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post #11 of 15 Old 09-14-2012, 08:10 PM
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Maybe when you do talk to him, you could suggest increasing the boarding costs to cover the deworming and farrier. Then he would have less to worry about and you just take care of it when needed.
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post #12 of 15 Old 09-14-2012, 09:41 PM
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Its not unusual for those who take over barns to write up new boarding contracts. The only difference between you and those others is that they usually do it immediately, not when there is a problem.

I would spend an hour to two and write up new board contracts for every single boarder in your barn. If they don't like the "new" rules, they can leave. Have in the contract that you will provide dewormer unless otherwise discussed (and the cost will be added to the bill), and if the horse is in need of farrier or vet work and the owner can not be reached, the BO has the right to make a decision based on the horse's welfair, and the cost will be added onto the board bill.

All horses will be kept at the best health possible or else evicted to keep all others healthy. You may even want to consider asking every boarder to obtain copies of vet records and a cogins from their vet for your records. Most barns won't let a horse into their facility without updated shots and a negative cogins. Now that you own the barn but don't know squat about records, you have to start records to prevent this from happening with anybody else.

Make the contracts, get the boarders to sign it. Make sure every single boarder knows NOT TO TAKE THIS MAN'S BOARD CHECK to give to you. Tell them to deny him and tell them that if he tries, they are to direct him to you personally. You need to see him about a new boarding contract He is avoiding you.

Personally, I would deworm the horse if its causing his health to dip. I would also schedule him for a cheap trim. You may get your money back, you may not. But I couldn't let a horse suffer on my property while knowing I can afford dewormer and a cheap trim for him to keep him stable.

It isn't unheard of to own a horse and not see it. I've owned my mare for a year and because of personal issues, haven't been able to see her until the summer months. And even then, I'm lucky to see her when I have my daughter with me (shared parenting). I expect my BO to make sure my horse is taken care of, because thats what I pay her for. Thats what boarding is about. She doesn't see it as neglect since I don't see her as much as I want to. If there is a problem, we discuss it. But my horse has been properly dewormed and trimmed for months without my presence. Thats why I board.

She was thrilled to see that I was finally back in the area. Not because I can take care of my own horse now, but because I can finally enjoy the horse I've been paying her for.

Print out new contracts. Make it so this man has to see you personally in order to pay for his horse. You won't get any answers if you let him avoid you. There are ways of finding people...if you have his first and last name and his general where-abouts, you can pinpoint him rather easily.
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post #13 of 15 Old 09-21-2012, 04:59 PM
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Flying Silk, it seems as if you've got your work cut out for you...trying to take over as BO AND track all the boarders down to get a contact list going is VERY stressful. The only thing I can suggest is talk to a animal control (or police) officer to find out what your legal options are...if they don't know or their answer doesn't satisfy you, perhaps you can tack a notice to the stall door in hopes that he will see it, stating that you provided the care for his horse and this is what he owes you. I do know that even if you aren't the owner, should someone report that horse, you could be held responsible for neglect/abuse, if you fail to report the horse's condition to the proper authorities.
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post #14 of 15 Old 09-21-2012, 08:56 PM
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I agree with others that you should rewrite your boarding contract, but for now, you could just put something in writing that the owner can sign saying you will seek farrier and vet treatment up to x amount and they will reimburse you for that.

It's not good for you to have a neglected horse on your property.
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post #15 of 15 Old 09-21-2012, 09:05 PM
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Not sure of you local laws but in many places if a horse is on your property it's your responsibility.

So I'd do as suggested worm and trim the horse and as others have said get cheques in person or threaten to hold his horse in Lieu (I think that's the correct term).

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