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  • Trainer spending your money

    I guess the question is, What amount of your money does your trainer have to ask you before spending?

    I kind of freaked out the other day because I got a bill for a new ($365) stable blanket which I didn't know my guy needed. It ended ok when I saw the old- completey shredded- one beyond repair. But I did have a "Please let me know when you spend more than X of my money" talk with trainer.

    I've never questioned any amount before- shoeing increases, meds, misc tack, etc. So I guess my answer is about $350 There are definitely people at my barn who would rather have the money just spent and not be bothered with the phone call though!
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    I just have to know, what kind of stable blanket was it? I'm not sure I've seen many blankets that cost that much.
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    • #3
      Well I've never been in the kind of barn that does that. But my answer would be closer to $50.

      In your case, I would've wanted a call anyway because I might have had an extra blanket at home waiting for just such a scenario. I am a fierce bargain hunter and if I saw a fab deal on a blanket I might buy it as a spare.

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      • #4
        $365 STABLE BLANKET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bahahaha! this is a joke right?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by sarapony View Post
          Well I've never been in the kind of barn that does that. But my answer would be closer to $50.

          In your case, I would've wanted a call anyway because I might have had an extra blanket at home waiting for just such a scenario. I am a fierce bargain hunter and if I saw a fab deal on a blanket I might buy it as a spare.
          Ditto. And holy cow, that's an expensive stable blanket!
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          • #6
            Well, the blanket was actually only $150...but the trainer had to tack on charges for ordering it, taking it out of the packaging, and putting it on the horse.
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            • #7
              sounds like the trainer is ripping you off. Either that or you're in the wrong barn.

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              • #8
                Ummm...if the barn where I kept my horse sent me a bill for something they could have called me for and I could have ordered....I would have had a cow! Further....if they billed me for a NON emergency item without calling, e-mailing or texting....they could take the bill and pay it themselves!

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                  #9
                  She's not ripping me off, the bill is (and always is) directly from the manufacturer. I am not in the wrong barn (but thanks.) Blanket is I think the Clothes Horse?

                  I was just wondering.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Alterrain View Post
                    I guess the question is, What amount of your money does your trainer have to ask you before spending?

                    I kind of freaked out the other day because I got a bill for a new ($365) stable blanket which I didn't know my guy needed. It ended ok when I saw the old- completey shredded- one beyond repair. But I did have a "Please let me know when you spend more than X of my money" talk with trainer.

                    I've never questioned any amount before- shoeing increases, meds, misc tack, etc. So I guess my answer is about $350 There are definitely people at my barn who would rather have the money just spent and not be bothered with the phone call though!
                    The sticker value might be a shocker, but... how are you not aware your horse's blanket is worthless and you need a new one? I guess I mean, maybe the trainer was kind of taking initiative that had to be taken? An 'If you're not gonna do it, I will' kinda thing?
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                    • #11
                      WOW!

                      If I could get people to pay me $150 for ordering, unpackaging and putting said blanket on a horse,I'm gonna start a new business!!!!
                      I would tell trainer she can eat the other $150, since she didn't bother to call you first! That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Did she show you the invoice that came with the blanket? I would tell her I need it for my records!!!

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                      • #12
                        Echoing the "holy moly, that is a lot of money!!!" Is it plated in gold? ha ha. But seriously- I would want to see the receipt for that( ETA- saw that you got it). But that is just me. If you have that kind of money- AWESOME!!!
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                        • #13
                          Yikes - $365 sounds like a lot for a stable blanket...I've spent that much for turn out blankets, though.

                          I'd probably be fine with my trainer spending my money this way. Although, as someone else mentioned, I would have appreciated a call from the trainer to see if I had a spare blanket at home, first (I would have). My trainer's pretty good about calling me first over stuff like this, or he'd throw on one of his blankets until he could speak to me in person.

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                          • #14
                            Equsrider, that tidbit was not from OP

                            Originally posted by MyGiantPony View Post
                            Well, the blanket was actually only $150...but the trainer had to tack on charges for ordering it, taking it out of the packaging, and putting it on the horse.
                            She has Clothes Horse invoice for the $350 amount, and yes, a nice stable blanket (not turnout rug) in stable colors, maybe monogrammed? from Clothes Horse isn't cheap But it IS nice.
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                            • #15
                              If it has the barn logo on it or any other custom trim, it is possible that jacked up the price. Especially with a single or just a few pieces in an orderplus shipping.

                              What do you mean your trainer is not ripping you off, Clothes Horse is???? Who ordered the thing?

                              Nice if she had told you in advance.

                              My answer on how much trainer can spend without my prior approval? Unless it's vet or farrier related of an urgent nature? $0. And I have always been in AA barns.
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by dags View Post
                                Equsrider, that tidbit was not from OP



                                She has Clothes Horse invoice for the $350 amount, and yes, a nice stable blanket (not turnout rug) in stable colors, maybe monogrammed? from Clothes Horse isn't cheap But it IS nice.
                                Oh, I was just teasing, considering all the recent threads about trainers fees.

                                And yes, the custom winter parka is $345...but I'd be asking if it was truly a custom blanket for my horse.
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                                Originally Posted by JSwan
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                                • #17
                                  oops!

                                  Me bad... so sorry to be incoherent today! Apologies!!! maybe I should go back to bed?

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Equsrider View Post
                                    Me bad... so sorry to be incoherent today! Apologies!!! maybe I should go back to bed?
                                    I've been thinking that ALL DAY...well, actually, I'd love to be curled up on the couch with the Pugs today...
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by MyGiantPony View Post
                                      And yes, the custom winter parka is $345...but I'd be asking if it was truly a custom blanket for my horse.

                                      Most of these from CH are monogrammed and/or have the barn name embroidered so that would make them custom. And price it up.

                                      Have no problem with the price. Problem with not consulting OP before the thing was ordered-like a month or more back. And it's not returnable if it has any embroidery.
                                      When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

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                                      • #20
                                        I think it depends on the barn, the set up, and the clients. Most places I have been usually do say "hey your horse broke their halter/blanket/bridle do you have another? I can order you one if you want". I don't think I have ever seen something bought that the owner really didn't know about unless they were out of town/out of reach for whatever reason. I have seen the barn replace something without charge if it was broken by them ie help grabbed the wrong halter and it got broken, borrowed a blanket and it got ripped etc.

                                        Although I know some of the clients likely wouldn't have cared if they replaced a broken item without asking and charged as many of them don't keep spares at home. I highly doubt my trainer would have ever done that for me, as I was very hands on and there almost every day and often did have spare stuff at home.
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