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        07-07-2013, 11:23 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    If barn staff were short for whatever reason or the barn manager was having an issue; illness, injury etc, I would certainly have no problem doing the work. If there are plenty of barn staff and the manager is just being lazy on the other hand, at full care cost I wouldn't expect to be asked to clean cobwebs. Where I board they only ask that we keep things presentable on the aisles...ie don't leave gear all over the place so if potential boarders or lesson people are walking through the get a "clean" eyed view of the place (or as clean as a barn full of horses can be anyway). It makes sense to put items away anyway as it discourages theft.

    In our case the barn staff that handles each aisle takes care of the cobweb eviction on a weekly basis in their own aisle.
         
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        07-07-2013, 11:53 AM
      #12
    Banned
    She lives above the barn! sounds like she is starting to get overwhelmed or lazy!

    I don't think its your job to do- I don't think its OK to push her job off on the boarders that pay her to keep up the barn-- Unless she's not well.
         
        07-07-2013, 05:33 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Calmly go talk to the manager and ask whats up.. lol.. say oh, I thought that was included in full board ? And are there any other changes I need to be aware of ?
    Price increases etc should be generated with a new contract.
         
        07-07-2013, 07:08 PM
      #14
    Started
    We've always been asked to do the basics, like clean up the poop if your horse goes in the aisle, or wash rack, and if you do your own blanketing and unblanketing, that you put the blanket up nicely on the stall door, or pipe fencing. Barn maintenance on the other hand is what the BO does, or what he/she pays other workers for. The people who clean the stalls also normally do the things like that, raking up around the hay barn, fixing things that need fixing etc. Stuff like cleaning cobwebs, even cleaning some stalls, helping with summer camp, are what you do if you are looking to work off a little of your board, but paying for board, full care or not, you should not be asked to do stuff like that. I hate confrontations as well, but something as simple as "I didn't know that was in the boarding contract, so I looked it up, and it's not, is this something new", to start, or "I saw the note on my horse's stall, and doing stall/barn maintenance is not in my contract, it states that the BO takes care of that" just make sure that it is actually stated in the contract first obviously. And I would definitely not just do it, and not say anything, and hope that's the only thing that will come up.

    I was working at a place where my job description was CLEARLY defined, and one day the BO asked if I could help out with something, just for that day, so of course being helpful, and having some time before my second job, I said sure, and helped, but for some reason the BO then decided without saying anything, that it was just one more thing I would do around the barn. After a week of it apparently not getting done, he came up and got upset at me for not doing my job. There were several things that he just decided to add to my job description, so I ended up having to sit down with him, and get into a long drawn out conversation about what I had really agreed to do, and that I had a second job etc. etc. Needless to say, I ended up quitting after a few months, because he kept trying to pull one over on me. So definitely nicely bring it up because it isn't your job.
         
        07-08-2013, 11:47 PM
      #15
    Started
    I certainly don't want any kind of "regular chore" coming out of this. I'm definitely not out there more than 2-3 times a week and there are many weeks that it's only once. I don't have time for the extra stuff or else I'd happily drop to self care and provide my own grain and hay, clean my own stall, blanket my own horse in the winter, etc, etc.

    I went out there a couple days later (the 4th) to work my horse around 6:30-7pm and didn't see her or her husband at all. They didn't get back before I left, so I couldn't discuss it with her. Then, I left the next day for a trip and I just got home tonight. I won't get out there again until Wednesday. (See what I mean?) Hopefully she'll be there and not already upstairs for the evening, which happens a lot when I'm driving an hour out there after work.
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        07-13-2013, 12:15 AM
      #16
    Started
    As an update, I still haven't seen the BM long enough to talk to her. I saw her for a split second as she brought a horse in from the field and she asked if my horse's feet looked okay (I had her farrier trim him because mine is MIA). Then I saw her one other time while I was in the arena riding my horse while 5 other girls from 7-16 years of age wandered/ran around the arena in my way. 2 girls are 12-13 and don't know how to ride, but the BM let's them ride her barrel horses in exchange for work they do around the barn. The 7 year old is her granddaughter and was riding/running the BM's third barrel horse up and down the arena - without a care for who might be in that line. Needless to say, I was not in a position to talk to anyone as I worked on keeping my young, green arab focused and calm.

    When I got there, however, I did notice a cobweb covered broom leaning against the stall front of the horse next to mine (closest side to my stall door). I brought my horse in from the field and moved it out of my way. I thought that was interesting and pretty sure it was intentional on their part. Of course, I was also out of town for a few days and wasn't at the barn for 8-9 days.
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        07-13-2013, 12:23 AM
      #17
    Trained
    I'm glad I don't board because I'd have looked at the notice and asked the BO if I was also supposed to clear the cobwebs out of her thinking cap as well.
         
        07-13-2013, 03:00 PM
      #18
    Started
    As an employee and a boarder at a large stable, de-cobwebbing is something us employees do. If its not done as often as liked, a boarder may do their own stall. But as a boarder I've never been asked to clean cobwebs from the stall. If paying full board, especially if you've had increases, I'd be asking the BO why this is a responsibility of yours and not theirs
         
        07-13-2013, 08:19 PM
      #19
    Foal
    I clean cobwebs off the stalls and the ceiling EVERY DAY... where I work. At a full care facility.
    If you pay full care, leave a note stating this fact and leave it at that.
         

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