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    12-20-2012, 10:10 PM
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Weanling
Is it unreasonable for me to be a bit aggravated?

So I board my gelding at a large barn with 35 stalls. He is on indoor board, so out from about 8 AM to 4 PM and in his stall all night. The barn breeds, shows, and trains AQHAs, they have two studs, multiple broodmares, and show horses. There are also about 10 indoor boarders in including me. I love the barn, the people they have there for daily chores are knowledgable and efficient, and the barn manager and owner live on site. The barn manager is awesome, really approachable, nice, and knowledgable. However, as with all barns they have some things that they like to do their way.

My gelding, Xander, is bodyclipped so it's important, especially during our freezing and snowy Maine winter, for him to be blanketed. I have a stable blanket, turnout sheet, mid weight, and heavyweight. So I wanted him to wear the stable blanket inside at night and the appropriate weight turnout blanket for outside. A week ago, barn manager texts me and tells me that they are going to leave the stable blanket on 24/7 and just layer on the requisite weight turnout blanket/sheet. So I said well I would rather do it my way as I don't want the stable blanket getting all muddy and yucky as its a PITA to wash. She responds with "well it's easier for us to just put something in top instead of changing them, so we would like to do it that way. If you prefer not then we will charge you extra for the blanket change. I doubt it will get that dirty anyway." At this point I was getting sick (a nasty head cold) so I said whatever, as long as he's warm I don't care that much. Although I was frustrated that she was more interested in what was easiest for them, but whatever.

So a week later, today, I go out to ride after not being able to get out for a few days and Xander in his his stall with his stable blanket on. It's filthy, muddy all along the bottom and the back right butt from him rolling. Plus two leg straps are ripped off. So now I'm frustrated, I knew this was going to happen, stable blankets weren't really meant to be worn out in a big field all day.

So here's my problem: I'm aggravated that she wouldn't listen to me in the first place, that even though I pay 650 dollars a moth they won't do the blanket changes I ask for. At the same time though, I know that they have a lot of horses to look after and that its a lot if work to keep track of them all.
This is my first horse and first boarding barn so I'm not sure if I have grounds to be frustrated or not, I mean I'm sure she wasn't purposely doing anything, she is just trying to make everything move more smoothly. But now I'm not sure what to do, I'm going to have to buy a new stable blanket, and I only had it two weeks. If that continues to happen then I'm going to be borek by the end of winter.

So am I just being over reactive? Would you be frustrated? Should I just ask what she wants to charge for the extra blanket change?

*sigh* sorry for the novel/rant haha I'm just confused, first time horse owner over here.
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    12-20-2012, 10:17 PM
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I have never been at a barn that does not charge extra for blanket changes. Usually the blanket you put on will just be left on, both in the stall and out unless you pay extra.

$650 a month is a lot of money, but that's relative to your area, and not out of the realm of normal.

I don't really think you have a right to be annoyed at the barn owner/manager. They called you and gave you the option to do what they were suggesting, or pay more to do what you wanted done. You opted not to pay more.
     
    12-20-2012, 10:20 PM
  #3
Weanling
Ah that's what I figured , I just wasn't sure if it was standard for a blanket change to be an extra charge. Thanks for your response:)
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    12-20-2012, 10:25 PM
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Firstly ask what the extra blanket charge is......it may be worth your while considering your stable blankets will just get ruined doing it the other way.

I'm not going to say either way whether or not this extra charge is a fair request, as I know that it does run smoother if you can just layer the blankets instead of taking them right off and on.

What I would suggest, (my horse is clipped too) is buy a blanket liner that is tough and designed for outdoor wear underneath another blanket and all the staff have to do is throw his outdoor blanket over top and the pull it off in the afternoon when he comes in and leave the liner on him while he is inside and it won't be too warm, as it is just a liner (like a heavy duty wool cooler).

It's frustrating when you have to replace and mend blankets.......
     
    12-20-2012, 10:26 PM
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Are you the only one who blankets? Do they have a typical routine that should have been discussed when you signed the boarding agreement?

Could you put him in a blanket in his stall that is acceptable for outdoor use, and just not use a "stable" blanket?

Or ask how much more it would be to have the blanket change . It's only for a few months, right?
     
    12-20-2012, 10:31 PM
  #6
Weanling
Yeah, it's normal to charge extra for blanketing. $650 seems like a lot to me, enough to include blanketing, but like AlexS said, it's relative. If you didn't agree on it to begin with, you can't expect it. Sounds like she's actually trying to cut you a deal by adding the extra blanket without charging you the blanketing fee.
     
    12-20-2012, 10:32 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
Firstly ask what the extra blanket charge is......it may be worth your while considering your stable blankets will just get ruined doing it the other way.

I'm not going to say either way whether or not this extra charge is a fair request, as I know that it does run smoother if you can just layer the blankets instead of taking them right off and on.

What I would suggest, (my horse is clipped too) is buy a blanket liner that is tough and designed for outdoor wear underneath another blanket and all the staff have to do is throw his outdoor blanket over top and the pull it off in the afternoon when he comes in and leave the liner on him while he is inside and it won't be too warm, as it is just a liner (like a heavy duty wool cooler).

It's frustrating when you have to replace and mend blankets.......
Hmm...not quite sure what kind of liner you mean...something like this?

Http://www.sstack.com/Horse-Blankets-And-Sheets_Blanket-Liners/Poly-Tech-Leg-Strap-Multi-Purpose-Liner/
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    12-20-2012, 10:33 PM
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Hmm...not quite sure what kind of liner you mean...something like this?

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    12-20-2012, 10:35 PM
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Yes, something like the link I posted above. Works a treat
     
    12-20-2012, 10:38 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
Are you the only one who blankets? Do they have a typical routine that should have been discussed when you signed the boarding agreement?

Could you put him in a blanket in his stall that is acceptable for outdoor use, and just not use a "stable" blanket?

Or ask how much more it would be to have the blanket change . It's only for a few months, right?
Ah yes this is what I forgot to put in my first post! She told us that only one blanket change (on morning/off night) was included in contract. I checked and that's not true, there is actually no mention of blanketing in the contract. Yes other people in the barn blanket, pretty much everyone. I gues I'm the only one who's asked for an "extra" blanket change.
But my problem is that I couldn't find something that would work for inside but be durable, what I bought was 1200D but that didn't stop the leg straps from getting ripped off.
Yes, I probably will just pay the extra cost, I'm just being silly aren't I? As I said- first winter with your first horse stresses haha :)
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