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        12-27-2012, 10:39 PM
      #61
    Weanling
    Our BO 'had' about 20 horses she boarded when my daughter and I moved in... a few months later she had some health issues and made the decision to ask some people to leave. Those causing drama, who did not respect her or otherwise made the job more trouble than she felt it was worth, were asked to find other boarding. Several of those who were asked to leave had been asked to leave at several barns before this. Our barn is now friendly, the BO is relaxed, the horses are happy... The nature of the barn is we pitch in and help. There is no staff beyond the BO and her husband. Maybe if there were paid staff I would feel less like I should be helping. My daughter wants to eventually own property and bring her boy and mine 'home'.. helping around the barn is helping her learn what all having a horse 'at home' entails. We have helped our previous BO's string fencing, everyone was expected to pitch in to stack hay, if we were there at meal time we would all pitch in to grain the horses.... the social aspect of the barn is part of what I enjoy. I guess a lot depends on what kind of barn you board at.
         
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        12-27-2012, 10:57 PM
      #62
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cebee    
    Our BO 'had' about 20 horses she boarded when my daughter and I moved in... a few months later she had some health issues and made the decision to ask some people to leave. Those causing drama, who did not respect her or otherwise made the job more trouble than she felt it was worth, were asked to find other boarding. Several of those who were asked to leave had been asked to leave at several barns before this. Our barn is now friendly, the BO is relaxed, the horses are happy... The nature of the barn is we pitch in and help. There is no staff beyond the BO and her husband. Maybe if there were paid staff I would feel less like I should be helping. My daughter wants to eventually own property and bring her boy and mine 'home'.. helping around the barn is helping her learn what all having a horse 'at home' entails. We have helped our previous BO's string fencing, everyone was expected to pitch in to stack hay, if we were there at meal time we would all pitch in to grain the horses.... the social aspect of the barn is part of what I enjoy. I guess a lot depends on what kind of barn you board at.
    That is the type of barn I have! Friendly, everyone gets along and the horses are happy along with the owners!
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        12-27-2012, 11:04 PM
      #63
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mls    
    This also applies to "Pooky is always being picked on".

    I've invited boarders many times to stand and watch the herd interaction. EVERYONE picks on EVERYONE. Sometimes it's the low man egging on a boss horse and getting kicked or bit for the effort - but it still qualifies as picking.

    Horses are not childern. You cannot say 'no no' and expect them to stop what they are doing.
    Exactly. And yet my horse was moved to a private pasture cause he was "biting the other horses on the rump" Uhh.. HELLO!
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        12-27-2012, 11:40 PM
      #64
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Thunderspark    
    That is the type of barn I have! Friendly, everyone gets along and the horses are happy along with the owners!
    Mine too :) everyone is like a family, and as such we all help one another!
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        12-27-2012, 11:40 PM
      #65
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by franknbeans    
    The whole tone of this thread is very self centered, IMO. Just my perception, and the way I read it. BO's-if you have a boarder who is bugging you, take it up with them. Why would this entire thread be about ONE bad boarder and not all the good boarders you have? They do, after all, by your own admission, OP, outnumber the bad. Guess the glass is half empty?
    Haha - the good farrrrr outweigh the bad.

    The nature of this thread is to let people know what is acceptable or not, and unfortunately, most of what we have found to be unacceptable has defined what we perceive to be acceptable and particularly noteworthy... if that makes sense. The point is to give boarders an idea of what their responsibilities are - there are lots of "how to run a boarding facility" books/threads/etc... nothing for the people who own the horses being boarded, so much :p


    So... havn't gotten there yet, but the next "chapter" will be titled something to the effect of "The Best EVER!" Haha. Perhaps you want to start it? What to include? You know, like our boarders whom we have a running "goodie" exchange with ("you bring the box with a goodie, we return it with a goodie" sort of thing), which is totally unrelated to the horses, but is something we enjoy. Or, you know... we don't have any boarders taking us up on our blanketing policy ($2.00 per application/removal), but if it suddenly warms up, or suddenly is freezing, if the blanket is there, we'll put it on (or take it off) the horse accordingly - without hitting the owner up for the contractually obligated fees. We have a horse who is constantly turning his blanket into a hoodie, lol. I think we've figured out how to keep it in place (because the typical belly/leg straps weren't doing the trick)... but, between myself, and whoever happens to see it first (boarders), everyone at our barn gladly goes to his rescue (he just stands there, like the doofus that he is, waiting to be "let out").

    We can only be in one place at our farm at a time, and we can't see through the barn and such to see every paddock at all times. We might not see that the geldings have managed to dump their water tank. If someone else does they either say "Hey, dork-face tipped the tank again... just thought I'd let you know!" or "oh, I see you are knee deep in the manure shed cleaning... I've got it..." haha... we have lots of good things One of them being the occasional present (that addition to this thread went over like a lead-balloon, btw).

    We always tell incoming clients that, while we are super laid back, we have rules, most of which have come to exist due to the silly things we have witnessed and had to put up with. Therefore, the "rules", while the list is plenty long, most people wouldn't ever come close to breaking even if they didn't know they existed, haha. They mostly serve as conversation pieces, pfffft. Not that we don't uphold them if they're broken...

    So... much of this thread is from the "things that stand out" perspective... crap experiences tend to stick to the front of my mind best, while excellent "above and beyond" behavior stands out, "normal" doesn't. Trying to include "standard" expectations in here... feel free to add some
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        12-27-2012, 11:56 PM
      #66
    Weanling
    Chapter 8: THE BEST EVER!

    Alright, folks - blast away!

    What are some of the nicest, "above and beyond" experiences you've had?

    A list of ours, including things we've heard about:
    • A very ill geriatric horse - Barn Owner stayed up all night walking and monitoring the horse until the horse's owner could come back (owner was exhausted, needed a break). Barn Owner stayed with the horse when time came to have it euthanized because owner couldn't handle it :( Sad - but, it happens, and every boarder should be able to count on their barn owner. The owner of the horse then told the barn owner that, at their previous barn, the barn owner would've just let the horse die.
    • Goodies! All barn owners and farm hands love home-baked goods, right? We LOVELOVELOVE getting these little tokens of appreciation!
    • Barn parties - because we all love each other, and enjoy hanging out without it having to be across the barn aisle or arena from one another.
    • Nice boarders... the kind you can chit chat with (or not) and have an awesome friendship with. I mean... you don't have to be best buds, but "buds" in general is always a great thing!
    • ... to be continued!
         
        12-28-2012, 12:26 AM
      #67
    Yearling
    Well that stupid ad is in front of where I can quote you sillyhorses LOL
    I have walked many horses because the owner wasn't able to make it out and the horse was acting like it was collicking.
    Like I said before Starbuck (the boarders horse) degloved his hind leg jumping in/out of the round bale feeder (we added 1 foot legs on it since I found him in it the other week!). The owner doesn't have a strong stomach and I was the one who took him to the vets once a week for him for 3 to 4 months, cleaned his leg twice a day and changed his bandages. I love Starbuck like one of my own, he's a very special boy and has been here since he was 6 months old and he's coming up 5 in March.
    I really don't like giving needles LOL I hesitate doing that, so Starbuck's owner always does the needles for all the horses.
    We are all friends here, we all ride together and we go on camping/riding trips together too. We've had BBQs with them and their spouses.....it's great that we all get along so well, it makes it so much easier to enjoy our horses together!
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        12-28-2012, 12:34 AM
      #68
    Weanling
    Shopping sprees! One of my faves is being invited along for the ride when people are able to go buy their "dream" tack items, lol. Silly, right?
         
        12-28-2012, 01:25 AM
      #69
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sillyhorses    
    Shopping sprees! One of my faves is being invited along for the ride when people are able to go buy their "dream" tack items, lol. Silly, right?
    HAHAHA I hate shopping unless it's horse related! Doesn't sound silly to me at all......even if I'm only window shopping horse stuff!
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        12-28-2012, 08:58 AM
      #70
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sillyhorses    
    Haha - the good farrrrr outweigh the bad.

    The nature of this thread is to let people know what is acceptable or not, and unfortunately, most of what we have found to be unacceptable has defined what we perceive to be acceptable and particularly noteworthy... if that makes sense. The point is to give boarders an idea of what their responsibilities are - there are lots of "how to run a boarding facility" books/threads/etc... nothing for the people who own the horses being boarded, so much :p


    So... havn't gotten there yet, but the next "chapter" will be titled something to the effect of "The Best EVER!" Haha. Perhaps you want to start it? What to include? You know, like our boarders whom we have a running "goodie" exchange with ("you bring the box with a goodie, we return it with a goodie" sort of thing), which is totally unrelated to the horses, but is something we enjoy. Or, you know... we don't have any boarders taking us up on our blanketing policy ($2.00 per application/removal), but if it suddenly warms up, or suddenly is freezing, if the blanket is there, we'll put it on (or take it off) the horse accordingly - without hitting the owner up for the contractually obligated fees. We have a horse who is constantly turning his blanket into a hoodie, lol. I think we've figured out how to keep it in place (because the typical belly/leg straps weren't doing the trick)... but, between myself, and whoever happens to see it first (boarders), everyone at our barn gladly goes to his rescue (he just stands there, like the doofus that he is, waiting to be "let out").

    We can only be in one place at our farm at a time, and we can't see through the barn and such to see every paddock at all times. We might not see that the geldings have managed to dump their water tank. If someone else does they either say "Hey, dork-face tipped the tank again... just thought I'd let you know!" or "oh, I see you are knee deep in the manure shed cleaning... I've got it..." haha... we have lots of good things One of them being the occasional present (that addition to this thread went over like a lead-balloon, btw).

    We always tell incoming clients that, while we are super laid back, we have rules, most of which have come to exist due to the silly things we have witnessed and had to put up with. Therefore, the "rules", while the list is plenty long, most people wouldn't ever come close to breaking even if they didn't know they existed, haha. They mostly serve as conversation pieces, pfffft. Not that we don't uphold them if they're broken...

    So... much of this thread is from the "things that stand out" perspective... crap experiences tend to stick to the front of my mind best, while excellent "above and beyond" behavior stands out, "normal" doesn't. Trying to include "standard" expectations in here... feel free to add some
    I guess my point is...if the good is much more common, why would we even focus on the bad?

    Just one more point. The barn I am at now does not have "farmhands". But, even at the ones who do-I treat them no differently than anyone else. They need help sometimes to, and are NOT there to wait on people who are lazy, JMHO. I was at a training facility last winter where they looked at me like I had 3 heads when I asked for a broom to sweep after grooming my horse. They told me I didn't "have" to do that. In my mind, I do. It is my horse, my mess and mine to clean up, not theirs, when they have so much else to do. I personally am really uncomfortable at barns where people expect to be waited on. I just find that part of owning a horse, just like mucking, scrubbing buckets and everything else. I know I don't HAVE to, but I sure feel stupid standing there while someone else is working. To each their own. And, I will say-I have never left a barn I would not be welcomed back at with open arms. Ever. Treat people-ALL of them-like you would want to be treated. Same goes for the person who cleans my house, paints, mulches, etc.
         

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