(Rant) My first month at the new barn.
I am annoyed that my personal lead rope is never hanging on my horse's stall door where it should be. I am annoyed that my things get "borrowed" and never returned to my grooming box inside of the tack room. (I even have a rubbermaid bin with a lid on top. ) I am a little annoyed that you switched my horse’s stall and didn’t tell me. (Of course, I thought it was a little strange that you put a mare in a stall next to a stud colt. Of course he ripped out his mats trying to tunnel to the other side. )
I am more annoyed that I am pretty sure my mal-nourished horse isn’t getting fed the way you charged me an extra $70 on top of my $350/mo. board. I am *really* annoyed that you have her turned out in a field with this psychotic saddlebred (who tries to tear into anyone with two legs on the ground) on a chilly night while one of the horses you are “trying out” (from another barn) stays in her stall and drinks from her bucket and eats from her feeder. My horse is rarely in her stall when it's cold outside, and is stalled when the sun is out. Why is that?
Oh, and I bought an entire container of supplement that you are dividing among your other horses. Soooo… am I getting reimbursed for that, or are you/their owners buying the next gallon? :/
Kind of annoyed that her blanket got switched out with another horse’s blanket too, after I had taken the time to write her name on the tag. Glad it is someone that I know’s horse, or I would have you wash my blanket. :S
Maybe I’m just crabby but I think these are legitimate reasons to be irked for now.
Love the property. Love the people in the barn. Love the feel of the place.. but there are just these tiny things that bug me,
:X Someone please share your cruddy boarding experiences with me so I don't feel like an overly-picky, nasty person.
Umm.. Shouldn't you be telling the BO instead of the forum?
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1. I can't tell if my annoyances are legitimate.
2. If they are legitimate, I've only been there for 17 days. Yeah, I pay her, but I don't know how well she'd listen to me if I brought it up as a serious issue.
3. I don't have a backup plan if BO reacts unkindly to my issues (whether they are legitimate or not).
4. She is involved with the feeding, and other related issues I've been dealing with and is aware, as far as I know. Just not sure if she's hoping I won't say anything, or if this is what happens to all her boarders and I'm just being nitpicky.
I don't know? I feel like ranting right here will lend more insight than dealing with the BO and my lack of plan B at the immediate moment.
I'm sorry you going through this, one reason I really don't like boarding and only board with family friends where I'm very involved with the care of my boy.
First go through your boarding contract, if they are doing things they said they do otherwise in the contract highlight those things and make an appointment to speak to the barn owner and brn manager. State your concerns, what you need from them in a reasonable fashion.
That's all you can do at this point.
It is your horse take owner ship of it if you pay the board to keep her there they you have a right to tell them that your stuff is not were it should be or that you wont your horse in at night and out day tell them what you expert as far as care for your horse goes
a - the lead rope (unless of course it is actually GONE, gone)... when you have 20 horses to put out, most people just hang on to the lead-rope they start with. It gets tedious to walk back and put each rope on the doors (depending on the barn layout), and I guarantee you aren't paying the barn owner to waste that much time. Personally, I try to remember to return them to the right stall, but - if it isn't there, all you have to do is ask :D (this, again, from a BO... not YOUR BO... just a BO's insight :))...
b - the stall being changed: you pay for your horse to have access to A stall, not THE stall. Barn owners may move horses at their discretion for any number of reasons, and they don't have to notify you (unless you happen to be there and putting your horse in its stall - in which case, it'd be to their best interest to inform you). However, the fact that they give your horse a stall and then leave other horses in your horse's stall in her absence is weird and unhygienic. If we ever find reason to swap stalls with any of the horses, we clean them thoroughly and the horse's own buckets follow them to the new stall.
The rest... holy crap. That's just bad business! You should talk to your barn owner - find out what your board fees pay for, if it is not already spelled out in your contract! Or, if it is, and you aren't getting the services promised, bring this up (tactfully, of course) with her :D
Um, none of these things should be happening in yoru barn. To your horse, or anyone elses. I am the live in barn manager for my barn (yes, I LIVE in the barn.) And we NEVER share blankets, lead ropes, supplements, or anything. IIf it belongs to YOUR horse, then it doesn't get used for anyone elses, period. The ONLY time we even have a different horse in a boarder's stall is in the event that the other horse's stall is being cleaned and he's been moved into a different atall while his is being cleaned. And even then, he goes into a dirty stall, that way the stall is cleaned when the horse leaves, leaving the boarder with a clean stall to come into. That stall is yours, you pay for it.
I would try to find a way to talk to the BO or the BM about some of the issues you are having. That is really improfessional, and they shoudl take any concerns that you have seriously.
Is there a lack of turn out space so not all horses go out during the day? Why would your horse be inside when it's nice outside? I, personally, choose to turn my horse out over night and keep her in during the day. Mostly because this way she gets 16 hours outside, opposed to 8. Also, she and I both like her to be in the barn during the day while I am working, so we can hang out :)
keep in mind that your BO might not know that these things are happening if she has barn help. It might be a nice thing to bring to her attention, because I am sure if this is happening to you, its happening to others as well.
I hate it when people touch or use my things without asking.....ugh! Locked tack and grooming box....it's a pain, but it sends a message....'DONT TOUCH MY THINGS!'
I am trying (and probably failing) at giving her the benefit of the doubt that the trial horse staying in the stall I paid for my horse to say in has all its required shots or whatever, but it still seems like a bad idea. Yeah?
Yeah. Hm. Trying to figure out the nicest and most tactful way to bring this up. I mean, clearly it should be brought up... but I don't want to deal with her if she acts out regarding my issues, and I should probably put together a backup plan for getting her boarded somewhere else just in case she needs to be moved. :/
Maybe I should just switch her over to pasture board? That seems like it would eliminate most of my issues.
I don't mean to be so indecisive, but it's my first horse and the BO is kind of a big-wig show barn lady. Has been showing horses for 30+ years, and seems to be able to chew up and spit out anyone who says otherwise when it comes to her managing.
Posting on here has made me feel somewhat better, otherwise. It's nice to know that not all my issues are unworthy of complaint.
big wig show lady should know better. My BO is a big wig show lady and she is fantastic. most of our boarders are big into showing and keep their fancy warmbloods here for board/ training. I talk with them all the time about things that might be bothering them, or just to check in. Some people dont want their horses in the mud, some dont want them in paddocks too close to the woods during hunting season, some dont want their horses in paddocks next to certain other horses. the point I am making is that if she is a big wig show lady, she should be used to people complaining and/ or talking with her about concerns. People are particular about their horses, you are not alone.
If she is really rude and you are really uncomfortable talking to her, probably a different barn is a good idea. You really should feel comfortable with a place that you are paying to board your horse.
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