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        10-24-2011, 03:09 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    My barn owner doesn't charge for that kind of stuff. She does it just for the love of the horses, and wanting them to be taken care of the best possible. I work for her and we all just help out with sick or injured horses with no charge to the owner. Obviously a vet needs to come out, then the owner has to pay the vet bill, but that's about it. When I brought my horses home for the winter and one coliced and she came the 30min to my house and gave my horse meds and helped me keep him up and walking free of charge. Another girl's horse recently had an abscess, and my barn owner allowed her to use her medical supplies for free to treat it.

    She built her barn herself too. Nothing was handed to her, she's the only one in her family who loves horses. Really it's up to you what/if you charge for it. Every barn owner is different and has a different situation.
         
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        10-24-2011, 03:24 PM
      #12
    Banned
    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.
         
        10-24-2011, 03:24 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    How many horses are at your barn? Just curious.

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    Originally Posted by MyLittleHunter    
    My barn owner doesn't charge for that kind of stuff. She does it just for the love of the horses, and wanting them to be taken care of the best possible. I work for her and we all just help out with sick or injured horses with no charge to the owner. Obviously a vet needs to come out, then the owner has to pay the vet bill, but that's about it. When I brought my horses home for the winter and one coliced and she came the 30min to my house and gave my horse meds and helped me keep him up and walking free of charge. Another girl's horse recently had an abscess, and my barn owner allowed her to use her medical supplies for free to treat it.

    She built her barn herself too. Nothing was handed to her, she's the only one in her family who loves horses. Really it's up to you what/if you charge for it. Every barn owner is different and has a different situation.
         
        10-24-2011, 03:39 PM
      #14
    Started
    At my barn I would not be charged for that. If it had been hours of walking the horse, I could understand that. I know if I was in class or at work I would tell my BO to do what she could till I got there and she would be okay with that. Over the summer my horse needed to have a fly mask on and meds put on his eye for a few days - while I was across the country. She did this free of charge. I would think something like this would go along with the responsibilities of a BO - the well being of a horse at your stable. I would also be put off if my BO asked for payment for something like this.
         
        10-24-2011, 04:15 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Again I value your opinion but I do feel like I have to defend myself so everyone doesn't think I'm a monster for considering charging for my time.

    For good clients (pay on time, clean up after themselves, take good care of their horses) I do most of the things you mentioned for free. This particular boarder is a good boarder. The horse... not so much. We use him in our lesson program (for a discount on board) but he is always doing something asinine. He's ripped down our fence (including 2 cemented in pipe stretcher posts) 3 times. He has random bouts of head shyness and the next thing you know you have a bloody nose because he whacks you in the face. He also ran over my assistant while trying to chase off another horse. Deworming him isn't pleasant either.. imagine running backwards, rearing ect... A few months ago he managed to cut his face and needed stitches. I was there till 12:30 at night (owner was not) and didn't charge her. He generally doesn't appreciate needles or stuff being sprayed on his wounds. So I have to ask myself, when is enough, enough?

    ETA: If my assistant was there, I would've had her do it so I could give a lesson. Is it fair that I would've had to pay her to walk someone elses horse?
         
        10-24-2011, 04:47 PM
      #16
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by starlinestables    
    I walked him for approximately an hour until he was comfortable.
    Actually, the theory is that you should only walk for 20 minutes. If the horse doesn't feel better from twenty minutes of walking, an hour isn't going to help. The last thing you want is for a horse to be exhausted from endless walking going into colic surgery. (How to be Your Own Veterinarian, by Ruth B. James) Since the horse was rolling, it's a bit different, but just something to keep in mind when you're considering charging for it.
         
        10-24-2011, 04:59 PM
      #17
    Banned
    I don't think that is something you should charge for. It should be something you would do out of the kindness of your heart knowing that she couldnt make it out there for a while.

    She might not have a job where "my horse is Colicing" isnt a good excuse to leave. My work would not let me and I would be at the mercy of the BO to help me out in a tough situation.
         
        10-24-2011, 05:03 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Count me in the "lucky you're at an awesome barn" camp. I wouldn't have been charged for that.

    My girl recently had an abscess burst in her shoulder and was put in a stall for 5 days where she was cared for by the BO (of course this happened on a weekend that I was 5 hours away and couldn't get back for two days). The only thing I was charged for were the antibiotics and the bute (that's right, not for stall board and not for time either). In fact I wouldn't have been charged for those at all, except that I reminded the BO that I owed her when I was writing a check at the month.

    In circumstances such as these, if I were the hore owner I would probably offer some money for your time but I wouldn't expect to be charged for it if that makes sense? For example, I offered my BO some extra money for the time she took caring for Bobbie while I was away but she refused to take it. To me it seems like the type of situation where it depends on your relationship with your client.

    Incidentals such as this are part and parcel of being a BO unfortunately. JMO.
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        10-24-2011, 05:40 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    That's very nice of you to offer to pay for her time. In the 3 years I've been open, I've only had that happen once and it was recently for hauling a new boarder to my barn. In case you were wondering, I didn't pocket the money.. she insisted and I just added it to her account as a credit.

    No one answered my other questions though..

    If this were a more frequent than usual occurrence for this horse? Why would you charge for 2gms of bute that cost $2... and not the $8.50 it costs to pay someone to walk the horse till you get there?
         
        10-24-2011, 05:47 PM
      #20
    Banned
    My question is what is the state of the fencing that the horse got tangled in? Was it a known potential hazard? Or was it a freak accident?
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