Horse boarding with lots of other people can be a rough experience if you’re not careful. However, there are a few things that you can do to make the horse boarding experience a little smoother for both you, the other boarders, the horses and the barn manager. I’ve put together 5 simple things you can do to make the boarding experience a little smoother.
Pay Your Bills on Time
Your horse boarding barn has agreed to look after your horse, feed it, water it and turn it out in a timely fashion and it is only fair that you do the same. There is not a lot of money in horse boarding so any delay in paying your bills could mean essential barn supplies are not bought due to a lack of cash flow.
Even if there are no issues with the cash flow then not paying your bills is a pain for the barn manager because they have to track you down and ask you for the money. Constantly having outstanding bills will ruin your relationship with your barn faster than you can imagine.
Often there are times when someone from the barn needs to contact you for one reason or another. Often it is for a good, important reason, so do them the favor of picking up the phone. If they do end up leaving a message then call them back as soon as possible so that they know where they stand.
Often barn managers and workers will contact you by phone if there is a problem with your horse. There may be something seriously wrong with your horse and you may need to make a quick decision. If you don’t answer and the barn manager has to make the decision then you have little recourse to get upset.
Agree to Be There When the Vet or Farrier Arrives
If you’re responsible for being there when the vet or farrier arrives then make sure you are there on time. The barn may charge you extra to do the work so make sure you’re there. Sometimes both the vet and farrier have important information regarding the welfare of your horse which you may not hear if you’re not there yourself.
You also want to make sure that you are there to pay the vet or farrier if they need to. Some barns will charge you interest if they have to pay for a shoeing or injection that you failed to show up for so beware!
Clean Up After Yourself
Whatever you end up using around the boarding barn, make sure you clear it up yourself. As a fellow border, nothing will annoy me more than having to clean up your mess before I can start making my own. Frankly, if you don’t clean it up, the chances are I’ll just kick it out of the way and get annoyed. If you do clean it up them I’m a happy boarer and I don’t have to use my time to clean up the mess that you had fun making.
Cleaning up after yourself also means that you can organize things as you want them organized and helps you find things the next time you need them. Horses are a constant battle against time so knowing where everything is gives you a big advantage in doing more with less time.
Keep your things organized
Keep your equipment organized and out of the way. Horse boarding farms and stables are busy places and leaving your things lying around is likely to really annoy tour fellow boarders and the barn managers. Make sure that your things are labeled, stored in the same place and organized.
This helps you as well because if the barn manager finds something lying around then they know where to put it if it has your name on it. There is nothing more annoying in a boarding barn than finding things left out and not knowing who they belong to or where they go.
If you follow these few simple steps then you are sure to have a much smoother horse boarding experience. These tips will help you become an easier person to have around the boarding barn and therefore someone who is more worthy of a favor or two when you need it, and all horse people need favors!