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    01-08-2012, 07:41 PM
  #11
Weanling
I honestly can't see even how people who board can manage self care. There are days I get stuck at work until late and I would hate the thought of my horse waiting for food while everyone else got fed. OP, your reasons in opposite are the reasons as a boarder I prefer full care.
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    01-08-2012, 09:14 PM
  #12
Foal
My boys are at home now and are on pasture with a run-in 24-7, but up until the past year they were boarded.

Every place I've kept my boys at, I pretty much did partial care.

I boarded at a military stable for probably close to 20 years and did partial care. I cleaned my own stall and bought my own grain/shavings. People could feed their own hay or buy it from the barn at "x" amount per flake. For a minimal monthly fee they would feed your horse twice a day (you had to set out the meals for them to feed). Turn out a was also the owner's responsibility, but often we'd help each other out. One would turn out, another would bring in. They started to offer full-care several years ago- but the owner still had to provide their own shavings and grain, 4 flakes of hay per day was included. The only difference is they cleaned the stay and turned out/brought in.

After leaving there I moved them to a private barn, where the lady had 5 stalls and only one other boarder. I was still partial care - I was responsible for cleaning my stalls and providing grain. She provided shavings and hay, fed twice a day and turned them in/out. She would clean for me if I was ill or the weather was extremely bad.

The last place I kept them at briefly, they were pretty much out to pasture, but had access to a barn for shelter. He would feed grain that I provided (or he said he did, I don't really think he fed them like he was supposed to, not that they lost weight or anything) and I had to provide hay - which kind of sucked because he didn't provide hay for his horses in the winter and there was no way to really separate them so I got stuck feeding 4 additional horses hay over that winter. Needless to say I didn't stay there very long and was luckily able to find a place to keep them home with me.

I've never really been a big fan of "full-care" because I'm pretty particular about how I liked my stalls to be, so when I've kept them stalls I made sure to board them at places where I was responsible for cleaning their stalls, and it wasn't ever an issue for me to get out there daily, most cases I was there several times a day.
     
    01-08-2012, 09:18 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Finally, this makes more sense to me, I never really understood why until this thread.

Thanks Natisha, for making a thread for me. :)
     
    01-08-2012, 09:47 PM
  #14
Weanling
I agree with you wholeheartedly. If I ran a barn, my reasons would be exactly the same. Simple fact of the matter is, you can't trust that everyone will be responsible for what they need to be responsible for.

One person lets their care become lacking, and even if the BO let's each horse be it's owner's business, the other boarders will undoubtedly complain.

It's different somewhat if it's one person. Without a clear contract on the care expected of the boarder, that too could become an irritating situation.

Better to charge more but know everything will be done.
     
    01-08-2012, 10:02 PM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by wild_spot    
Such a different culture! I can't even imagine not having 100% control over my horses care. Though some days when i'm out there in the rain feeding, I think it would be nice, lol!
I don't take away the control of the owners. I take away the work & the worry.
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    01-08-2012, 10:06 PM
  #16
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by wild_spot    
Such a different culture! I can't even imagine not having 100% control over my horses care. Though some days when i'm out there in the rain feeding, I think it would be nice, lol!

Is it just my area, or is it an Australian thing? We don't tend to do full-care and we seem to do more self-care?
     
    01-08-2012, 10:06 PM
  #17
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy    
Finally, this makes more sense to me, I never really understood why until this thread.

Thanks Natisha, for making a thread for me. :)
You're welcome
     
    01-09-2012, 01:17 AM
  #18
Trained
As a barn owner, I don't allow self care or partial care, for all of the reasons listed above. Plus, I'm out in the country and one of the draws around here is the proximity to trail riding, but not necessarily convenient to town folk to come out every day especially mid-week.

Now, I am having very FOND thoughts of when I sell this place and most of my horses and just keep a couple for pleasure. I want one of those fancy barns where EVERY single thing is done for me if that's how I want it. I'd like to be able to call and say, "I'm on my way, please tack up So and So" and have him be ready when I get there and then when I'm done, if I'm tired or don't want to, they'll take over and groom and put away. That way all I have to do is just the pure enjoyment of my horses, not all of the work. I expect to pay THROUGH the nose for this kind of treatment too, as I know it's waaay over the top.
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    01-09-2012, 02:49 AM
  #19
Foal
I thought about self-care for my older barn and have had several people ask about it. So far I have not found one individual who I am willing to let do it.

People just don't understand how much work there is to care for their horses.

I will still entertain the idea if the right person came along, but I wont hold my breath.
     
    01-09-2012, 07:53 AM
  #20
Showing
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Originally Posted by natisha    
I hear of some self care facilities that run smoothly but I've never personally seen one where at least one horse didn't get pity from other boarders because of the way it's cared for.
Friend of mine boarded in "half" self-care (if it's possible to call this way). The owner has a breeding pony operation + 5 or 6 boarders. The agreement was he feeds all boarder's horses in morning, but they take care of the feeding in eve and clean the stalls. I know they rotate between themselves, and it's been quite smooth.

Personally as a very responsible person I'd have no problem to exist in self-care place as long as my own feed + boarding price would be appropriate. In fact it would be probably cheaper (because I did buy my own grain in both places I boarded at anyway). When the BO at the last place allowed me to keep my mare in stall for 2 weeks (I did field board), I got my butt there and cleaned the stall and did the feeding every morning at 8 am. But... I also know not everyone is like that, and unfortunately in my experience too many people don't like to clean after the horses when they leave them in stalls and all.
     

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