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        01-05-2013, 07:08 PM
      #111
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by AlexS    
    You need to calm down a bit.

    The $50 a month is what my friends told me they spend on their horses, that was in summer though, so no hay costs then. However, my board isn't any less in summer, so most barns are taking more throughout the year to cover the extra winter costs.

    Yes obviously they have large mortgages and other costs, but then they will get the benefit of that one day. I am not living on 50 acres with a beautiful barn that will one day be paid off. They are doing it to provide a better life for their families, not for charity. Obviously a well run barn is covering their costs and making profit.

    I don't begrudge that, we are all trying to make a living, to deny doing so would be stupid.
    Man I WISH it was 50.00 per horse, I would be doing good! But here, grain runs about 94.00 per horse, and hay runs about 40-60 per horse. Then we have insurance which is about 140 a month, power bill around 200, water bill around 90, diesel for the tractors, fencing repairs, building (because there is ALWAYS something under construction or repair) grass seed and fertilizer (though only twice a year, it's still about 3,000.00) mortgage (which will take 30 years to pay off, so we'll be old and done by then anyway to "reap" the benefits of that). Though we have no stalls to clean (except in inclement weather) and we have feed stalls so it's easier on us, it's still work two times a day.

    We have 12 horses here, we make 734.00 a month. Who would do this for 734.00 a month? No relaxing vacations (something always goes wrong or isn't done or things like water hoses left running on the ground for hours...so I always worry) I mean that's less than minimum wage!

    That's why I have a full time job...but my horse are free and I have friends to ride with!!
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        01-05-2013, 07:09 PM
      #112
    Weanling
    Haha... MN, I think we're on the same page ;)
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        01-05-2013, 08:45 PM
      #113
    Weanling
    The biggest problem I see (not even as a BO - as a volunteer at a barn that does hippotherapy, riding lessons, and camps and also a student at a lesson barn) is basically just being unable to look past themselves.
    It's common courtesy. Did you pull your Gypsy Vanner's mane and tail in the middle of the aisle? Sweep it up. Did you move all the jumps in the arena so you could practice dressage? Put them back. Is a group lesson going on in the same arena you're working in? Make room for them or move to another arena. You should make it look like you were never at the barn, minus your clean horse. :)
    Many people will argue that as boarders, they are allowed (more like entitled to) leaving things around because they are paying for board.
    Unfortunately for them, this thread is titled The No-Nonsense Guide to being a RESPONSIBLE Horse Owner. Responsible people can pick up after themselves, and don't throw a fit when everything isn't exactly how they want. Yes, your horse shouldn't be put in a dirty stall with low quality hay and scummy water buckets. However, most BOs try extremely hard to keep your horse comfortable and clean, but you have to remember - they aren't the only horse in the barn.
    Another pet peeve I have is another common courtesy matter. If you can't make it to your lesson or will be late, call in! I can't tell you how many times I have groomed and tacked a horse for a hippotherapy session or even a lesson and the person hasn't showed without any notice. It wastes my time, the instructor's time, and the other volunteer's time. Not to mention the horse's time! :)
    It really all boils down to what your mother taught you. If you made a mess, clean it up. If you took something out, put it back. If it doesn't belong to you, don't use it.
    Above all, don't be narcissistic. The whole world doesn't revolve around you and your horse, as much as you'd like it to. We do our best, and if it's not enough for perfectionist you then please, by all means, go to another barn.
         
        01-05-2013, 09:28 PM
      #114
    Foal
    Speaking from a boarder perspective on this rather warm topic, I can say I have boarded at a bad barn and a good barn.
    The bad one they wouldn't so much as turn my horse out for me, take a blanket off or look at a sore leg.
    The good one (where I am now) does all that and much, much more. Often taking time out of their schedule to help me deal with something. Do I appreciate it? Absolutely! I pick up after my horse, water him if needed, sweep up when done and keep my tack out of the aisle. I buy them birthday and Christmas presents to show my appreciation for the fact that they are taking good care of him. We have bad apples too, some that think if they throw enough money around they can do whatever they like, but, nothing pays like respect and common courtesy and this flows through to life in general, not just the barn culture.
         
        01-06-2013, 09:48 AM
      #115
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Zoregon    
    Speaking from a boarder perspective on this rather warm topic, I can say I have boarded at a bad barn and a good barn.
    The bad one they wouldn't so much as turn my horse out for me, take a blanket off or look at a sore leg.
    The good one (where I am now) does all that and much, much more. Often taking time out of their schedule to help me deal with something. Do I appreciate it? Absolutely! I pick up after my horse, water him if needed, sweep up when done and keep my tack out of the aisle. I buy them birthday and Christmas presents to show my appreciation for the fact that they are taking good care of him. We have bad apples too, some that think if they throw enough money around they can do whatever they like, but, nothing pays like respect and common courtesy and this flows through to life in general, not just the barn culture.
    Well said, Zor!!
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        01-25-2013, 04:59 PM
      #116
    Foal
    I didn't read every post so I don't know if this has been said but please people, I cannot stress this enough, don't BRING YOUR DOG TO THE BARN, especially if the rules state NO DOGS. If the instructor or BOs dog is at the barn, that does NOT mean that your dog has a right to be there. A) its the BOs barn (duh) b) the instructor probably arranged with the BO to have his/her dog there. (I would however, talk to the BO if their dog is an issue) but boarders, visitors, don't bring your dogs. I cannot explain how frustrated I get when someone brings their yapping dog to the barn, then proceeds to watch the goings on in the arena, while their dog lunges at the leash, barking at every horse that goes by/jumps. Not every horse is accustomed to dogs. Not only the horses being worked may get upset but so can the horses bring groomed, in their stalls etc. Maybe its just me, but I feel like I'm not overreacting when I get frustrated because my horse isn't performing 100% because Fido slipped his collar and is running and barking around the arena. (this has not only happened once) Sure, this doesn't happen every lesson, it doesn't last all hour, but it is frustrating nonetheless. I know I could mention it to the dog owner, but they get so horribly offended. Anyone agree? Disagree? End rant.
    Also just want to add that my old BO was way too... concerned about hurting the dog owners feelings. That's why I didn't mention boarders talking to the BO. As well as the fact that the BO has a million other things on their plate at all times.
         
        01-25-2013, 08:20 PM
      #117
    Foal
    I'm a boarder, I would think its common courtesy to the other boarders to clean up the cross-ties after grooming your horse and picking their hoofs. There's a sign in the cross-tie area to do so, but most people don't do it. I even bought a big broom to have there for everyone to use so it would be easier but nope, still not done. I also will muck out paddock and stall when I'm there, don't have to but I find its nice time spent with my horse because he tries to help! I don't look at it as I pay full board so I don't have to do it, I think it gives me more a sense of owning then just visiting my horse.
    I am respectful of BO but I do expect to receive services that I am paying for. If a barn doesn't offer something or just won't provide certain things/services, then it should be stated upfront before the person moves their horse there because it might be a deal breaker if something specific is promised and then not done. Honesty upfront and realistic expectations are definitely needed by both sides.
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        01-26-2013, 01:18 AM
      #118
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cweaver    
    I didn't read every post so I don't know if this has been said but please people, I cannot stress this enough, don't BRING YOUR DOG TO THE BARN, especially if the rules state NO DOGS. If the instructor or BOs dog is at the barn, that does NOT mean that your dog has a right to be there. A) its the BOs barn (duh) b) the instructor probably arranged with the BO to have his/her dog there. (I would however, talk to the BO if their dog is an issue) but boarders, visitors, don't bring your dogs. I cannot explain how frustrated I get when someone brings their yapping dog to the barn, then proceeds to watch the goings on in the arena, while their dog lunges at the leash, barking at every horse that goes by/jumps. Not every horse is accustomed to dogs. Not only the horses being worked may get upset but so can the horses bring groomed, in their stalls etc. Maybe its just me, but I feel like I'm not overreacting when I get frustrated because my horse isn't performing 100% because Fido slipped his collar and is running and barking around the arena. (this has not only happened once) Sure, this doesn't happen every lesson, it doesn't last all hour, but it is frustrating nonetheless. I know I could mention it to the dog owner, but they get so horribly offended. Anyone agree? Disagree? End rant.
    Also just want to add that my old BO was way too... concerned about hurting the dog owners feelings. That's why I didn't mention boarders talking to the BO. As well as the fact that the BO has a million other things on their plate at all times.
    Luckily I only have one boarder and he doesn't have a dog LOL it's just my two dogs here and the horses are all used to them!!
         
        01-26-2013, 03:08 AM
      #119
    Foal
    Not all dogs are bad, just the ones who aren't used to the horses!;)
         
        01-27-2013, 02:03 PM
      #120
    Yearling
    save money on hose pipes left on.

    Hiya I agree about liverys leaving hose pipes and lights on it can be a pain.
    The hose pipe problem is sorted out by if you thave a toilet cysten from a water closit with a curved pipe lets say when flushed it would give you a bucket full of water for your horse all ready measured that stops the waste of fresh water and eliminates the use of hose pipes.
    So a tap can be for a kettle ect and a hose in the bathing stall or vetanary stall on the barn.
    As to lights on the main lighting circuit have a time swich as it turns off the barn lights and on the supply to load you can put in an override swich and you can still turn off parts of the barns on the swiches thay have.
    The out side lights have a timer with a photocell as it gets dark the lights come on and after a certen time lets say 2100 hours the timer turns them off.
    Heres a few idears to save the barn owners a few dollars as times are hard for all of us at the moment and every bit helps thease days on the barn owners and the borders (livery yard owners and liverys).
    And lets say thay come on at 0600 the photo cell kicks in and turns them off untill dusk thay come on again.
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