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    07-20-2012, 08:36 AM
  #11
Green Broke
Yes ^^^ fly spray will walk away if you're not careful. Label everything, always, or it becomes the barn's. Also always put everything back where you found it, including your stuff or once again it is not just yours.
     
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    07-20-2012, 10:17 AM
  #12
Yearling
A black sharpie will be your best friend for labeling stuff!

As for a tack trunk or a plastic container, I went to home depot and bought one of their large tool boxes on wheels. It works GREAT, and you can put locks on it if need be. The wheels make it super easy to move around, and it was only about 50 dollars give or take.
     
    07-20-2012, 10:21 AM
  #13
Weanling
Put stamp your tack with your mark, Put your mark where people wont see it. Trust no horse people and youll be fine. Remember horse people are a different breed.
     
    07-20-2012, 10:28 AM
  #14
Foal
Also please please please make sure you get a signed boarders contract with their expectations of care and your expectations of care. They could be the greatest people in the world, but you need a boarder's contract badly. Everyone does to protect themselves.

Keep all the really valuable stuff that will walk away (like your horse first aid kit, bute, banamine, blue kote, etc) in your car. The smaller and the more expensive things are the more they will walk away. I would just keep a crate in my car for horse stuff just like the one you probably have for car repair stuff in the trunk or behind the seat. Mark EVERYTHING.

I'd like to think that people don't steal, but every place I've ever boarded they've sure made free use of my stuff without hesitation. And that is a bummer.
     
    07-20-2012, 10:34 AM
  #15
Showing
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Originally Posted by cowboy bowhunter    
Put stamp your tack with your mark, Put your mark where people wont see it. Trust no horse people and youll be fine. Remember horse people are a different breed.
Oh good lord. -laugh-
Be careful, not neurotic. :)
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    07-20-2012, 10:54 AM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
Oh good lord. -laugh-
Be careful, not neurotic. :)
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Im dead serious never trust horse people they will stab you in the back. Cheet your out of money. Lie about horses. This is something I was told when I got into horses and realized it is 100% true.
     
    07-20-2012, 11:23 AM
  #17
Weanling
If you guys think horse people are bad....you haven't shown Pygmy goats. Dead serious.
My family got lied to and screwed over by so many people when we showed and raised them.

But don't worry guys, I'll keep my guard up.

I'll be signing a contract, so that's all covered....
Now I better get to work with my sharpie
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    07-20-2012, 12:48 PM
  #18
Yearling
Do they quarantine new horses? I wouldn't turn him out with new horses without a quarantine period first, if I were the BO.

I havent had to lable everything yet. The barn I was at I was the only boarder, and had my own space in the tack room, which locked. I've labled my brushes though- My horse contracted lice when the BO'sn boyfriends kids used my brushes, on a horse with lice, that I left out while lunging my guy. Le Sigh.
     
    07-20-2012, 12:54 PM
  #19
Weanling
He won't be turned out with other horses, ever. Their paddocks are adjacent so the horses all get to see each other, but they each have their own private paddock.

The BO requires a vaccination record & clean bill of health from the vet to be allowed to board at her place.
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    07-20-2012, 12:57 PM
  #20
Trained
Please, for the sake of the sanity of the other boarders, keep your stuff neat and put away and don't chuck your stuff everywhere when you are riding (keep it hung up, out of the way, or in your tack tub). Immediately clean up poop and keep your grooming area clean after picking feet, etc.. It's also courteous to sweep out the tack room or the feed room or wipe something down every once in a while to keep the barn looking nice.

Shared tack rooms are tough to keep neat, get a big container for everything to keep it neat, I like the big Rubbermaids with drawers. Now I have a big stainless steel tack trunk and I love it.
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