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    It's definitely time for a change. New barn and...

    It's definitely time for a change. New barn and new trainer first, then probably new horse. The main point here is that after a year of working with this trainer, you are still in exactly the same...
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    I'm not an expert on IHSA programs, however, I...

    I'm not an expert on IHSA programs, however, I have heard about extremely unqualified coaches and safety issues at some programs. Ultimately, even though the school should be taking some...
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    If you haven't found the right people to work...

    If you haven't found the right people to work with yet, keep looking. They are out there. To choose good professionals, use word of mouth and personal recommendations. Don't fall for glossy...
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    You don't mention why you chose those two...

    You don't mention why you chose those two saddles, but I would venture to say that most of the high end custom saddle companies could get both your horse and you fitted quite nicely. I can't think of...
  5. I actually don't think there is much point in...

    I actually don't think there is much point in asking about bringing other trainers in. It's pretty normal for a BO-trainer to not want to board horses that are in training for other trainers because...
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    Coanteen summed it up perfectly. :) Put a new...

    Coanteen summed it up perfectly. :)

    Put a new lock with a different combination on your locker. Speak to the person who gave out your combo and request that they not do that in the future. Keep...
  7. My advice is to echo others: be nice, be normal,...

    My advice is to echo others: be nice, be normal, and say thank you. I would strongly advise you NOT to give notice as a group (as in all meeting with the BO at the same time). Keep your business with...
  8. Boarding is a high cash flow business. I have...

    Boarding is a high cash flow business. I have many clients who probably think they have bought me many condos in St. Barth's. Sadly, all that lovely cash seems to vanish into thin air every month...
  9. I have posted about this subject on another...

    I have posted about this subject on another thread, but retirement boarding is not a great business. It's attractive to people starting boarding businesses because they think they will have a bunch...
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    Sometimes when selling (or leasing in your case)...

    Sometimes when selling (or leasing in your case) it does pay to be at a facility that makes it easy to show the horse to people. There can't be "issues" of any sort--like no ring, limited hours that...
  11. I didn't want to make it sound like you shouldn't...

    I didn't want to make it sound like you shouldn't help people, it's just that you should be careful mixing your business ventures with personal charity. I help people out and donate to charity, but I...
  12. I agree with Lady Eboshi. You are running a...

    I agree with Lady Eboshi. You are running a business. It is not appropriate for you to try to get involved. If she hadn't already given notice, I'd say to consider giving her notice given your...
  13. I would go for the 1/4 minus from quarry number...

    I would go for the 1/4 minus from quarry number one, and start with one truckload and then spread it and see where you are. You aren't going to order half a truckload, so the question is are you...
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    I agree it is mind boggling for a BO to install...

    I agree it is mind boggling for a BO to install expensive footing like this and then refuse to maintain it. As a client, I'd be very frustrated about the situation. It's a nice thought for the OP to...
  15. Gumtree, I agree that boarding operations should...

    Gumtree, I agree that boarding operations should carry insurance both to protect themselves and their clients, but I'm not sure that asking about insurance is a meaningful question for a prospective...
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    I think if this is a private barn, I can...

    I think if this is a private barn, I can understand your BO's leeriness about having strangers come out and ride. Even for a larger barn that has to put up with it, it is a liability issue to have a...
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    If it were my mare, I'd consider 6 months of...

    If it were my mare, I'd consider 6 months of turnout and then work with a new trainer. As far as "restarting" her, I just am not getting the impression that it is weak basics that are causing her...
  18. IME the best farriers expect to work a full day...

    IME the best farriers expect to work a full day each day. That does mean that if they get a cancellation at one of their visits for that day that they will probably show up early at their next...
  19. This is totally not okay. It's inappropriate for...

    This is totally not okay. It's inappropriate for boarders to conduct their business on your business premises. This is another example of where you need to set up and enforce some boundaries. This is...
  20. Definitely give 30 day notice. Revamping your...

    Definitely give 30 day notice. Revamping your contract is fine, but it's always better to be direct about things, not change a contract and hope someone leaves because of it. That's passive...
  21. One other thing--don't waste your time...

    One other thing--don't waste your time speculating about clients' finances. If someone gives you a sad story about how they are having trouble paying board or vet bills or whatever, the appropriate...
  22. First of all, don't blame yourself for this mess....

    First of all, don't blame yourself for this mess. You were a young person starting up a business and you made a common mistake. Now you've learned your lesson and you won't make the same mistake...
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    You need to know your horses and the situation. ...

    You need to know your horses and the situation.

    At a one day show, with loose dogs and kids roaming around the horses stand on the trailer. After hunting at the hunt breakfast they stand tied to...
  24. If the BO didn't feed your horses that's...

    If the BO didn't feed your horses that's obviously a problem, but you have stated clearly that you have no proof, only suspicion. Gossip from other boarders isn't proof unless they were out there for...
  25. I think you would have a hard time holding your...

    I think you would have a hard time holding your BO responsible. Different types of noxious weeds grow in everyone's pastures to some degree. Even with spraying, fertilizing and seeding there still...
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