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    12-29-2010, 02:57 PM
Appreciate your borders?

I decided to start the thread just because of the similar thread running "Appreciate your barn owner"...

I was a border (not anymore for quite a long time though), and I just wonder is there such a thing as appreciation towards borders? I don't mean paying the board here - heck, that's a MUST (not something to really appreciate). But I mean, do you (as a border) help out in barn? Do you (as a BO) get any help from the borders?

I'd love to hear opinions (especially from BOs)! And feel free to be harsh, share or vent. I just want to look at it from the BOs point of view...
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    12-29-2010, 04:13 PM
When I am out at the barn during feeding time, etc. I don't mind helping to feed up. I'll also help to fill water troughs and throw hay.
    12-29-2010, 04:17 PM
I always help when I am boarding. Main reason is I am just not good at standing around and watching others work.

I am more than willing to lend a hand with whatever needs to be done; stacking hay, cleaning stalls, turning horses out, etc.

I have had two different, complete opposite barn owners. The type that appreciate the help and are always willing to accept help. And the opposite type who acts like they want your help and then blows a gasket because they have decided you expect something because you helped and they want you to know that your help is not needed, etc etc.

I am careful, when helping, to follow barn rules on things such as quantity of bedding used, where to dump manure, sweeping up afterward, etc.
    12-29-2010, 05:19 PM
I appreciate the boarders that pay on time - with checks that clear the first time.

I appreciate the boarders that follow the rules - all the time - not just when someone else is there. (Came home to a really ticked off husband last night due to a boarder not cleaning up after themselves yesterday).

I appreciate the boarders who come to me with issues instead of ranting to others.

I appreciate the boarders who understand I respect their right to visit with their horse and are not there to visit with me.

I appreciate the boarders who understand I cannot control the wind, rain, snow, sun or temperature.
    12-29-2010, 05:46 PM
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I'm not a Bo, but I can tell you from being there on a daily basis, I appreciate boarders that don't act prissy and entitled. I also appreciate those who actually come to see their horses and keep up with their care instead of expecting the barn owner is going to do it.
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    12-29-2010, 06:43 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
I appreciate the boarders who understand I cannot control the wind, rain, snow, sun or temperature.
WOW! Does someone really say something like that?

Interesting enough when I was boarding I noticed that not too many boarders were willing to help (and some didn't even clean after their own horses when they pooped in someone else stall or round pen or just in mid of barn ).
    12-29-2010, 08:25 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
I always help when I am boarding. Main reason is I am just not good at standing around and watching others work.

I am more than willing to lend a hand with whatever needs to be done; stacking hay, cleaning stalls, turning horses out, etc.
I'm very much the same way, I can't not help. I feel lazy and useless if I'm just standing around watching.

My barn owner just gave me a gift card for a tack store as a Christmas present. She thanked me for covering her lessons while she was at shows this past year, helping around the barn, paying on time, building her a website...

Even though when I was really sick and on a very nasty "girl time" something in my head told me to leave I didn't and I'm glad I talked things through because other than a couple hiccups that have been taken care of, it's a great place.

I find the more you appreciate the little things the better people appreciate the little things you do back.
    12-30-2010, 02:23 AM
A few of our borders have formed a make shift family, and now that everything is falling apart and everyone is having to find new places to go(long story) both me and my mom are very depressed. We live at and run, but do not own the facility. I had to hold back tears all day when Terry and Larry left last week. My mom was a wreck when she came home and saw Laurie had moved her boys. We are going to stay in touch but I'm missing seeing them everyday. We have icky boarders that I am happy to see leave but it's more sad than Anything. We cared for our boarders and they cared right back, and I think that is pretty rare
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    12-30-2010, 09:02 AM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
WOW! Does someone really say something like that?
Kitten, there is a thread right on this forum where someone is complaining about their wet stalls because of the monsoon rain problems California is having.

So yes, People do complain about such things.
    12-30-2010, 09:19 AM
As a boarder, I feel that helping out shows that we take pride in our barn. I am usually the last one there at night, so I typically do bed check, top up water and throw a flake or two of hay. During the day, if I have extra time to hang out, I usually end up helping groom or tack-up the sale horses for clients or give a hand turning out. We (my family) also have our own 6 horse trailer, so on occasion, we do some hauling for our BO. I truely believe what goes around comes around, and to treat others as you wish to be treated - it's really that simple.

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