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post #1 of 23 Old 07-22-2008, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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Update for me and Sonny

The owner of Schulyer Creek Farm called and said she would be able to transfer Sonny to her stables on THURSDAY!!! WOAH!!!!! I CAN"T SLEEEEEEEEP
Sorry realllllly happy and excited!!!!!

But I agree with my mom that we should leave on good terms with the BO...even though I'd LOVE to tell her my mind. She has afterall been fairly kind to us....letting us board there when she wasn't really going to board.

So thought I'd share the letter I wrote her because I'm bored and want something to do lol
"I would just like to express how thankful I am for everything you have done for me and Sonny.
First, thanks for being a wonderful instructor. I learned a whole lot from you and wouldn't be the rider I am today without you. Even if I was "boring" and perfered to keep my feet (or Sonny's feet as I should say) on the ground, and just do flat work. I've learned how to handle situations without going into panic mode...or at least not all the way =)
Second, thanks for letting me board Sonny at your facilities for the six months! We had a great time! I know you weren't wanting to board so we really appreciate what you've done for us.
DEBs Heavenly Acres will always be in my heart and I'll look back on the good times there and be able to recall the fun times I had.
Please keep in touch and let me know how everyone is. All of your horseswill have a special place in my heart, as will you"

Yeah, kinda nice...nicer than she deserves...but I know I'll get crap from her so I thought I'd butter her up as much as I can lol.

I am also writing letters to the 4 lesson girls just to say thanks and to keep in touch.

So, yeah...it's 12:30 and I'm still not really tired....darn the new BO...lol I blame her hehe...she's gotten me all excited.
But she's a REALLY nice person...she'll charge me $25 for an hour lesson...she does parelli work. Lots of clinics at her barn and so much more.
Also there is a pool there, and she said it's for anyone...if you get hot and sweaty just jump in...but no boots or spurs in the pool lol.

I'll take pictures and such on the last day. I made a check list of what has to be done before we leave, and I'll arrive at around 7 am to do those things so it's cool and I don't get all over heated.

Cookies, dinner, desert, and beverages for those that read hehe
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post #2 of 23 Old 07-22-2008, 12:35 AM
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I'll pass on the food. I'm watching my weight

I'm soo excited for you and sonny. The letter sounds nice enough, and she will just have to face the facts. I love the idea of the pool, lol! I want a pool now.....
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post #3 of 23 Old 07-22-2008, 12:42 AM
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Congrats on your new place!

As far as the letter, don't you think it's a bit unfair since you don't seem to feel most of it? Making it all sunshine and daisies might be more offensive to her since your obviously leaving because you are not happy.

If it was as good as your letter states, you wouldn't be leaving.

Maybe thank her for allowing you to board there when she didn't normally take boarders - but don't go over the top like you have.
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The BO was a wonderful teacher and I have learned more in 1 month of riding with her than I did 3 months at another stables. She was a great instructor.
And she was really nice about letting us board even though she didn't want to take on a boarder.

I'm not trying to make it all "I love everything in the world" type thing, I was trying to be as sincere as I can. I know the BO will be really upset so I thought if I mentioned things that I was thankful for it would be easier on her.

The things went horrible about a month ago...but if you delete last month, things were pretty good.
I was always thinking of moving on...mainly because I want to try some parelli work and I can't because the BO wouldn't let me bring another trainer in.
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post #5 of 23 Old 07-22-2008, 01:25 AM
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I guess that makes sense, I'd only read about the stuff you didn't like.

I think you'd be doing her a favor if you mentioned why you are leaving though. Explain to her why having a specific trainer is important to you, explain the other things that have happened. It'll likely help the next boarders (if she takes any on).

And keep a copy of the letter!!! I don't know how small your area is but sometimes BO will get it in their minds to talk really bad stuff about boarders that leave and move to other facilities. Having proof of the letter you leave for her might be good in case you need it.
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What do you mean, Solon?
I know she'll say some nasty things once I'm gone...she did when I didn't buy her horse and bought Sonny instead.

She's not really a boarding place and would just rather give lessons than board. She said she'd let us board, but hasn't said anything else about boarding other horses. She has had some horrible things with other boarders...horses ruining run-in-sheds, ruining a pasture, breaking such...that I don't think she was entirely thrilled about letting us board there...though she did and seemed okay with it. I worked my butt off at the stables doing things ....like cleaning up huge messes that the other kids made..so I'm done with it anyways.

I called the owner of SCF back and just confirmed that Thursday would be alright to transport him.

My mom is going to break the news to the BO....she said she thought the BO would give us less of a hard time if she talked to her. I agree.....the BO would give me a huge problem if I told her.

My mom thinks it would be best to mainly say we are leaving because I wanted a nice huge outdoor arena (which I do), some place with clinics (I do), and mention good things about the place like unlimited hay, etc. That way we aren't complaining about her stables.
I personally thought that we should let her know why I want to leave for real.....because I feel she's taking advantage of me, Sonny should be getting better care, I'm sick and tired of getting yelled at for no reason of mine, tired of cleaning up a mess that isn't mine, etc....but my mom said no, so whatever. My mom says that the BO knows what she was doing wrong...so Im not going to argue with her lol.
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post #7 of 23 Old 07-22-2008, 01:11 PM
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Congrats on moving!!! I remember the days of new barns and the excitement that came with it!! Be sure to post pics when you get there!

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Good luck at the new barn. It sounds like the move will be the best thing for everyone.
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post #9 of 23 Old 07-22-2008, 01:52 PM
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Thats so great! A POOL at a barn... thats like winning the horse lotto! You and sunny will enjoy it. I wish I could leave my barn. :(

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post #10 of 23 Old 07-22-2008, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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I returned the call for the BO of SCF. She said she'd be able to pick up Sonny before the 24th because she was free all week long. So I told her that picking him up on the 24th would work best for me because I didn't have to work that day, and I'd let my BO know that we are leaving on Wednesday and that would give us enough time to get our things out.
I have yet to hear back from her to confirm that that would be alright. if I don't hear back from her by when I get out of work tonight, I'll call her house. Because I need to know by tonight since I'd need to go to the stables tomorrow morning to get my stuff.
So I'll give another update when I know when she's picking him up

Question: Should I give him food Thursday morning before he gets transported? What about grain? I'm going to use a handful of grain to get him to load easier cause I'm not sure how he'll load
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