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post #21 of 65 Old 06-02-2012, 10:22 PM
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They say that welbutrin (an antidepressant) helps a lot of people quit smoking. It apparently blocks the desire to smoke.

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post #22 of 65 Old 06-02-2012, 10:29 PM
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Maybe the BO doesn't even have insurance to cover the barn/horses/stuff inside. Might be worthwhile to find out about insurance coverage for your horse and why they permit smoking. Just ask is the best way...
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post #23 of 65 Old 06-03-2012, 02:43 AM
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Where I board my horses smoking and drinking alcohol are not allowed on the premises. Smoking is only allowed behind the gate where you park your car. We all are responsible for enforcing these rules even if the BO is not around to do so himself. We all have a vested interest. As for smoking cessation tips first you have to have the will to want to stop smoking and be open to try something. Secondly, in our hospital, we use nicotine patches in decreasing increments depending on how much you smoke and use a nicotine inhaler in conjunction with the patch for reducing cravings. Other medications can be prescribed by your doctor if need as well. Good luck and good health to you!
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post #24 of 65 Old 06-07-2012, 08:21 AM
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There are smokers at the barn I board at (sigh...including me), but there is a designated smoking area FAR away from the barn/hay at the edge of the property next to the fire pit. My horse is in the barn and the last thing I would ever want is for the barn to catch on fire with my horse in there or anyone elses. Maybe you can talk to the BO about creating a "designated smoking area" a good distance away. Then the trainer/farrier/jack of all trades doesn't have to necessarily leave or quit, but for the safety of the horses and riders have a "safe" area to smoke at.

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post #25 of 65 Old 06-07-2012, 09:20 AM
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Oh my! barn rule or not its good common sense not to have any kind of fire/hot ash, lighter, etc near dry dead plants that we call hay...sorrry for the sarcasm..but I would have zero tolerance for that 1 ! not only is she risking the barn & the horses..she is risking the people too! I don't get upset with too many things but that would make me furious! If the owner doesn't see it as an issue....don't think about moving..get your horse out of there as fast as possible!
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post #26 of 65 Old 06-07-2012, 09:43 AM
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This has been an issue at a number of barns I've been at as well.

One barn was particularly bad. We were constantly having issues with the Mexican men that lived on the property to clean stalls and such (not sure what to call them, as they weren't really grooms or ranch hands... stable hands?)
Not only did we have a hard time trying to get them not to smoke inside or near the barns, we were always finding cigarette butts in the grassy areas where we'd graze our horses. NOT GOOD!
I ended up leaving that place for a number of reasons, the smoking issues being one of them, and I, myself, was a smoker at that time.

I, too, quit cold turkey. For me, using a change of environment really helps me break bad habits. With smoking, I was moving to another city, new apartment, new barn, new social circle, new everything. I knew I'd been wanting to quit, so I used that as my opportunity. Smoked my last 'grit just before getting in the car to head out on the road, the day I moved, and never smoked another. Jolly Ranchers were my best friends for a few weeks. Now, I'm totally repulsed by even the smell, I have no desire to taste another cigarette, as long as I live. I think my addiction was more about the habit of smoking that I had gotten into, as it seems like I had an easier time quitting than other people I know. Now, I'm totally repulsed by the smell and have zero desire to ever taste another cigarette.
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post #27 of 65 Old 06-07-2012, 11:17 PM
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I don't think it's out of line to say something at all. I boarded at a barn where everyone smoked all over the place :/ it was gross not to mention dangerous.
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post #28 of 65 Old 06-08-2012, 12:02 AM
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I stopped cold turkey. i just had to mentally prepare that it is gross, stinky , putrid, it was hard but now I hate the smell. I did gain weight, more than I expected .
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post #29 of 65 Old 06-09-2012, 11:13 PM
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As a smoker, this totally repulsed me. What a terrible thing to do. Does this woman not realize that she is not only putting someone else's property in danger but also LIVING animals?

I was basically raised on my grandfathers farm and he was a two-pack a day kinda old man. He was old fashioned and STILL refused to smoke anyway near the outbuildings containing feed, hay and especially the barn!

I don't know what's going through some people's minds these days...
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post #30 of 65 Old 06-10-2012, 07:30 AM
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I'd say put your foot down its harming the the horses health and a serious fire hazard, it might help if you point out too the owner how much of a fire hazard it is :)

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