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post #31 of 40 Old 11-01-2013, 05:02 PM
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Copied straight from my barn rules:

11. No visitors allowed in stalls. Boarders may retrieve their horses from the stalls and properly tie their horses for visitors to pet. No outside riders permitted.

12. No visitors allowed in pasture. Boarders may enter the pasture to retrieve their own horse, ONLY.

13. Boarders may not handle any other equine than their own.

15. Do not give treats to any equine other than your own unless you have written permission to do so on file with the stable.

My boarders all understand that I would not allow a friend of theirs to show up and handle their horse. I won't accept the liability. In the case of an out of state boarder, I'd welcome a FAMILY member to check on their horse but not just a friend who decided to show up.
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post #32 of 40 Old 11-01-2013, 05:12 PM
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Even in an emergency. if someone is going to make a call to a friend to check on their horse, they can take the half minute to call the barn, leave a message if necessary, at the same time. Few emergencies, other than the first couple of hours, are going to take up all of someone's time and attention. When I was out of town and my mother passed it took me all of a couple of minutes a few hours later to contact a fellow rider to ask her to keep an eye on my horse and the barn manager to let her know what happened and that so and so was keeping an eye out.

I don't know of ANY of my friends, other than fellow boarders, who would just show up and ask to see my horse even if the barn owner had met them prior. I can almost guarantee they wouldn't get anywhere near him without my getting a text or phone call for verification.
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post #33 of 40 Old 11-05-2013, 04:59 PM
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I'm looking at this from the stand point of another boarder. I don't want a stranger out in the pasture for my horse to possible kick at (she's never once kicked but who knows!) or hurt in any way. OR feed my horse from their hands, who knows what they’re out there doing… My barn is small (20 horses) and I know everyone who owns a horse out there. If I saw a stranger I would most likely give my BO a call. We have a lot of horse theft in my area though so that may make it more concerning.

If I were to send someone out it would only be someone that my BO has met and I would notify my BO beforehand. It's courtesy, the barn isn't a store or a public park. It's a boarding facility that people pay to use. Strangers shouldn't be walking around for their safety, the other boarders sake and the peace of mind of the BO.

My BO was telling me that a while ago she saw a trailer pull up and didn't think much of it because she knew one of the boarders had sold a horse. However, when the strangers started loading the horse without the boarder present then there was an issue. She had sent them to pick up the horse without her being there and without notifying the BO. I can't imagine ever doing that.
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post #34 of 40 Old 11-05-2013, 05:25 PM
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If someone is coming down to handle your horse I'd say advanced notice should be required. If I was a BO or BM and someone showed up to "love on and feed" a horse you best bet I'll be asking that STRANGER to leave, if not ill be calling the cops. if no notice should be given what's to stop anyone from walking in and handling any horse?
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post #35 of 40 Old 11-05-2013, 05:28 PM
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I think it purely depends on the location...

When I lived in Maryland and boarded at a public military barn we had visitors ALL the bloody time. People who saw it from the main road came in to look at the horses. Granted the worst that happened was a horse got a carrot or two, but it isn't uncommon (in my experience) to see non-boarders show up at a facility.

If there aren't rules against visitors visiting without supervision of a boarder, there should be some placed if it's an issue.
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post #36 of 40 Old 11-05-2013, 05:57 PM
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My BO requires everyone that steps on the property to sign a waiver. Riding or not. And they must be updated every 6-12 months. She would not allow another person to handle my horse until she got permission from me, which is how I would like it to be.
I am picky about who handles my horses, but I didn't used to be this protective. Unfortunately, an incident with someone I considered a friend made me rethink who handled my horses. I had said friend caring for my horse over a weekend. This horse had a terrible eye infection, that needed 6-8 treatments daily. My friend- who loved this horse- said she treated the horse, but when I returned on Monday, the eye was much, much worse (it'd almost been completely healed). I originally thought another horse had kicked mine, until my "friend" stated that, "Since the eye infection looked worse, I'd never be able to sell this horse. So could she have her?" Needless to say, we haven't talked much since then. Thankfully, her infection is completely healed, but that one weekend of no care set us back an entire month and a half.

From now on, my BO knows never to let this girl set foot on her property, and to always question me before giving anyone permission to do anything with my horses.
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post #37 of 40 Old 11-06-2013, 06:56 AM
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Theft usually occurs when someone is familiar with the layout. Thieves like to get in, grab and get out, usually under three minutes. I knew of an owner of a large stable being robbed because someone was familiar with the show schedule, knew where everything was, and "cleaned house" while a number, including the owner and his family were at a large show. I think it is wisest now to have friends pasture visit, not need for anyone else to be in the barn. If the boarder wishes to have someone else attend the horse, ask the BO or manager about doing extra for compensation, first.
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post #38 of 40 Old 01-20-2014, 06:58 AM
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Asking a boarder to leave

I have a boarder that brought a bday party with children and parents to my private boarding farm. We spoke 7 days before when I told her that she could not ! She told me that it was only 4 children her 2 and 1 other girl who takes lessons and 1 of my other boarders. She assured me that it was not a party and only those 4 girls, when they came on Sunday it was 6 children then more parents and children showed up !!!There were over 13 people and people coming and going! when I got her aside she was very confrontational and argued with me !!! A few of my other boarders were there and they too were annoyed by all the children.Its the 20th of the month so do I tell her to leave? and how! My husband is very annoyed by her disrespect and wants her out!
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post #39 of 40 Old 01-20-2014, 12:38 PM
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^It depends how you look at it... Part of me thinks that a one time issue seems kind of silly to kick someone out over.

Then again, did the children sign liability waivers? That could be a valid reason.

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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post #40 of 40 Old 02-01-2014, 09:01 AM
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A boarding stable is still considered to be a business by the outside world and many outsiders feel that that means they are always "open for business". One way to control that is to make the boarding contract a "membership" which allows guests on site when accompanied by a boarder or with express permission from the boarder. In our 32 stall stable, people come and go all the time but if they are unknown or suspicious, the boarders will question them.
It's not at all uncommon to have boarder's friends taking care of their horses for whatever reason but since we have seen them around and have many times become friendly with them, it's not an issue. At least by having boarding called a "membership" it lets outside people think twice about wandering around on the property.
In our barn, you would be over-reacting but every stable is different in rules and attitude.

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