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    08-29-2010, 08:57 PM
Boarding issues


So I recently moved my horse because I was at a top show barn, and I am not really into showing right now, and so I didnt take lessons, I was paying $430 a month, and I must say the care was excellent.. but there were some personal issues between me and the owner.. so I decided to move my horse, I did the beginning of august and so she has been at this new place for about a month, and it is a smaller 10 stall non show barn, every one jus does there own thing, which I have liked because the arean is more availale all the time, but... I am not seeing some issues I don't like, my (horsey) parent, which is my dad, thinks that at the other barn my horse was spoiled, I call it excellent horse care, this new place seems to skimp on a lot of things to A) make a profit, B) not do alot of work. I am now paying $367 and I got the feeling I was paying that for a stall, but it seems my horse is left outside all the time and only brougt into feed and is put back outside, even if it is raining.. yes there are big shelters but my horse is new to the paddock pecking order and may be last to get in the shelter... and to the hay and water... etc.. she hasnt dropped any weight which is good, but I would like for my horse to be brought in at night if it is raining, and put during the day.... so do I talk to the owners.. and then make a decision to go back up to a "better" barn or wait it out... at the other barn my horse was never left out in the rain, and never sick, and was in perfect health... I don't want any vet bills.....

So what do I do? Ask for her to be brought in and pay more if needed,..??? Any suggestions are welcome!
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    08-29-2010, 09:11 PM
With the smaller private places, most have their own way of doing things. It's possible that she's just unaware that you're not happy with the way that's handling things and she's just going along with what she sees and normal.

I would discuss what your current issues are with your new BO. If he/she reacts defensively or worse, refuses to change anything, start looking for a new place. No use in saving a few bucks if you're horse isn't well cared for. There's no use in letting things slide. Hopefully he/she responds well and things will improve for you. Just be respectful about addressing your concerns and make your decision based on her response. Trust your gut.
    08-29-2010, 09:31 PM
Personally I don't like my horse in all the time exept during the winter when it gets really cold im at a barn kinda like yours and if someone wants their horse kept in during the night or if its raining all they have to do is ask, im sure if you talk to the owner of the barn you can work something out.
    08-29-2010, 09:44 PM
Thanx... I did ask for her to be left in at night only if it is raining, and then about 2 hours after I left the barn I get a rude call from the owner adressing the issue... as if they said " I agreed to have her out in the pasture 24/7" which is nott true.. I am pying for a stall, but never see her in it....hmmm.,.. I am going to discuss the issue the next time I am at the barn as nicely as possible and then I will make a decision based on if they will change..... :)
    08-29-2010, 10:23 PM
Ew, yeah that's not a good answer from her. I hate the "we agreed to this" BS. If you do start looking around, make it clear to the person you talk to at the next place that things were not communicated well to you at your current place and that you want to make sure you're on the same page with the new owner. Then ask the most important issue questions first and repeat they give you back to them. Some BO's will promise the moon and the stars to get you in only to provide mud and lack of shelter. Just be careful, trust your gut, talk to other boarders at the place you're considering (without the BO around) and get things in writing if necessary. It's your horse and your money. I had to barn hop 3 times in the past year, but I finally got it right and am glad I kept looking when things were not going well.
    08-30-2010, 05:29 AM
I think as horse owners we all like to think our horses are being pampered, but if horses could choose, they would always prefer being out to pasture...even when it is raining.
    08-30-2010, 07:42 AM
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
With the smaller private places, most have their own way of doing things.
Um, this is not a case of just smaller private places. Pretty much all barns that board horses have their way of doing things. It is up to the horse owner to choose a facility whose system matches their theories on horse care. It is not the job of the barn to bend and flex to the desires of each horse owner.

Originally Posted by sandy2u1
I think as horse owners we all like to think our horses are being pampered, but if horses could choose, they would always prefer being out to pasture...even when it is raining.
On a broad generalization I have to agree. (I know horses that this is not true for, but most it is.) Mine have shelter (two horses, two shelters, so no herd issues) and they will freely stand out in the rain.

OP, are you a minor? Before you get in a snit with the barn owner be sure to understand what arrangements your father (who I assume pays the bills) set up for your horse.

Question for you to think about - Why do you want your horse in at night? Is there a reason other than you just want it?
    08-30-2010, 08:25 AM
Originally Posted by sandy2u1    
I think as horse owners we all like to think our horses are being pampered, but if horses could choose, they would always prefer being out to pasture...even when it is raining.
My horses FLY into the stalls when it's raining, windy, or snowing. And they look extremely happy when they get in (I usually keep the stalls locked, because I also have a run-in). Because they know it's dry, warm, lots of dry hay, water, and nice layer of shavings so they can sleep on (which they do).

To the OP. Not sure about your area, but for $367 around here (and we are not the cheapest area in US I must say) you can find a place WITH the stall + all feed, dewormer, etc. The place I used to board was $200 pasture, $300 stall free-choice hay + grain twice/day. It was not a nice show place, but the BO worked her butt off in barn and those horses for $300 indeed were in stalls for the night (know it because I came to the barn every eve to mess with my girls). Personally, I'd start looking for the new place.
    08-30-2010, 06:52 PM
I personally hate "stall board" where the horse is in most of the day and mare has a smaller paddock, with a run in...the paddock isn't as large as her previous one in AZ, but she still can move around all she wants. She is penned separately (my choice, due to getting picked on and bit up good AFTER she had been there for several weeks), but her and the other horses can sniff and interact some, due to the paddocks being next to each other. I pay 150 p/mo. Like Kitten's previous place, the BO works her butt off to care for the horses...she will do anything for you feeding wise, although if you want a blanket, or fly mask/sheet she doesn't feel comfortable doing it, so prefers to have the owners take care of that kind of 'extra' stuff.

I would say if she's not losing weight, appears bright eyed, and 'cheerful' (so to speak), why change anything? She is probably enjoying really being a horse out there...I know "WE" like to have a horse put to bed (via stall), but as long as they have access to shelter, I'm sure they prefer to be with their horsey companions, and able to move about freely. After all, moving about is 'natural' for a horse, being stalled not so much.
    08-30-2010, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by sandy2u1    
but if horses could choose, they would always prefer being out to pasture...even when it is raining.
That's not true at all. We have horses at our barn that don't want to be outside at all. We have horses that like being outside but if it even starts misting they go to the gate screaming to get in.

Obviously a barn is there to make a profit. I don't think anyone runs it as a charity. They have to make money for hay, shavings, repairs, mortgage etc.

What was the agreement that was signed before you started boarding? Was it a 24/7? It sounds like whatever your father signed off on, is what he agreed to. Did he discuss the contract with you?

Before you start making any demands from the BO make sure you know what your Dad signed off on.

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