Originally Posted by thesilverspear
One rather busy barn I used to board at allowed outside trainers without a fee, but they did not have exclusive use of the arena. Boarders could happily share it and ride around the lessons. This was the case with the in-house instructors as well. The barn owners also reserved the right to boot anyone who was causing problems. For instance, I know of one outside trainer who got barred from teaching there due to repeated instances of her hassling other boarders who were using the arena while she was giving lessons, and people starting to feel uncomfortable using the ring as she would shout at them if she thought they were in her way.
This is a very good point! There is nothing worse than having an instuctor think they own the place when on the premisses. Some of the worst I have seen hogging everything are onsite trainers. The instructors need to stay in one area of the arena or something, unless it is a clinic. On clinic days, part of the rider & auditor fee goes to the hosting stable.
The best facilities have clearly stated rules regarding boarder & instructor usage, and any fees. Same thing with horse shoers, no extra fees usually, but no exclusive rights either.