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        01-22-2010, 07:09 PM
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    I'm so tired of the place I board at. It's gone beyond being ridiculous. Today I went out there to ride. There wasn't any sawdust to fully clean the stalls (as usual) so I just picked out the manure in them. (Our agreement is I clean stalls 2-3 days a week) Sometimes she'll let the stalls sit and fill up with manure until I get there. Then I spend the whole entire time I'm there picking out stalls and don't have time to work my horse. I was telling my husband that I was either going to sell Piper or have to trade her for something that is already broke, because I never have time to work her.

    So anyway, I went out there at about 11:30 and she wasn't there. So I fed the horses, gave them hay, turned them out and picked out the stalls. She's got three strands of not tight electric fence. You have to connect the wire over the gate to the pasture or the fence won't stay on cause she's only running it off one unit. When I'm there I usually take the wire off the top of the gate until I leave.

    So she shows up about forty minutes after I got there. She goes through and picks little tiny things out of the stall and flings them into the aisle way telling me that I missed some. I'm talking a couple of smushed turds. (She's got a pony in a stall that hasn't been cleaned out since way before I ever came there five months ago. AND she's got one in a pile of manure in the middle of the stall because she doesn't feel like pulling the mats and evening it out so she let the manure build up.) So I was a little irked. Then she tells me that her muck pile is actually on the neighbors land and he did a walk through and told her it needs to be moved. THe muck pile has been there for three years and she's blaming some of it on me. Saying I need to help move it! When I didn't even know it didn't go there to begin with! Why does she have her muck pile where it's not supposed to be is beyond me! I'm not helping her move years worth of manure for the five months I've been there. I did what she told me to do. I put the manure on top of the pile where she told me to put it.

    Ugh. So I take Piper out and she tells me after I'm already up in the barn that I need to go back down and connect the wire or the fence won't work. So I run down and put it back up. She is there for maybe fifteen minutes and says she has to leave. I asked her if she wanted me to put the horses back in when I left and she said no. Piper has a blanket on that isn't mine. She brought it over to me one day all torn up and said that if I fixed it we would put it on Piper. So I went out and spent like $20 on material and fixed it assuming that she was giving it to me because she said she was throwing it out anyway. I brought it out and put it on Piper and she asked if I was going to buy her a new one or if I wanted to buy that one for $40 (which would have meant that I'd pay $60 for it!). I told her I'd think about it. Well it got warm out today (44 degrees, hasn't been below 30 in awhile) so I took it off.

    I went to the grocery store. When I got back my husband said that Sue had called. All the horses are out because I didn't put the wire back on the gate. I know I did because when I did I slipped in the mud and dropped the handle, accidentall grabbed the wire and shocked the crap out of myself. She's got a horse out there who knows how to flip the handle off. That's why I offered to put the horses back when I left. Anyway, she called back right before I walked in and was ranting at my husband about me taking the blanket off my horse. Saying I took it! When I left it in the filthy excuse for a tackroom right on top of the 20 other blankets she has!

    I was going to buy a horse off of her. A OTTB mare that she bought for $100. She told me that I could buy her for $200. I talked it over with my husband and he said that was fine as long as the board was the same as Pipers'. So I told her that I would. Well that night she sent me an e-mail saying she wanted $500 for her and that she would keep the board the same as Pipers' if I let her use the OTTB mare for lessons! Wanted to know if that was okay.... No thank you.

    I've got Piper advertised. I'm looking to trade her for something a little more spunkier because Piper is so darn calm. I'm in no hurry to sell her. Someone contacted me about a TWH mare. I really like her and the owner really likes Piper. BUT I refuse to move the TWH mare to this place. Until I can find another place the deal is off. I'm so fed up with this place. What I've said so far isn't even the half of it. I'm ashamed that I even okayed my horse being there in the first place. Hopefully the people I called today about boarding contact me back because this really sucks.

    (Sorry about the novel, this has really been stressing me out)
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        01-22-2010, 07:20 PM
    I know how you feel! I had a similar situation for almost 6 years (I would help out 5 days a week for $ off my board every month) I wont go into detail only because then I think I would get worked up about it all over again and write a novel myself but I got blamed for EVERYTHING!!!!! Every little thing that happened I would get yelled at about and blamed. There were always at least 6-10 other boarders there at one time but they all paid full (I was the only one working there) so the BO told all of them that if I was there during my 'work' times and they needed anything I would help them (NOT PART OF THE DEAL) or if the BO got into a fight with her husband, had a bad day, got her foot stepped on by a horse I mean ANYTHING happened to her, she took it out on me. I would work for so long at night doing the 'list' she left me everyday I wouldnt have anytime to work with my horse or if I did have time I would be in such a bad mood it would just be a fight.

    I finally stood up for myself and told her off and left the barn, that was coming up on 3 years ago now and since I moved my horse I love it! I enjoy my horse and I love my other co/boarders.

    So I say go for ti! You will find somewhere to go and pack up and leave.
        01-22-2010, 07:59 PM
    That is so frustrating and so unfair. You can find somewhere WAY better where boarding a horse is a joy they way it should be.
        01-22-2010, 08:41 PM
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    Stitch- I'm glad I'm not alone. My husband hates me being there. He says she uses me. She's degrads me in front of other people. One time someone stopped by and I was riding. They asked if I showed and she said (right in front of me) "She doesn't ride near good enough to show. All she knows how to do is stop and turn the horse." The really frustrating thing is that I GAVE this lady my laptop in trade for lessons and she's only given me ONE! So I don't know how to ride to her standards because SHE HASN'T SHOWN ME HOW! Not that I want her teaching me now anyway, but it still hit a raw nerve! I came home and cried.

    It sucks because I'm usually a happy person, but now I'm so moody and crabby all the time and it's all because of this. My horses have been my escape, my little piece of me, so that when I come home to the kids and the house I'm not a nervous wreck. Now I don't even want to go out there. I'm afraid my horse will be hurt because of her crappy fence. And I'm afraid she'll be out there because I'm always doing something wrong.

    Not to mention the numerous times I've came out there and other people were using my tack and one time someone I don't even know was riding my horse (who hasn't even had 30 full days on her!). I'm just at a loss here.

    Cecilla- I know. The first place I kept horses was the best place ever. I wish I still lived close to it. There is no doubt I'd have my horse there. You would think since I'm surrounded by farm land (now) there would be more options. I had more boarding options when I lived in the city!
        01-22-2010, 09:03 PM
    ShutUpJoe I feel your pain in everything your saying! Our situations seem so similar! The best advice I could ever give is get out, it will be the best thing I PROMISE!
        01-22-2010, 09:44 PM
    I don't know what I would do If I came to my barn one day and found someone else riding my horse I let other people ride my horse sometimes, but I would go ballistic if someone did it without my permission. Just because you board your horse at someone else's barn doesn't mean he is community property!!! As for your tack, you should put a lock on your tack box. It stinks that you fixed the blanket and now the BO wants to sell it to you, but since she didn't actually give it to you there is nothing you can do about that. I sure as heck wouldn't buy it from her though. Search Craigs list or ebay for a reasonably priced used blanket if you want one. That BO is totally being disrespectful to you and you deserved to be treated better. As everyone else said, find yourself another barn!!!!! Talk to the people running the local tack shop, or your farrier or your vet...there has got to be a barn around that suits your needs!!!
        01-22-2010, 09:52 PM
    I would be completely ticked off (thats putting it mildly) if I found someone on my horse.

    I don't know how you can grow and develop as a rider in this kind of environment...Sandy2U1 has given some good ideas. Even if it's a temporary situation go somewhere else. If someone gets hurt on your horse or HURTS would be terrible and sounds like completely out of your control.
        01-22-2010, 11:22 PM
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    I threw a fit when I saw that person on my horse. It was supposedly and accident. The BO told the person she could ride the other horse who is out in the pasture with Piper. I don't know how that person mistook a bay for a sorrel. @@

    I've called several people and have a place I'm going to look at tomorrow. I wish we could fund fencing off our acre. I'd just bring her here.

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