Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I know we all use to smoke at the barn I was previously at to lease. BO, boarders, myself, leaser's parents, etc. It was never an issue because most walked into the arena or outside in the grass, the loft was just an idiotic place to smoke. The loft was not only full of hay, but it's 20ft up and what would be the motive to go up a rattling ladder just to stand/sit in hay dust to smoke a cigarette..?
The BO never told anyone not to smoke (did ask people to go outside if she was working in the barn after she quit smoking), just told them to make sure it was out before it was put in the garbage. Everyone I know that smoked there rolled the rest of the tobacco (that they didn't smoke) after they were done and before they put it in the bin.
The hay wasn't an issue because it was in the loft, the barn was well ventilated, the arena dirt wasn't catching fire, everyone was careful, and no one minded if someone politely asked them to walk out of the barn if they didn't want to be around the smoke.
I can definitely see why it is less than desirable in a barn though, especially with different sorts of set-ups. While I don't see an issue with a barn like the one I was at, a lot of the others that I've been to, I would never light up in, just because of the set-up, nothing else. Though, I would definitely just talk to the BO and let him/her know what you want done and that you feel it's a danger to her barn. Most people will put their foot down much more forcefully they feel something of theirs is being threatened.
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