The man is being abused and is being taken advantage of very badly. I don't know about anyone else but I happen to LIKE cleaning stalls and if I see my horse's stall needs a little "room service" in the late afternoon I will not hesitate to do some cleaning.
Our barn staff is terrific and I make sure I let them know how much I appreciate their care and attention. This has come back to me ten fold in that each time I lost a horse (two in 20 months due to age related illness or severe injury), I got a hug and kind words from them all. They always took that little extra time with my horses and the horses adored them. If I had a maintenance issue, something as simple as needing to hang a new bucket holder, the barn staff would always wave away my request for a screwdriver or drill and take care of it themselves or they would take care of other maintenance issues for me immediately while those that weren't so, hmm, friendly, they would make wait unless it was something critical.
Others at our barn are the same as a few of you indicated, they pay the staff to work and don't bother to even acknowledge their presence let alone actually speak to them. These are the same people who just about flat out refuse to clean up after themselves including even the basics of just keeping the front of their own stalls neat. The barn manager gets on people about that but people are still lazy. Barn etiquette has taken a serious nosedive the past decade or so and it is a sad thing.
Last edited by tlkng1; 07-04-2013 at 05:55 PM.