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    12-04-2012, 06:59 PM
Originally Posted by gottatrot    
I wonder why you want to do self-care? Just curious. If your barn will be full with full-care boarders, then it seems more beneficial for you to do full care. Barns around here are full with a waiting list even if they only offer full care.

As a full care boarder, my perspective of being in a barn with self-care boarders is that I would rather not. What I found was: the barn would smell and/or have flies in the day because the self-care boarders may clean their stalls at night instead of morning. Some owners would have "emergencies" or work late and not clean their stalls for more than a day. Some horses would not get turned out if the owners were responsible for this task.

Some horses would not get fed in a timely manner and would be frantic in their stalls listening to the other horses get fed (someone already suggested not including this in your self care option).

I know there are many responsible owners who take impeccable care of their horses and want to save money by doing self-care. Yet there are many very poor horse owners who do self-care because they don't want to spend money on their horses. At least if an owner is negligent, in full care boarding the horse is cared for.
I would never do full care board. My horse doesn't like the current barn owner. She got a really serious leg injury from being so scared of him. Granted, she's a rescue horse who was abused by several men of a "burly" type. Whenever she sees men that look like that, she gets really panicky if he does anything more than just walking by, maybe saying a few words, and opening the gate for them to come in. I wouldn't trust my horse in the hands of too many people. Full-care barns typically have lots of workers and often student employees. My horse is one meant more for experienced handlers and people who can understand her unique situation. I'd much rather save her's and the workers' health and do it myself.

Another reason is that I'm always at the barn. I sometimes go first thing in the morning before school, 3:00-5:00 after school, and again 9:00-10:00 during the winter. I trust that my hay and grain is of the quality and quantity I want her to have. There have been times the barn owner has forgotten to feed my horse. Thankfully, I noticed and gave her some when I came to the barn. Another reason is that the water is always dumped, scrubbed clean, and refilled straight from the spout. The barn owner fills the buckets with pre-set out buckets of water from a day or two before. The barn is a conjoined arena, so the dust is always being stirred up and getting in the water buckets set out.

Another reason is most full-care barns around here aren't cleaned well. No offense to the owners, but they have fourty-some horses, and the boarders are lucky the stalls get cleaned to a reasonable quality. I don't want my horse getting thrush, thank you very much.

The last reason is... it's cheaper. Full care board around here can go over $550/month. Why should I pay that much if I'm still going to go down and do everything myself anyway?

I prefer to know that my horse is taken care of. I know she also appreciates me coming and seeing her every day for at least a few hours. A horse can't be trained unless you put the time and effort into it. With a rescue or fresh horse, just being around them is training.
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    12-05-2012, 12:06 AM
Ok since the stalls are done.. schedule redoe.
7:00 AM: [good weather] Plop a 6 pounds of Alfalfa hay in wheelbarrow and fill up hay net with grass hay and put in wheelbarrow and spread out/hang in dry-lot. Turn out horses when done.[bad weather] Feed 3 pounds of Alfalfa hay each, fill up hay nets with grass hay. Clean stalls.
5:00 PM: Clean stalls, dry-lot if time. Fill up hay nets with grass hay, soak feed (beet pulp and rice bran pellets). Fill up waters.
5:40 PM: Bring horses in. Hoof-pick and if time, brush.
9:00 PM: Give 3 pounds of Alfalfa each, fill hay nets if needed. Quick clean of stalls if time.

Horses get as much grass hay as they can eat. Alfalfa is fed on the ground. If I have a lesson I move my schedule around for the lesson.

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