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    01-02-2013, 02:36 AM
  #81
Weanling
Awww... what an awful position to be in! That would be hard!
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    01-02-2013, 11:02 AM
  #82
Foal
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Chapter 5: Holidays

  • Consider giving a generous holiday gift to your barn owner/barn employees.
  • Acknowledge their sacrifices during the holidays (all of them).
  • Remember these sacrafices before complaining about something benign.

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).

Merry Belated Christmas, Everyone!

P.S.S. I'd love other Barn Owner's input
My barn owner gets a generous gift, $1000 a month to feed, clean a stall and occasionally turn out my horse. Please!!!
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    01-02-2013, 11:18 AM
  #83
Weanling
That is not a gift, lol.
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    01-04-2013, 07:24 PM
  #84
Foal
I did the barn staff thing for years and could easily rant for days about boarder/BO relations, but to keep things short I'll make my contribution simple:

1) Learn to communicate effectively. Most of the threads I see on here involve an unhappy boarder who did not go to the BO when issues arose, to the point where things are out of control and people are upset. Stay calm, give everyone the benefit of doubt and aim to work WITH the BO to find a solution as opposed to complaining and demanding change.

2) RESPECT. Respect the barn's way of operating and educate yourself before you move in. Respect the roles of the barn staff, the BO, and you as a boarder. Be considerate and polite, and you will have a better experience.

3) Good barn staff > 1 boarder. I cannot stress this one enough. A well run barn will not have a problem filling stalls, but good reliable barn help and keeping it is very difficult. If as a boarder you are clashing with the barn staff or making unreasonable demands, more often than not you'll be finding a new place to board.

4) Respect other people's property, but also consider protecting yours. I don't like open tack rooms and would never leave any tack or supplies out for others to access. If the place doesn't offer personal lockers, a locking tack trunk is a good investment. Additionally, save special halters/blankets for shows or use at home - horrible things will happen to the halter you hang on your stall door, accept this as a fact of life and buy a cheap one.

I'm assuming that 66Domino's comment about gifts is a joke Boarding is a very costly operation with very narrow profit margins, so if such a stable has any right to stay in business, virtually all of that $1000 goes towards taking care of your horse and the amenities you enjoy.

The work is thankless and destroys your body, the hours are long, and burnout rate is very high. I did it out of love for the horses and the industry - I never expected more than basic human decency from boarders, but the odd thank you or small token of appreciation during the holidays means the world.
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    01-05-2013, 12:42 AM
  #85
Yearling
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My barn owner gets a generous gift, $1000 a month to feed, clean a stall and occasionally turn out my horse. Please!!!
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WOW I don't think I charge enough here to board LOL
     
    01-05-2013, 01:10 AM
  #86
Foal
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That is not a gift, lol.
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no you're right she is getting robbed. Don't get me wrong I gift my farrier, land lord, and vet well but 1000 a month seems a bit much in my neck of the woods.
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    01-05-2013, 01:34 AM
  #87
Weanling
I personally couldn't have my three horses boarded at 1000$ each if that's for real. By the way, my husband pitches in every weekend to muck out the stalls at our barn and we help with the chores whenever possible. We are also on duty to do the hay in the summer. We do this because we enjoy it and it helps out our aging BO and his wife.
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    01-05-2013, 02:04 AM
  #88
Trained
1000 isn't too far off what I pay for one horse on indoor board. So yeah, I expect that stuff gets done and my horse is fed properly, etc.
However, boarders still need to keep common areas, including the arena, clean. The amount of times I go to ride after a full day of working and have to spend 20 minutes picking other peoples poo from the arena and sweeping a tack stall before I even get my horse is just stupid. As others have pointed out, people are mainly selfish dummys who always think "oh someone else will do this". Or are too caught up in their own lala land to grab a fork and scoop poo. I also clean my horses stall every night so it is cleaner in the morning for the staff (and my horse).
I have also been barn staff, and IMO the workload is not unreasonable at a good barn, but it was never my job to follow a boarder around the property scooping up poo every time the horse makes one. That's the boarders job. Unless its at a very fancy barn. But board would be well over 1000 a month... lol.

And that's my be a good boarder "thing"! Pay your bills on time, don't be a bitch, and CLEAN UP!
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    01-05-2013, 09:29 AM
  #89
Foal
I have a small private barn, we bought the place because I wanted to care for my own horses (though where we boarded at was wonderful! Horses happy and well fed, just wanted our own place) and I wanted a few boarders to make my horses "free".

We charge 225.00 and it includes 2 daily grain feedings (several grains depending on the horses needs, light feed, senior feed, low starch feed, high fat feed...), hay 24/7, 16 acres, small arena, two barns, shelters, maintained trails, blankets on/off in winter (and if you don't have a blanket, I do and will put it on your horse, I wont have a shivering cold horse, I can't take it), free trailer parking (or camper too), round pen, tack room, wash stalls and in bad weather ALL horses are brought in (all are pasture board) no extra charges. The only thing I charge extra for is worming, and I don't charge a labor charge, just the actual cost of the wormer.

Here is my place: http://www.facebook.com/LongCreekStables/photos_stream
Nothing fancy, nothing special. But we have a wonderful group of boarders that I love dearly, the horses are fat and happy and get along.

In my short years of boarding (8) I have learned that NO is a complete sentence, and that I think was the hardest thing to learn. Once I became comfortable saying it, life is better. What I mean by saying no is to unrealistic requests for a place that boards for 225.00 per month.

The boarders love this place, and they are telling me that all the time, and I appreciate it. It's just hubby and I, and I work a full time job. When we need time off, the boarders will chip in and we'll go for a weekend camping or to the house in Charleston.

They don't chip in when we're there, but it's because we wont let them. They pay us to keep the place clean, though they are expected to clean poop in the washstall area and in the barnyard or barn isle.

Also, it's one spot in the tack room per horse you have, you can't store anything you want (such as a bike, WTH?) as we don't have huge tackrooms, we have three, the biggest one is for me as I have more stuff than anyone (but then it is my barn? Plus I need room for the almost 100 blankets I have, that takes up a lot of space in itself!).

Even pasture boarded horses though have shelters or actual barnstalls open to the paddocks for them. We're always improving the place, getting ready to double the arena size and build a bathroom.

I think we're too cheap, but everything is paid for so it's good. Feed bill and hay bill is covered and my horses are free and I have friends to ride with. We love to camp also and have cookouts and bonfires. Life is good!
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    01-05-2013, 09:30 AM
  #90
Foal
I have a small private barn, we bought the place because I wanted to care for my own horses (though where we boarded at was wonderful! Horses happy and well fed, just wanted our own place) and I wanted a few boarders to make my horses "free".

We charge 225.00 and it includes 2 daily grain feedings (several grains depending on the horses needs, light feed, senior feed, low starch feed, high fat feed...), hay 24/7, 16 acres, small arena, two barns, shelters, maintained trails, blankets on/off in winter (and if you don't have a blanket, I do and will put it on your horse, I wont have a shivering cold horse, I can't take it), free trailer parking (or camper too), round pen, tack room, wash stalls and in bad weather ALL horses are brought in (all are pasture board) no extra charges. The only thing I charge extra for is worming, and I don't charge a labor charge, just the actual cost of the wormer.

Here is my place: http://www.facebook.com/LongCreekStables/photos_stream
Nothing fancy, nothing special. But we have a wonderful group of boarders that I love dearly, the horses are fat and happy and get along.

In my short years of boarding (8) I have learned that NO is a complete sentence, and that I think was the hardest thing to learn. Once I became comfortable saying it, life is better. What I mean by saying no is to unrealistic requests for a place that boards for 225.00 per month.

The boarders love this place, and they are telling me that all the time, and I appreciate it. It's just hubby and I, and I work a full time job. When we need time off, the boarders will chip in and we'll go for a weekend camping or to the house in Charleston.

They don't chip in when we're there, but it's because we wont let them. They pay us to keep the place clean, though they are expected to clean poop in the washstall area and in the barnyard or barn isle.

Also, it's one spot in the tack room per horse you have, you can't store anything you want (such as a bike, WTH?) as we don't have huge tackrooms, we have three, the biggest one is for me as I have more stuff than anyone (but then it is my barn? Plus I need room for the almost 100 blankets I have, that takes up a lot of space in itself!).

Even pasture boarded horses though have shelters or actual barnstalls open to the paddocks for them. We're always improving the place, getting ready to double the arena size and build a bathroom.

My horses aren't treated any better than theirs, except I groom mine and they groom theirs, LOL! Oh! I also buy horse treats, apples and 50 pound bags of giant carrots for everyone. The treats are in a big box in the feedroom and you can take all you want.

I think we're too cheap, but everything is paid for so it's good. Feed bill and hay bill is covered and my horses are free and I have friends to ride with. We love to camp also and have cookouts and bonfires. Life is good!
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