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  • What makes a good horse boarder

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    02-03-2009, 09:27 PM
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Hey, barn owners, I have a question for you. Can you tell me what makes a great boarder?

My friend was nice enough to let me board my horse at her place while my husband and I are saving to buy our own place. She isn't charging me much and she is happy to take care of my horse when I can't make it out there. I really want to be a "good boarder" so that no stress is placed on our friendship and she doesn't think she made a huge mistake!

So paying board on time is an obvious. I told her I'd help her out with whatever she needed around the barn. When she isn't at the barn at the same time I am, I'll clean her stalls for her and I clean poo out of the pen. I try to leave things the way I found them, shut doors and gates, etc.

I just want to make sure I'm doing right since she was awesome enough to let me keep my horse there.
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    02-03-2009, 09:33 PM
Green Broke
Honestly, I would set up some kind of nice agreement between friends about what you can do to make up for not being there, ect ect. I was in that situation with my sis in law and it turned ugly fast. She ended up going against her word or said it in different ways and would say ya that's ok and then not actually be ok with it. I would say to just make sure you take care of your horse as much as possible and so they have nothing to complain about ;) (not saying they will complain, but in theory). Good luck and hope it works out in the best! But I definitely think a small agreement signed would be ok....and it's ok to do that between friends and family. I am learning that now lol
    02-03-2009, 09:41 PM
Yeah, I definitely get out there when I can. Last week I had to go to the dentist and I was in HORRIBLE pain, so she took care of her for me. Most of the other times it's been because of weather.
    02-03-2009, 09:48 PM
Green Broke
Ya I would definitely put together some kind of casual agreement so that way there are no hard feelings if days and days go by before you can be out there, or say you go on vacation, and such.
    02-03-2009, 10:30 PM
I'm not a stable owner, but I think that in general a good boarder:

- follows the rules/regulations set out by the barn manager
- is open and honest with BO
- makes sure there is a mutual agreement (preferably written) between the two and knows what is expected of her as a boarder
- tidies up after herself when grooming, etc.
- asks before using the BO's tack or other equipment
- takes responsiblity if she breaks something, etc.
- works cooperatively with other boarders
- has good horse sense and management (this is important because the boarder may have to deal slightly with other boarder's horses)
- doesn't bring friends onto the property without asking first
- pays monthly board on time and in good order (this is a biggie, which I should have mentioned first)

That's all I can think of for now. This is basically what I've gathered from being at my barn, seeing both good and bad boarders. I've always tried to be a really good boarder because the BO is extending their hospitality out to you, and its just general courtesy.

Hope that helped a bit!
    02-03-2009, 10:44 PM
Green Broke
It's good to ask to bring friends to the property??? I've never asked before. :(
    02-03-2009, 10:50 PM
Originally Posted by free_sprtd    
It's good to ask to bring friends to the property??? I've never asked before. :(
This is what my BO would like us to do. But I think this is more if the person you're bringing is going to ride your horse. She doesn't want people to sue her if they hurt I guess. I just try to tell my BO beforehand if I'm bringing someone. Also for safety too, just so she knows who's on her property. She never minds when I bring people, as long as I let her know.

This is just my barn though ... I'm sure you're fine, if your BO never mentioned it.
    02-03-2009, 10:52 PM
Green Broke
Hmmmm I had mine sign a waiver and after that my BO was MUCH friendlier lol

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