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    08-01-2011, 06:15 PM
Originally Posted by natisha    
Yes, it's like having horses at home only you have to drive there.
Other potential pitfalls of self care, these vary greatly depending on the other people at the facility:
Hay-you have to buy it & store it somewhere. People can steal your hay, same goes for grain.
Feeding schedules-it can be hard to feed your horses when the other horses around you are begging for some too. Your horses will be begging at someone else's feeding time.
Responsiblity-There always seems to be someone who doesn't take care of their horse/s-how will you deal with that? Is there a barn manager to assure that all horses get proper care including deworming & vaccinations? Will that person step in before a horse has to suffer?
Cleaning- you may keep your stall/area clean but if someone else does not you share their filth.
If a horse gets injured/sick or needs some sort of attention & the owner is not available is there someone who can handle it?
So many times we hear stories of people getting mad that someone watered/fed their horses instead of being grateful.
A daily hands on barn manager who is not afraid of hurting someone's feelings can be the difference between a good or bad self care facility.
Just as you say, all of these potential problems can be avoided by having a good barn manager. A bad barn manager can really add tons of stress to your life!
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    08-01-2011, 08:01 PM
Thanks everyone for your honest advice/opinions. I can clarify a few things - the barn is less than a mile from our house (yay!). Also, we live on a military installation and the barn is owned and operated by the US Army. There is a cavalry side and a privately owned horse side. The rules are very black and white and thus, there is really is no drama, no ill-behaved horses or people because they will get kicked out, no questions asked. The barn manager (whom I just purchased a horse from) is excellent and keeps things running smoothly. As is with the military in general, everyone looks out for each other and if there's a day where we are gone, or vice versa, there is always someone to call if you need your horse(s) turned in, out, fed, or just checked on. I think it's a great self-care set up!

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