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boarders can drive you crazy ughhhh
love2ridepre
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Posted 2019-01-08 10:47 AM
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exactly that!!! for those of you that board horses... what is the craziest thing you have heard or seen done by your boarders? is it too early for a drink? ughhhh
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want2chase3
Reg. May 2009
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Dont miss those days... but when I did board one place in particular was terrible... the resident "trainer " wasnt a very good one at all, pretty much brought mostly city kids to put on a bicycle helmet and walk around on a lead line while telling them how great a horseman she was ... one day she had a pretty big group of kids with her while she was tacking up a horse for them to ride, she had decided to let her yearling colt have free run of the barn and surrounded areas ... now another boarder had her farrier out trimming her horse over the farrier bay... something spooked the yearling and he ran right thru that group of kids, they barely got out of the way, the trainer couldn't get the yearling to quit running, even with a feed bucket, he was running and bucking all over the place, well, he ran smack into the horse in the farrier bay while the farrier was underneath the horse. It could have been so bad.. thankfully the horse being trimmed didnt completely panic and the farrier was unharmed. It took well over an hour for her to finally corral the yearling into the round pen where she could catch him. I complained to the BO and she got a pretty good talking to after that. And a new rule, which is should be common sense, no loose horses in barn or arena areas... turnout only allowed in designated fenced areas.
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lonely va barrelxr
Reg. Apr 2005
Posted 2019-01-08 11:06 AM
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Refusing to give a gram (one, uno, one gram one time) of bute for an acute hock injury because the vet (her boyfriend) was being stupid and trying to get her riled and told her 'it will hurt her stomach.'  Mixed with having a hissy fit and insisting we needed another farrier because her horse was sore after a trim, when for the previous two weeks the horse had been off from sore feet so bad that she scratched the 2nd round at our state finals. This farrier showed us why her horse was sore - he did not make the horse sore! 

Boarder gone. Did not want to have the conversation of why I wasn't going to use her dude (also my vet) ever again after what he said about the bute, or her lack of common sense about the bute, and lack of common sense about the feet/farrier thing.
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Posted 2019-01-08 11:13 AM
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Another time at a different facility my horse looked to have what appeared to be a case of strangles .. I had my vet out and she said he didnt have it, looked like he cut himself on something she cleaned it out and gave me some antibiotics.. the BO was a real tool... she threatened to make me leave because my horse had strangles and my vet wasnt allowed to set foot on her property again for misdiagnosis... she made me use her vet to come out and guess what... no strangles.... my horse cut himself on her cruddy fencing out there and it got infected. I still had to pay for her vets visit ... I left a few days after that debacle anyway!
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love2ridepre
Reg. Apr 2014
Posted 2019-01-08 1:17 PM
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People are so hard to please
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1DSoon
Reg. May 2009
Posted 2019-01-08 1:31 PM
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I don't know how anyone boards. Barn owner or boardee

 
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Posted 2019-01-08 1:49 PM
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I am a boardee. Land in NJ is too expensive to own a place big enough for horses. I don't want a humungus mortgage payment so I am stuck boarding.  
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1DSoon - 2019-01-08 1:31 PM

I don't know how anyone boards. Barn owner or boardee

 

From my past experiences, I think I'd rather not own horses if I had to board. But there are plenty of people that do and seem to enjoy it. I'm not one of them, on the same note I wouldn't want to have to take on boarders either.
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1DSoon - 2019-01-08 1:31 PM I don't know how anyone boards. Barn owner or boardee

 
I have boarded since 1990. I have been mostly fortunate with barn owners. I boarded at a large facility for 18 years. We had every discipline under the sun! We all got along 90% of the time.

Then I moved states. I was at 3 boarding facilities in 6 years. The one I was in the longest (3 years) was a dressage barn. They were so very accommodating. The trainer had done so many disciplines before and was so nice (down to earth, so unlike dressage people normally) and just loved my barrel horses. I LOVED it there and it is still is my favorite facility. I would have stayed, but they had to sell the property and it went for development.

Then I went to one that was super close to my home and private. I was the only boarder. The barn owner was absolutely nuts. Only stayed about 3 months.

Then, I went to a hunter/jumper facility. That was ok. The trainer that leased the place was a little off. Great boarders to be friends with and very nice facility.

But, then we moved again to another state. I found another big facility in my new state. I was there for about 2-1/2 years. It was ok too. But not as professional as I would like. Facilities were great and super nice, but not run professional. The owner kept horses more as pets (or really more like big dogs).

I am at a private barn now. Very happy (and more so, my horses just love it). Not a lot of amenities, but we are all happy.

i could have easily had my own very nice place at any time during these years of boarding. However, my husband travelled 70-80% of the time and I had a job where I travelled. Plus, the boarding rates varied; but I always got great care. If I took everything into consideration to have the facilities I boarded at, I would have come out on the losing end to have my own place. 

Over all these years of boarding, I have learned...it is the people and their knowledge (on both sides of the business) that make a boarding place happy for horses and people both.

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AmericanJelly1
Reg. Dec 2018
Posted 2019-01-08 2:12 PM
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I have no other option at the moment but to board. Yes, it's a pain. I will say this, I do self care. I have seen way to many horses that are boarded not being taken care of properly. To me, it is up to your barn manager to tell you if they need something for your horse and should be able to tell if something may be off. If they are getting skinny they should ask to increase grain/hay or you should tell them to before they ask. If you are a boarder that doesn't make it out to see your horse frequently, then why even have one? Everyone has their own rants, but some of us have no choice. It is still up to the owner to make sure their animals are taken care of.
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Southtxponygirl
Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2019-01-08 2:33 PM
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I have boarded a few of close friends horses for them at one time or another, they were super good at paying and if I thought any thing was off with their horses I just treated them as they were my own, one was a school teacher and she would come out on the weekends and another friend worked over seas so they were the perfect boarders I thought, lol..  
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1DSoon
Reg. May 2009
Posted 2019-01-08 2:39 PM
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Gator Bug - 2019-01-08 3:02 PM

1DSoon - 2019-01-08 1:31 PM I don't know how anyone boards. Barn owner or boardee

 
I have boarded since 1990. I have been mostly fortunate with barn owners. I boarded at a large facility for 18 years. We had every discipline under the sun! We all got along 90% of the time.

Then I moved states. I was at 3 boarding facilities in 6 years. The one I was in the longest (3 years) was a dressage barn. They were so very accommodating. The trainer had done so many disciplines before and was so nice (down to earth, so unlike dressage people normally) and just loved my barrel horses. I LOVED it there and it is still is my favorite facility. I would have stayed, but they had to sell the property and it went for development.

Then I went to one that was super close to my home and private. I was the only boarder. The barn owner was absolutely nuts. Only stayed about 3 months.

Then, I went to a hunter/jumper facility. That was ok. The trainer that leased the place was a little off. Great boarders to be friends with and very nice facility.

But, then we moved again to another state. I found another big facility in my new state. I was there for about 2-1/2 years. It was ok too. But not as professional as I would like. Facilities were great and super nice, but not run professional. The owner kept horses more as pets (or really more like big dogs).

I am at a private barn now. Very happy (and more so, my horses just love it). Not a lot of amenities, but we are all happy.

i could have easily had my own very nice place at any time during these years of boarding. However, my husband travelled 70-80% of the time and I had a job where I travelled. Plus, the boarding rates varied; but I always got great care. If I took everything into consideration to have the facilities I boarded at, I would have come out on the losing end to have my own place. 

Over all these years of boarding, I have learned...it is the people and their knowledge (on both sides of the business) that make a boarding place happy for horses and people both.

I hear ya

I'm sure there are success stories like yours but you seem to be the anomaly.


I just don't think I could personally do it. Either way.

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lonely va barrelxr
Reg. Apr 2005
Posted 2019-01-08 4:16 PM
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1DSoon - 2019-01-08 2:31 PM I don't know how anyone boards. Barn owner or boardee



 



My situation ended up fitting the saying: "No good deed goes unpunished." I could hash and rehash all the BS, especially in the past 3 years, but suffice it to say that obligation only goes so far.  
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Reg. Sep 2016
Posted 2019-01-08 5:39 PM
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I love the barn I currently board at. My trainer is absolutely amazing, provides great care to all the horses. It's a smaller facility of around 13 horses and she lives on site also. 27/7 hay, 24/7 turnout, beautiful indoor/outdoor and miles of trails, weekly jackpots in the summer. She's wonderful, and I feel lucky to be there.
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kakbarrelracer
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1DSoon - 2019-01-08 11:31 AM

I don't know how anyone boards. Barn owner or boardee

 

 I can't imagine why. You are so nice to people. ????????
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Posted 2019-01-09 5:57 AM
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I boarded some horses for racehorse people.  It was miserable and they didn't like to pay their bills.  One even scolded me for not grooming her broodmares everyday.  I was done.  Never again.
 
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Posted 2019-01-09 11:46 AM
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I grew up in the middle of town and my parents aren't horse people. We have had to board ever since I talked my parents into getting me a horse of my own after years of riding lessons. I have been at the same place now for almost 15 years.  We boarded a few places before that. They weren't terrible but I was too young at the time to really know what was wrong and what was right. My current BO is more of a second mom to me than anything else. I grew up around her. I am 27 now and have been the barn manager for about 5 years now. I am sure I irritate the BOs now and again and their thinking doesn't always line up with mine but we have a good relationship and nothing ever gets out of hand. The other boarders irritate me now and again. Usually when they don't come out and take care of their horses during bad bug days in summer or our -25 degree days in winter. We require each boarder to do one time of chores per week per horse they have boarded so they have to come out weekly. If we didn't have that rule then we probably wouldn't see some of them hardly ever. The BOs like the boarders because they help pay the bills. They irritate me but that is because I actually have to deal with them haha. 

When I get my own place one day... I will not be boarding... anyone. Not even a good friend. No thank you. 
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Lopin' Leopard
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Posted 2019-01-09 12:02 PM
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Currently have an older lady with two horses, a Belgin cross mare and her 9 month old filly. We ran a special for smaller (10x10) stalls w/limited/no turn out. Perfect for people who'd come often and take advantage of the indoor arena during winter months. Well she sang a good song and brought these two in, a filly barely halter broke and mom drug friend who brought them down barn alley way.
Fast forward a month ahead..... She is now 8 days late on board and horses have only been out of their stalls 3 time, THREE times in a month! Last time she was out she admitted to being scared of them. The mare got away from her with a chain on. It does not help she goes so long between trips out they are rather fresh when they get out. She has a terminally ill husband and it has been holiday season so I was kind and sent her a reminder text board was late. Have not seen or heard from her in over a week.
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love2ridepre
Reg. Apr 2014
Posted 2019-01-09 12:21 PM
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I am on the other side of the fence. We are boarding horses for a lady. No matter how hard we try to make things they way she likes it is just not good enough.
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BamaCanChaser
Reg. Nov 2012
Posted 2019-01-09 1:28 PM
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I provide board for 8 horses, all fully self-care. We started about 2 years ago shortly after we bought our farm. It was more land than we really needed at the moment, but was a good deal and we plan to grow into it eventually. So for the short term this is a great option for us. I have the most amazing boarders. Zero complaints.
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Lopin' Leopard - 2019-01-09 12:02 PM

Currently have an older lady with two horses, a Belgin cross mare and her 9 month old filly. We ran a special for smaller (10x10) stalls w/limited/no turn out. Perfect for people who'd come often and take advantage of the indoor arena during winter months. Well she sang a good song and brought these two in, a filly barely halter broke and mom drug friend who brought them down barn alley way.
Fast forward a month ahead..... She is now 8 days late on board and horses have only been out of their stalls 3 time, THREE times in a month! Last time she was out she admitted to being scared of them. The mare got away from her with a chain on. It does not help she goes so long between trips out they are rather fresh when they get out. She has a terminally ill husband and it has been holiday season so I was kind and sent her a reminder text board was late. Have not seen or heard from her in over a week.

So you feed, water, etc daily?
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Lopin' Leopard
Reg. Dec 2007
Posted 2019-01-10 4:34 PM
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Yes I only off full care. We supply feed and feed/water twice a day and clean stalls daily, usually twice a day.
This special offer was for owners wanting to ride regularly through the winter and not have the hassle of hauling in less then desirable weather. We get snow and frozen rain and most can't ride through the winter on frozen ground and we're one of the few indoors around.

Edited to add: Our regular board which includes turn out and 12X12 stall is $100 more then this offer was. That extra $100 is for the larger stall and my hassle of turn out/bringing in. We have limited turn out space. These stalls were already filled and I had more wanting in, so made a special offer.

Edited by Lopin' Leopard 2019-01-10 4:37 PM
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If you are going to take on boarders you need a solid contract and rules!! I boarded several years ago when we moved and my number one problem was other boarders touching and moving my horse! The first barn I started out at a few specific boarders felt they had the right to mess with my horse, take her out of her stall or turn her out to pasture etc... I approached the owner several times but he wouldn’t do anything about it so I moved to another facility! I will sell every horse I have before I board again!!!
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Chandler's Mom - 2019-01-09 7:11 PM
Lopin' Leopard - 2019-01-09 12:02 PM Currently have an older lady with two horses, a Belgin cross mare and her 9 month old filly. We ran a special for smaller (10x10) stalls w/limited/no turn out. Perfect for people who'd come often and take advantage of the indoor arena during winter months. Well she sang a good song and brought these two in, a filly barely halter broke and mom drug friend who brought them down barn alley way. Fast forward a month ahead..... She is now 8 days late on board and horses have only been out of their stalls 3 time, THREE times in a month! Last time she was out she admitted to being scared of them. The mare got away from her with a chain on. It does not help she goes so long between trips out they are rather fresh when they get out. She has a terminally ill husband and it has been holiday season so I was kind and sent her a reminder text board was late. Have not seen or heard from her in over a week.
So you feed, water, etc daily?

 Did you get your board money yet? 
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I'm working on getting my own place hopefully this year because of the stress of having to board and going insane when things aren't getting done. And I'm not talking extra stuff, there are days where they skip grain because they don't have time to do it before needing to be somewhere, they'll feed one day at 6am and the next at 11am and they're usually always fed between 5-7pm. Drives me nuts having them go from 7pm to 11am without food. But she says its good for them to not have a set feed time so they don't get antsy if something happens and they don't get their food on time. They still beat the doors and scream for food when she's not out there until 11am too. Right now parents of beginner lesson students do chores to work off lessons, I spent every night watching them and fixing things behind them. One gave 4qts of ProForce Fuel to a PSSM mare, she normally eats a handful of something else. I can't believe she was fine and nothing happened. I've gone out at times with no water. I know now who I need to follow behind and who I can leave alone. It just gets annoying. When you make a complaint she just says if you don't like it leave, but if you leave you have 24 hours to do so. It's just a mess. Started off full care, turnout during day, stalled at night and stalls cleaned 2x a day if they were to be in for weather. Now they're outside with lean to's and if I want them in during bad weather, storms/ice etc I have to clean my stall and provide my own bedding and do the turn in & turn them back out when I want them back out. Still paying the same board and the contract has never changed, but don't bring it up or she'll just tell you its her barn, she does what she wants. So I'm working really hard to get my own place. I can afford to board them, but at the time I bought my house couldn't get nearly enough loaned to me for that type of property. It's been a little over 2 years now and I make more and have raised my credit score, so I'm hoping I can get it done. If not I'll just have to keep going insane for awhile longer
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Gator Bug - 2019-01-11 3:21 AM

Chandler's Mom - 2019-01-09 7:11 PM
Lopin' Leopard - 2019-01-09 12:02 PM Currently have an older lady with two horses, a Belgin cross mare and her 9 month old filly. We ran a special for smaller (10x10) stalls w/limited/no turn out. Perfect for people who'd come often and take advantage of the indoor arena during winter months. Well she sang a good song and brought these two in, a filly barely halter broke and mom drug friend who brought them down barn alley way. Fast forward a month ahead..... She is now 8 days late on board and horses have only been out of their stalls 3 time, THREE times in a month! Last time she was out she admitted to being scared of them. The mare got away from her with a chain on. It does not help she goes so long between trips out they are rather fresh when they get out. She has a terminally ill husband and it has been holiday season so I was kind and sent her a reminder text board was late. Have not seen or heard from her in over a week.
So you feed, water, etc daily?

 Did you get your board money yet? 

No I have not. She did finally reply to my text day before yesterday and said she'd be here tomorrow with money and extra for late fees. We'll see. I also told her if she can't commit to coming out regularly, she should find pasture board for them as this is not working out.
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love2ridepre - 2019-01-08 10:47 AM

exactly that!!! for those of you that board horses... what is the craziest thing you have heard or seen done by your boarders? is it too early for a drink? ughhhh

They're driving the Democrats crazy too right now. . .
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As an adult I have always been a boarder, and for the most part I have been fortunate on boarding at good places.

However, there was one barn that became a problem once a certain lady came to our barn. She had a rap sheet a mile long; she was a 'scientist' but was known as a fraud. She believed that only papered Quarter Horses were the best horses, and anything else was not worthy of being a horse. She would use other people's tack. She was caught feeding a friend of mine's filly that was just being started racing oats, and there were some questionable things happening to some of the other horses. We had a mare come up with something wrong with her, her heart was racing, she was pacing, sweating etc. Doc pulled a blood panel and said her toxins were off the charts.. the horse pulled through.

A couple weeks later, another older gelding, also owned by my friend with the filly, came up with the same symptoms. He passed away. His toxins were off the charts. We all suspected this woman poisoning those horses (First time wasn't enough, so she upped the dose the second time), because she wanted to bring in another mare.. and there were no stalls open. So she made one open on a non quarter horse. After that we all took shifts to watch our horses. All of the boarders banded together and approached the owner of the property and told him, either she is evicted.. or we leave. He had to kick her out. It was a mess, but yeah.

Luckily she moved out of state, but still, she was a nightmare. That was my only horrible experience.
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I lived at and managed a 40 stall boarding facility in the 90s and it was nothing short of a nightmare. Most were racehorses that I had to put on the walker daily and they were cray-cray. It was really the horse owners who were awful though. Most were clueless with a lot of money.
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I think it depends if you have a boarding facility where that is your only source of income or where you have a facility where it's some "extra" money. I have a full time job where I work from home but I also have a number of boarders. The fact that I don't depend on my boarding clients to pay my bills ensures that I can be picky with what clients I chose. I interview clients that fit in with the other clients (as best as possible) and who fits how I care for horses. If your barely handled, green broke horse needs 4 blanket changes a day, 4 lbs of straight oats, and you want it stalled 10 hours a day then I can let them know that I'm not the fit they need.

If you rely on the boarding facility to cover your bills (ie. it's your only source of income) you don't get to be as picky and I think you get some crappier boarders.

That being said... even with screening some of the crazies sneak in. Including a former client who came in the middle of the night (setting off my security alarms) during a thunderstorm because she was convinced her horse would be afraid of the storm and wanted to read him stories to keep him calm. The horse was fine but I was furious... She found her walking papers in a hurry.
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I own a boarding facility. I use to only offer full care pasture, due to one bad customer when I first started not coming out and taking care of her horse on self care. She would never clean the stall or feed. So I went to full care only. But honestly Im going back to self care for pasture. I make more money since I don't have any money in feed and hay. And with hay shortage that is a big deal. But its funny after about a month of self care they always come to me saying will you feed for me, I just don't have time. Thats fine and dandy as long as they supply everything and I charge extra for us feeding. But my full care are mostly good, but they will rile each other up every once in a while.
Like this week one got mad her horse had a small bite mark on its butt. Now Her horse came in skin and bones complete rehab case. I told her to put the mare on a ulcer treatment, then worm her when we got some weight on her. She has yet to do this, feet haven't been done either. I told her teeth needed to be done, and she was like oh I had them done 3-4yrs ago they should be fine. Another eye roll. I said I can't get a good amount of weight on her without taking these steps. She was like I don't have the money. I paid for the mares teeth just bc they where SO BAD and told her she could pay me back. Also she complains she has lost weight since being at my place, I have pictures when she came in and has put on about 100lbs, but still needs about 300lb more. About the bite mark she wanted her moved bc after 2 mo here she has one bite mark. The horse is with one other horse on 2 ac, has hay in front of them 24/7, which the mare never leaves, not a dry lot. Her and one other boarder where raising hell over the one small bite mark, that is not deep just a little hair missing and about 2" long. They where getting so worked up saying the horses are fighting. Mind you Im there pretty much all day riding and watch the horses and have never seen them do anything to each other. The owner is out about 2x a month. Days like that when they approach me in multiples I get pretty annoyed, if you have a problem come to me personally not with a couple people over a very small thing and start demanding your horse be moved. I told her at this time there where no other options due to her horse and the other horse being on a special rehab diet and getting more feed then all the other horses that are paired.
I have another one which is the one that gets people rilled up that will talk to you non stop, while you are trying to feed, clean stalls, ride she will stop you for hours and talk. I get nothing done when she is around and try and tell her I need to finish and she just keeps talking.
Another lady I have was getting mad at me because her horse was not getting his winter coat like normal, mind you he came from Montana and this is the first winter down here in South Texas. He doesn't need that much of a coat. But WTH can I do about that. And she will be like omg I can see 2 ribs on my horse and didn't see them 3 days ago he needs his feed upped. He is 34yrs old on 1.5sc 2x a day and alfalfa and coastal 24/7. One minute she is lock him up to eat bc her little pony will eat all his feed. But then she gets mad if I lock him up bc he is locked up for 1-2hrs, because it takes him that long to eat. Then she says don't lock him up, I tell her pony eats his feed. She will say lock pony up or he will founder. But then says no I don't want the pony locked up. This is about every month. I just lock the old man up let him eat at his own rate and then turn him out.
And my biggest pet peeve, most of the horses that are boarded at my house have absolutely no ground manners and will run you over. Either bc owners let them or the owners are never around and don't handle the horses at all
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love2ridepre
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cowgirlup012002 - 2019-01-15 10:01 AM

I own a boarding facility. I use to only offer full care pasture, due to one bad customer when I first started not coming out and taking care of her horse on self care. She would never clean the stall or feed. So I went to full care only. But honestly Im going back to self care for pasture. I make more money since I don't have any money in feed and hay. And with hay shortage that is a big deal. But its funny after about a month of self care they always come to me saying will you feed for me, I just don't have time. Thats fine and dandy as long as they supply everything and I charge extra for us feeding. But my full care are mostly good, but they will rile each other up every once in a while.
Like this week one got mad her horse had a small bite mark on its butt. Now Her horse came in skin and bones complete rehab case. I told her to put the mare on a ulcer treatment, then worm her when we got some weight on her. She has yet to do this, feet haven't been done either. I told her teeth needed to be done, and she was like oh I had them done 3-4yrs ago they should be fine. Another eye roll. I said I can't get a good amount of weight on her without taking these steps. She was like I don't have the money. I paid for the mares teeth just bc they where SO BAD and told her she could pay me back. Also she complains she has lost weight since being at my place, I have pictures when she came in and has put on about 100lbs, but still needs about 300lb more. About the bite mark she wanted her moved bc after 2 mo here she has one bite mark. The horse is with one other horse on 2 ac, has hay in front of them 24/7, which the mare never leaves, not a dry lot. Her and one other boarder where raising hell over the one small bite mark, that is not deep just a little hair missing and about 2" long. They where getting so worked up saying the horses are fighting. Mind you Im there pretty much all day riding and watch the horses and have never seen them do anything to each other. The owner is out about 2x a month. Days like that when they approach me in multiples I get pretty annoyed, if you have a problem come to me personally not with a couple people over a very small thing and start demanding your horse be moved. I told her at this time there where no other options due to her horse and the other horse being on a special rehab diet and getting more feed then all the other horses that are paired.
I have another one which is the one that gets people rilled up that will talk to you non stop, while you are trying to feed, clean stalls, ride she will stop you for hours and talk. I get nothing done when she is around and try and tell her I need to finish and she just keeps talking.
Another lady I have was getting mad at me because her horse was not getting his winter coat like normal, mind you he came from Montana and this is the first winter down here in South Texas. He doesn't need that much of a coat. But WTH can I do about that. And she will be like omg I can see 2 ribs on my horse and didn't see them 3 days ago he needs his feed upped. He is 34yrs old on 1.5sc 2x a day and alfalfa and coastal 24/7. One minute she is lock him up to eat bc her little pony will eat all his feed. But then she gets mad if I lock him up bc he is locked up for 1-2hrs, because it takes him that long to eat. Then she says don't lock him up, I tell her pony eats his feed. She will say lock pony up or he will founder. But then says no I don't want the pony locked up. This is about every month. I just lock the old man up let him eat at his own rate and then turn him out.
And my biggest pet peeve, most of the horses that are boarded at my house have absolutely no ground manners and will run you over. Either bc owners let them or the owners are never around and don't handle the horses at all

ok.... now I am really scared
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DashNDustem - 2019-01-11 10:42 PM

As an adult I have always been a boarder, and for the most part I have been fortunate on boarding at good places.

However, there was one barn that became a problem once a certain lady came to our barn. She had a rap sheet a mile long; she was a 'scientist' but was known as a fraud. She believed that only papered Quarter Horses were the best horses, and anything else was not worthy of being a horse. She would use other people's tack. She was caught feeding a friend of mine's filly that was just being started racing oats, and there were some questionable things happening to some of the other horses. We had a mare come up with something wrong with her, her heart was racing, she was pacing, sweating etc. Doc pulled a blood panel and said her toxins were off the charts.. the horse pulled through.

A couple weeks later, another older gelding, also owned by my friend with the filly, came up with the same symptoms. He passed away. His toxins were off the charts. We all suspected this woman poisoning those horses (First time wasn't enough, so she upped the dose the second time), because she wanted to bring in another mare.. and there were no stalls open. So she made one open on a non quarter horse. After that we all took shifts to watch our horses. All of the boarders banded together and approached the owner of the property and told him, either she is evicted.. or we leave. He had to kick her out. It was a mess, but yeah.

Luckily she moved out of state, but still, she was a nightmare. That was my only horrible experience.

OMG!!! that's horrible!!!! Did anyone press charges against her?
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love2ridepre - 2019-01-16 11:59 AM

DashNDustem - 2019-01-11 10:42 PM

As an adult I have always been a boarder, and for the most part I have been fortunate on boarding at good places.

However, there was one barn that became a problem once a certain lady came to our barn. She had a rap sheet a mile long; she was a 'scientist' but was known as a fraud. She believed that only papered Quarter Horses were the best horses, and anything else was not worthy of being a horse. She would use other people's tack. She was caught feeding a friend of mine's filly that was just being started racing oats, and there were some questionable things happening to some of the other horses. We had a mare come up with something wrong with her, her heart was racing, she was pacing, sweating etc. Doc pulled a blood panel and said her toxins were off the charts.. the horse pulled through.

A couple weeks later, another older gelding, also owned by my friend with the filly, came up with the same symptoms. He passed away. His toxins were off the charts. We all suspected this woman poisoning those horses (First time wasn't enough, so she upped the dose the second time), because she wanted to bring in another mare.. and there were no stalls open. So she made one open on a non quarter horse. After that we all took shifts to watch our horses. All of the boarders banded together and approached the owner of the property and told him, either she is evicted.. or we leave. He had to kick her out. It was a mess, but yeah.

Luckily she moved out of state, but still, she was a nightmare. That was my only horrible experience.

OMG!!! that's horrible!!!! Did anyone press charges against her?

Unfortunately, because nobody saw anything directly (other than her being caught feeding the filly the racing oats), no charges could be pressed. But we did have a hunch due to her being a 'scientist,' she had access to a lot of things that most people didn't which would explain the horses being poisoned, the vets couldn't say what the toxins were..just that they were off the charts. Thing's didn't start happening until she showed up, and things calmed down after she left. We even looked her up and she had been charged/arrested multiple times for fraud. Last I heard she moved to Arizona.
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