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        11-27-2012, 05:12 PM
      #11
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by AlexS    
    However I witness, almost daily boarders who won't even help with their own horses. My horse is field boarded, but I tend to be there at feeding time. My horse does not have a stall in the barn, but every time I am there I will help the BO feed and bring in the horses. Some owners will watch this happen and not even lead in their own horse.

    It blows my mind that so many people have the attitude that they won't help because they are paying for something. If my BO is cleaning up, I join in and help. The only time he has to clean out my horses paddock is if I have not been able to get there for a few days, or if he beats me to it.

    I just cannot understand the logic of standing there talking to him while he is working, and not helping out.
    Some people just aren't that considerate.

    I have full board for my horse. That is supposed to include feeding, water, hay, blanketing, turnout, etc by whoever is scheduled to do so for the day. I go out whenever I can to visit, between my four jobs, and I am scheduled to do full-barn-care on Wednesdays (yay tomorrow!) and Sundays. Even if I'm there for a visit or to help at a show or whatever, I'll feed my own horse or bring him in from the field. He's my horse after all...responsibility.
         
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        11-27-2012, 05:22 PM
      #12
    Trained
    I have the best BO in the world ! He is so great =]

    Its the crazy boarders....lol every barn has to have that person
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        12-06-2012, 01:09 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    I've often considered writing a book of "Good Boarder Etiquette" that explains to the "bad boarders" (and reaffirms to the good ones) what is acceptable and not, lol. Grrr...
         
        12-06-2012, 01:38 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by poppy1356    
    Then they complain that we aren't feeding their horses 50lbs of hay per day per horse, yes we actually had someone get upset their PONY was only getting 30lbs of hay per day.... they pay for it they can feed it.
    My horse is 14.2hh and more "pony-like" than any of the actual ponies in the barn. He eats his way through 50-65lbs of hay a day (and barely maintains his weight). 30lbs would be a severe diet for him. 8 horses/ponies in the barn, at feed time we fill two wheelbarrows, one for him alone and one for all the rest. I provide all his hay though.
         
        12-14-2012, 09:17 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sillyhorses    
    I've often considered writing a book of "Good Boarder Etiquette" that explains to the "bad boarders" (and reaffirms to the good ones) what is acceptable and not, lol. Grrr...

    Please do! When I first started boarding my horses, I had no idea what to do in that kind of situation. I'm slowly learning and my BO is super helpful and I don't think I've done anything wrong yet, here's hoping!

    I live an hour from the barn I board at, but I spend at least one full day out there, usually two, and I pay the BO to do a training session with my horse once a week to keep him manageable, as he can be super nervous, and he's a big boy. She is a HUGE help and I can't imagine boarding my horses anywhere else. My yearling filly gets out of any halter that has ever been put on her, and the BO will put a halter that she owns on her, and though I usually find them and bring them back, she's never asked me to replace the ones that haven't been found.

    The only "bad boarder" in my opinion at the barn would be the woman who has a gorgeous Gypsy Vanner, and 0 people skills. I got talking to her once, and when I said I was a university student, she asked me how I afford my horse bills. I was astounded. She also told my friend that she thought standardbreds were ugly, after my friend said that's what her horse was . She's nice enough, but I can't imagine a) asking someone you don't know about their finances or b) telling someone you thought their horses breed in it's entirety is ugly.
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        12-24-2012, 12:27 AM
      #16
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by tbcrazy    
    I've seen SO many threads addressing bad experiences with barn owners- but has anyone brought up the flip side, bad boarders? I think *most* barn owners are not doing this to make money, and I do EVERYTHING I can to be a good, reasonable boarder. I've been at 10 different barns throughout my life, and have left every single one on good terms. During this season, I go to my barn and pick up extra chores so my BO can have some time off, which is well deserved. So, to all the WONDERFUL barn owners out there, thank you for taking care of our babies :) I always have done chores in exchange for board, and I have SO MANY nightmare boarder stories- there are some VERY VERY unreasonable people out there! Just working in a barn and trying to please 30 different people (who are all right, btw, because the only thing 2 horse people can agree on is that the 3rd horse person is wrong- haha!) is enough to drain you! So, next time you're at the barn, after you hug your horse, hug the BO too. They probably need it :)
    Thanks for the wonderful post on the BO!!!

    I have four of my own horses and only one boarded here now. We did have three boarders but one was my best friend who passed away in May and left me her horse. The other one I finally kicked her off our property with her horse/belongings. The one boarder I have now is a good friend and he's boarded with us now for about 6yrs. We have never had a problem with him and he's always willing to help out if I ask.

    I don't charge alot, $100 and it's because I love horses and I take care of the ones that were boarded here the same as I do my own.....it's nice to know we are appreciated!
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        12-24-2012, 02:52 AM
      #17
    Green Broke
    I had one good boarder. On time with the board. Did not leave a mess. Did not touch things that were not hers. She made and left a jump.
    The other boarder.. work for board and paid a small amount for 4 horses.. left toilet a mess (in my house) whined about the work constantly, broke every rule, had relatives out, drove across half the property, when she was told no one elses vehicles on the property. Left a horse , signed it over to me, had first right, gave her the option to get the horse back, HUGE drama, almost ended up in court, she finally resigned the horse over to me with no conditions. A huge pain, I will not board for work again. I will not board unless someone is rcommended by someone I know personally. But then again, I had someone work for hay for pen cleaning, got ripped off by them, and they were a roomie of a friend and because of that and the issues and comments, that friend is no longer a friend after 30 + yrs.
         
        01-02-2013, 09:29 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I have not experienced a really bad fellow boarder.. certainly some whiny ones whose complaints made me raise my eyebrows and wonder how my BO had the patience. Most of us, it would seem, are pretty nice! I try very hard to show my appreciation for my BO--I LOVE that woman and her family. They are the epitome of good people, and I really look up to her as a person and as a horsewoman. It is SO NICE to have such a wonderful role model for a BO; I know I can always turn to her and she will always be happy to help and teach. If anyone gave her a hard time, I don't think I'd be able to ignore it!
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        01-03-2013, 01:01 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    I've boarded at five or six places in my time, and they were all different.

    My first horse was at one place with full board, save that I cleaned 12 stalls once a week for part of my board. They were supposed to provide water, food, shavings, & turnout. There was a period were the BO was really broke and couldn't afford shavings, so my sister and I bought them for our own horses for two or three weeks running. I arrived early one morning to find her and that days helper shoveling shavings out of our stalls and into other stalls.

    I said, "We bought those!" and the BO got quite mad at me , said the other horses were needy (which was true) and that we were being selfish.

    Another time she got mad, which I found odd, wasn't at me, but at another boarder. The BO was late feeding, and this girl arrived at a normal time to go riding, but the horses hadn't been fed. So, she sat around and waited. She didn't get angry or anything, just waited.

    But the BO was furious! "Imagine!" she said, "She just sat there, doing nothing! Wouldn't you have fed the horses?" But I wouldn't have, because they all got different feeds, different supplements, and I wouldn't have known what to give them. Also, there may have been a reason, unknown to me, that explained why not, like a vet coming or something. So I found that odd, especially how angry the BO was.
         
        01-03-2013, 02:45 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    The only time that I have boarde it absolute has to be self care with my own barn because we have several horses. I do not allow anyone to touch my horses, feed my horses or go into a paddock with my horses. I have had WAY to many problems with BO's so, therefore we will pay a large amount to rent two decent size pastures and our own barn. I have had too many people get bit by my mare because they feel the need to go pet her because she is cute. I have had people leave the gait open and let my horses wonder free. The only time I did pay for full care board I had to do everything!!! Purchase my feed clean my stalls my paddock everything. Never will I do that again. The BO there would only clean stalls once every two weeks.....yuck......He was in the process of building the barn when we moved there so I didnt know he was like that at the time. So, now we only rent where we can keep our horses in our own back yard. I know there are bad boarders but I have met more bad BO's than boarders.
         

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