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Addictedeventer
Jan. 8, 2012, 11:36 PM
I didnt know really where to put this so i figured here would work. When you leave a barn are you expected to put in notice at all? A months? A 2 weeks? I know you should put in some.. I just dont how what the expected amount of time is. Thanks guys!

Cinnabon2004
Jan. 8, 2012, 11:47 PM
Well, my philosophy has always been: as soon as you know tell your BM even if it's 6 months in advance. I would say give the barn at LEAST a month's notice so that way they can advertise and possibly find another boarder to take your place. Otherwise they could end up a horse short and that wouldn't be good, especially if they order feed at the beginning of the month for everybody. It really does vary from barn to barn, but that's just my opinion. Good luck :)

Kementari
Jan. 9, 2012, 12:24 AM
Whatever is in your contract.

Thirty days is customary, and what I would adhere to in the absence of a contract.

I do agree, though, that it's nice to give as much notice as you can (assuming, of course, that you are not leaving because of issues with current barn that might be exacerbated by their knowledge of your upcoming departure). I've always told a BO as soon as I knew I was going to leave, even when it's been months in advance. People say the care can go downhill once you give notice, but in many years of boarding I have NEVER had that be the case. (Neither, though, have I ever left a barn for reasons other than myself moving or price increasing beyond my budget.)

wanderlust
Jan. 9, 2012, 12:25 AM
It should be in your contract. 30 days is industry standard.

chizzle
Jan. 9, 2012, 12:56 AM
30 days or 1 month at least. BUT read your contract if it says 30 days and you give your notice on Jan 15 you're leaving on Feb 15 - don't let them tell you you have to pay any prorated board for February - 30 days is 30 days. If it says 30 days or a month's notice then give your notice at the first of the month that you are leaving the following month or months. If you are having issues at the barn where you are where health/safety is a concern then I am not sure how much notice I would give.

JFCeventer
Jan. 9, 2012, 10:45 AM
At my old barn it was 30 days, at the barn where I board now, it's 45. Both barns there is a security deposit of a full month of board. If you leave without prior notice it is not returned. If you have a setup like this and you are leaving due to issues, it may just be worth it to sacrifice the month's board and get out of there. If you're not leaving on bad terms, and your contact does not specify, 30 days is standard, but if you can give more I'm sure it would be appreciated.

bornfreenowexpensive
Jan. 9, 2012, 11:15 AM
I didnt know really where to put this so i figured here would work. When you leave a barn are you expected to put in notice at all? A months? A 2 weeks? I know you should put in some.. I just dont how what the expected amount of time is. Thanks guys!


I've always told them as soon as I could. Most barns require at least one month.

The horse world is small..better to try hard not to burn any bridges. I've also never notice the care to go downhill after I've given notice. Some barns I've returned too after leaving or sent them other business.

purplnurpl
Jan. 9, 2012, 11:36 AM
Your contract may have a 30 day notice written in. If this is the case, if you leave the day of your notice you still owe that 30 days of board.

That said, I left two boarding barns right away without paying the 30 days worth even though there was a 30 day notice in the contract.

So there is a gray area.

shawnee_Acres
Jan. 9, 2012, 11:38 AM
Everyone boarding should insist on a contract with the barn they board at, which should specifically state this, among other things. My contract is 30 days notice, if you leave prior to the completion of 30 days, you would still owe me the amount of 30 days after you gave your notice.

frugalannie
Jan. 9, 2012, 12:01 PM
As the owner of a small boarding barn which runs as a co-op, I can assure you that our contract says 1 month notice. Boarders can move their horses out before that if they wish (and someone just did), but they are still responsible for their share of the work and board until the end of the month.

Long Spot
Jan. 9, 2012, 12:26 PM
30 days or 1 month at least. BUT read your contract if it says 30 days and you give your notice on Jan 15 you're leaving on Feb 15 - don't let them tell you you have to pay any prorated board for February - 30 days is 30 days.

Of course you would owe a pro rated amount for February! You aren't going to get 15 days for free just because you are moving.

Prorated means divided based on another amount (in this case monthly board).
I'm very confused as to why you think one shouldn't have to pay for those extra 15 days?

deltawave
Jan. 9, 2012, 12:35 PM
Whatever is stipulated in the boarding contract and/or agreed upon with the BO if I'm leaving on friendly terms. If not, I take the horse the heck away the moment I can. Thankfully the latter has only happened to me once! Crap, make that TWICE. :eek: :lol:

ETA I would still not short anybody the money I owed, but as purp indicated, there is wiggle room . . . if the boarding contract is breached on the part of the BO (horse is not being fed, watered, is neglected or injured through negligence) then I feel like I owe nothing. By the same token, if I am the one breaching the contract I do not feel like I am owed any financial consideration at all.

Heliodoro
Jan. 9, 2012, 01:02 PM
Like you DW, I've left once without giving a full 30 days notice. I did tell them I was handing them my last check for board and promptly left 2 weeks later. BO did breach contract by not treating/notifying me that my horse was 3 legged lame the day before. Horse had a friggin fence nail lodged in his foot for over 24 hours!!

Otherwise, I've followed the contracts I've signed (usually 30days) when I left on good terms.

chizzle
Jan. 10, 2012, 12:52 AM
Of course you would owe a pro rated amount for February! You aren't going to get 15 days for free just because you are moving.

Prorated means divided based on another amount (in this case monthly board).
I'm very confused as to why you think one shouldn't have to pay for those extra 15 days?

You are right the board would be prorated for the 2 weeks in February - my bad. But most people do give notice the first of the month and giving notice & leaving mid-month is not very common but I have known of a few people doing it that way.

babyeventer23
Jan. 11, 2012, 03:53 PM
Hopefully you have a contract that specifies this, but most barns require a 30 day notice these days. As long as there are not any major breaches in conduct in terms of care, I would definitely give them 30 days, and pay throughout a prorate if necessary. If you are leaving on good terms, keep it that way!

ponysize
Jan. 11, 2012, 04:06 PM
30 days or 1 month at least. BUT read your contract if it says 30 days and you give your notice on Jan 15 you're leaving on Feb 15 - don't let them tell you you have to pay any prorated board for February - 30 days is 30 days.

30 days notice is general practice as you typically pay and "rent your space" by the month, typically the 1st of the month. That gives your BO or whoever a heads up so they can make your upcoming vacant stall available to maybe someone on a waiting list, etc, much like an apartment. However, a BO is also not required to give you a prorated rate. If you gave your notice you were leaving Feb 15 and your board is due Feb. 1st, you owe the full months board--it's up to the BO whether or not they want to offer a prorated rate. Same as you would with a house or apartment you rent. It is up to you whether or not you use all of the month you paid for.

Long Spot
Jan. 11, 2012, 04:09 PM
30 days notice is general practice as you typically pay and "rent your space" by the month, typically the 1st of the month. That gives your BO or whoever a heads up so they can make your upcoming vacant stall available to maybe someone on a waiting list, etc, much like an apartment. However, a BO is also not required to give you a prorated rate. If you gave your notice you were leaving Feb 15 and your board is due Feb. 1st, you owe the full months board--it's up to the BO whether or not they want to offer a prorated rate. Same as you would with a house or apartment you rent. It is up to you whether or not you use all of the month you paid for.

That is someone else I quoted, not my quote, by the way. MY quote in response to the above was

Of course you would owe a pro rated amount for February! You aren't going to get 15 days for free just because you are moving.

Prorated means divided based on another amount (in this case monthly board).
I'm very confused as to why you think one shouldn't have to pay for those extra 15 days?

OverandOnward
Jan. 11, 2012, 10:45 PM
Look at the contract, but ...

... if you post on COTH, expect to get thrown out in a flaming drama within about 24 hours after giving notice. So have your new place ready for you to skedaddle, after rescuing your kidnapped horse from the old bo. In the middle of the night, with your friend keeping the truck running while waiting for you out on the road. Then you can find a keyboard and add your story to the list of COTH barn transfer disasters. :D

Just kidding. ;) :cool: (sort of ... :winkgrin: )

Kementari
Jan. 11, 2012, 10:57 PM
30 days notice is general practice as you typically pay and "rent your space" by the month, typically the 1st of the month. That gives your BO or whoever a heads up so they can make your upcoming vacant stall available to maybe someone on a waiting list, etc, much like an apartment. However, a BO is also not required to give you a prorated rate. If you gave your notice you were leaving Feb 15 and your board is due Feb. 1st, you owe the full months board--it's up to the BO whether or not they want to offer a prorated rate. Same as you would with a house or apartment you rent. It is up to you whether or not you use all of the month you paid for.

That depends on your contract. If your contract only says "30 days," then that's 30 days you pay for after you give notice, period, whether it ends the 1st, the 15th or the 23rd.

Some contracts, however, specify 30 days from the next first of the month (or otherwise make it so that you always owe in 1st-end of month increments with no pro-rating), in which case if you give notice on the 2nd, you are on the hook for basically two months.

I would always try to leave close to the 1st of a month (assuming it was an amicable leaving), because it is much easier for a BO to fill an empty stall quickly if it is available at that time, however. :yes:

sarasbluegroove
Jun. 4, 2015, 11:11 AM
Holy moly, you guys are fast. Sorry for the misunderstanding, I gave my 30 days notice on Monday, that's not really my question. Just wondering how you guys might make her understand without telling her in unhappy with HER general personality.

FrittSkritt
Jun. 4, 2015, 01:19 PM
30 days. Although two of our former boarders were total jerks and gave us less than 2 weeks' notice and there was nothing we could do about getting the remaining board. From now on I require a last month's board deposit because I've gotten the shaft too many time from people who think it's OK to just leave the rest of us scrambling to find a replacement. (Do I sound bitter? Haha.)

Wonders12
Jun. 4, 2015, 01:43 PM
Oops. Realizing what an old thread this is.

Thanks findeight.

findeight
Jun. 4, 2015, 02:04 PM
Holy moly, you guys are fast. Sorry for the misunderstanding, I gave my 30 days notice on Monday, that's not really my question. Just wondering how you guys might make her understand without telling her in unhappy with HER general personality.

Huh? did you reply on the wrong thread here? This one was a generic question about leaving from somebody who left in 2012.

FrittSkritt
Jun. 4, 2015, 02:18 PM
Bumping up old threads with benign question subjects = the new style of Rick Rolling.

Winding Down
Jun. 4, 2015, 03:50 PM
sounds like it took 2 1/2 years? Wow, I would go for the 30 days...

;)

trubandloki
Jun. 4, 2015, 04:02 PM
Huh? did you reply on the wrong thread here? This one was a generic question about leaving from somebody who left in 2012.
I am glad you asked. I was really trying to figure out what was fast about this old thread.

EvieG13
Jun. 4, 2015, 04:19 PM
I was wondering the same thing!

Found it. OP posted this thread (http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showthread.php?468523-How-to-leave-a-boarding-barn-peacefully) and (I'm guessing here) probably had related threads show up at the bottom and thought it was a response to the OPs original thread.

ETA there are a few responses on OP's thread. Perhaps OP had multiple threads open and replied in the wrong one? I know I've personally done this!