Would you say something?

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    08-24-2012, 11:58 AM
Would you say something?

I found out through the grapevine that a certain couple has applied for a live in position at my barn. I have not heard directly from my BO, but have not spoken with her yet either, we keep very different hours, but she is quite open with all the boarders, we are a small, private barn.

The problem is, I boarded with these folks years ago and they are horrible. They abuse animals, not just horses, but their cats and dogs as well. The humane society does drive bys every few days of their farm but since the property has been owned by a vet, the agents I've spoken to have not taken any action. The property is being sold, so apparently they are looking for new places to move in and abuse horses.

Besides seeing with my own eyes (some years ago), they were also fired from their position at the vet clinic, and had their certification with our state horse council revoked. There are problems running much deeper than I know, I'm sure, but I do have personal experiences with it.

I don't want to gossip to BO without being told, but under no circumstances would I ever keep my horses there if those folks were to move in, I know three other people (totaling 8 horses) who feel the same way, as well as 3 perspective boarders who have not moved in yet (3 more horses). I adore my barn and do not want to leave, but I would to protect my animals. Would you say something? Or sit tight to let it play out?

My barn owner has the hugest heart of anyone I ever met, I would not want to see her hurt in the process. She would bend over backwards for any of her boarders and many of us would do the same.
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    08-24-2012, 12:18 PM
Green Broke
Yes, I would definitely make them aware. Since you have first hand knowledge I would not consider that gossip. Simply explain what you, yourself have seen them do and if she would still like to pursue them coming, let her know you will not keep horses where they are present.
    08-24-2012, 12:20 PM
Green Broke
Could you send a letter saying to really check out any new employees. It could be anonymous, & you could list the vet clinic & maybe the horse council as places to check?
    08-24-2012, 12:23 PM
Personally if the bo is so nice and understanding I would just talk to her in person in private. And just tell her.

She will probably thank you for it and bringing it to her attention. I doubt she would want to lose clients because of some new workers people do not trust for good reasons.
    08-24-2012, 12:24 PM
The very FIRST thing you need to do before you go off the deep end, is to speak with the BO and find out if it's true.

If it is, then tell them the facts as you know them. Do NOT embellish anything, or it could come back to bite you in the behind. If they're true as you presented, the BO should be able to find that out with a little research.
    08-24-2012, 12:30 PM
^^^^exactly what she said!
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    08-24-2012, 01:18 PM
Yup, I think Racer got it.
Good luck.
    08-24-2012, 01:43 PM
If it were me, unless I knew for sure (not just gossip) that the BO was considering hiring this couple, I wouldn't say anything at all. If I had confirmation that the BO was considering hiring them, I would simply advise the BO to make sure that the couple's references and background were thoroughly checked out. I would let the BO know that I had heard things that were cause for concern, and that warrant more than just checking the references that the couple provided.
    08-24-2012, 01:59 PM
I hate ratting on people. But if I know something needs to be said, I will say something.

Middle of winter, some one turned on the water pipes (which are drained so as not to freeze) instead of dragging in the outdoor hose to water their horses. I saw them do it. I was grooming a horse when they turned the pipes on right in front of me. BO walks by sometime later and I simply tell her to check the pipes. She said they were checked already. I said check them again, and I insisted that she check them. She did, found them full of water, and was pissed and demanded to know who turned them on. I don't board, I just hang out and take lessons there, but I'm going to watch my BO's back too. Replacing that water system would have cost a lot of money and put a lot of the boarders out. She shouldn't have to pay for someone elses lazy/bad behavior.

I agree with Speed. If you know for sure these people are coming to the barn, as a fact coming from the BO, let the BO know their history. A good BO will put her boarders first, because her boarders are her business clients, and she has to protect her business.
    08-24-2012, 02:06 PM
I agree with Poppy and Racer!

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