Cleanup/maintenance or overstepping my bounds?

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Cleanup/maintenance or overstepping my bounds?

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    12-11-2012, 03:45 PM
Cleanup/maintenance or overstepping my bounds?

So this is the situation I'm in. I brought my horse out to BC 2 months ago. I found a fantastic lady who keeps her own horses and a boarder already on her property of 10 acres. They all live outside with adequate shelter which was what I wanted for my mare. Plus, she offered me a working opportunity, so I don't even pay to keep my horse.
Now, the thing is, the place is a little rundown. Not to the point of being a safety hazard, but just a few things that need a fixer upper. What I would really love to do would be to fix up the tack room or shed/barn (or both). I have to get in there anyways and board up a hole where rats are getting into the tack room. I have offered to fix the fence before when my horse broke it, but she was adamant that her husband would do it. I know some people just like to do it themselves, their way (hey, I'm like that!).
Now, my dilemma is whether this would be overstepping my bounds as a boarder? I would like to do it as a Christmas gift to her and her family as she has been wonderful to me and I know they have limited time to spend on upkeep, but how should I approach it?
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    12-11-2012, 03:48 PM
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Simply put, do not do anything without first obtaining express permission to do so from the property owner.
    12-11-2012, 03:56 PM
Sorry, yes, should have been a little clearer. I will ask her before I do anything, but not sure how to approach it without it coming off rudely as "The place is kind of a dump, can I make it better?".
Not that it is a dump, but you know, that's how it may come off as.
    12-13-2012, 10:36 PM
Maybe just approach it as you told like it here and since she seems busy you wanted to help without overstepping. Tell her you'd like it to be a Christmas present if you want but the way you explained it to us sounds fair.
    12-16-2012, 12:38 AM
I have boarders, sometimes it's hard to keep up with all the repairs/cleaning up with horses.....I would love if someone offered to do that for a Christmas present in appreciation of what I do daily for all the horses, just ask first and explain why you would like to help them out....
    12-17-2012, 04:06 AM
Originally Posted by Thunderspark    
I have boarders, sometimes it's hard to keep up with all the repairs/cleaning up with horses.....I would love if someone offered to do that for a Christmas present in appreciation of what I do daily for all the horses, just ask first and explain why you would like to help them out....
I strongly agree with discussing things 1st...many people can get used to having things done a certain way. Talking about it 1st lessens the possibility of stepping on toes unintentionally.
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