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Dreamcatcher Arabians 09-04-2012 09:13 PM

Crazy Barn Owners Trying to Keep Horses
I'm going to peeve a whole bunch of barn owners out there but I've really heard, read and experienced ENOUGH.

D O N ' T EVER give notice when you're moving your horse. It seems like lately everyone is using the notice for crazy stuff to keep people from their horses.

Make sure you are paid up on your horse board bill. Find a new place to take your horse(s) and pay for a stall as of a certain date. Hook up your trailer or hire a hauler to go pick up your horse.

Example: June 1, pay your board bill in full. Go find a new place and pay for a new stall starting June 15. Start taking your stuff home a couple items at the time so that you don't have a huge packing job on the day. On June 15 go pick up your horse. If the anyone asks where you're going you have 2 choices. Either tell them it's none of their business or make up that your horse is going to the vet or a show or on a trail ride. Move the horse, call the barn after you're gone and tell them you're not coming back. If they scream about 30 days notice, tell them you're giving them 2 weeks (since you already paid for the whole month) and tell 'em to sue you for the rest.

They won't bother, it's not worth the time and money. Even if they do, show up and argue why you shouldn't have to give notice and cite these crazy threads and stories about people who have given notice and had nothing but heartache because of it. They probably won't prevail.

tinyliny 09-04-2012 09:23 PM

I just wonder about those crazy stories. It's a general fact in life that every story has two sides . So, I wonder how things got as bad as they get. And, for every person who has had this happen to them, I bet there's barn operators who have had people ditch them and not pay up , even the current month, much less the one month notice.

riccil0ve 09-04-2012 09:27 PM

I have never boarded at a public barn, so all my experience is based solely on what happens to the people around me. My friend has had no issue moving her horse around, but I don't know if she ever gave 30 days.

I do have to agree with Tiny though. There are two sides to every story, and the truth is somewhere in between.

myhorsesonador 09-04-2012 09:29 PM

I've always gave notice, never had a problem.

aforred 09-04-2012 10:10 PM

This is where written contracts come in handy. Make sure everything is spelled out, and ALWAYS get a receipt.

I think BOs holding horses are like plane crashes -- you hear about the bad experiences far more often than the good ones.
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With Grace 09-04-2012 11:58 PM

I just gave notice, 35 days notice to be exact, paid for the full month but am moving the 15th. I think it depends on the relationship one has had - my BO has been a good friend, a have always respected his opinion and knowledge, and I talked to him face to face about moving barns. I know there are crazy BOs out there, but respect goes a long way.

Silent one 09-04-2012 11:58 PM

I have my horses at home, but if I ever board one I will make sure I have a written contract. And I will NOT let them know I'm leaving until after I move the horse, even if I end up having to pay an extra 30 days.

Kootenay 09-05-2012 12:03 AM

Not giving notice is rude. Pay the extra month if you don't want to stay longer.
I've never had any issues giving notice and leaving later.

Dreamcatcher Arabians 09-05-2012 12:05 AM

Well, it's up to everyone's choice of course. I just went to move a horse for someone on Saturday and dealt with a crazy BO. Person had paid in full for the month of Aug. Gave notice the 15th and the BO changed the gate codes and would not allow her back in to her horse. On the day we were to move the horse, BO insisted on police for a civil stand by and made a mess of everything. The only problem there was the BO, the lady whose horse I moved was cooperative and quiet. I was glad the police were there because they saw for themselves that the BO was the issue, not the boarder, not me as the hauler. That 2 hrs was the most ridiculously stressful and loooooongest 2 hrs I've spent in a very long time. The barn owner had not taken care of the horse for the 15 days the owner was locked out, his stall stank and was dirty, per the owner he had dropped considerable weight and I can tell you first hand his water was so nasty I could smell it across the aisle.

I don't board out but this whole thing and reading all this stuff on here has made me definately decide against ever boarding my horses out again. It was disgusting and totally un-necessary.

With Grace 09-05-2012 12:09 AM

Yep, sounds like a crazy BO for sure! I've been with my horse every day since I gave notice. Stalls are clean, horse is fed and watered. I wouldn't hesitate to board there again.

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