As the "evil barn owner" of horseforum.. I feel compelled to comment! It's been a while since I stirred up trouble here. ;o)
- It's the boarder's job to read the contract and barn rules but I advise barn owners to go over all of your documents and policies on day 1.
- If you want ANYTHING beyond what your boarding agreement states, you should expect to pay for it even if it's a seemingly small, insignificant favor and consider yourself lucky if your barn owner doesn't charge you.
- If you horse breaks something, expect to fix it or pay to have it fixed. A good example is cross ties. If your horse broke them, replace them please.
- I second hoof pickings... If your horse poops in common areas or you pick your horse's feet in those areas you should clean it up.
- The world doesn't revolve around your horse. It's about the greater good of all the horses.
- Let's say board is due on the 1st but the barn owner doesn't charge a late fee till the 5th.. BOARD IS STILL DUE ON THE 1st! Giving you till the 5th is a courtesy to be used rarely. You would flip out if your horse isn't fed on time wouldn't you? Well it's kind of hard to buy feed with out any money.
- Nothing is perfect 100% of the time.
- If your horse is a stall pig and you know the barn only cleans stalls once a day, don't complain when it's messy.
- Complaining about mud to your barn owner as if we could do something about it makes you a turd. It's not like we love mud either. Please, be my guest to have gravel hauled in though!
- Teach your horse some freaking manners! If your horse tries to bite me, don't be surprised if he's missing a few teeth the next time you see him.
(Yes I'm joking.. sort of lol)
- If you pasture board your horse in a giant field with 10 other horses and your horse gets beaten up, it's not your barn owner's fault nor is it the barn owner's fault if we can't accommodate your horse anywhere else...
-Let's say it's 80 degrees out side but tonight it's supposed to get down to freezing tonight and your horse gets a blanket on at 50 or below... No, no one is going to go out to the barn at midnight to blanket your horse if you choose to leave him naked. As much as I'd like too. I can't control the weather.
- Barn owners don't make much on boarding and it is a very hard job at times...
- So if you don't put your own horse's blanket on when your there, and you know staff is going to blanket him in 20 minutes anyway, because "that's what you pay us for" that makes you a lazy douche. :oP lol
- Saying "well it's not our fault you don't charge enough" makes you a douche because you know #1 your going to gripe if we do raise rates and #2 Most barn owners would LOVE to get paid $20 an hour for boarding but if we raised rates to reach that goal, we'd price ourselves out of the market. What's that saying again? Something about a rock and a hard place? ;o)
- Saying "If you don't like it, you shouldn't be in the boarding business" makes you a hypocrite because EVERYONE hates their job at some point and half the time it's not the job we hate.. its the person or the person's horse.
With all that said, nothing is absolutely perfect. There are boarders I love but hate their horse and vice versa. It all boils down to common courtesy really. There are going to be times when even the best of boarder - barn owner relationships are strained. A good, in depth and very specific boarding agreement and barn rules as well as POLITE communication are key.
OMG I said douche! FLAME AWAY! lol