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View Poll Results: Does stall cleaning 6 days a week make a difference to you?
Yes. I strongly prefer my horses stall cleaned 7 days a week 46 75.41%
No. I don't mind. Everyone needs a day off! 15 24.59%
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post #61 of 65 Old 05-23-2011, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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My target customers are people similar to me. People who are proactive about their horses care and go show to HAVE FUN and compete against themselves. Just because we are not at every show doesn't mean we don't know what were doing... we take our riding seriously but do it to create a more pleasurable activity. To me, riding a well schooled upper level dressage horse is heaven! That's my idea of fun! My facility is geared towards more dressage and hunter/jumper (eventing is gaining popularity in our area so that may be an option in the future) but welcome any discipline. I will NOT be one of those barns that requires lessons or training and pressure clients to go show. I've been at the giant show barns, worked for some top hunter/jumpers and I hated how competitive it was and how the horses were treated like porcelain dolls who had crappy ground manners. I want to host a variety of clinics.... dressage, jumpers, driving, vaulting, "natural horsemanship"...

I realize I'm no longer the absolute bottom cheapest.. but I do offer the best value in my area and market it as so. I offer very generous referral rewards ($100), I accept feed coupons, working options, lesson horse programs. I basically built MY dream boarding facility and treat people the way I would've wanted to be treated.. but I still have alot to learn about the business.

People always say "Ask your boarders" and I do.. but I like to get as many opinions as possible because although I do care about my current boarders I'm trying to build my business and attract more! I also have had boarders come from all across the country... which is why I like horseforum so much. I get to see how things work all around the world. It's pretty neat..

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post #62 of 65 Old 05-28-2011, 09:35 PM
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My horse has 24/7 turnout but if he was in I would not want him in more than 24 hours in a dirty stall. I just think it's gross. There are plenty of people that need jobs or boarders that might clean stalls 1 day a week. I don't see why there would need to be 1 day stall's are not cleaned. So if i knew that the barn did that I wouldn't board there unless I had no other choice.
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post #63 of 65 Old 06-03-2011, 05:44 PM
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I personally would not board at a barn that did not clean the stalls 7 days a week. I have seen many really nice boarding facilities that only clean 6 days a week. This does not seem to hurt their business.
The only thing I will add is if you are going to do it, don't offer options or anything. The borders with messy horses will probably not be the ones that take you up on the 7th day cleaning, just the way things tend to workout. So either stick with the daily cleaning or not.

As to the discussion of stall cleaning time. Everyone works differently. I take approximately 7 minutes per stall to clean my own. This is moving picking out manure and wet spots, redistributing the bedding evenly, dumping and cleaning the water bucket. These are the stalls that I do everyday and I use sawdust bedding that is easy to pick through. I add more bedding about once a week and then it takes me longer to go get the bedding etc.
When I clean my trainer's stalls it takes me almost twice as long, but she uses large pine shavings, her stalls are bedded much deeper, shavings are added daily and her horses are in most of the day.
Every time I have heard of someone that can do them too much faster then I do, the stalls are not up to my standards of clean. I am not saying that someone could not do it, I have just not seen it happen.
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post #64 of 65 Old 06-05-2011, 12:26 PM
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I love using sawdust! I find it keeps the stall cleaner than shavings.

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post #65 of 65 Old 06-11-2011, 10:59 PM
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For me it would depend on the price of the boarding, and wether it is a full care stable.. most places around where I live are not full care stables and do not offer full care boarding. most places will feed your horse once aday,but you are the owner and therefor should take care of your horse.(i feel the same way) if it is a full care stable the stable should have someone to clean the horses stalls everyday. even if that means having to hire two stall cleaners.... I voted No i dont mind, becuase I think that if you own a horse you ought to take care of your responsibilties, and I think stall cleaning is one of those responsibilities, if you stall your horse.
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