My daughter (12) has been volunteering in her barn for about 6 months now--once a week. Her duties are to muck out the stalls. She's mucked out in other places before and there was never a problem with her work--she's a bit slow, but very conscientious. She really does want to do the best job she can and to please the BO.
Her current BO is regularly critical of her work. It is either she wastes too much bedding, or she leaves some small amount of wet bedding. My daughter says she does her best, double checks and tripple checks, sifts through again and again--that's why she's slow--and it still is never right.
I'm starting to suspect that nothing will be ever right for this BO. She's very particular about how the stalls are, and I think she'll be perpetually critical of anyone who mucks out.
My daughter asked the BO several times on how to improve and stated that she wants to do a better job, but the BO won't explain much. Maybe it is impossible to explain--you sort of have to develop a feel for it?
She's getting frustrated, because she thought that by now she'd improve enough to gain more approval from the BO, but she says her reaction has been the same from the beginning--consistent and matter of fact criticism.
My daughter and I would like some mucking up tips. Could you share your experiences? How do you achieve the balance between not wasting the bedding and yet leaving the stall without any wet clumps? Is there an accepted standard, or it is up to each individual BO?
Is it possible to do a stall badly if one does it twice and really tries to sift it all through and remove all manure, all wetness, and not to waste too much bedding?