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sehrlieb 07-28-2012 06:54 PM

30 days notice?
So Im currently boarding at a pretty big, busy boarding barn with decent facilities but my mare is out of comission while her sore feet get better and I dont see the point in keeping her there when i could board her at my old barn for half the price. i also think she would benefit from moving sooner rather than later.

She currently goes out on pretty much a dirt pasture thats on a huge hill that i dont think is good for her feet. She also could really benefit from being on grass (typical tough keeper TB) instead of the 10lbs of grain shes getting now and my old barn has beautiful pasture. Shes only getting turned out at night now too, even when its nice during the day, and shes getting anxious in her stall. shed be out 24/7 weather permitting at my old barn. The woman I board with now also told me shes has gotten after her and hit her in the face a couple times for nipping which obviously makes me want her out of there fast too. So basically, i feel justified in saying its in my mares best interest to move her asap.

Now my question is, do I have to give 30 days notice even if I have no contract asking for it? I have only been at the current barn about 4 months and I signed no contract. I told the barn manager i was leaving today and I said Id probably be leaving mid august but didnt have an exact date and she said something about how 30 days would be almost september...

The barn manager is a former coworker and I dont want to get on her bad side, which unfortunately is easy to do. I know 30 days would probabaly be the proper thing to do, but i could really use the money id save by leaving mid month and i think my mare would be much better off too! Not sure what to make the check out for when I write it in a couple days...Im afraid Im going to tick her off if i only give her half a months board, but i dont think Im obligated to pay for a full month.


Sharpie 07-28-2012 06:59 PM

Thirty days is pretty standard in the industry. If you do want to stay on her good side, make your check out for the full amount. That doesn't mean you can't MOVE her sooner, it just means you pay for a stall she's not in any more. If you don't care about staying on her good side, and you really did not sign a contract, move her this weekend and don't bother writing a check at all. Half a months board is unlikely to make the BO any happier, especially when they've made it clear they expect 30 days verbally.

HorseMom1025 07-28-2012 07:01 PM

The lack of a contract makes it tricky. Honestly, if you have the money, I would pay for a full 30 days, but go ahead and move my horse ASAP. That way, you have given them their 30 days, but your horse is where she needs to be.

The current BO cannot complain because she got her money and has time to find a new boarder without losing that income.

Yes, you're paying two boarding fees, but you avoid upsetting the current owner and your mare is happy too.
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Skyseternalangel 07-28-2012 07:08 PM

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Pay for a month in advance and move your horse.

That way you don't spring a lack of income on her and you get your horse to where you want them to go.

Since your new board is only half the price, it can be done easily as opposed to double the price, etc.

EvilHorseOfDoom 07-28-2012 07:36 PM

I'd pay the 30 days - word gets around very quickly in the horse world and the last thing you want is a bad rep!
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Chevaux 07-28-2012 07:58 PM

You may wish to return to that barn sometime in the future. You'll be more likely to be welcomed back if you've paid for the 30 days whether or you leave early or not.

eclipseranch 07-28-2012 08:21 PM

still July..but I would put it in writing asap because you need documentation just in case it all goes south somehow with proof of delivery

miss read it sorry bout that

Nitefeatherz 07-28-2012 08:40 PM

I would pay for the whole month. Everyone at local barns talk to each other. You don't want to create bad blood between you and the barn manager and even if you don't have a contract there's usually an understanding of 30 days notice.

The money might be more convenient for you- but paying the 30 days is still the proper thing to do. If moving your mare sooner is really better then I would pay the 30 days and move sooner.

sehrlieb 07-29-2012 09:54 AM

thanks for everyones insight! I will pay her for the 30 days because I know its the right thing to do. I just had a few people telling me I was crazy to because the barn manager doesn't exactly have a good reputation herself. But, always best to keep on someones good side eitherway! thanks again!

DancingArabian 07-29-2012 10:05 AM

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Do you ever want to brin your horse back to this place?
Have you considered that people talk and you could fin yourself with limited boarding options in the future?

I think you should do the right thing. Give 30 days notice before the first of August, pay all of August and move whenever.
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