first of all, I would just like to say I read ALL 15 pages, ...and now need a beer
Now for my 10 cents......as for the charging of walking the colicky horse, I myself would not charge the owner, as I do think the owner made enough of an attempt to be at the barn in a timely manner. If the owner didnt show, or simply said "you deal with it"...then yes, I would have charged.....as you as an owner have a responsibility to your horse even though Im "getting paid" to care for them.
In my barn I do not have allot of extra charges, I like to keep it "simple" (there's that word again
). I do not charge to hold for vet or farrier, if its during regular hours, or if scheduled along w other horses.
But if you wanted the vet out at 9pm and you weren't here, then yes I may charge a handling fee...depending on the circumstances.
I do charge for putting on polos or boots for turnout, but do not charge a blanket fee like most stables.
I do think that some people are attacking Star a bit much, taking everything she says and twisting it into the BO from hell. I do agree that some of the things she does, seem "odd" to me, but if it works for her and her boarders..awesome. Wouldn't work for me, but who am I to judge....dont know her or her barn from adam.
I knew exactly what she meant by the term "simple"....(definition : Easily understood or done; presenting no difficulty
)....no need to jump down her throat because she used a term that has more then one meaning.
I have had my share of moments of sleeping in the barn, hand walking horses, wrapping gaping wounds daily because owners didn't have the skills or time to do such....i don't charge extra, but that is just me....as I know most stables around here would.
My boarders appreciate all I do for them....I do get some pretty kick ass xmas gifts because of it.