Discussion in 'Horse Chat' started by Kristal H, Dec 12, 2016.
Stealing this idea.
Even as a boarder, I've seen other boarders "do stuff" that would have set me off big-time if I was the BO/BM. And a few times, I called them on it out of empathy for the operation...or the safety of any and all of the "creatures" anywhere near, human, equine or otherwise...
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I've boarded at a lot of places over the years, and I can't believe some of the stories I've heard from barn owners about boarders, or even the things I've seen boarders do. Before I had my own horses, I worked for a long time as a groom at the racetrack and then at some show barns. It began second nature to have a manure fork within reach. It drives me up the wall when horse owners neglect to clean up their horse's manure in common areas. Whenever I'm at the barn, the last bit of my day there is spent going through the arena, round pen and common areas, and just cleaning up the manure that other people have left. My goal is to leave that place better than when I found it.
I would never want to board other people's horses because then I'd go crazy, officially. Right now, it's just a rumor that I'm insane... shhh.
I can't believe some of the stories I hear, and this does make me have a bit more sympathy for my BO. Some of his issues I will still put down to him. They are things he needs to work on.
But I have always understood his biggest frustration - people wasting water. People were constantly hosing their horses for no reason. Water in my state costs a lot of money. His water bills were getting ridiculous. So eventually he confiscated all the hoses from all the wash bays. He kept one on standby for emergencies only. People stopped washing their horses for no reason when they had to do it with a bucket and sponge. We have 1 hose back now that it is summer, but people have become a lot better about using it sparingly.
Thanks for sharing your side of things OP - I think it is important to hear it from a BO's perspective. I don't think I could do it!
Wow, you've had some frustrating experiences.
Can't say I've had too many (never owned or managed a facility, but have boarded many years with many different people).
Had one girl who was caught stealing hay and grain multiple times. Everyone had to lock their grain cans because of it and closely watch hay. We put up a game camera by the hay and caught her stealing hay. Talked to multiple times but she didn't stop. BO finally told her mother she was not allowed in the barn without an escort. So then the girl just stopped coming to care for her horse and got mad when her mom gave her horse to her younger brother who wanted to learn to ride and was doing all the care anyways. Sad.
Another thing that really bothers me is people who don't clean poop from the wash rack. Or GROOMING in the wash rack. I know it's closer to your tack room, but really? How hard is it to walk 10 extra steps down to the next tie spot? Laziness. Just about every show I have been to, people leave their poop in the wash racks with signs that state to clean up after yourself. So I have to clean up about 10 piles before I can wash my horse.... ugh
I think that when most people think about monthly boarding expenses, they think of Hay, Grain, and bedding. But Water, electricity, manure management and maintenance add up to a sizable amount. My summer water bill is $250 and It cost me more to remove manure than it cost to bed the stall.
Theft is sadly a common problem BO’s have to deal with.
Theft problem is one of the reasons I only have full care at my barn. I am happy to feed special diets, if the diet is over my feed budget in the board price, then I adjust the board price. I buy premium feed in bulk that is delivered and stacked, I get some discount from my supplier so it is actually less expensive for the boarder, I never run out of feed, the boarder doesn’t have to worry about getting feed every week they can spend their time enjoying their horse, the horses all get fed at the same time, we have very few colic problems, the horses all look great, and I don’t have to manage all the issues with feed theft, lack of feed, or bad feed.
I'm sure your BO is appreciative of your help! I have one barn owner that likes to vacuum the barn for cobwebs while she waits to take her therapy boots of her horse... I love her!
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