I used to board with a lady that was around 60. She taught me so much, and gave me sooo much knowledge. Now she is my neighbour, after we moved our horses to our house. Now, if she needs any help I would rush over immediately. Same with her.
*flashback* On my birthday in August of 2012, all 3 of our horses got out from the negligence of a school team that practiced in our pasture one day and left that gate open. (It was pitch black before they left) Meanwhile, I was at the mall getting my birthday gifts, and she called saying our horses were out and running around like mad animals. I was having a panic attack, scared they would get hit by a car and this 65-ish women caught all three of my horses, brought them to her round pen and fed them hay. I am SO thankful for her.
When I still boarded with her, I would help her with anything at all. Digging drainage trenches? Check. Polishing her trailer? Check. Removing all the stuff from her tackroom and washing it? Check.
I think the more you put into helping the BO, the more you get out in the long run. She would do anything for me at any given time, as I would for her too. I'm sure I could call her at 3 in the morning for any little injury for my horse, and she would be over in 5 with all the required supplies. Just my thoughts (: