Where to start, where to start.....
While the "Rules" vary from barn to barn, it is a good idea to keep in mind that at most, you should have one saddle per horse/discipline in the tackroom. The tackroom is NOT your personal storage space for all things horse related - it is for storage of items that you and your horse routinely use.
The tackroom is for storage. Part of what you PAY in board is for the use of said space. I currently have 1 horse, 3 saddles, at least 5 blankets, 3 tack trunks, 5 helmets and go only knows whatelse... As a boarder my space is marked off in the tackroom and I can store whatever I would like. I could tricycles, chain saws or Christmas decorations for all my BO would care. As long as I pay my board and keep my things in my provided storage area....
As a full time student and employee I do not have time to go catch your horse after she jumped a stall wall and is now letting others out. This is unacceptable and starts my day off horribly.
Trashing the BO because a branch broke off on the trail and little things like that are not necessary. Pick up a fork or a hammer, maybe an ax if you know what that is and help out.
What you do with your life or why your day is busy is NOT my problem! I PAY to have my horse boarded and cared for. It is irrelevant to me if you are a student or have 50 part-time jobs. If my horse decides to jump out of it's stall, that IS your problem and yes, YOU get to catch and put him back. I have a stall jumper, he jumped out exactly once. My BO called and said doofus jumped out so he's going into "jail" AKA a stall with walls that nobody can jump out of. Ok, problem solved!
Trashing the BO no, but if a board in my stall is broken, a tree limb needs to be removed as it smacks me in the head while using the arena or I feel any other maintenance is required NO I will not be finding a hammer, an axe, a chainsaw and whatever.... once again, I PAY to have the facilities maintained!! How many BO's are going to be livid if I hate the tree next to the arena so I just chop it down one day?
Remember that, most of the time, your horse is not the a)only or b)most important horse in the barn. If you are concerned that your horse is too fat on round bales, and prefer to have them fed twice a day, remember that the other horses who share the pasture may be perfectly happy with the round bales. And may not WANT to change to twice a day feeding to accommodate your horse. Likewise, you may want your horse pastured with your BFFs... dont just go asking the BO to move horses to accommodate you.
Once again, I am PAYING to have my horse cared for and if my horse is too fat, I shouldn't HAVE TO ASK. The BO should be saying hey your tubbykins over there is going to be moved to a non-roundbale pasture before he founders.
If I want my horse to be pastured with his BFF, there's is absolutely nothing wrong with making that request. The BO can then say sure we can accommodate that, or we can do that if you'd like to pay $xxx extra for a a private turnout or no, we can't because of XXX.
In fact, perhaps you'd like to grab a pitch fork while you're there and clean up your horse's stall a bit. Being inside always creates more work for the barn owner, even if they seem to be getting a "day off" because of the crappy weather. Chances are pretty good you aren't being charged extra for having your horse inside, even though it is more work, wastes bedding and likely requires multiple water-bucket checks/fills throughout the day.
I PAY to have my horse cleaned up after. I am sorry you don't feel like doing it but it's YOUR JOB. Don't like cleaning up after horses? Don't take the job!
If the work provided doesn't equal the board charge, the BO needs to raise the rate charged, not whine, moan and groan on a MB about needing help.
I don't want to be tearing around the farm at 3am with 40mph winds in a BLIZZARD to find your horses cribbing collar when you are safe and snuggly in your bed. I mean yes you pay for board, but you get a **** good deal for no work. Granted I'm barn staff and the BO gets the say but if you were in my barn in a case like this you'd be booted for not helping...
A **** good deal for no work? Excuse me!!?? I am PAYING to not have to work. If I want to work, I can haul my horse home (yes, I have property and shelter at my house). Don't want to haul butt around in a blizzard.... FIND A DIFFERENT JOB!
In case you were wondering, your barn owner probably keeps their prices low enough that they make pennies on the dollar for the work provided. Especially on Holidays. Horses don't understand "Holiday" and "sick day", etc... to them, a day is a day, and they need feed.
So... while you go about your Merry Christmas or Happy New Year Celebrations - remember, your barn owner is interrupting his/her much needed family time to go out and take care of your horse.
Please consider getting your BO a decent gift or a nice monetary tip (or gift card to the local farm supply or lumber yard), especially if you are aware that their prices are lower than the local going rate. We are lucky and have always seemed to have a pretty generous "primary" group of boarders.
I guess this is up to individual Barn Owner's perspectives, but being a Barn Owner is a service job. You should find out (if your BO is willing to disclose) how much money they actually make per hour worked... if it is less than minimum wage, and you do the math and realize that you couldn't afford it if they raised board to reflect paying themselves AT LEAST minimum wage, really, truly consider that. I know that, as we go around feeding the horses on Christmas Eve/Day after prematurely leaving a family gathering, or showing up late for the umpteenth time (our families resent this and make comments all of the time, btw... they just don't get it), it really does make a difference to know that we are appreciated.
In years past, some of the best gifts that we've gotten from conscientous boarders include: industrial barn aisle fans (boarders got together and contributed to these larger gifts), metal hose reel (best gift EVER), a $100.00 gift card to the local farm store... etc. Someone actually restored an old farm implement for us, once - it was amazing! It is OK to get a gift that will likely also be a gift to/for your horse in some way or another, lol. Or, you could be personal and get your barn owner a gift card to a salon for a massage, a trip to the movies, etc... something to get them off the farm and out and about :)
P.S. If your barn owner raises board through the holidays (I've never heard of this, btw), then ignore the "gift" advice entirely :) Also - if you are having trouble figuring out how much of a deal you are getting, call the local doggie kennel or day-care and find out how much a month would cost you (you provide your own food/snacks/etc, and your dog likely doesn't stay the night).
If you don't like the pay, FIND A DIFFERENT JOB. I do not set the rate I pay for boarding, the BO does. The BO knows d*mn well when they open a boarding facility that horse need to be fed/watered/cleaned up after on Christmas and every other holiday. I am under no obligation to inquire as to how much $$$ someone makes and it's really d*amn rude to do so! Unless my boarding contract states that I am required to provide gifts, I am under absolutely no obligation to do so.
And before you think I am clueless.... I not only board horses at my place, I also do 90% of the work where I board (to work off my board). Rain, sleet, snow, sunshine, whatever... I am there feeding and cleaning stalls. Horses escape? I sigh, catch them and attempt to ensure that they are unable to do so again. Wrecked gates and everyone milling around in the barn while a ginormous blizzard is brewing outside? Catch everyone, repair gates, clean barn and take pictures of the guilty parties for the owners to giggle at. Horse decides to mangle itself? Groan to myself, call kids and tell them Mom won't be home any time soon and call the Vet. It's my JOB! You name the catastrophe, I've been there and cleaned up the mess. I know each and every horse and how best to handle them. I know who is fine having a blanket flung over them and who needs to have their blanket slowly introduced and gently put on them. My JOB is to ensure each and every horse is properly cared for irregardless of if their owner ever even sets foot in the barn or even has a clue that I personally exist and care for their horse.