owner got in a financial jam and stopped buying adequate shavings. My sister and I went out and began providing our own shavings, which went on for two or three months. Then we arrived at the barn once to find her and several workers taking the shavings out of our stalls and distributing them amongst the other stalls.

When we did a little 'what's the deal ...' we were told that they were low on shavings, that we shouldn't be so selfish, and then, a few months later when my sister's mare was bread and getting ready to foal, we were asked to leave.

One of the barns we then looked at to move to had what we both felt to be inadequate fencing. It really was quite bad. I must have told somebody that, although I don't remember it, and about five years later I received a call from a lawyer. A horse had gone through the fence and collided with a motorcycle; both died. The lawyer wanted me to testify in court that the fences were inadequate... People have long memories!
    05-08-2012, 05:02 PM
Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
Where I'm from that kind of (lack of) care would be a rip off. It's all relative I guess!

Anyway I have nothing more to add to what others have said, I wouldn't burn a bridge as others have mentioned, the horse world is VERY small!!
I agree it is a small world indeed.
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    05-12-2012, 10:05 AM
Not owning your own property leaves you at a disadvantage when owning a horse.
Blacklisting this barn may be justified but being labled a angry former tenant may limit the places available to you.
The future barn owners may think that you are vindictive and not worth the trouble of having you as a member.
Negative reviews cost people business and can seriously damage a reputation.
By simply not recommending the facility you will speak volumes about your character.
Do it in a mature way and do it strongly without going into details.
"My time there was not very pleasant and I would not return. EVER."
Then suggest that they visit the barn and see for themselves to come to their own conclusions. Good luck. Shalom
    05-12-2012, 10:26 AM
Good advice, especially if the OP is planning to stay with and/or get into a horse profession/business. The old saying in business is... "be careful what you say about your coworkers/ may wind up working for them one day.."
    05-12-2012, 08:17 PM
I came from a show barn years ago that was as corrupt as they come. Intoxicated trainers riding clients' horses, selling lame horses & scheming with vets for pre-purchase exams, swearing at students during competitions VERY publicly in front of other competitors, giving school horses "ace" on a daily basis when they grew sour... the list goes ON AND ON AND ON. However, if somebody asked me in person what I thought of the barn, I'd be totally honest with bad experiences I have had PERSONALLY (not rumors or other peoples' experiences)... but never EVER post anything on the internet & attach their name to it. It could get you in a lot of trouble, and many trainers/barns on a more professional & private level do research on potential boarders before letting you ride with them... if they see you trashing other barns, they may be hesitant to let you into their own in fear that you'll later trash them as well.

No matter how bad your experience was and how emotional it was... don't blackball barns or trainers on the internet or to people you do not know on a personal level. If people ask directly, tell what YOU went through... but leave other boarders out of it. But don't just throw it out there to "get back at them." It's unprofessional and could do more harm to you than the barn.
    05-12-2012, 09:01 PM
Green Broke
^^great advice!!
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    05-15-2012, 11:56 PM
Just go to your new barn and leave it in your rear view mirror. If the barn has high turnover, that says all it needs to for prospective new boarders. Take the high road and move on.

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