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        05-02-2012, 06:20 PM
      #31
    Showing
    Janet, as much as it's a nice dream the reality is you get to put up with a lot of crap. Your contract has to be very clear on what you are willing to provide in the boarding fee. Blanketing, flymasks, holding for farrier are all additional services for which you must be paid. Either that or you increase the boarding fees across the board for everyone. Unless you can afford to hire a barn cleaner you will be doing poop duty every morning without fail, after you turn the horses out. Then bedding the stalls. Even paddocks need periodic cleaning. You may find you don't have much time to ride or even spend time with your own horses.
         
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        05-02-2012, 06:27 PM
      #32
    Foal
    ^I guess that depends though if its a mixture of livery and DIY.
         
        05-02-2012, 06:44 PM
      #33
    Foal
    I realize it will be extremely hard and days will be long. That's why I would like to start out slow and build up from there. If I feel at any point I can't handle anymore I will have the ability to just stop taking in more because I won't have already overwhelmed myself. This may sound silly but mucking stalls and doing such thingsdoesn't bother me. I enjoy being able to go out there and spend time with the horses. Even if it is to clean. I do appreciate the words of wisdom though. It's always nice to hear to not so joyous things too, keeps me in reality.
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        05-02-2012, 06:48 PM
      #34
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    Janet, as much as it's a nice dream the reality is you get to put up with a lot of crap. Your contract has to be very clear on what you are willing to provide in the boarding fee. Blanketing, flymasks, holding for farrier are all additional services for which you must be paid. Either that or you increase the boarding fees across the board for everyone. Unless you can afford to hire a barn cleaner you will be doing poop duty every morning without fail, after you turn the horses out. Then bedding the stalls. Even paddocks need periodic cleaning. You may find you don't have much time to ride or even spend time with your own horses.

    So true. I havent had a second to ride in over three weeks I have been so busy with boarders. Sucks
         
        05-02-2012, 06:49 PM
      #35
    Foal
    If you don't mind me asking how many boarders do you have?
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        05-02-2012, 07:03 PM
      #36
    Weanling
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    If you don't mind me asking how many boarders do you have?
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    8 currently. We did have 14. I also have 14 of my own horses who live outside with shelters and not in stalls (so no stall cleaning just watering and round bale replenishing.
         
        05-02-2012, 07:10 PM
      #37
    Foal
    Wow! I wouldn't know what to do with myself with 14 of my own and then others on top of that.
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        05-12-2012, 07:45 PM
      #38
    Foal
    I always look for barns that, if my horse is injured or sick, I am allowed to come in the middle of the night if necessary. My current manager is GREAT about letting me come at any hour if my horse needs meds in the middle of the night, or is colicking. Turnout is also a must, personally. It's amazing how beneficial turnout is both physically and emotionally for the horses. Also... what age range of owners will you appeal to? Some establishments I've boarded at appeal greatly to show-obsessed adolescences, while others appeal to more pleasure-type adults. Find what TYPE of barn appeals to you, and YOU would feel the best at managing. If you don't feel like having a strong governing leadership, then maybe a teen-based show barn where lots of drama may occur isn't the type of establishment you'd be best for, for example. I've been a LOT of different barns, and management types are usually the biggest error OR compliment I find for a barn. :) Good luck!
         
        05-12-2012, 08:07 PM
      #39
    Green Broke
    A lot of my stable requirements are repeats of above users, but one that hasn't been mentioned but is very important to me is a good fly management program. Flies seem to think Cinny is just a great big edible blob and swarm to him. I do my part and feed him Smart BugOff which helps repel flies but it also has Diatomaceous Earth to discourage insect breeding in manure. I like my stable to do their part with things like Fly preditors, keeping manure piles kept properly, and maybe auto fly spray...although I prefer the flies to be controlled without chemicals if possible.

    If they have ponds (the stable I'm moving to does) I also like to know that they have mosquito control as well.
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        05-12-2012, 08:12 PM
      #40
    Foal
    ^^Good one, Cinny! The barn I board at has screen doors with springs so that they don't blow open in the wind, and they close EVERY time somebody walks in/out. It's surprising how much something so simple really does help!
         

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