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post #11 of 24 Old 07-13-2013, 03:25 PM
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You suspect your horse is being ridden when you are not around, being tied up & breaking & discarding your leadrope, only decent place to ride is overcrowded & being harrowed at inopportune times, other arena's hazards have caused you to be thrown, scummy water & washrack, cut in feed (but you say the horse still gets plenty to eat, so maybe BO will save money on overfeeding & spend it fixing up the rocky, uneven arena), new horses being moved in without Coggins, oh & your barn visitor thinks the place is a pigsty! On the plus side, it's close, yeah that makes up for all the negatives? I doubt you complaining will start a massive clean up, since it didn't work with the boarder who got turfed. You know your options, chose which is best for your horse & your enjoyment of your horse. I couldn't enjoy anything in a pigsty!
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post #12 of 24 Old 07-13-2013, 06:53 PM
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Seems like a no-brainer...your horse's comfort, health and safety come first. I know people who drive an hour or more to be at a better barn...just my humble opinion
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post #13 of 24 Old 07-13-2013, 06:58 PM
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Kind of a vent thread... I'm starting to lose my temper with my barn. I'm trying to decide if I should stay and accept it, move or just talk to the BO. Unfortunately some of it is just stuff he seems unwilling to do much about, since it's been this way for months and I know of a couple people who have left already after he told them "if you don't like it, you can leave".

I purchased my horse from them, so leaving him at his accustomed barn was easiest. The barn is only about 4 miles from my house and literally across the lake from my school, so it's as handy as you can get. We live in the middle of college town, so there are not many board options to begin with. I was okay with the quality of the facility at first, but it's gotten very sloppy lately, the new people boarding drive me bonkers, and there are no "common courtesy" rules enforced.

The new boarders keep using the arena as a turn-out, which forces me to ride in the other arena. This "arena" is not graded, not lighted, and is full of softball sized rocks and trash - yesterday I looked down and saw orange slurpee all over my horse from a 7-11 cup he had kicked. You can't lope in there because the horses trip on all the rocks and uneven ground, there are no barrels or poles to use, nothing. There is a turnaround for cars right next to it (but off the property), and kids have made it a sport to come flying around the corner, honking their horns at the horses, so I almost got thrown yesterday when they terrified my horse. I haaaaaate that arena.

There is not enough room for the amount of boarders they have - there's probably 40 horses boarded, with one usable arena and one round pen.
When it's not being used as a turnout, it's normal to have 6 or 7 people in the arena (which is tiny, so it's very hard to do anything other than go in circles with that many people). Yesterday there was an unsupervised beginner in there, wandering aimlessly against the flow of traffic and cutting people off who were loping; mildly dangerous, IMO. They are always dragging the arena when there are people in it "because it's hot all day" - riiiiiight, it's too hot for you to sit on a tractor for 5 minutes at a time and drink a beer - and that means I have to dismount, move all my barrels and poles, wait for them, move them back. Pain in the arse. I swear they wait for me to set my stuff up to drag just to be annoying.

Then we have random other stuff, like that my board contract does not include turnout, yet I keep finding my horse's lead rope re-tied different ways like he has been taken out. This is totally not acceptable to me, as he is a problem horse that I'm re-training...I'm not comfortable with other people handling him. I had 2 lead ropes on his stall and one mysteriously disappeared; I found it a week later broken in half behind a garbage can. When I found it gone, that day he suddenly re-started yanking backwards when tied... makes me think someone took him out and he broke the rope on them. I've also come back after a couple of days off to find girth marks on him like he'd been ridden A few weeks ago, a stable hand announced to me that "he's pretty fat so I told xxx to cut his food back". EXCUSE ME? He's not your horse to do so with. Gah.

The property is now also full of piles of tin and metal and dirt heaps, that seem to be multiplying... when I arrived, they had one or two piles of scrap metal out of the way, now there's about 10. I had to clean the algae out of my waterer yesterday, and there is even algae growing on the wash rack concrete. My boyfriend came with one day and commented that the place looks like a pig sty I was also informed that they don't check vet/worming/Coggins records on their new intakes which is kind of sketchy to me.

I've been in contact with one of the boarders who did leave, and she says she was actually thrown out after she complained about things. Makes me think the staff won't hesitate to do the same with me. And I have no idea how to politely bring this stuff up.
Sooooo I have to decide if I'm gonna stay and deal with all this, or leave and have to drive an extra 10 miles or so out of my way to board.
I mean, I feel like I may be blowing this out of proportion, but it's become a daily routine of having to groan about something.

Leave. There was enough in the first paragraph to make it an easy decision to leave. IMO it's worth driving further if you know your horse will be better cares for.
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post #14 of 24 Old 07-13-2013, 08:15 PM
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I'd be gone in a second. If I ever found girth marks on my horse when I know for a fact I hadn't ridden him, head would roll. I board self care and always will because I don't like it when anything that will directly affect MY horse is out of my control, and If I can't be there to take care of him at least know that he is in good hands. It seems as if you have neither of these comforts. Ten miles isn't as much as you think it is, honestly and you really can't substitute peace of mind.
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post #15 of 24 Old 07-13-2013, 08:35 PM
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When I first owned Star, she was boarded at what had become a very run-down stable (unbeknownst to her previous owner) - I was there to groom/ride/ her every day, and saw how bad it was... I found and moved her to another stable fast!!! I'm "way out in the boonies", but let me tell you the extra miles were well spent (35 as opposed to 20) having her in clean living conditions while we were building the shed/fencing to bring her home. I say, "JUST DO IT!!", and you'll be happy you did :)
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post #16 of 24 Old 07-13-2013, 08:56 PM
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good luck talking to the BO. If they say ' if you dont like it move', state you will certainly do that as soon as you find another barn and if you are currently paid up. I would take all My tack home .If they are vindictive, your horse may be mistreated. I had issues at a boarding facilities, I left two before I found the last one, furthest from me, had issues with a couple of people, complained to the owner about one, the other person i just ignored. I stayed there until I purchased my home with horse property. But I never rode as much as I did not have a riding companion.

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post #17 of 24 Old 07-14-2013, 11:38 AM
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I don't like the sounds of it. I would start looking for a new barn first, because it sounds like boarding facilities are limited. Once you found one that you like and has room, I'd bring things up. It would suck to be told "Leave" and have no where to go. Have a back up plan just in case it gets ugly.
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post #18 of 24 Old 07-14-2013, 09:19 PM
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I wouldn't even bother talking to the BO at the current place- it sounds like it's obvious to the untrained eye that this place is not safe or well run, and the BO either isn't smart enough to realize it or doesn't care. I'd find a different place ASAP even if it was just a temporary place farther away while you look for somewhere closer that will work for you.
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post #19 of 24 Old 07-14-2013, 09:25 PM
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I'd be out of there. There's so many bad things going on, I'd doubt talking to the BO would help.
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post #20 of 24 Old 07-14-2013, 10:02 PM
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Leave, and let them know why (without the ranting and raving)

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