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post #11 of 21 Old 12-20-2012, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm but that's very similar to what I had and lasted for abou two weeks...I'll probably just pay the extra charge haha...I suspect I'm just being silly, this is my first winter with my first horse :)
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post #12 of 21 Old 12-20-2012, 10:48 PM
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I have been on both sides of this issue and I can say it is a huge pain to be in charge of blanketing and de-blanketing a barn full of horses. Some don't have enough patience to stand there and be fussed with when there is a pasture to run through or a bucket of grain to eat.

On the other hand, I have had my horse blanketed in the past too. Stable sheet and turnouts or all weights. I didn't want him out in his nice, soft Irish knit stable blanket, regardless if it was under his turnout or not. Horses find a way to get their blankets dirty, or torn, or worse. I get your frustration.

I would talk to your barn owner. I think $650 is a lot to pay and Alex is right, a blanketing fee should be included in that... but! If it wasn't in your boarding agreement, she doesn't have to do it for you. Still, talk to her and let her know what you are thinking. If she charges you an extra $20 a month or whatever, it'll be worth it to not have to replace stable sheets over and over again.

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post #13 of 21 Old 12-20-2012, 11:46 PM
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Originally Posted by JustWingIt View Post
even though I pay 650 dollars a moth they won't do the blanket changes I ask for...

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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It doesn't matter if you pay $1000 month, if your contract doesn't state blanketing is included, then YES, you pay extra. Your horse isn't the only horse at the barn, and it is selfish and rediculous to expect that someone provide an additional service without being paid. If your barn owner did that same thing for every horse in their barn (sounds like a large barn), she'd spend all day blanketing/unblanketing horses, and that is crazy...

If you were being snotty about it (no matter what tone of voice, "whatever" is a childish, snide comment), then I would especially not expect to get the owner of the barn to do you any favors. If you want your horse blanketed your way, build your own barn and do it - or pay for that service up front, and be respectful about it when requesting it.

a. Yes, you are being over-reactive... and demanding, whiny and selfish...
b. No, I would not be frustrated - I would have promptly gone to the barn with my checkbook to discuss the additional cost and what exactly it includes, get it in writing, and pay them then and there for what you are expecting. If the barn owner refused at that point, or didn't do what was agreed upon after being paid for it, then YES, frustration would be reasonable.
c. "b" answered your last question, but in case there was any confusion - YES, you should have already done that, IMMEDIATELY since, apparently the blanket situation that you said "whatever" to was such a big deal.

Hopefully your attitude hasn't already damaged the relationship with the barn owner... that never makes for a comfortable boarding relationship. Hope you get it straightened out, ASAP... if for nothing more than your sanity/pocket book (blankets are rediculously expensive).
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post #14 of 21 Old 12-21-2012, 12:05 AM
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Doing blankets is extra time for the owners/people who have to do it. Our barn charges extra per month to blanket/unblanket/reblanket.

We have people that get rude to the BO about the horses being needing to be blanketed all the time, and if the blankets are taken off so the horses can go out and the horses get dirty, then the horse owners complain about that. BO just can't win.
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post #15 of 21 Old 12-21-2012, 12:23 AM
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I've always just had a stable blanket under a turnout blanket. That's norm for here and I pay more board than you.
My horse rips leg straps off everything, so I just clip the back 2 D rings together under his tail. Works way better for me.

I think you are freaking out about nothing. If your stable blanket is getting dirty then your blankets probably don't fit well and are shifting, or your stable blanket is huge and your turnout blanket is small. Staying within the same blanket brand usually keeps this mismatch from happening.
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post #16 of 21 Old 12-21-2012, 12:30 AM
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A lot of the horses hear rip off those leg straps. I was walking by one horse the other day and the blanket had slipped up on to his neck and was covering his head. Only his little nose was sticking out of his new 'hoodie'! He didn't care at all!

I'm lucky, my horse doesn't need a blanket. Not that I could find a size 104 anyway.

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I was shocked...and let me sound 'pouncy' here, or 'snooty' if you like, but when I bought a winter turn out rug here (Canada) I bought it home and realized it had no back straps......I called the (very large and popular) tack store and said 'hey, there's no back straps, can I exchange?' and the response was 'all the rugs and sheets come without back straps, you have to buy them seperatley'......ok, that's just stupid! In NZ those backs traps are hardwired into the blanket!

Manufacturing and selling a blanket without back straps is like buying shoes without laces, or a belt without a buckle......really I was stunned! Have you ever bought a jacket without a zipper????

Has anyone found this to be just a pain in the butt??????
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post #18 of 21 Old 12-21-2012, 12:51 AM
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I've never encountered that Muppet, all my blankets bought in the US and the UK had leg straps.

Back to the OP. I pay $375 for bank barn boarding. It's basically field boarding with a bank barn stall available in bad weather. My horse has not used a stall since I moved there, about July ish.
I can understand how much you pay in board costs. If I had more income my horse would be at a $1k a month barn, there are lots of them. As it is, I board about 1/2 a mile from one as I don't have a trailer, so I can ride my horse there for lessons.
Anyway, I looked at the websites for the $1k barns in my area, they all list blanketing under "extra services" part of boarding, ie. extra money.

As your horse is inside over night, does the horse really need a blanket on at all? Can you just go with the barns arrangement of being willing to put on one blanket to go out rather than changing back and forth between inside and outside blankets?
If you really feel the horse needs something inside, and that can't be the outdoor blanket - then you need to go there yourself or pay extra. I think that's fair.
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post #19 of 21 Old 12-29-2012, 06:19 AM
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IMO it is your horse and you are paying to board. You should be able to make decisions which affect your horse no matter what as you are responsible for its welfare. However, the BO is entitled to make additional charges for what they consider to be 'extras' such as putting specific blankets on at different times according to the owners wishes. If you pay for this, then you can ask for whatever you wnat. If you don't pay or its 'included' in your livery costs, then it is up to the livery yard or 'boarding' yard what they will and won't do. In the UK full livery (London area) costs about £900 per month which is around $1300. Horses get the basics and if you want extras such as blankets, deeper bedding, more hay etc it is added to your bill. I keep my two horses at a DIY yard but I employ a groom over 5 days a week and I decide how my horses are looked after. My bills are much cheaper. It may be worth you considering this as an option if you are worried.
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post #20 of 21 Old 12-29-2012, 07:04 AM
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Been there as a boarder... What I did was talk with two other boarders and we just helped each other. Between the 3 of us there was always someone who would pull blankets and check straps... Not sure if you no anybody but with 35 horses up there you probably are not the only one who blankets, or maybe can use some help.

This year, no blankets for jazz. Her winter coat is nice and thick
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