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    05-17-2009, 05:28 PM
  #11
Trained
I like aisles between paddocks because my horse tends to get picked on and it's just nice to not have to worry about the horses next door as much.
     
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    05-18-2009, 12:49 PM
  #12
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Racker    
The very best advice I can give you is to treat the boarders horses like you would your own and be courteous and listen to the wishes of your boarders. This sums up all the problems I have had with BO's in the past. If you do those two things you will excel as a BO.
Wishes? No.

Establish a set of rules up front. When a potential boarder comes for an interview they read the rules and at that time decide if the barn will work for them.

There is no way to please everyone. The rules are guidelines to keep folks on the same page.
     
    05-18-2009, 04:20 PM
  #13
Yearling
I would listen to wishes, not to say I would grant them. If the boarders wanted something done, and most boarders agreed on it, then ok. If I had to raise prices to do it and they agreed, then ok. Otherwise, I'm not a genie.

Mls, do you have any suggestions for rules? Something coming from a BOs point of view on how to make it all a bit easier to manage?
     
    05-18-2009, 05:10 PM
  #14
Weanling
Are you planning on having horses of your own at your place or just strictly having a barn where other people can board their horses?
     
    05-18-2009, 08:45 PM
  #15
Yearling
Um, it'll likely be on my own property, so yes my own horses would also be there. Although I'm not for sure as this is very far off in the future. Why do you ask?
     
    05-18-2009, 09:19 PM
  #16
Weanling
Because the major problem that I had with the heck-hole that I just moved my horse out of was that the barn owner thought she could tell me what to do with my horse. Always in my business, asking me what I did with my horse that day, telling me what to do with her, etc.

She was a nut job that said one thing and meant another. It didn't matter what it was about.

So one big thing that I think a barn owner must remember is that the horses there are not theirs and they can't dictate what the boarders do with them.

I think expectations must be ironed out ahead of time as far as arrangements for when boarders go out of town, holding for the farrier, etc.

And someone who is OCD and paranoid just should not board someone else's horses. You SHOULD expect that boarders respect and take care of your property. You should NOT nit-pick about every little thing.

Can you tell I just got out of a situation that made me miserable? :)
     
    05-18-2009, 09:45 PM
  #17
Yearling
Aisleways could be handy if you have to drive hay to the horses each day. Definitely better than driving thru pastures of horses, and also would mean you wouldnt have to stop and open/ close gates. It would also mean boarders wouldnt have to lead ther horses thru other pastures, and wouldnt be opening unnecessary gates. But you would only need them if you have pastures behind pastures. If all your pastures can be made accessable from one centeral area you could do without them, although Spastic Dove makes a good point about ailses preventing horses fighting over fences. I guess it comes down to how many horses will be in each pasture, because in my experience horses are less likely to mingle and fight along fencelines when they have plenty of room and grass to keep them occupied.

Also remember, aisleways take up space that could otherwise be used for turnout and grazing, so have a good think about the pros and cons, and think about whether or not they are really needed in YOUR plans. Just because they are practicle on some farms doesnt necessarily mean they will be on yours, it all depends on your layout.
     
    05-19-2009, 01:20 AM
  #18
Yearling
Well, Dobes. It's never been my way to nit pick about how someone is doing things unless it is a dangerous situation, or causes harm in anyway. That being said, I don't think me having my own horses on the property has anything to do with it, or I just can't see how.
But you make a good point, I will remember it. Thanks.
Miss Katie, I found a farm that I just adored the layout of. All the paddocks were accessible from one area, and they kinda fanned out. If you can figure that out (It's late, I'm not sure how much sense I'm making), haha. So I really like that idea. I also plan on giving horses tons of their own room. Well, as much as I can afford anyhow. But I plan on lots of space, since I want lots of trails.
     
    05-19-2009, 03:44 AM
  #19
Yearling
I get what you mean.

If you enjoy trails and want your boarders to have trail access, maybe you could find property that backs onto government land/ reserves. Just do a lot of research first, to be sure that they actually allow horses to be ridden there, some reserves do, some don't. Also, be sure to ensure that the property you end up buying is zoned for horses, and that city planning will allow you to build the facility you want. Don't agree to buy anything until you know what you can and can't do with it.
     
    05-19-2009, 08:20 AM
  #20
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Whipple    
Well, Dobes. It's never been my way to nit pick about how someone is doing things unless it is a dangerous situation, or causes harm in anyway. That being said, I don't think me having my own horses on the property has anything to do with it, or I just can't see how.
But you make a good point, I will remember it. Thanks.
Miss Katie, I found a farm that I just adored the layout of. All the paddocks were accessible from one area, and they kinda fanned out. If you can figure that out (It's late, I'm not sure how much sense I'm making), haha. So I really like that idea. I also plan on giving horses tons of their own room. Well, as much as I can afford anyhow. But I plan on lots of space, since I want lots of trails.
A LOT (LOT LOT LOT) of the nit-pickiness of this lady had to do with her horses. My horse was treated like a second class citizen. I couldn't use certain areas because she didn't want me "locking her horse up" in his stall for 30 minutes so I could work with mine.

And I wasn't saying you WERE nit-picky. I don't know you, so how could I know that? I was telling you about an experience at the last place I boarded my horse and how the barn owner made it miserable for me.
     

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