How do I let future boarders know about an unsafe barn before they board there?
Is it my place to "put" it out there about a "Bad Barn"? I feel like, horses cant speak...I got "MY" horse out of there...should I let it go..or should I tell people about the terrible things I saw at a barn?
Is there a certain website that lets you annonymously tell about a barn that is unsafe?
Just wondering what some of you folks thought about this?
There's a website that I found for my area that lets you review the larger / well known barns, there might be one in yours. maybe try searching ' [ area name ] stable reviews ' and see what comes up. You can also try searching ' barns in [ area name ]. Someone may have asked the question on a forum that you can answer.
If someone specifically asks about a certain barn, I see no reason to lie, but make sure you relate the information in a respectful manner, words travel fast in the equine world =)
ratemyhorsepro.com.. but they charge you $5 to sign up.
Define unsafe? Define bad?
What is terrible?
There are many many things out there that some folks deem unacceptable but for the majority - it's no big deal. I cannot stand a dusty arena. From my point of view it's not safe for the health of the horse or the human. My opinion.
I personally do not care for the websites that allow folks to annonymously bad mouth anything. Anyone can say anthing they want - true or not.
To keep yourself safe, only post true facts. Not your opinion. For example, do not post, "Fences are crap". Post, "Fences are loose barbed wire that my horse got his leg stuck in".
Libel/slander does not apply if you are talking facts.
ETA - I agree with MLS.
I was asked to define unsafe...
1.This barn manager starves horses.
2.This barn manager punches horses in the face.
3.This barn manager lets a horse go without water all night long and has YET to clean water buckets...they are all filled with sludge.
4.This barn manager lies to boarders about the health of their horses.
These are things that I know I CANNOT live with. Pretty basic stuff!
I just found out AFTER I left that LAPS had been called on this place while I was there...And just talking to "people" in general- I actually met a person that was the ONE to call LAPS on this barn- SMALL world? Or have there been several people to call LAPS on this place?
Thanks for the online review urls!!
I am assuming that LAPS is some kind of animal protection service. If that is the case and they have already been called and you have removed your horse from the facility I am not sure there is much more you can do.
Large Animal Protection Services
If the situation is that bad, you probably don't need to warn folks. If I went to tour a boarding facility, all the horses were underweight and the water buckets filled with sludge, I'd never consider moving my horse there. Those are mostly things that should be highly evident when checking out the facility.
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