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post #11 of 33 Old 04-19-2015, 11:53 AM
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Kind of the same rules as I have in my house....

If you open it, close it.
If you drop it, pick it up (goes for your horse's poop too)
If it isn't yours, don't mess with it
Please and thank-you are more than just words
and if you aren't sure, ask.
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post #12 of 33 Old 04-19-2015, 12:33 PM
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you're probably talking about being a student/boarder rather than a hand but as a hand

a place for every tool and every tool in it's place

Uncoil the hose as you bring it to where you use it. Coil it when you are done. Don't let the sprayer head lay in the dirt/sand. If you take the head off mind the hose washer doesn't get lost. (was an issue just yesterday). Depressurize the hose when done, preferably by allowing the excess water to spray into a water bucket or at least some plants. Here in SoCal water is precious.

When changing water try to use the old water on plants rather than just dumping it somewhere. One of the trees at the rescue does much better than the others because it's right next to a pen and gets all the dump water.

garbage goes in the garbage can, not on the ground

DO NOT leave a yard rake on the ground tines up (people do this... really)

check that gates are shut and latched as you pass them

a brief light spray greatly reduces dust when you are sweeping, horses aren't crazy about dust

hang halters and lead ropes so they aren't in the dirt

if you have a horse that has to play with everything keep everything out of their reach. I've come in in the morning to find a muck bucket cart in with one of the horses after they had pulled it into their pen. RIP said cart.

Let horses know vocally that you are coming, don't approach them closely until they have seen you. This is more important than it sounds. I approached a horse from behind that knew I was there just 30 seconds previous and gave it a pat on the croup. It was startled and prepared to kick but his discipline stopped him and saved me some hospital bills. Always make sure they know you are there.

Listen to the horses. They are perfectly capable of letting you know something is wrong/right/good/bad if you learn to listen.
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post #13 of 33 Old 04-19-2015, 07:10 PM
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Never wear your good clothes to the barn, horse snot doesn't wash out of them.
Never, ever wear sandals or flip flops to the barn.
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post #14 of 33 Old 04-19-2015, 07:38 PM
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Be courteous of other riders, but refrain from trying to strike up conversations. Most riders are there solely to improve their riding skills and it requires a great deal of concentration. Friendships may exist, but most are not seeking them out.
Give others space and don't offer advice or help unless asked.
I hope I'm not giving the impression that it is deadly serious at the stables, it is simply that most are there for one purpose and they are paying for that privilege.

Relax, ride and enjoy !
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post #15 of 33 Old 04-20-2015, 12:26 AM
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I don't think you shouldn't strike up conversations with other riders, but choose your moments. Wait until they have finished their ride and might have a few moments.

Don't borrow other people's things.

Always leave gates how you found them.

If someone is having a lesson in an arena that you want to ride in, even if they don't have exclusive use try to be considerate. Keep to one end of the arena, or try to avoid going between them and the instructor.

If someone smiles at you smile back. It's nice.

Don't mess with other people's horses.
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post #16 of 33 Old 04-20-2015, 07:13 AM
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Does your barn have posted rules?

Do you ever talk to the Barn Manager in person?

How many other boarders are there?

Different places have different rules . I (briefly) worked at a barn that had cigarette butts in the indoor from the owner and head instructor. : (
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post #17 of 33 Old 04-20-2015, 08:35 PM
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If you're not sure about something, ask your instructor first.

Don't scream, yell, or run.

Don't pet or feed other people's horses without their permission.

Don't take other people's horses out of their stalls.
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post #18 of 33 Old 04-21-2015, 03:11 PM
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I really like "don't feed other people's horses treats".
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post #19 of 33 Old 04-21-2015, 03:36 PM
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When I rode at a stable as a teen, an unwritten rule was to leave the barn better than when you arrived and everyone else's stuff is off limits as is yours.

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post #20 of 33 Old 04-21-2015, 03:55 PM
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If you see water levels are down in buckets or tanks please ask before filling as they are likely due for a scrubbing. If no one is around & you're worried fill to under 1/2.

Don't use permanent marker on the dry erase message board.

Look at your horse before turning him/her back out. (can't remember how many times I've had to remove splint boots & what not).

If you give supplements buy more before they run out & don't keep them in your tack box.

If you have any questions or concerns talk to the BO/BM about it. This goes for anyone making you uncomfortable for any reason.

Don't hit on my boyfriend without my permission
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