Posted by AshlandEquestrian on 4/18/2012, 6:24 am, in reply to "To me"
Do what it takes, be professional, but dont worry sbout her feelings. This may be what is needed to make her make a decision about whats next for the horse. |
You work way too hard taking care of the horses to accept the disrespect that very late payment displays. Boarders sometimes get in a weird mindset that somehow cumulative board, over the years should buy them some kind of favor, a break. If it worked that way for our mortgage, taxes, hay supplier we'd all win, right?
Your time and commitment to the horse's well being is your half of the deal. Her paying you on time is hers. Start the lein process. Leave her a message that you are reluctantly doing so as her pattern if late payment is causing concern, distress. Maybe that will prompt a call. All of my boarders who i dont see daily/weekly get charged on their debit/credit card. Period. It is an extra expense, but its worth it to me to get those payments with no hassle, the upset of not getting paid is very taxing. I had one woman who I do see every day put me on her bank bill pay, she just doesnt remember anything! And even tho Inlike her very much, her flakiness infuriated me. I finally said to her, "you know I never ever forget to feed your horses by 8:00 am. Seven days a week, I remember!". That helped her motivate to make the bill pay plan.