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post #21 of 26 Old 06-22-2013, 04:17 AM
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That's, what, $4 an hour? And we thought it was bad that my sister was only being pair $14 an hour at a horse stud...

That poor guy is the sort of person that needs to be appreciated in the industry - who will do back-breaking work without complaint, which a lot of kids these days can't handle.

Personally, that guy must either be ridiculously kind-hearted, or the BO has something over him, whether it be his legal status, or perhaps he is desperate for money. I can't think of anyone who would put up with that sort of treatment unless they had no choice.

I'm glad you're changing barns though, OP. Is there any chance that you could drop hints that you're leaving because of how they treat the staff?
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post #22 of 26 Old 07-03-2013, 08:52 AM
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My bf works at a stable. He cleans the water, stalls and feeds. He has to Live on site (he gets free rent so not bad) he has no days off, and any vacation time he gets is un-payed. He gets $250 a week (80 a month goes for his horse being boarded there). But he only has to feed and clean (takes about 4 hours in the morning) then he is free to do what ever until evening feeding. He dose had to maintain the property, like drag the arena, fix the auto water, broken pipes etc. My bf has a good deal, but the man you are talking about is clearly being taken advantage of. And it ticks me off that people would do that >:(
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post #23 of 26 Old 07-03-2013, 11:31 PM
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Originally Posted by newhorsemom View Post
We are new to boarding and are saddened and shocked by this and are hopeful it is not the norm. At the facility where we board there is a barn worker who does all of the turn out, feeding, watering, stalls, etc. for 12-14 horses. He is an older foreigner who is now a U.S. citizen but does not speak very good English and is not well educated. This man loves horses (he says they are his children!) and takes very good care of them. Being older he is not a fast worker but he works very hard. He is kind and as honest as they come. Our horse really likes this man and, to us, that says a lot.

Unfortunately he is required to work 7 days a week 365 days a year and to finish his work he is there about 9-10 hours a day. No matter what time we show up he is at the barn working. It has been made clear to him that they will give his job to someone else if he doesn't like it. He makes less then $40/day and if there is any missed "piles" in the paddock/pastures he will not receive full pay for that day. He rarely receives his full salary even with his job done well for the month. The poor man is obviously lonely but thinks he has no options and must work at this barn and is basically "stuck".

My daughter and I enjoy barn work and like to do our part to keep the barn clean and tidy and we like to leave it clean as possible. Yesterday I asked if I could clean our horses stall and he almost said yes but was very nervous about it and then said he'd get in a lot of trouble if I did any work because that is HIS job. Apparently we are not even supposed to sweep the aisle! He proceeded to tell me about how much he appreciates our efforts and that most other boarders won't even pick up after their horse if they poop in the aisle. The attitude at this barn is boarders pay money and shouldn't have to do anything other than ride and groom their horse. This is not a really high priced barn - I'd say they are on the low end of mid-range but a lovely facility overall.

I am appalled at how this man is treated. This is the man that takes good care of all the horses and should be valued. Anyone who treats another good, honest person like this should be ashamed of themselves. We thank him often and he clearly isn't used to that level of respect which is very sad.

I hope all of you reading this take some time to think about how you treat your barn help and what they do for your horse every day. These people are taking care of the horse you love and should be respected - regardless of their age and education. I'm sure that there are many dishonest and uncaring barn help out there, but I doubt that they last very long and any one barn. Next time you are at the barn thank them for what they do and give them a little help - their work is hard and I'm sure they would appreciate it!

On another note - even with the horrible treatment this man gets at his job he absolutely LOVES America. He votes in every election and is so happy to be living in this country. I'm thankful to be reminded for how fortunate I am to be living in the U.S..
Bless you kindness and heart for putting someone forward like that. Is there another facility nearby where he could be referred and move? It makes me mad that someone would take so much advantage of this poor fellow. It breaks my heart to read your thread. Some people are just gross.

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post #24 of 26 Old 07-04-2013, 01:38 AM
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go to the local labor board and turn in the barn owner and manager.. but the older man will probably lose his job. You could take an envelope put some cash into it and put a note in that says thank you
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post #25 of 26 Old 07-04-2013, 01:42 AM
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Originally Posted by stevenson View Post
go to the local labor board and turn in the barn owner and manager.. but the older man will probably lose his job. You could take an envelope put some cash into it and put a note in that says thank you
plus if he's an illegal immigrant he'd probably be deported and who knows what life is like back home for him and what would happen to the horse. I'd slip him cash.

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post #26 of 26 Old 07-04-2013, 04:45 PM
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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.

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