Originally Posted by starlinestables
- Teach your horse manners. Your horse should be able to go from it's stall to a pasture and back with no issues. This also includes standing for the farrier and standing in the cross ties.
- You say your horse won't allow things over his head, will freak out if I clean his stall while I'm in there ect.. This will have to happen at ANY boarding facility you go to.. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FIX THIS or I will do it and charge you for that training.
- No we don't pick your horse over with a fine toothed come every hour and remember that your horse will still manage to kill himself in a concrete box while wrapped from head to toe in bubble wrap! Its NOT OUR FAULT.
As a BO, I need to disagree with a couple of things here.
Not all horses will cross tie. Some have a deep fear of being confined. We have straight ties and cross ties in the barn and hitching posts outside.
Unless 100% necessary (staying in for a show, ill, etc) I do NOT clean stalls with the horses in them. I view the stall as their personal space and I respect that. We also do not allow grooming or tacking in the stalls.
I do tend to notice cuts, scrapes, etc before a boarder does. I ask each boarder what they want to be called on. Minor issues - most trust me to treat and leave them a note or shoot them an e-mail.
Being a BO is a very, very tough thing. Right up there with daycare for human children. I do have an issue with late board. Our policy states if board is going to be late, they must VERBALLY contact us prior to the due date. We allow two days a month to pay board. The boarder picks the day themselves so when board is late and we are not contacted, it leaves us frustrated and after a while rather ticked off!
To me, I find it is important to treat each horse and human as an individual. We give the list of rules and over and above board charges with the contract. Once they sign the contract, they are expected to follow the rules. I am not strict at the beginning, but as time goes on, I tend to remind a lot more.