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post #21 of 43 Old 11-29-2010, 08:10 AM
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guys shes already said she was paying 200 for a stable pasture and turnout...... and that she buys her own feed and does all the work. atleast thats what i have understood. no i dont think its fair that your bourd should have doubled! and less that he demanded it that same day! good luck in your new barn i hope they have a bit more manners than this guy...
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post #22 of 43 Old 11-29-2010, 08:23 AM
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I will start with, life is not fair. Which is what I tell everyone who asks "is this fair".

Maybe the barn owner does not want to deal with the liability risk of your horse that is one minute perfectly sane (that you are willing to sit in front of for photos) and then the next minute you need a $500/day trainer to fix how dangerous your horse is.



I personally see nothing wrong with a barn owner charging more for more stall use if the norm is less stall use for what the monies are for.

More stall time means more of lots of expenses. Wear on the barn. Manure pile management, etc.
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post #23 of 43 Old 11-29-2010, 08:23 AM
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I would have thought that any board raise would have to be made in writing at least 30 days in advance....but I guess some barn owners are more curteous than others.

But using the stall more is an extra charge...even if you provide everything. It seems like a lot, but if you were just going to use the stall for a few days, there could have been an agreement made for a per day charge.

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post #24 of 43 Old 11-29-2010, 09:22 AM
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I agree this is unfair since the barn owner told you that $200 INCLUDED use of a stall. And that he gave you no warning a all that the board would be raised.

But I have been in a slightly similar situation when I boarded two horses at a small farm. They were aware I was looking to sell my mare and had a couple people out to see her. Eventualy I brought one out who decided to buy her and the BO was furious that I wouldn't be paying the following moths board on her. Granted we sold her on the 12th of the month and I had paid the remainder of that month for her already. They threw a fit and said either I was boarding both horses or none. So I was force to have a friend who had her horse at our farm for the day to ride trailer my other horse back with her and stay there a month til I found a new place.
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post #25 of 43 Old 11-29-2010, 10:08 AM
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"paying for a stall" usually means for whatever a normal turnout schedule is, for instance, out during the day and up at night. If that was what the BO was basing pricing on, and the horse owner now has the horse up 24/7, essentially on lay up, then the BO is perfectly entitled to charge more as his expense for hay, bedding and labor is going up.

Yes, it would have been better if that was in the schedule of fees somewhere, but undoubltably the BO was anticipating this.
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post #26 of 43 Old 11-29-2010, 11:20 AM
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Maura - the OP already said she pays for hay, bedding and does all the work herself. Although I do see your point, and AlwaysBehind made a good point as well about the wear of the barn, manure, etc.

At the end of the day it all comes down to the fact that you did not sign a boarding contract. Your BO could make huge changes and no one would really have a chance to dispute him.

Wherever you end up, make sure they have you sign a contract.
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post #27 of 43 Old 11-29-2010, 11:24 AM
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In my area if you want to use stall for the stall rest you'll have to pay extra per day (I believe in barn I take lessons in it's $10). Which makes sense since they feed the horse, clean, etc. When I used stall while boarding I never paid extra, BUT I used it for 2 weeks total in 1.5 years I kept my horses, I always cleaned it myself, and I did other work around the barn (for free of course). Frankly if you keep horse there for just several days I don't see why the BO raised your monthly payment. He/she could ask you to pay extra for those days, but not the whole month.



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post #28 of 43 Old 11-29-2010, 01:01 PM
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I would have thought that any board raise would have to be made in writing at least 30 days in advance....but I guess some barn owners are more curteous than others.
Courteous - maybe. The OP states she doesn't have a contract. There fore no obligation on either side.

Sounds to me as though the BO wanted her out. Now.

We charge a 'stall rest' fee. $5 per day unless the horse is out at night. Worth so much more than the $5 in time, labor, shavings, etc. (we provide everything except the supplements)
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maura: yep, i am doing my own mucking and i'm providing shavings but, i was using the stall since I first brought my horse there also, the BO doesn't do any of the work so i don't know. I'm sure he has his reasoning.

MaggiStar : yep, I asked him before I ever thought about trailering my horse there. I had asked him what the board includes and he stated in his own words "the board includes the stall, turnout, pasture"
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post #30 of 43 Old 11-29-2010, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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I do believe that the BO wanted me out but, I do appreciate you guys helping out and giving some advice on the situation. I have decided to move my horse and he'll be moved next week. I told the barn owner this morning that he'll be moving next week and he said he will give me back my board money when my horse leaves, I never asked for the money back I was actually expecting him to say fine than take the horse and get going but, I guess that is considered leaving off on good terms?
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