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Thoro 06-01-2012 03:06 PM

Smoking in the barn!
Hi all,
{warning, this is kind of a rant!]
I board at a small, kind of private barn. It's our neighbors and they live right there. They own two horses that they half lease out, plus my horse I board there and one other boarder [who never comes]
It's really a pretty casual place without a lot of rules, But I think there should be at least one about no smoking.
The barn owners farrier/odd jobs worker/trainer/instructor is there now all the time because she teaches lessons to the people that lease and she thinks she basically owns the joint. She also trims the two horses.
She smokes a lot and she sometimes smokes IN the barn and throws her butts in the trash barrel thats in there, she also smokes in the hay loft, the ring, and really anywhere she happens to be around the horses.
It's a run-in type situation, so I'm not worried about the the horses getting trapped in a burning barn, but all of my tack and the other peoples tack and equipment are in there, plus all the hay, which I pay for partly [rough board situation]
Anyway, I think there should be a rule that smoking isn't allowed but I'm not the Barn owner so I can't put one up, or enforce it. I am going to ask her that there should be a rule and a sign. But I doubt she will enforce it because they all think this woman is God! But if she puts one up, Is it OK for me to tell her to stop if I find her smoking? I'm willing to buy or make the sign to.
I'm a first time boarder, so I don't know all the ins and outs of whats alright and whats overstepping my boundaries. Is it just one of those things that I should keep my stuff somewhere else and not butt in? or leave if I have to?

MakeYourMark 06-01-2012 03:44 PM

This is a serious issue. Not only is there a huge fire hazard, but the second-hand smoke that your horse is inhaling is extremely dangerous to his or her health. It is definitely time to put your foot down. Talk to the barn owner, and express your concerns. He or she should agree with you, and a sign and an enforced rule is a good idea! If your barn owner doesn't want to follow through with this, then you should change barns. With someone smoking in and around the barn, your horse is at an extreme risk. :\

Good luck, and keep us updated.

themacpack 06-01-2012 03:48 PM

All you can do is speak to the BO as it is there place to make and enforce any rules. If they do not take action to your satisfaction, be prepared to move.

Thoro 06-01-2012 03:59 PM

Thanks guys, I didn't think of the smoke inhalation part!
I'll talk to her and I'll let you know what ends up happening.

Jake and Dai 06-01-2012 04:03 PM

I'm actually shocked that the barn owner allows smoking any where near her barn! :shock:

Good luck Thoro in your talk with her. Hopefully she'll listen and implement a smoking ban ASAP.

xJumperx 06-01-2012 05:00 PM

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kitten_Val 06-01-2012 05:16 PM


Originally Posted by Jake and Dai (Post 1527604)
I'm actually shocked that the barn owner allows smoking any where near her barn! :shock:

I agree, Jake. In ALL good barns I know it's the biggest NO-NO.

Fingerlakes 06-01-2012 07:00 PM

Yeah, my brother does it on occasion and catches **** for it. It's a bad practice.

gunslinger 06-01-2012 07:19 PM

My wife smokes, I don't. I am constantly reminding her what a burned down barn full of horses would look like.

Health issues aside, it's a fire hazard.

MHFoundation Quarters 06-01-2012 07:23 PM

I'm proud to say I'm not a smoker anymore. When I did smoke, I never smoked in my barn but did in the arenas. On someone else's property, never. Safety issues aside, that's just common courtesy.

I am shocked that she would smoke anywhere near hay. That's extremely dangerous.
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