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post #1 of 21 Old 10-08-2009, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Ugh, barn owners...

I know, all the BOs can say the same thing about boarders! Just a funny story and I had to share... I emailed a farm that is only 5 miles from my house (everything else is 15-20) to ask about their boarding program. I explained that I had recently adopted a 30 yr old Percheron. She emailed back and said "wow, I didn't know horses lived that long!" What?!?!?!?!?! You're in the horse business and you didn't know horses could live to 30?? Oh, and she's charging double what I pay now... Umm, no thanks...
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post #2 of 21 Old 10-08-2009, 04:49 PM
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hahah yeah i would run far, far way from that place!
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post #3 of 21 Old 10-11-2009, 10:13 PM
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Good Lordy. XD

Well, it's not that different from my BO. She doesn't know what a snaffle is. *facepalm*

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post #4 of 21 Old 10-11-2009, 10:41 PM
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I would be a little concerned if a BO didnt know basic facts /care of horses.....Things that make you go HMMMMM!

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post #5 of 21 Old 10-12-2009, 01:05 AM
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Hopefully that was a bad joke?? From a barn owner's point of view...she may have not wanted a horse that old on her property... no one wants to walk out their door to find a dead horse and I'm sure she doesn't want her boarders coming out to find a dead horse either..people may blame her for the horse's death because the BO gets blamed for EVERYTHING. I have an oldy that is covered in tumors and lame on all 4 legs and that certainly crosses my mind.. Not to mention she requires alot of extra care...and in my experience we never charge enough for it.

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post #6 of 21 Old 10-13-2009, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Hopefully that was a bad joke?? From a barn owner's point of view...she may have not wanted a horse that old on her property... no one wants to walk out their door to find a dead horse and I'm sure she doesn't want her boarders coming out to find a dead horse either..people may blame her for the horse's death because the BO gets blamed for EVERYTHING. I have an oldy that is covered in tumors and lame on all 4 legs and that certainly crosses my mind.. Not to mention she requires alot of extra care...and in my experience we never charge enough for it.

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"That old" is a bit different with a draft. A perch can easily live to 38. Noah is in no way ready to keel over any time soon. A 30 yr old perch is a little different than a 30 yr old TB. He is still ridden, eats well and has no health issues. I wouldn't think any BO would want people in the area to think they don't know enough to realize that horses live to be 30 and older. I don't think it was meant as a joke. The first line of her email said "Wow, I didn't know horses lived that long." She then went on to tell me about her facilities and how to arrange a tour. I didn't get the impression that she said that because she didn't want him there. And, I do expect to pay more with him being a draft (he eats and poops more) and with him being a senior horse (he doesn't need extra care yet, but he might).
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post #7 of 21 Old 10-13-2009, 02:18 PM
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I know horses live to be past 30 but I have a degree in equine science and didn't know that its common for perchs to be 38.. that's cool though.

It may be hard to tell if its a joke through email... try not to take it as an insult though.. don't burn bridges before their even built. You never know she may end up being your last hope someday.. :oP

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From a barn owner's point of view...she may have not wanted a horse that old on her property... no one wants to walk out their door to find a dead horse and I'm sure she doesn't want her boarders coming out to find a dead horse either..people may blame her for the horse's death because the BO gets blamed for EVERYTHING. I have an oldy that is covered in tumors and lame on all 4 legs and that certainly crosses my mind..
Hm, maybe I am of a different mindset than those boarders you mentioned, but I think that if you have a horse in your barn that is over 30 that is a testament to good treatment it receives to live that long. I know a barn that has a 38 year old horse. I think that shows they care and take care of their horses. And if the horse dies, well it was 38! Just my 2 cents.
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I wish more people thought that way...but every person I meet says the horse looks aweful and should be put down and shes only 24. The barn owner gets blamed for everything!

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post #10 of 21 Old 10-28-2009, 03:41 PM
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Got a better True story!
A new horse owner (90 days) went out and rented a vacant facility. Her apartment manager is managing the barn. (who also is a non-horse person)

One of her "great sales pitches," is she has a organtic barn! Vaccinations, worming etc. are NOT a requirement at her facility!

And yes.. she is blonde!

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