Boarders and Guests
I had a person show up tonight ( someone I do know) and wanted to go in the barn and give one of her friend's horses some cheez-its and love on the horse because the owner couldn't come out. Do you think people who do not board should show up at the barn? Do you find this invasive and rude?
Not without at least letting you know they'd be coming.
What if they were not a friend and were really there to give the horse something that made it sick? You are responsible for the welfare of that horse so you need to know who's doing what and make sure it's in accordance with the owner's wishes.
I don't think that it's invasive and rude.
I don't currently live in the same state as my horse, though I am planning to have him hauled back soon. However, because of this I have my parents check on my horse. They should not need to ask permission to go and check on my horse and make sure he is healthy and safe, in the same way that I do not need to ask permission.
If it is that big of an issue, have a discussion with the horse's owner, and say you'd like a heads up in the future if guests are going out to the barn.
The horse owner should give advance notification. You don't know if they had a right or something and the visitor is going to take out issues on the horse. The visitors should also all sign waivers.
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I agree that if the horse owner knows ahead of time that she'll be gone for a while and has asked someone to check in on her horse, she should let the BO know out of courtesy. However, there are some circumstances where that's not possible (personal injury, family emergency, etc.) and I wouldn't consider it invasive for someone who has been to the barn enough times for the BO to recognize them to go and give the horse some attention.
I'm not saying that the first thought to come to anyone's mind when Grandma end up in the hospital and it looks like she doesn't have much longer is "Oh, better get Sally to go make sure my pony is OK!" But after you've been gone a couple days you do start to worry about your horse. And you may ask your friend who's gone with you to the barn many times to go give him some love until you get back. And not all of us are best friends with our BO's, so while we may think to let them know we've gone out of town unexpectedly, we may not also think to tell them that Sally is going to stop by at some point.
My barn doesn't have waivers (which may have something to do with my state's equine liability laws), but even if it did, odds are that a friend who has been there many times before has probably already signed it.
We will have to agree to disagree on this one. I also believe it is common courtesy. Now, I may not think about it so much if my horse was at a huge barn......a lesson and show barn type where kids and people are going in and out all the time anyways........
Assuming that this is a first time occurrence, and therefore no waivers have been signed, I would be pretty peeved if someone just showed up on my property, out of the blue, without any notice in advance. I wouldn't think a horse would be in dire need to be fed cheetos, cheez -its, or whatevers, and to be petted. I think any respectable BO would be able to look after the horse(s) on their property on the odd occasion that the owner would not be able to make it out. And if not, it's still safe and courteous to alert the property owner that there is someone else there in their stead.
I think it really depends on the place. Like I, along with a couple others, boarded at a private place where the family lived. I wouldn't send someone there that they didn't know. However, I did used to board at a place that had many boarders and a riding school, and I certainly wouldn't have told the BO if I sent someone over - I never saw the BO. In that situation it would be fine.
So it's hard to know I think.
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