Hi everyone! I am new to this forum and am seeking some advice regarding my current boarding situation.
Here’s some background info: I have been boarding my horse at this facility for almost a year now, however he had already been kept there for several years before I bought him from a boarder at the barn. Overall I have not been too impressed with the care at this barn and more recently I have had some problems with the barn owner. For the past year I have been working at the barn a few times per week to reduce the cost of board. I finally decided to quit working at the barn after having problems with the barn owner and there are too many other reasons to even begin to explain why I quit working for her (which is a whole other story on its own). It’s a difficult situation because she is also my trainer, however I’m planning on quitting lessons from her because she is not helping me or my horse improve.
Here are a list of reasons why I’m considering leaving:
-Strained relationship with barn owner
-Horse sometimes not given his grain
-I showed up today and his water tub was bone dry
-Blanketing instructions never followed (I ended up having to do all of it on my own last winter)
-Found 3 blankets layered on my horse on a sunny day (at least 60 degrees F). He was drenched in sweat.
-Barn owner said that she would start to charge me $80 extra per month if I want my horse blanketed
-Barn owner complains if I put shavings in my horse’s stall and threatens to give me fine if he makes too big of a mess
-Hay thrown on the ground when I have instructions to put it in a net
-Not allowed to turn out in the arena
-Terrible arena footing that keeps making my horse trip
- Every time I go to the barn my horse has no hay. They feed 2x per day and never give my horse enough so he goes hours without forage.
This is a difficult situation because this barn is only 5 minutes from my house and there are very limited boarding options in my area. I also have lots of friends there and I am part of an equestrian team that practices at the barn with my trainer as the head coach. I also don’t want to burn bridges with my trainer because I will still have to see her for equestrian team. If I leave then I would also have to trailer to practice 2x per week.
If anyone has any advice I would be very happy to hear it! Thank you