Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
It's not the same thing as other extras that barn owners charge for though. For example, if an owner is not willing to pay extra for blanketing, then the horse does not get a blanket.
With this situation, it's totally different, you would have walked that horse regardless of whether the owner wants to pay you or not.
You also said that you would hang around and help out, so it is not about your time as you would be doing that because it is the right thing to do.
If this happened at 1pm and the owner didn't get there until 6pm when they got off work - that would be different, you should charge them for that, as they choose not to come and leave you to deal with it - however this owner arrived within 40 minutes. You really can't expect someone to get there any faster than that, she obviously got there as soon as she possibly could.
I don't think you should ask her for any money, it's not her problem that you were teaching, it is your job to care for those horses and emergencies happen.
I personally would be really put out if my BO charged me in a situation like that.
Something similar happened to me, my horse was 3 legged lame when she went to feed him in the morning. She called the farrier and then called me, I was at the barn within 20 mins (it's 15 mins from my house). In that 20 mins she had walked my horse to the barn which was a massive effort and the farrier was arriving as I pulled into the driveway. She was planning to hold the horse and deal with the issue without charge.
There are some things that are not perfect about my barn, but I would be very hard pushed to ever move because of the quality of care that she provides for my horse.