The more I think about it, I think she is just feeling like we all of a sudden have problems with this barn farrier when for years he has been doing fine so she thinks we are crazy to complain/seek a new farrier.
As I mentioned before, there are about 70 horses in the big pastures (35 or so geldings in the gelding pasture, 35 or so mares in the mare pasture) along with probably 15 or so others who stay in stalls. And 5 more who have private turnout- no stalls. This is excluding the BO's own horses (she has about 10).
Now, that total adds up to be about 90 boarding horses on the property. It might be a little less. Out of those 90 horses, there are about maybe 20 whose owners actually come out to see them and live close. Most of the horses are from owners in other parts of the country who just wanted to let their horses live out their days. These horses get shod by the barn farrier.
Now my point in this line of thinking is that maybe she had never heard anything negative about the barn farrier because there were never any owners present to complain. Just recently all of us "active owners" as you will moved to her property and actually paid close attention to our horse's care. And with the close attention, the complaints have started coming in. So maybe she just seems steam rolled and shell shocked because there has never been anyone able to complain in the past.
I could understand the reasoning behind that. At the same time though, I would not/will not apologize for finding a new farrier. Owning a horse that just can't move due to bad shoeing is not ok with me. And if she brings it up again, I will gladly tell her so.
And as far as the 65/month goes - if she needs to charge more.... well then she just should. Underhanded dealing with a horrid farrier is something I am not ok with her doing. Charging extra for board? Totally fine! Charge away. Its worth it! My jaw dropped when I first found out the price. And "you get what you pay for" is a true saying- but this place is a blessing in disguise. It is a very well known ranch in our area and has been known for hosting eventing competitions, etc in the past. We have an AMAZING dressage arena and 3 great xc courses. My friends and I recently spent an entire weekend cleaning up one of the xc courses (jumps, cutting grass, clearing water jump, etc) in order to school on it. We have also repainted the jump standards and such many times.
I just feel liek sometimes the place is stuck in a time capsule. The BO refuses to let it move forward. She always talks about how wonderful it used to be, and the events she rode in, and the events they hosted .. and just doesn't see how it could be amazing again after a little work.
Anyways, I am truly happy paying 65/month for the facility and the pasture. It is great. If she were to want to charge more, that would be great to. My main point in starting this thread was to let out some frustration I was bottling inside, and wondering if she could legally bind me to her horrible farrier in order to stay on her property. And as I have said before, if she gave me an ultimatum Drifter and I would be gone in a second. The main reason I chose her was because it is the only place that offers full pasture board, the people are great, her barn workers are MIRACLE WORKERS (i can't say enough good things about them) and we have over 700 acres to ride in. Drifter is truly happy there. Especially now that his feet are fixed