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post #1 of 30 Old 04-04-2019, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Boarding Barn RANT

Anybody else board at a barn ran by complete idiots but can't go anywhere else because it's the only place close to them???
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post #2 of 30 Old 04-04-2019, 12:59 PM
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Anybody else board at a barn ran by complete idiots but can't go anywhere else because it's the only place close to them???
Love it; short but says so much, clear, concise, straight to the point :p That really does sound horrible tho. I can't board at a stable anyway, but does boarding at home with complete idiots count? XD
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post #3 of 30 Old 04-04-2019, 01:22 PM
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I just left a barn run by a hoarder (number of horses increased from 11 to over 20 per 10 acres since we moved there) who is more interested in teaching lessons and training horses than actually running the farm.

She just posted an ad offering reduced boarding in exchange for labor. When I was there, I didn't even get a free lesson thrown in now and then while doing stuff to some extent every single day.

I'm not aware that the horse density has gone down to 2017 levels.

I was able to move just a little up the road, but on the flip side, if fate hadn't tossed me in the middle of horse country in New England, I probably wouldn't have a horse problem to begin with. :)
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post #4 of 30 Old 04-04-2019, 01:38 PM
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Well I won't say it's run by idiots but I have a chronic disagreement with the place where I board my KMH. They insist on blanketing for almost every possible weather condition and I keep telling them not to because he has a good haircoat and access to shelter. I just want him to be a horse! The barn manager has a huge selection of blankets and sheets of all different types, sizes, colors, whatever. She even just bought my horse a new sheet and didn't ask me to pay for it--crazy right??! Also when they bring all the horses in the barn at night they want to close it up so the horses don't get "cold". Even when it's in the 40F+ range. Thankfully my horse is in the back by a door that has a gap at the bottom so he gets some fresh air.

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Ugh, when I was boarding, I was offered cut boarding (about half cut) in exchange for barn work. I did everything every day just to make sure it didn't get bad and I had more to do. Never got my board cut, was accused of stealing on multiple occasions, the owner told me my horse didn't need "special treatment" (all I asked was that she gave him his medicine if I couldn't make it), my stuff was stolen, misplaced, and even broken. My horse never got water in the pasture, I was never informed of an injury he got that cost me nearly $700 to fix (injury happened when I was on vacation for a WEEK, he ended up getting proud flesh since it was infected and a week old). I would pull my horse out of the pasture and he would shake horribly and he has whip marks in his fur, he would rear up and fight if I brought him near the round pen, he lost weight pretty bad too. Ended up being the new barn manager who was jealous of mine and my horse's relationship/bond. I moved, sued, and now he is living happily in my pasture.
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I don't know Paso if that would be a rant for me...
To have my horse taken such care of he is treated as one of their favorites sounds pretty good to me...
It could be the opposite and he be left out in all kinds of nasty weather and no concern given to his health and well-being.
I would take the pampered horse mindset myself...

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post #7 of 30 Old 04-04-2019, 02:36 PM
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I don't know Paso if that would be a rant for me...
To have my horse taken such care of he is treated as one of their favorites sounds pretty good to me...
It could be the opposite and he be left out in all kinds of nasty weather and no concern given to his health and well-being.
I would take the pampered horse mindset myself...

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OK maybe I should have explained more why it's a problem--my horse has a dip in his neck/spine from wearing an ill fitting blanket for years before I got him and I don't want it to get worse. Right now he seems unaffected by it and I'd like to keep it that way. Also she had a lined sheet on him when it was almost 60F and I'm afraid he'll get overheated as he is black colored and still has a heavy coat--lots coming out now though. And as you know it's not good to close up barns because of the ammonia smell--the horses need ventilation to prevent respiratory issues and it' gets too warm in there.

On the flip side my paso is at a barn where the owner says we can do whatever we want. I never blanket him even in the teens and twenties this winter and he was never stalled since he doesn't like it. He also has shelter and a good coat. And he is 25 and in perfect health. So all that pampering is just going to make my KMH a barn baby and it's not necessary for the most part, or even healthy. And I can't move him to the other barn because they don't have enough pasture for more horses.

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Anybody else board at a barn ran by complete idiots but can't go anywhere else because it's the only place close to them???
Yep... I have my own barn at my own house and sometimes I really do feel like a complete idiot!

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Glad I'm not the only one lol!! I just got a coming two year old filly and I am doing self care with her. I've boarded at the same barn for close to six years, (I moved once for a few months but came back because the other barn was waayyy worse) Anyways, I'm doing self care with my filly and am so paranoid they're going to double feed her after I already have, or turn her out with a random horse and she'll get kicked or something of that nature. When I boarded my 6 year old mare and my older gelding there I didn't worry as much about them messing with them because they were both gentle enough to be handled easily and all of that. I'm just hoping nobody messes with my current horse!
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Glad I'm not the only one lol!! I just got a coming two year old filly and I am doing self care with her. I've boarded at the same barn for close to six years, (I moved once for a few months but came back because the other barn was waayyy worse) Anyways, I'm doing self care with my filly and am so paranoid they're going to double feed her after I already have, or turn her out with a random horse and she'll get kicked or something of that nature. When I boarded my 6 year old mare and my older gelding there I didn't worry as much about them messing with them because they were both gentle enough to be handled easily and all of that. I'm just hoping nobody messes with my current horse!
I'm not sure of the barn set up, but generally all horses in a boarding situation should be fed at the same time to minimize stress and jealousy/fighting. If you horse is isolated, is there a way you can hang a sign where you can put something like "been fed" or a whiteboard where you can put time you fed? Have you spoken to them about only turning your horse out with ones he can get a long with?

It took me literally years to adjust to boarding after caring for my own horses 25 years. There are pros an cons, and I would prefer to care for my own, but there have to be a lot of compromises and the ability to let go for a horse owner to be comfortable with boarding. I have often thought of changing barns, but the pros still outweigh the cons of staying at this particular barn.

@pasomountain ; I didn't know that a blanket could cause that kind of back issue, guess I learned something new?

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