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    12-01-2011, 12:31 PM
Question Tips on Self-Boarding?

Recently due to unforeseeable circumstances my aunt and I have to move our 5 horses from her backyard barn to a self-board barn about 5 mins from my house.

I'm really pleased that I get to do the care now as I have the time and resources and won't have to make a 1/2 hour trek to see the horses anymore, just a quick jaunt down the road. I'm already very used to the care and work as I work at a 20 stall barn as manager and stable hand as well as have a small poultry farm at home.

I'm wondering however if anyone can give me tips and advice on the etiquette of self-boarding. Obviously keep my and my horses things picked up, stalls clean and horses cared for but are there any specific things that I can do to be a good boarder? Looking to hear experiences good and bad from self-boarders as well as pet-peeves and whatnot from BO's. Thanks!
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    12-01-2011, 01:29 PM
Originally Posted by MyBoySi    
are there any specific things that I can do to be a good boarder?
Are there rules? Contract?
    12-02-2011, 07:05 AM
There are posted rules that I will get a look at Sat when we move as well as a contract/liability form that we will be signing but I was wondering if anyone had any general first hand tips such as..

My BO gets mad when I.......

As a BO I appreciate it when my boarders....

    12-03-2011, 10:35 AM
My barn owner is freak about the gates, even when the horses are in the barn. The barn is right on a busy main road. So we actually paddlock the gates, and the key is in the tack room.

Stalls are another big thing, they are to be cleaned everyday thoroughly before the horses come in.

Picking up after yourself and your horse (if it poops in the aisle, clean it up etc.)

Being on time and not making the barn owner do your chores for you. (some people get too comfortable in a self care situation, not saying you will, but I've seen it happen)

Make sure you don't try to be cheap and feed your horses less to save money. A lot of barn owners get mad about that, i've seen a lot of self care boarders do it...

Dogs, if you bring your dog, make sure the barn owner is ok with it, and that if the barn owner has dogs, they get along, and you keep yours on a leash at all times, and your dogs don't chase the horses.

If I think of anything else, i'll post it!

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