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post #21 of 33 Old 04-21-2015, 04:47 PM
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Don't accidentally lock yourself in a stall...... trust me, it's embarrassing and nothing makes you beg the horse locked in with you to trample you........
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post #22 of 33 Old 04-21-2015, 04:54 PM
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Do not :: leave your horse unattended tied in the cross ties for any length of time.
do not borrow other peoples tack. do not mess with anyone elses horse or feed them treats,do not ride in the aisle way or block the aisle way. do not criticize or correct anyones horse or riding (not your job) Do not demand that the barn workers do things beyond their job duties.
do not pay board late. Do not gossip or whine .
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post #23 of 33 Old 04-24-2015, 09:38 PM
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Never use other boarder's stuff without asking.

Don't use someone else's bedding (I had a problem with my bedding going missing, it's $10 a bag/I own two horses/we have large stalls - you do the math. I was beyond livid.)

If you turn it on, turn it off - if you open it, close it.

Don't give "snacks" to other people's horses, especially if that horse has a sign on the stall saying don't feed me.

If your horse is standing in the isle, and someone is trying to come through, even if there is plenty of space, just be polite and move your horse.

If there are studs on the property, and you need to turn the electric fence off for whatever reason, TURN IT BACK ON. My BO is a breeder and has two studs and a bunch of broodmares, we're a large barn but thankfully only a few boarders, and for some reason there's always somebody who unplugs the hotwire and fails to turn it back on. One of my mares will be bred, quite possibly to the BOs stud, but she's in the middle of her show career so I don't need an unnecessary breeding currently. My other mare's broodie days have been over for some time.

ALWAYS clean your horse's poop up.

ALWAYS sweep. One of my biggest pet peeves is people who don't sweep up at the very least in front of their stalls.

Unless you're at a barn that leaves jumps and things up, PLEASE clean them up after you use them. I was once at a barn that the boarder's rarely cleaned up their jumps, and when they did they had a massive pile of jumps in the middle of the indoor that was seriously annoying to ride around - it was a big mess basically.

Also with the jumps, depending on size of the arena, and if there are others riding, just do the polite thing and double check that they don't mind if you set up a few jumps (if you jump).
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post #24 of 33 Old 04-24-2015, 11:05 PM
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- Be helpful and polite.
- Clean up after yourself, before and after your ride. Don't leave the barn aisle dirty, cause you'll "come back to the same spot after you ride".
- Clean up after you had the farrier out.
- Close doors, especially in winter.
- Call "door" when you enter the arena.
- Know the rules for riding in the arena, e.g. how to properly pass other riders.
- Pick up your horse's poop and pick your horse's feet before you leave the arena.
- Turn off the arena and barn lights when you're the last one out.
- Most barns have a pretty sensitive septic system. Clean out the drain after you've washed your horse or soaked hay. Do NOT put beet pulp, hay pellets, rice bran etc down the drain. Same with the washroom - flush only toilet paper (and use that sparingly)
- Drive slow on the premises.
- Approach the BM / BO when there is a problem instead of gossipping with other boarders.

- Feed other people's horses. Not even if it's your horse's paddock buddy.
- Turn your horse loose in the arena and walk off.
- Bring your dog(s) into the arena when people are riding.
- "Borrow" other people's stuff without asking.
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post #25 of 33 Old 04-24-2015, 11:14 PM
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Once or twice a year, pull your tack box out and sweep/ clean the area. Doesn't need to be spotless, just swept clean.

Whack cobwebs in your horse's stall, minimally, and around and in general ideally.

Clean the bathroom once a year as a public service.

Buy tissue boxes in the fall/winter and leave them in the warm room for public consumption. (A north eastern U.S. thing)

Put everything back where you found it.

Have fun!
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post #26 of 33 Old 04-24-2015, 11:51 PM
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Clean the bathroom once a year as a public service.
Mmmmh, that wouldn't even occur to me.
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post #27 of 33 Old 04-25-2015, 01:49 AM
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Do not be telling the BO or BM .. this is how barn down the road does it, or this trainer does it this way.
Do not be out there partying and drinking.
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post #28 of 33 Old 04-25-2015, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by JCnGrace View Post
Don't climb through the electric fence until you make sure it isn't on.
Amen to this!
Here's one for younger males ( as sometimes they can be rather stupid about some things)...Don't pee on the electric fence.

If you ever find yourself in a fair fight, it's because your tactics suck. ~ Marine 1SGT J. Reifinger
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post #29 of 33 Old 04-25-2015, 03:04 PM
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Clean out the muck bucket before it overflows. As a former stablehand, nothing was worse than a muck bucket that was mounded over and had manure stacked beside it to.
Clean the washrack after using it; pick up hoof pickings, droppings, and maybe even hose it down.
Sweep after dropping hay.
Rake shavings away from stall opening
Do dump wheelbarrows where BO/BM says (or be prepared to shovel it to where they want it)
Check where cats are before riding...Horses are not wild about cats climbing up their tails.
throw hay your horse has peed on into another stall
not clean your stall for a week (bonus points if you then don't throw a hissy fit about the stall being touched/ charged for it being cleaned)
leave hoses on, or uncoiled in the washrack
use other's lead ropes or halters (bonus points if not lost)
Run out of hay (bonus points if you actually pay the person back for the two bales your horse ate)
feed other people's grain

Can you tell what problems we've had at our barn?
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post #30 of 33 Old 04-25-2015, 06:12 PM
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Be responsible for your behavior, don't act like an idiot.

Don't have meltdowns, and go stomping around and yelling. Don't throw things, as you never know where someone else is in relations to a horse.

Don't bother other people's things. Keep your things in their place. Keep up on if your horse needs something, and them get it, such as supplements.

IF in case of dire emergency, you had to use vetwrap/alcohol or whatever, immediately replace it. And let BO or BM know you had emergency. And then make sure you have what you need for next time.

Be responsible and clean up your messes.

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