05-12-2012, 04:18 PM
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I board, but I don't really expect to ride at any hour. My barn has posted hours - 8:30am to something-at-night (never been an issue for me). But my BO lives on the property, and I can totally understand that she wants a little peace-and-quiet over night. I'm sure that if my horse was sick, or injured and needed me to come at odd hours for poullticing or heaven-knows-what that would not be a problem. And as long as I let her know about it in advance, it's fine if I have the farrier or chiropractor or vet out at some time "outside" of the barn hours. But I don't think it's particularly peculiar to have "hours" for the barn.
As a boarder, I don't have an issue with the BO saying "everyone's gone at this hour, if you want to ride, please make sure that you or someone else can call 911 if something happens". And they also "closed" the barn last fall when one of the boarding horses died from colic - it had been transported to the regional intensive care vet facility, died in surgery, and was being brought home to be buried, and the BO wanted everyone who was not personally involved in this situation to stay away when they brought the horse home to inter it. I thought that made plenty of sense too. I expect that when that moment comes for my boy, I'd appreciate being able to take a few hours over my Good-Byes without having a lesson or training going on in the background, or even having to watch someone else ride a living, healthy horse. I wouldn't demand it, but I think I'd probably appreciate it.
But to just say "no, you can't come see/work with/ride your horse all day" whether you've got company or not, it doesn't make a lot of sense to me...