Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
Bartering services with another boarder
I currently board at a "self serve" facility. They will feed in the morning if you measure and prepare all your feed and leave it in front of your stall, and that's about it.
Last summer a friend/co-boarder (who is extremely busy with her career) worked out a deal where I take care of her 2 horses 2 days a week and she takes care of Cinny, 3 days a week. Basically the deal was that in the mornings, every morning when she comes out to turn out her 2 boys, she would turn out Cin. Then whomever's turn it is to take care of them that evening would bring them in, mucks stall, feed, pick hooves etc.
Everything has been going fine, Cin got turned out every day and then Sun-Tue mucked and fed. Then Wed & Thur I would muck her two stalls/runs and feed her horses. And the other days we took care of just our own, with the exception that she still turned out Cin. Sometimes she would ask me to do extra days on weekends and if my baby got sick or something she would do Cin extra days.
Well, NOW, she also worked out another deal to take care of another ladie's horse in the evenings. So this means that Wed & Thur night, I take care of this new horse (I wasn't asked first by it's owner or my friend, she just assumed I'd take care of her too). So now 2 days a week I bring in, muck, and feed 3 horses instead of just my friend's 2. On top of that, their deal is that this new lady would turn out my friend's horses in the AM so my friend doesn't do it anymore. But, this person doesn't/won't turn out Cin, so Cin no longer gets daily turnout because of this even though I'm bringing HER horse in and feeding/mucking it 2 nights a week along with my friend's horses.
I'm not sure how to handle this, how to approach my friend about it, I think it's really unfair to dump an extra horse on me that I didn't bargain for and then get Cin's turnout stopped. I'm afraid she will get mad and say to forget the deal altogether, and I really can't do that as I only have babysitter certain days a week and I don't think the stable is a place for a toddler.
Does anybody have any suggestions at all how to handle this, or approach this? Cinny is going berzerk now that he's not getting his turnouts and is becoming a little unmanageable on rides. I just don't know what to say, or how to start off the conversation and I don't really want to make waves, but I feel a little taken advantage of right now. All I want is for my horse to get turned out too, he leads well, has decent ground manners and it takes a whole extra 60 seconds to walk him from his stall to the turnout, if that.