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  • Another Leaving a Boarding situation question.

    So I'll be leaving a boarding situation, which at first seemed great, and now little (and bigger) things are adding up and it's time to go.
    --finally checked out summertime fencing situation and I won't put my horse in it.
    --at least three times since I've been there they've run out of hay several days before the new shipment arrived.

    I'm giving my required notice (45 days) and intend to pay as such. However, I'm probably leaving after 15 days. Am I entitled to take the grain and hay I'm paying for for the month of May? It works out to about 20 bales of hay and roughly 2 bags of grain. (Realistically I probably won't bother with the hay, but will want to take some to switch him over, though with the frequency the hay supply changes at this place, it probably makes no difference.)

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    Originally posted by Dutchmare433 View Post
    So I'll be leaving a boarding situation, which at first seemed great, and now little (and bigger) things are adding up and it's time to go.
    --finally checked out summertime fencing situation and I won't put my horse in it.
    --at least three times since I've been there they've run out of hay several days before the new shipment arrived.

    I'm giving my required notice (45 days) and intend to pay as such. However, I'm probably leaving after 15 days. Am I entitled to take the grain and hay I'm paying for for the month of May? It works out to about 20 bales of hay and roughly 2 bags of grain. (Realistically I probably won't bother with the hay, but will want to take some to switch him over, though with the frequency the hay supply changes at this place, it probably makes no difference.)
    Honestly, I don't think you are entitled to TAKE hay and feed
    Just stay and get your money's worth, or leave and cut your losses.
    They don't owe you hay and feed if you choose to end the arrangement.
    They aren't withholding it from your horse, or leaving you,.,
    you're leaving them.

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    • #3
      you can probably take your feed if YOU bought the bag, but you don't get to keep Hay. You can pay up until you are required but they would let you leave any time, i am sure. Maybe they would even Pro rate it for you, so you don't have to pay for all 45 days.

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      • #4
        Another vote for no. If you would like to take some hay, offer to buy a couple bales. They may be nice and tell you to take them, but in no way would I expect them to be "owed" to you.

        Same with grain, if the barn provides it. If you provide your own grain, take what's left.

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        • #5
          We just had a boarder give notice at the barn I board at. The BO got a couple of people on her waiting list to agree to move in mid-month so she could let the malcontent, I mean other boarder, go as soon as possible.

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          • #6
            Actually the OP has a point. She's paying for 45 days worth of supplies which she is not getting the benefit of using. On the one had the BO has purchased hay and grain for X number of horses including the OP's. So the OP has paid for it as part of her service. But then again this is an industry where paying for something twice is part of the norm.

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              #7
              I shouldn't have used to the word entitled, because I don't believe that I'm entitled to it, I was just wondering how it was usually handled. On my end, at least, we are separating amicably. I have voiced my concerns politely and fairly once or twice, and things haven't changed. I can't leave my horse in a situation where he may or may not get fed hay at any given point. I currently have hay in my trailer for such occurrences, but that's really not sustainable.

              I've never had to leave a situation before my notice was up, and even then I was always given a bale or 2 of hay and enough grain for a few days to switch over to new barn's grain. In this instance, as I said originally, I'm perfectly fine having to pay double for a month. I think the hay situation is indicative that she is having a cash flow problem, so I'm certainly not getting anything pro-rated.

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              • #8
                Do they require 45 days notice or just a full month to be given on the 1st? You are not entitled to take any food or bedding with you and should not expect it to be prorated. If you have firm plans to leave on 5/1 give notice now saying you intend to pay for May in full and on time but will probably leave on 5/1...if it would be possible to move earlier mention this and perhaps if they can fill your stall with someone else before 5/1 they wont charge you for May. Yes it would require unusually good luck, but stranger things have happened in the horse world.

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                • #9
                  Gottagrey, she's also choosing to leave early. Forfeiting the remainder of the services/goods is part of that choice.

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                    45 days is required. I'm certain it's not going to be prorated, and am not asking to or trying to get out of paying. I'm also fairly certain that she'll fill the spot, and again, am certain I'm not getting out of paying regardless. (Might I want to complain about it to myself, or here, or to my family? Yes. Is anything going to come of that? No.) I was just wondering what was customary/appropriate in a situation where I'm leaving earlier than my board is covered.

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                    • #11
                      I've never heard of anyone who left a barn taking barn-provided food with them, even if they left with days owed to them.
                      The Evil Chem Prof

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                      • #12
                        First time I have heard of 45 days being required, bummahh. Best of luck

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                        • #13
                          As a Barn Manager, I prefer to switch the grain while you're here (it's one of the questions I ask when a boarder gives notice) so I'm not out anything. But if you're leaving early, on good terms, and ask politely, I'll send a boarder off with some grain. How much depends on how much grain your horse eats and how nice you are. But it never exceeds a ziplock baggie or maybe two. This is a gift, and in no way is the leaving boarder entitled to this generosity.

                          I usually don't give hay unless a boarder offers to pay extra for it.

                          They are always welcome to stay on the property for the remainder of their contract and recieve all the goods and services they have paid for.
                          Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by nu2u View Post
                            First time I have heard of 45 days being required, bummahh. Best of luck
                            I was at one that officially required 30 days but it was 30 days after the first of the month once you'd given notice. So 30 days if you gave notice on the first. But if you gave notice on, say, the fifth of the month, it was 25 days plus another 30 days as they applied your 30-day deposit to the following month. This barn also featured a zebra stallion. Enough said.
                            The Evil Chem Prof

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Peggy View Post
                              I was at one that officially required 30 days but it was 30 days after the first of the month once you'd given notice. So 30 days if you gave notice on the first. But if you gave notice on, say, the fifth of the month, it was 25 days plus another 30 days as they applied your 30-day deposit to the following month. This barn also featured a zebra stallion. Enough said.
                              That is the norm

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                              • #16
                                I left the barn of hell once. That situation required 60 days notice.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by gottagrey View Post
                                  Actually the OP has a point. She's paying for 45 days worth of supplies which she is not getting the benefit of using. On the one had the BO has purchased hay and grain for X number of horses including the OP's. So the OP has paid for it as part of her service. But then again this is an industry where paying for something twice is part of the norm.
                                  "That's not how it works. That's not how any of this works."
                                  "Aye God, Woodrow..."

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                                  • #18
                                    No, you can't walk away from the boarding situation with free grain and hay. You can offer to buy some, and maybe they will give you a good deal or let you have some free. But you can't just take it.

                                    30 days notice from the last day of the month is standard, for barns and for apartments.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by nu2u View Post
                                      That is the norm
                                      Current barn is 15 days bc the deposit is for half a month. But maybe I've always given notice on the first, except for that one time (zebra barn), so never really thought about it. Or been at barns with no deposit required, but where I still gave at least 30 days notice.
                                      The Evil Chem Prof

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                                      • #20
                                        I think that OP raises a good point. Part of the fee she pays in board includes feed and hay. It is certainly a reasonable question, in my opinion. If she is leaving early, why is she not entitled to take a certain portion of hay and grain with her? She has paid for it. Whether it is eaten by the horse on one premise or another seems immaterial. The barn owner will be left enriched if the boarder leaves without her horse having consumed hay and grain paid for by the boarder.

                                        One barn I left ( and returned to) gave me 20 pounds of feed when I left, to transition my horse with at the new place. I did not ask them, they just did it as as good horsemanship and horse management. The horse care at that barn is stellar. They were not worried about nickel and diming each item, they give horses what they need for good care.

                                        It says a lot about a place that was willing to give me the feed-- especially without me asking. And it says a lot about a place that is not.
                                        A canter is a cure for every evil. ~Benjamin Disraeli

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