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post #31 of 43 Old 05-12-2013, 10:19 AM
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My mom used to manage a barn with a few boarders and did not have any set times. She would get there by 7:30am and feed, 6:00am in the summer because she didn't have to take me to school. She normally "closed up" at 6:30pm in the winter and we would leave, but the boarders were free to stay or come whenever as long as they put everything away. In the summer my dad would bring his spotlights so everyone could ride after dark and a normal day for us was 6am-9pm at the barn. There was a gate to keep unwanted people out and loose horses in but it was not locked because of emergencies that could occur while nobody was there.

Now I am limited to daylight because the horses are at my house. This summer I want to use our lights to be able to ride later because it is so hot during the day and the arena has no shade.
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post #32 of 43 Old 05-12-2013, 02:29 PM
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My yard does have a lock on the gate, however I have a key to the first and the code to the second lock.
Gates are normaly locked if there isnt someone on the yard (even during the day, if there is no one around when you leave the yard you have to lock the gates

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post #33 of 43 Old 05-12-2013, 02:48 PM
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Thankfully, we don't have any hours posted that we have to abide by. Our BO lives on the premises and I usually tell him if I'm going out at odd hours so he doesn't worry. i can always call him anytime if I have any trouble on the trail. This, I find quite comforting. My BO in turn, can always count on us for closing up properly and not have to double check like he has to with some boarders. We are quite fortunate. I would find it hard not to be allowed to visit my horses whenever I wanted.
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post #34 of 43 Old 05-18-2013, 11:20 AM
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I've always been given free rein of when I come and go.

I've known the BO at my current barn for 20 years. I can be there at 6am, or show up at 10pm and not leave till midnight for all she cares. I don't know if this is true with everyone at the barn, but I've done it quite a few times without comments.

I've known the woman for 20 years though. I don't know how many times I've fixed fencing, watered horses, scraped up some other horse's poop, given her supplies I don't need or have just generally been another farm hand for free, so we trust eachother.

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post #35 of 43 Old 05-19-2013, 08:49 PM
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Ours we can generally stay out late..I've been out until midnight once. The owners just prefer that you call ahead so they don't come out with the shotgun ;) We have people drive up and down by the barn all the time and cause mischief.
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post #36 of 43 Old 05-20-2013, 12:24 AM
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for me personally i think there should be a time...the BO needs family time aswel.

for me if they feed ur horse do everything for your horse,then they need time for themselves aswel

people choose to board there horses, so if there is a time then there is a time
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post #37 of 43 Old 05-20-2013, 01:56 PM
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My current barn is open 24/7. There is an electronic gate that all boarders have a passcode too. The only "extreme" times I have been there were 5:30AM and 9:00PM.

I am moving barns this weekend though, and its hours are 6AM-10PM. Fine by me!

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post #38 of 43 Old 05-20-2013, 02:15 PM
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I do think there should be hours. Especially if the owners live on site. Would you want someone driving up and down your driveway all hours of the night? Imagine how irritating that would get after a while, to have to check and see if it was a boarder or someone that wasn't supposed to be there. If an exception needs to be made because your friend can't get there before closing, then your friend needs to talk to the BO about maybe allowing her special times to come after hours. Most barns will work with someone if they will only ask. When I boarded horses, I expected everyone gone by 8PM. I had one med student that I allowed to come later because she went to school an hour away and had very limited time to ride. Several of the barns I worked at locked gates at dusk. One other barn closed at 5 in the winter and 7 in the summer. I think it's the barn owners right to set whatever hours they choose, it is their home and their property, after all. If you don't like having your hours limited, you have the choice to talk to the BO, or find a barn that is more lax about rules. Its that simple.

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post #39 of 43 Old 05-20-2013, 02:22 PM
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I never boarded at a boarding barn before (just privately with people).

But if there were set "hours" dictating when I could see MY horse, I frankly wouldn't be boarding there. My schedule is pretty sporadic sometimes, so I need to get a ride in when I can get a ride in.
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post #40 of 43 Old 06-10-2013, 06:27 PM
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My barn doesn't have hours, really... especially being in AZ, most people are not even tacking up until 7pm these days, and it's not uncommon to see the ropers practicing until 9 or 10. I'm sure there are people out there very early in the morning as well.

I have often wondered about the "security" aspect though; IMHO, it'd be very easy for someone to come and steal a horse if they wanted to, as there is no closeable property gate. The only locks are on the tack sheds.
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