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Started by Barbara F.. Last reply by Geoffrey Pannell on Sunday.
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Started by Cathy Gourlay Apr 4.
I'm having some problems at my boarding place now. A new boarder has come in and is basically taking over the place. It's always been a low-kay barn and everyone has basically got along fine but now I'm thinking it might be time to move on.
The first problem happened when these two new ladies decided to collect up their blankets and have them laundered. Mine was hanging up to dry after being caked in mud and they decided to include mine with theirs. I arrive at the barn the next day and can't find my blanket.
I find out a couple of days later that these ladies took it and it was being laundered. Oh well, okay. I gues I would have been getting it done myself anyways so....In the mean time though, I don't have a spare and my horse is out in the rain and cold without a blanket after being accustomed to wearing one. This is a concern.
Two and half weeks later they finally return my blanket! I had pestered them 2 or 3 times about getting it back to me and the lady who was suppose to be picking them up just laughed it off and claimed that she kept on forgetting to get them. No skin off their noses, they have spare blankets, meanwhile my horse is starting to cough!
Anyway, like I said, I finally got my blanket back but then when I put in on my horse I find that the leg staps are broken so now I'm really stressing out. At this point this woman offers me one of her blankets while I get mine repaired. Finally. This should have been offered right off!
I get my blanket repaired and then this woman expected me to take her blanket in a get it laundered as well. I told her that was not going to happen as they should never have taken my blanket in the first place, now she's pissed at me.
She is also in the process of trying to take over another boarders stall. I told her that that stall was someone else and had been for 4 years so she probably would not want to be booted out of it. The response was "Well it's not her stall anymore, we want to keep our horses together"
So now everyone is getting their feathers ruffled, and these ladies just moved in. Are we being overly critical, or are we justified in feeling put upon?
My husband and I have operated a boarding stable in Marin county (20 mi. N of San Francisco) for 30 or so years. It's old (est. in 1937) and needs tons of work constantly. We always have a sad laugh at so many people who feel stable proprietors are making money like bandits, the old adage 'They're horses just throw food at them and water'. Here in Calif. there are so many rules about creeks and streams being polluted, erosion of trails, flies and smells (the smell one always makes me laugh). So we have the dry creek teated each winter $$, we have trail parties 4 times a year and maintain the closest ones all year, use fly predators and spray citronella (if not allergic). Our hay is from $10 - $14.50 a bale, different cost for oat, alfalfa, orchard grass and low-carb orchard grass, so many different horses so many different diets. We use pellets in the stalls (from Canada) for less waste because we can't store it, we have to have all the manure hauled out every 2 weeks (that's not cheap). We have 2 clinics for shots a year and are present for every shot and innoculation just to be aware if there is a problem later, some horses react some don't, if they do we know what to do or who to call. Our board is $485.00 a month, It's a giant child-care business that we wouldn't trade but isn't easy.
In return our average temp is 50+, the trails are year round scenic and athletic, we have 3 lakes within an hour riding and the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate National Recreation Area 1 Hr. in the trailer (5 hrs horseback) with a 100+ acre horse camp just over the hill. On some days Heaven and Earth meet. I'm broke but I can ride my horse in Eden anytime I want. I want to be reincarnated as my horse.
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