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    10-07-2008, 11:02 AM
Unhappy What to do?? Need Advice

Well, things have not been so great at the farm where Sweety is... the BO seems to have it out for me and tries to get me in trouble for stupid things (like leaving the gate open to the pony's paddock - I don't even go in there! But I was the only one there so it had to be me) As well as her owner doesnt seem to understand that her saddle just does not fit! And using a pad makes it worse! Not to mention is a good 30 min drive from my house, sure its only 10 from work, but I only leave from work 1 or 2 (depending on the sched) times a week... And the barn seems to be getting dirtier and dirtier every time I go out, last time I walked through at least 3 spider webs just in the tack area! Ew... and the BO SMOKES in the barn!
Also, the footing in the outdoor ring is horrid, its hard on one side and then the other side is so deep Im afraid she's going to pull a tendon! I've been riding in the field, but next summer I wouldnt be able to until after its been cut (so late August) and the indoor arena is so small, I can't even canter her.

I guess what Im asking is, do you think it's worth leasing her? Or should I try and find something closer to home?

Thanks for reading guys,
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    10-07-2008, 11:21 AM
Green Broke
Have you tried talking to the BO/Owner? If you have, and nothing has come of it, then by all means, go else where.

If it were me, and I had talked to everyone that I could about the situation, and nothing was done, I would try to find something different. If you're having all of these problems with the barn, the owner and the condition of the facilities, then I would go else where.
    10-07-2008, 11:37 AM
Thanks for replying so quickly. I have talked to Sweety's owner, (about the saddle, and the riding areas) and she just said [put a pad under the saddle and oh, just ride around the fields]. I've been thinking about it non stop and I think I have made my decision.. Im going to have to look for somewhere else. Its such a shame, Sweety is such a nice horse and I love riding her. Ah well, I guess its just one of those things that comes with horses; sometimes you have to leave them behind :(
    10-07-2008, 11:40 AM
Green Broke
I understand that. The horse that I feel that is such a good fit for me is for sale, and I am afraid that he'll be sold before I am able to buy him myself. It's tough when you get attached to a horse, and not able to give them the very best.
    10-07-2008, 11:52 AM
Green Broke
I think that's the best decision :)
    10-07-2008, 07:05 PM
Talking to the BO should technically be the first thing you should be doing but having said that, it doesn't like the facility is cared for properly without mentioning the safety aspect of it of her/him smoking inside the barn

Sounds to me like looking around at other options might be something to try. All you are doing is looking around and by knowing what is available, you will know a lot more as to how to handle the situation with the barn owner.

Good Luck.
    10-08-2008, 03:07 PM
To put it nicely the BO is not a nice person. I went out today and rode Sweety, she had way too much energy so I took her out in the field and let her get out some of it. Then I took her in the outdoor and worked her for a good 30 min on flat and then let her have a nice break while I adjusted (lowered) the jumps. She was awesome, as always so I finished.

I was untacking, and the BO came into the barn and told me that "I was not to touch the jumps again that she had set them up for her horse for this afternoon and now she was going to have to go back out and do it all again." I just said (very nicely) "oh, sorry about that. I didnt move them, so Ill go back out and raise them". Instead of saying, ok thanks, she just said "no, you probably wouldnt do it right." and walked out . Talk about killing the buzz of a good ride. I don't know how she was planning to warm her horse up, the smallest jump was about 2'9

On a good note, Im going to see another horse tonight :) the facility sounds amazing, and the mare sounds sweet as well.

Thanks again guys,
    10-08-2008, 03:33 PM
I hope everything works out at the new place... you don't deserve to be treated like that. The last place I boarded at was getting pretty dirty as well and the BO was having other boarders doing chores... my horse started dropping weight really fast. I got out of there and have never regreted it.
    10-08-2008, 08:56 PM
Well I went to go see that other horse! The barn was GORGEOUS, 3 barns (all attached) and 2 indoor arenas . It's a hunter show barn, so it was very busy and there were lots of really nice horses.
Im still not sure about this mare... the ad said she was a coming 4 year old, 15.2 hand paint mare. She actually just turned 3, and was about 14 hands! She was really nice though and even though she was young and there were lots of horses zooming around she listened very well. I did enjoy her, and would probably have fun riding her.
In terms of training, she was about the same level as Sweety, and has a lot less bad habits.
So much to think about.
    10-10-2008, 11:30 AM
I read through all the posts, and I definitely agree that leaving the barn is the best option. Poor Sweety to have to be in that condition. I would go with your gut and find the place that works right for you. This place you found sounds really nice. I hope everything works out great for you.

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