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appylover31803 10-09-2007 08:54 PM

Should I change barns?
My boyfriend and I purchased our 2 horses from the place where we are currently boarding. I took lessons there for a bout 2 weeks before we bought them (ive been riding for 12 years, just moved and found another stable). We have had a many problems i guess with the people currently there. The first time was when I took my horse's halter off because i didnt want it on all the time, and there was no sign nor did anyone say their halters had to be on 24/7, so i got sternly talked to in front of a lot of people that it had to stay on. The next time was when my horse had mud fever and her leg was swollen to twice the size. I asked the owner there to check it out and she said she was just stocking up and it was nothing to worry about. The next day i had someone else who worked there take a look at her still swollen leg. She said it was mud fever and not to worry about it either, that the swelling was normal. Well after doing quite a bit of research, swelling = call the vet. So i went and got a vet out there. The owner of the barn came up to my boyfriend and I and YELLED at us. Again this was in front of quite a few people, and we found it really unprofessional. After that they stopped talking to us and we felt like an outcast. Most times too, if we would go there when our horses were out, there would be other random horses in my horse's stall. I had put a likit type toy in there for my horse, and a different horse ate it! That really ticked me off. They also seem to put whatever horse they were just riding into someone else's stall. I dont get why you pay to have a stall, if other horses use it. Recently, they have filled in all the horses stalls (this past week) but it wasn't just filled in with dirt, there is a huge volume of rocks in there. Its more so like "would you like some dirt with your rocks" and we find this very dangerous because our horses like to lay down at times. We have gone through over the past couple of days to pick out the rocks and its helped a little bit, but there's still a lot in there. Should we stay there, or should we find another barn? Part of me wants to keep them there because its stressful to move a horse, but more of me wants to move them so my boyfriend and I can really and truly enjoy spending time with our horses. Sorry this is so long, but i would like some opinions. Thanks for reading it!!

KANSAS_TWISTER 10-10-2007 01:36 AM

i would borrow a trailer and get them out of that barn, i wouldn't stand to be treated like that at all, have you mentioned to them about diffrent horses being in your stall ? if she can be like to you i would demand that she replace the item the other horse ate,

appylover31803 10-10-2007 01:58 AM

No we havent mentioned anything, but they do it with all the stalls, especially on the weekends when there are a lot of trails and lessons. I do make a fuss about it. Like I'll stand with my horse in the aisle way and not say anything to anyone about moving the horse in her stall. Vega gets all antsy because she wants to go into her stall and cant. Then someone will move the horse.

KANSAS_TWISTER 10-10-2007 02:29 AM

how much are you paying board?

appylover31803 10-10-2007 10:05 AM

we're paying 415 each. Its not bad i know, but for paying that money, we think the conditions should be a bit better.

KANSAS_TWISTER 10-10-2007 09:24 PM

for that price your horses should be getting the royal treatment!!!!! i'd be down her back about every little thing's i.e another horse being in your stall...demanding that it be mucked out after a aanother horse has been in it.....(alway clame you don't know what the other horse has) for 415 i hope ypu have a indoor arena and a full service barn!!

appylover31803 10-10-2007 11:35 PM

Well today my boyfriend and I went there and there were horses in BOTH our stalls. Lucky this one owner, whom we've briefly talked to under a sad condition (we saw his nephew's dog kill a baby swan) came out and got the horses moved promptly.

I do believe that my horse got sick because of other horses being in her stall. Thank Goodness I caught it early and was able to treat it with a little time off, and some cough suppressant. I did mention that Vega was coughing and one woman said that something was going around the whole barn. I found it ironic how Vega and the horse next to her (whom both had the same thing, but my boyfriend's horse never got sick because no other horse (to our knowledge) was in his stall.

Also, the indoor ring. Its decent, but both of our horses freak out in there, and we have no idea why. My boyfriend isnt really sure if he wants to leave, but I definately do, and I'm not sure how to tell him "lets move them now"

KANSAS_TWISTER 10-11-2007 12:27 AM

as i see it if there some thing going around why are they letting horses stay in difrent stall other then there own?, the other alarming thing i found about one of your post was that she freaked when you called a vet to come out to look at your horse.....why did she react that way? does she have some thing to hide?, when i had my boarder i didn't care weather the vet showed up or not (we use the same vet) just along as the vet was there when needed.....yes if he was needed at 4 in the morning i would be out there to greet him.

Sara 10-11-2007 11:38 AM

Man, what a crock...that's just bad. I wouldn't stay.

appylover31803 10-11-2007 11:58 AM

Well apparently, the vet they have there wouldn't want to come there if other vets have been in his "territory". Today my boyfriend and I are going to go look at a view stables. Hopefully he'll find one he really likes

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