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post #1 of 11 Old 05-26-2008, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Would this upset you? Or would you just ignore it?

Well there are 4 kids at the stables who think they run the place.
Barn hours are 9 am - 5 pm and the BO has stressed that...but still they continue to come up before 9 am (they usually arrive at 7 am) and leave way passed 5 pm).

Also the rules also state to turn off the fans, radio, any lights...clean up after yourselves...yet they don't...they left the fan on all night and same with the radio...the arena was filled with poop..but the stalls were pretty nice. The BO was upset about the arena and the fan and I was upset about the arena...because guess who cleaned it up? Me

Then yesterday the BO put Beaux, an Appendix gelding into the main field with all the Paints. Well Scribbles was outside (he's a shetland pony) and Beaux literally tried to kill him...so the BO brought Scribbles in the stalls. Then she asked if it would be alright to put Scribbles in with Sonny because it was either go in with Sonny or have Scribbles stuck in a stall all the time (the other 4 pastures have too much grass in for Scribbles). I I told her I'm perfectly fine with that, but I'd like to put them in the arena together first to make sure Scribbles doesn't get hurt (not too worried on Sonny getting hurt...doubt a pony could do much damage to my boy)...so we put them in the arena together and they were fine...no squeals or anything.
So when I brought down Sonny...we brought down Scribbles as well (my dad brought him down). At first Sonny ignored him, but when I gave Sonny food, Sonny got a little possesive of his food, and he kicked out at Scribbles (he missed him) and bit him once. Scribbles of course backed away and when into the run-in-shed and chowed down on the hay I put in there for him and the mineral block.
Well I went up this morning and low-and-behold...there was no Scribbles. Someone moved Scribbles into the field...put back Beaux in his old spot (Beaux was moved because he wouldn't let the one mare he was originally with eat...and the mare was loosing alot of weight).
After I was done riding Sonny I brought him back down and when I came back up I noticed the BO was out filling up the waters. So I asked her if Scribbles and Sonny were being bad. She was completely surprised when I told her that they were no longer in together and that Beaux was back in his old field. So I know she didn't move Scribbles. Which means it was one of the 4 girls.

Also I've noticed that those same 4 girls have been using all my stuff even though I told them what was mine and asked them not to use it...we got a fork thing to pick up Sonny's poop in and they've been using that (they always break the BOs and I'm afraid they'll break mine also)...I believe (not 100% sure) that they've been using some of Sonny's grain (the BO doesn't like the brand that Sonny gets so I know she doesn't)...they've used my bridle and bit before...used my medicine for Sonny (my SWAT, bug lotion, and other stuff), and my grooming supplies (which I gave to the barn owner because they used it on one of the horses that has rain rot and I don't feel like washing it off....now that grooming set is only used on that one horse).
I gave them a talk about that yesterday so hopefully I won't have anymore problems with that.

I, myself, am starting to get a little annoyed with the girls but I really haven't mentioned anything to the BO about it.
Would these things (they have done more, but I won't list it all) upset you? Or would you just ignore it?
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-26-2008, 02:41 PM
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It would definitely upset me. What if one day you go out there and your horse is moved or out in a field where he could get hurt? I would definitely talk to the BO. I mean i could deal with the time breaking but moving horses is not acceptable.

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post #3 of 11 Old 05-26-2008, 02:47 PM
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Personally, I would get rather annoyed and upset. I hate it when people take my things without asking talk to the BO she will probably think the same of these 4 girls.

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post #4 of 11 Old 05-26-2008, 03:16 PM
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The barn owner needs to know and needs to deal with the girls. I wouldn't want them handling my horse. Is there a way you can lock your stuff up? Of take it home with you so they can't use it? (that'd be a pain, but one way of making sure!).

Sounds like the BO isn't really enforcing the rules too much if they are getting away with all that.
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post #5 of 11 Old 05-26-2008, 03:34 PM
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Gosh that would really upset me too. I've been on yards like that before, it starts to take all the enjoyment away as your too busy worrying about things.
I'd definatley speak to the BO, at the end of the day its your horse, your things, and if the boot was on the other foot, I'm sure those girls would be quick to do the same.
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Definitely tell the barn owner she should give those girls a good talking to. And if they continue to misbehave then they should be 'suspended' from the barn for a certain period of time. And if after that they still misbehave she should tell them they can't come back until they grow up and learn to be respectful.
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BTW, I forgot to ask. How old are these girls?
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I think you should get a locking tack trunk for your stuff and tell the BO she needs to have a talk with the girls. I agree with meggy, its hard to enjoy your horse time if you have to worry about silly girls messing with things.

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Originally Posted by blossom856
BTW, I forgot to ask. How old are these girls?
I think the oldest is 14....not sure.
I am now taking whatever I can home with me...mainly my medicines....I don't really want to take the poop fork home, nor do I really want to take my bridle home (I've done it before, but it just became a hassle...and if I forgot it I wouldn't be able to ride Sonny).

I'm going to try to get a chest to lock my stuff up in, but knowing me I'll either forget the combination or loose the key haha

Well they know not to move my horse...they know I'd kill if they moved him (I won't even let them lead my horse hehe) but I don't think it's right to take away Sonny's pasture buddy without informing me or the BO. The first thing that came to my mind when I saw that Scribbles wasn't there was "OMG he got out somehow!!"

I'm not worried about Sonny hurting Scribbles...his last pasture mate before I bought him was a 20 inch pony.

If I catch them using my stuff again I'll get a picture of them using it so I have evidence
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-26-2008, 07:02 PM
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Lock up your stuff or take it with you. I'd be really POD is someone moved their horse into the feild mine was in and the horse ended up getting hurt. I don't mind when people borrow my things as long as they ask, however if they didn't ask , we'll see how long that lasted. The BO sounds waaayyyyy to laid back. She needs to take the reins and inforce the rules, if not, someone will probably get hurt, or another horse, and it'll be on her head. Because she is the BO and she is supposed to control what goes on. Talk to her and tell her what is going on. She should 'fine' those little brats! For every hour they are there before she 'opens' or after she 'closes', I'm talkin more than $40 an hour. If they want to be there so bad, they can pay for it. Does she lock up the property? If not, she should. Including locking the pasture gates so they can't get their horses (I'm assuming they either board or lease). That is what I would do. I may be nice, but there are reason why there are rules, and they need to be followed. If not society would be worse off than it is......... She needs to inforce (not be mean or anything), but needs to know what goes on. And if she can't than she should have several pairs of eyes to look for rule breakers and report to her. It's helpful when the BO can rely on and trust people to keep their eyes and ears out. Also another thing, does she have a pasture sheet? Who can be turned out with who? This might also clear up confusion, and have the 4 brats sign off on it. Because if they put a horse in with a horse that doesn't get along with that horse, and that said horse is hurt, it'll be on their heads, no one elses.

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