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post #11 of 32 Old 11-27-2012, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by JustWingIt View Post
I work at my boarding barn all day Saturday and this is how our schedule goes, at least on Saturdays:
As it is partially a training barn the number of horse there changes frequently, for that reason I don't have specific times written but generally we finish up morning chores by 1130 and start evening chores at 4, ending around 630 (not nearly as many stalls to pick out!)
Start at 7AM
- grain inside/outside horse + administer any meds
- hay horses staying inside
- put hay in paddocks with no grass for horses going out
- turn out horses + check automatic waterers
- pick out all dirty stalls
- sweep
- regrain for evening feeding
Start at 4 PM
- bring horses in + check automatic waterers
- grain inside/outside + administer any meds
- hay all horses staying in for the night
- pick out any stalls that need it
- sweep
- regrain for AM feed
- put the gator in the indoor for the night....if the last person the use it does not do this they are shunned (jokingly) for a few days, trying to wipe frost off of a gator at 715 in the morning is not very fun :)

And then around 11 the barn manager (who lives at the barn) does night check and gives a few horses more hay.

My advice is to first just figure out everything that needs to be done and then find a system that works for you (and your boarders) there is no specific "right" way to do it, just the way the gets everything done most efficiently.

Hope this helps :)
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It did help! I feel bad for the person who gets shunned the next day though, ;D.

The only downside is that we don't live right on the property. It's within a minute or two drive, but I can't be driving back and forth all day to feed, clean, and just check on the horses. I'm trying to think of having a routine so I can go in the morning to feed, let out and clean, in the evening to bring them in a feed, then come back right before bed to pick any remaining dirty stalls. :/

** Does anybody here do full-care boarding? If so, how many times are the stalls picked daily?

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post #12 of 32 Old 11-28-2012, 03:25 AM
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I don't know where you're located I have 4 seasons and my schedule is usually this all year round.
Full board:
8:00-turn out
9:00-stalls/paddocks cleaned, buckets cleaned and refilled

Noon-ish Lunch hay and grain

7:00- turn in with hay
8:30-final check, set up for morning, and lock up for night

Semi-full: (Owner supplies feed and hay as well as cleans)
8:00-turn out

Noon feeding of hay
*grain only if owner has requested although it is recommended

7:00- turn in with hay
8:30-final check, set up for morning, and lock up for night

The owner has until 7 to clean the stall, paddock, and buckets before I do it and add a cleaning fee to their monthly board unless I've been notified they will be late or they've asked me in advanced to clean for them.

The owner does everything and supplies everything
I drop morning hay and do the noon time feeding of hay and grain if they want their horse to have grain. I'll only feed the lunch grain if it's been set up for the horse.
If I have to do their work they are charged for it unless I've been notified before hand that they are/will be running late or they've asked me to do it in advanced.

I only clean once a day. Some horses don't like people in their stalls picking it if they're in it so it's safer, less stress, and easier to do without the horse in it, that's why I only do it once a day.
I also blanket in the winter if the horse gets blanketed for all the full and semi full boarded horses as long as a blanket is supplied to me.
I pre-make all the buckets and separate each horse's hay for the next day before closing up the barn.
The horses in the in and outs have the same feeding and cleaning but aren't ever closed into their stalls unless an owner asks me to do so or does it themselves.
As long as I have notice then the boarders on semi-full and rough aren't charged for any work I do
There are cameras on premises that the owner keeps an eye on but before we had cameras he'd do night check around 11 before locking down for the night

And that's a day in the life at the barn I run.
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post #13 of 32 Old 11-28-2012, 04:03 AM
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sometime in the morning or evening, or therabouts, walk outside Holler SUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE !, chickens, goats, horses and what not come running, throw some feed in the feed bowls, get a scoop of corn sling it out the door for the chickens, drop a bit in the goats bowl, put stuff away, pick up piece of firewood throw at the goat who's punking out the horse and taking her food. Go back in barn, get eggs, Yell at goat again. Smack lard butt AKA Miss Emma for trying to eat General Beauregard's food, put some hay in the feeders, throw a couple piles out here and there. Tell chickens if I dont have eggs for breakfast I'll have chicken for dinner. Pretty much it.
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post #14 of 32 Old 11-28-2012, 09:34 AM
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I'm really surprised by the hours kept by some barns...
We feed at 6am with a flake of hay/grain then turnout with hay for the day, or on grass. (I feed my horse myself, as soon as his grain/hay is gone I put him out)
Clean throughout the day (we all clean our own horses stalls)
I bring him in at 4pm with a flake of hay or we work (in the winter because it's dark by 430pm)
I then feed him his dinner at 6pm and he gets a hay ration for the night.
If the weather is nice, he gets turned back out after eating his dinner and gets a hay ration for the night.
I do not like him being left all night without hay or grass. Horses are designed to eat several small meals a day, I try to give him roughage 24/7, to mimic natural grazing, whether he's on pasture in the summer or gets hay in the winter.
Someday I'll get him home and I can really do things the way I prefer them done.
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post #15 of 32 Old 11-28-2012, 01:12 PM
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I do full care. And here is my routine (for most part of course weather/seasons make a bit of difference)...

630am Horses grained
(While horses eating, I blanket and toss hay out in paddocks)
7am Start turnout (have turnout done by 745ish)

Now for me at this time I head home have some coffee, get kids organized for school. Then return to barn around 845 to clean stalls.

845am clean barn (each stall cleaning includes.. dump/clean water buckets, remove feed tubs place in feed room, toss 3-4 flakes hay in stall for turn-in)
I'm usually fully done barn by 11am.
I then toss more hay to horses outside if needed....

Around 130pm evening feed is made up into feed tubs, as is their am feed (I have smaller pails I put their am feed into which is set aside so in am can just come in and toss into main feed into tub that's already in stall from prior eveing feed)...

330pm Place feed tubs into stalls
4pm turnin horses
After they're in Barn check feed is made up at this time and set aside. Staff generally leave at this time.

Boarders who are in barn during evenings will toss hay to horses as needed.

10pm. Will return to do Barn check. Horses are hayed, watered and grained at this time.
Barn locked down for night.

I don't pick my stalls I find there is no need. If the horses do come in earlier or have been in due to injury, weather etc, then I would pick them through out day, or at Barn check time. But its not like we have a set time to re pick stalls.

I find our system to work well its effecient yet simple.
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post #16 of 32 Old 11-28-2012, 02:34 PM
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I don't a barn or anything but I've worked at this one barn for about 6 years or so.

It's full-care with 14 horses


Horses get fed @ 6.

When they are done, they are turned out with any coats that they might need and a bale a hay per paddock.

We take all the water buckets out of stalls to be cleaned and do the outside water.

From the time they are turned out, usually 7ish, we clean all the stalls. Then put in hay, do water, and do grain.

Around noon, in the winter, they get some lunch hay.

They all come in at dark, whenever that is and they get their supper.

Pretty easy:)

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post #17 of 32 Old 11-28-2012, 05:18 PM
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My friend boarded at a self boarding barn, They had a nifty way to handle self board.
All the boarders who had horses near their stalls & a few friends would get together and take care of each other. Maybe a group of 3 to 5ppl.
Each person would come on a scheduled day they each set for themselves and do all the chores to their set group. So if they had 4 people in the group they only cared for those horses and their needs at the barn
It was very helpful to each self boarder in the barn that had to work weird hours and the some people who wanted self board but could only make it to the barn early mornings or late nights even afternoons, so it would help them in the rotation.

You can still go on vacation this way too, its very helpful. These people all boarded at this farm for many years together and its been their method since day one and they love it.
This is a large boarding farm. Half full care.
Full care was taken care of by the manager or owner of the farm and everyone was happy.

This was a method I seen that worked out maybe it could help anyone here with self care :)
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post #18 of 32 Old 11-29-2012, 01:16 AM
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6 am feed hay / supplements. toss hay in all feeders, go back and do the supps.
5 pm feed hay/ repeat with supps.
at some point in between pens get cleaned, water troughs cleaned and filled as needed. Errands run etc.
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post #19 of 32 Old 11-29-2012, 01:50 AM
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Çurrently my schedule is something like this -
8:00 am - fill waters and fillup hay nets (they get free choice grass hay in small mesh hay nets)
7:00 pm - fill waters and fill up hay nets, give alfalfa snack. Feed grain. Clean run if time, if not then clean it the nextday.

Depending on mine and others schedules, I may turn them out in a grass pasture for 3 or so hours. Typically happens 3 days a week, but they are in a 100x60 paddock, both my two. When the barn is finished (this weekend!!!) they will go inside their stalls in bad weather.

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post #20 of 32 Old 11-29-2012, 04:00 AM
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I only offer full care board. I feed hay every 6 around the clock, grain before turnout & when they come in.
Outside hay is in feeders & inside hay is in nibble nets.
Horses are in from dusk to dawn depending on weather & ice. Stalls are cleaned after AM turnout & picked during the day if they are stuck inside.
If kept in due to weather they get indoor arena playtime with a friend for a few hours each.
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