Horse boarding change..?
So I have been boarding my horse in a local boarding facility. I am the only boarder currently which has been great in some aspects. However me and the owner do not get along very well.
Long story short, I was told things before I moved in and I felt very lied to when things didn't happen. I blew it off though because it was local and the price was great. I knew he was being fed and watered and he had shelter.
I moved and now this farm is a good 20 minute drive away. Which is still not too bad. However I started to ride with a friend on my horse. I had her sign all the forms she was suppose to before riding and I had, in writing given her permission to ride MY horse. I was always there when it happened because it was me riding, then cleaning up and giving her a chance to ride. It was giving my horse exercise that I could not and did not want to provide. (I don't really like doing anything faster then a slow trot)
Anyway, I do admit I had done something I shouldn't have. Which I took FULL responsibility for and apologized for. Which was moving a horse. (I was afraid of the horse getting loose.) The owner found out and blew up at me. She also assumed that my friend was a trainer, which is not allowed on the property and I continually repeated she was a friend. She said some really nasty things and was very unprofessional. This woman really hurt my feelings and embarrassed me in front of my friend. She said some things in a very nasty manner and was very rude to my friend. She even insulted me. She then proceeded and called someone and started talking bad about me.. IN FRONT of me and my friend.
I am really not sure if I should stay here or move my horse to another facility to be honest. The only place I have found that I really like is about an hour away. They offer a lot more at the same price. It's just the distance is what makes me wonder if I should put up with what I have or just move him.
I guess what I am asking is would you move your horse if you felt disrespected and embarrassed?
Note: A lot of the boarding facilities that are closer do not provide pasture board which my horse prefers and their rates are more then what I would like to spend.. or I probably would.
Your BO sounds extremely unprofessional - I would absolutely move my horse. You may want to try talking to some of the barns around your home, explain that your horse doesn't like being stalled - if you're willing to pay their prices, most people won't care whether you use your stall or not.
Move your horse.
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Seriously, you don't need to take that kind of crap. Move, yesterday.
I think at this point any move would be a good one. I would also beware of boarding facilities that have no other boarders, there is usually a reason why unless it's a private person renting one stall out (there are a lot of those in my area).
You are paying for the privilege of enjoying your horse. If you follow all the rules, etc then you should have that privilege. End of story.
One of the main reasons I stay at my barn is that I LOVE my barn manager. He cares about every horse like his own, and he respects all his boarders (even if they occasionally get on his nerves :lol: ).
If I ever ended up somewhere that wasn't like that, I'd leave at my earliest opportunity (basically, as soon as I could arrange a trailer, since I don't have my own).
Thank you everybody. I am already looking for a new place. I have two I am looking into but they are both an hour away, unfortunately. I am going to make an appointment to see them but see if I can find something closer, by the end of the month.
You admit you did something you weren't supposed to do. Was this the same conversation were the BO "insulted" and "embarassed" you?
I have one boarder who seems to be the only one I have to get after about not following rules and requests. Last night she was there after hours. 9 pm) When I arrived home after a meeting to find her in the barn I was a bit surprised but planned on letting it go. After I changed into barn clothes, I went out to finish chores. She commented - oh you startled me, I didn't know anyone was here. I explained why no one was there (barn hours) and she merely said Oh. Pretty much her response when she has fractured a rule.
Her horse had urinated in the alley (asphalt). Horse has a very bad habit of doing that if left in the cross tie too long. I had told her a couple of months ago the horse is to ONLY be tied at the end where the rear of the horse is in the arena and on the arena footing. All I did was ask - did your horse pee here? "Yep - I just left for a second".
The point is - as a BO, we point out the issues or they pile up until one day a person posts on horse forum and says my BO is a witch. Kicked me out for not following the rules . . . No one likes to be insulted - embarassed. On either side of the issue.
Move your horse! No one should EVER be treated that way. I was and I moved my horse within 2 weeks; 7 days of which I was on a family vaca. I wasn't even being charged at the old place. Think about it, not only should you never have to deal with someone treating you like that, but also, how much would you actually enjoy your time with your horse? It got to where I would just go clean up and care for him and leave. No time to bound or long grooming or working with him... it is fair to you and to your horse to get the heck outta there!!!
Sorry one more side note. lol If anything take your horse to the more expensive place... let them know it is temporary. And than while you and you horse are more at ease than you can really look into where the perminate home will be. Also sometimes if the BO knows the price is a little high... they will work with you to fit your budget... maybe a couple barn chores a couple days a week or something.
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