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post #1 of 11 Old 10-10-2013, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Question Self-Care in big stable

I will be moving to new barn on November 1st. It will be my first experience to do Self-Care for my horses. That farm have 17 stalls. There will be 32 horses. I paid for stall use. They have shared feed room and tack room. Any advices for me to keep my stuffs safe and keep myself from causing troubles for others?

What is most common problem in shared self-care barns that I need to be aware of?

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post #2 of 11 Old 10-10-2013, 03:32 PM
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Keep track of everything. Lock whatever you can lock up - buy lockable containers if need be. Mark your name in permanent marker on everything.

Biggest problems are people helping themselves to your stuff and breaking, losing or just keeping it and people stealing feed.
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post #3 of 11 Old 10-10-2013, 03:39 PM
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Label everything and if it doesn't need to be there, don't leave it around.

Your feed, buy locking containers and lock them.
Your hay...leave enough for a few feedings and not more.
Make it your business to be there and be seen...be courteous but non-drama.
Keep your shavings there for "a" weeks use, nothing more.

People have a habit sometimes of helping themself when they run short, at your expense.
Supplements, put them in disposable baggies and again enough for a week if someone else is feeding...

Get a locking tack trunk and keep all inside it under lock & key!
The only "tack" you should need to have out is a halter and shank, blanket that is what the current season dictates... keep it neat and clean without the excessive clutter some have around their stall of everything just left hanging... a great place for bird poop, dust, dirt and grime to ruin your equipment.
If you don't want anyone helping themself to your equipment to try or feed to feed, make it unavailable for them to get their hands on.
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This sounds stressfull. It may be easier in a smaller facility with a few horses but I doubt this will be an easy task and most stuff will go missing.
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post #6 of 11 Old 10-10-2013, 10:14 PM
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Hubby built me a plyywood tack trunk that was about 4' long by about 36" high by 30" wide. The lid was about 8" deep which held a folded horse blanket with straps. A removeable grooming try was built into one end. Big hasp and padlock secured my belongings and when loaded it would have taken two men and a big steer to move it. The big hinges were on the inside so they couldn't be removed.
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post #7 of 11 Old 10-17-2013, 06:00 AM
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It doesn't sound too bad. I've only ever done self care. I've been places where there about 40 self care - only twelve in my stable block, but there were more feed/tack in my block. Nothing ever went missing, but saddles and feed were kept in locked tack rooms.

I was at another place with about 20 people all self care stables and a shared tack/feed room. Nothing went missing there either. Label everything - if there are big names on rugs no one can use them!

I really think that the best way to ensure everything goes friendly is to be friendly, helpful and present. If you're there, say hello, offer a little help when needed - no one will want to steal off their friend. Self care is going to require you be a little more forgiving and laid back. There might be some misunderstandings, some losses, pick your battles, keep people on side and know when to let things go.

It should be fine! Don't worry too much, they're just people :)
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post #8 of 11 Old 10-17-2013, 07:44 AM
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I've done self-care and it isn't bad.

As mention by other posters, locks and labels are your friends. My hubby built me a tack box that I could actually store my saddle/pads/bridle/etc in along with my grooming tote. That worked great. Feed definitely needs to go into a locked bin.
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post #9 of 11 Old 10-17-2013, 12:33 PM
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Just keep close tabs on everything, and I think you should be good.

Some self care places give you individual tack rooms big enough to store feed in... Is that not the case here?
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-01-2013, 08:41 PM
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Like others said lock and label . Don't leave anything out if you can. Do a mental check of all your stuff when you arrive and when you leave. There's over 30 horses at the barn I'm at and lots of kids so things that are not locked up tend to grow legs and disappear. I know one time my leather lead line was taken out of the bottom of my bridle bag and left all day in the middle of the arena to be dried out by the sun. On top of that the leather formed a kink in it because the girl tied her horse with it. It took me about a week to get the leather looking normal again because it had dried out so much. Needless to say I lock that up in my trunk now. I have this one from Home Depot Husky, 37 in. Mobile Job Box, 209261 at The Home Depot - Tablet it's inexpensive and works great.
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