Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
I don't think a Barn Owner has a right to expect a thing except a board check each month. Presents? Help cleaning stalls? Clients fixing maintenance issues? WHAT? That's what they're paying the barn for, to NOT have to do any of that kind of thing themselves.
Of course we don't expect presents, what I'm saying it that boarders should be appreciative and express that appreciation. I said to "consider" it... lots of things going into "considering" something... your own budget, time, etc... whatever - I said "consider it". My boarders, as far as I know, aren't on this forum, and I would never dream of saying "Hey, where's my annual present?" This is general advice to people boarding your horses. It is the ones that no-one wants around that ARE NOT. If they don't feel they have anything they should be grateful for at the barn they are at, and they don't have any intention of expressing gratitude, then they should consider moving.
As far as help cleaning stalls, it depends on the board contract. The contract might not specifically state "help clean", but it also might not say that the stalls will be gutted/refilled everyday, either, and if that's what the client expects (without expressly being told that is what will be done), then the client should not have a problem picking up a pitch fork and gettin' 'er done! They SHOULD NOT complain.
There IS a difference between discussing a perceived (or actual) issue, and COMPLAINING.
Fixing maintenance issues? I'm not sure I said that? Maybe someone else did... at our barn, we'd ask someone fixing a maintenance issue to please let it be and speak to us if something concerns them. Topping off a water tank because it is low? Go for it! It depends on the barn - as has been said TIME AND AGAIN. Learn the ropes, ask questions (intelligent ones - review barn rules and contracts first, if necessary), get to know the way things are done around your facility!
People - you are at a BARN, you are not ROYALTY at the TAJ MAHAL. Just because you pay for a service somewhere, doesn't mean you don't have responsibilities, as an individual horse owner, and as part of a larger equine community. Of course, as has been said, there are the really high HIGH
dollar barns where the floors are mopped/swept everyday, but I guarantee no one in this thread so far is at that type of facility, nor could they afford it.