Does your barn have hours
that you are allowed to visit your horse? Or even days of the week? I am probably moving Willow next fall and I am worried that I'm not going to be able to find a place that will let me out when I want. Right now you could come out at 3 in the morning and they wouldn't care. They are super flexible with when you are out, as long as you close up properly if you are the last ones there. But our barn is pretty relaxed and easy going, mostly young teens who just like to trail ride and have fun. But I was just concerned that most other normal barns will only let me out at certain times and only on certain days of the week. I love early morning and late night rides, so I was just wondering if most normal barns have closing and opening hours?
My current barn has the 9-9 time frame, and we can vist our horses any day of the week. Lessons are planned for Tuesday to Saturdays.
When I boarded barn hours were 7ish in the morning - 9 pm. But if you had a weird work schedule and told the BO you would be out a little after 9, then no problem. As long as you were out by 10:30 and locked up properly.
7am-9pm because of the lights and the permit the barn has.. they have made special arrangements to people who need to ride earlier in the am though...
I agree with the "hours" because most owners live on the property and you have to remember that is their home and they don't want to be disturbed at all hours of the night :D
At a barn I worked at as a teenager, the BO didn't care what time you came, as long as the gate was shut when you left. So me and my friends would be at the barn at midnight, playing with the horses :lol: But I think it's because she knew and trusted us, I'm sure she wouldn't have been as comfortable with other people being there.
I think it's reasonable to have hours like 7am to 9pm, and having a sort of clause where if you arrived before 9pm, you could still stay later as long as you closed up the barn when you left. No showing up after 9pm though!
I lease at a very small, backyard barn. As soon as you are considered trustworthy, access is 24/7.
The barn where we ride is open from 9-8. Her hours are this way because it is a family run barn, and she needs to give her dogs time to get out in the morning to exercise before they're put in the house all day. It also gives her time to get her son to school, and have a little peace before her life is taken over by the horses.
Because this is a family run business, at their house, I have total respect for the hours. On Saturdays my daughter and I help her clean and we're there at 8:30. By the time the first lesson or boarder shows up all animals have been fed, and the stalls are half way cleaned. It's nice for a boarder to show up and see that their animal has been cared for already. (We are instructed to clean the boarders stalls first, before we get to her 13).
I think overall most barn keep some sort of hours, whether strictly enforced or not. I think in most cases it is because the family lives on the property and need a little peace and quiet. I think they also like to have a little time to get the morning chores done quickly and efficiently without dodging boarders in the crossties etc. It also might raise alarm bells if the owners are in bed and see headlights pull in at 10:00 at night.
Maybe you could work something out at your new barn, maybe in exchange for doing the morning/evening feeds or night check. That's what I have done in the past when I was at a trainers barn and worked shift work.
neither of the barns i ride at have hours. people are pretty respectful though about being quiet & not walking all over their lawns or anything
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
I like to have my chores done in the morning prior to anyone arriving. I know all of the horses are fed and "ok" before I head to work in the morning. The boarders can arrive at 8 and know chores are done and horses are fed and ready to roll.
We close at 9 to allow the same thing. Quiet time to do evening chores without interrupting a boarder while riding (paddocks are connected to the indoor arena).
When I leave the barn I am comfortable knowing everyone, everything is ok and in it's place. Lights out - the horses are quiet and rest after they finish eating. Having boarders out in the middle of the night would lead to trashed stalls, unhappy horses, - not to mention what would happen if someone was hurt? How long would they lay there without help?
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