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    01-27-2013, 03:56 PM
  #121
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cweaver    
Not all dogs are bad, just the ones who aren't used to the horses!;)
I love all dogs! However...

All dogs are bad if they are not expressly invited to the barn by the barn owner (or expressly approved to visit) - and have good manners with the horses while they're there. Even IF the barn owner invites them, if the owner knows the dog has behavioral issues, then by ALL MEANS, please, do NOT bring the dog! Goes back to common courtesy :)
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    01-27-2013, 05:14 PM
  #122
Foal
No don't get me wrong! I love dogs:) I just don't like when they aren't invited, like you said!
     
    03-03-2013, 08:40 AM
  #123
Foal
At my barn, we store hay in an open loft. Everyone had a stall-size segment, and it's marked with their name underneath. Well, I had to throw down hay for one of the boarders. I noticed the hay didn't match color (One of the ways I check) but right under the hay it had the horses name. Well, I got a lecture like you wouldn't believe for 'wasting' the hay n him and possibly foundering him...for giving him one flake of the hay.

Turns out it was the $10,000 jumper horse's hay...I asked them what I should have fed the horse and they said "Oh, feed him the peed on stuff from jumper's stall. That horse will eat anything"

Morale of the story: Keep any hay at the barn marked CLEARLY.
     
    03-05-2013, 03:31 PM
  #124
Weanling
I know it has already been said, but I would like to reiterate: CLEAN up after your horse!! It drives me crazy! It's drives my BO crazy too. If your horse poops in the arena, make note of it and clean it up when you're done. I will bring the muck bucket out with me when I go to ride, train or teach a lesson, and if the horse poops, I will get off and pick it up right away so it doesn't get stepped on and spread all over the place.

Don't let your kids swing on the gates, they WILL break them or put a sag in them, making them more difficult to close.
     
    03-07-2013, 07:48 PM
  #125
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kotori    
At my barn, we store hay in an open loft. Everyone had a stall-size segment, and it's marked with their name underneath. Well, I had to throw down hay for one of the boarders. I noticed the hay didn't match color (One of the ways I check) but right under the hay it had the horses name. Well, I got a lecture like you wouldn't believe for 'wasting' the hay n him and possibly foundering him...for giving him one flake of the hay.

Turns out it was the $10,000 jumper horse's hay...I asked them what I should have fed the horse and they said "Oh, feed him the peed on stuff from jumper's stall. That horse will eat anything"

Morale of the story: Keep any hay at the barn marked CLEARLY.
WOW, that honestly sounds like a PITA. The BO said to feed him that??
     
    03-11-2013, 04:02 AM
  #126
Yearling
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
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    03-11-2013, 10:11 AM
  #127
Trained
I need to use this thread for a little personal vent for a moment =D

This lady at my barn is big into drama !
Yesterday I had my horse on the cross ties and the girl who rides him was grooming him before a clinic. This lady wanted to pass us and use the cross ties behind us. So we let her passed. A few minutes later she randomly freaks out, telling me im always in everyones way and I need to move my horse to the other end of the barn. What the heck I wasnt in her way and they arent her cross ties ! Also, I was in front of my horses stall !

I hate boarders who want their own way all the time or act like they own the barn. If you board somewhere you have to SHARE !
     
    03-11-2013, 02:11 PM
  #128
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by starlinestables    
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
OMG - Starline, you are a awesome <3 hahahaha Love this contribution. I read many of your posts with interest (and entertainment) because a LOT of what you post I can SOOOOOO relate to!
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    03-12-2013, 12:13 AM
  #129
Yearling
Glad someone appreciates my sarcastic sense of humor.
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    03-13-2013, 10:39 PM
  #130
Weanling
So... I don't even know where to put this one. In addition to my own farm, I am an instructor at another farm about an hour from home. There is a girl that literally walked off the job there, who suddenly decided to come back as a "volunteer" and keeps trying to horn in on other people's lessons and boss people around. WHAT THE HECK? Who does this? In my pre-horse life, I never encountered people who had this caliber of GALL. The barn management is too kind to tell this girl to go home... or get lost... or fly a kite... or even just "STFU". Ugh. I have a feeling someone else is going to tell her, and it isn't going to be pretty.

How does this relate to this thread? Whether you are a boarder, guest or a barn employee... you don't own the barn. Don't go waltzing in and being snotty to other people (or worse, being snide and passive aggressive and making downright insulting comments and trying to hide them behind a fake smile) and making demands and telling people what and how to do things. It isn't your place, unless you have explicit authority to do so.
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