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Readers Respond: How to Be a Great Boarder - Your Tips

Responses: 28


Do you have a boarding tip to share? Are you a stable owner who would like to suggest how to be a great boarder? Submit your boarding tips!

how not to annoy your boarders

Please dont tell your boarders they are spoiling their horses. Responsible horse ownership means brushing, picking feet, vaccinate and takes their horse out of the stall when the owner does not turn out as agreed in the contract on. And please dont use the barn as your social outlet and hang out at the barn when boarders come to the barn and talk about your personal problems. First time I left a barn because barn owner "annoying pita". The barn is my second "home". Respect for owner and boarder means so much!

How to Be a Great Boarder, part 2

1. first you have to actually have a contract to give me 2. I always pay my bills on time, now you order supplies/get the work done on time, please 3. When I bring up a problem, I expect the barn manager to also address it promptly and courteously 4. when I offer to buy something/pay for something, don't say "oh you can just borrow it from me" and then get mad when I borrow it 5. Ill clean up after myself, as long as you clean my horse's stall properly 6. Don't pick "favorites" among boarders just because one person's horse "nicer" than mine 7. When I pay for extra care with an agreed upon, my horse better be getting it 8. Don't let your three year old run around unsupervised and blame my horse when she gets stepped on 9. Don't shrug off legitimate questions about my horse's care 10. Don't get mad at me when I leave
—Guest Guest Boarder

Working Off the Board...?

If You are Able to Work off the Board, That is Great But Remember you Are Working It off So dont Expect to just clean a Stall and say "Im Done" These are Most likely some of the Things The Barn Owner/Manager will Get you to do... 1.Feed 2.Muck out 3.Blanket 4. turn Out 5.catch 6. Maybe Tack up a horse for Someones Lesson I Can Guarantee It Will be Hard work and Tough dirty work Too But I Can imagine Like any horse person would do Is Want to make their horse Happy Be Prepared For Alot of Work But Have FUN... :) !
—Guest ......Horsey......

What to look for in a Boarding Stable ?

1. Healthy looking horses 2.Tidy stable and tack room 3.Not to may droppings in a field (Pasture) 4.Safe environment for your horse/pony 5.That Gates are hung properly (Not drooping down or to high up) 6.That hay,supplements are top notch 7.That the water troughs(or Buckets) are Clean and have Fresh water in them 8.That the stable manager Is Helpful and kind 9.Things get done when they are supposed to be done 10. Not to many horses in an arena Bonus: That you are not paying to much for what accessibility you get
—Guest Cowgirl

Be A Good Boarder

Keep your treats and feed to yourself, do not feed others horses. Don't complain that one horse isn't getting 'proper' care just because it's being ridden western. And be respectful to all boarders and workers. Do not invite friends without notifying the stable owner and don't expect to be able to 'play' in the ring while a lesson is going on. Use common sense.
—Guest Howler

Responsible boarder

We board three horses at a barn that keeps around 45 horses. We pay on time, arrive and leave on time, clean up after ourselves and our horses, turn out lights when not in use, lock the tackroom, never run out of grain, etcetera. Occasionally, something is not done that we have paid for (extra hay or shavings, blanketing) and I send a text message or email (phone can be annoying to the recipient) saying what's not right. If it is worth paying for, it is worth receiving. Similarly, owners must think if it is worth doing or providing, then it is worth paying for. We have never had a disagreement. A responsible owner will be glad to hear of errors so they can be rectified. It works to develop relationships with managers and to offer help if they are short handed or running late. There is no requirement to do this, and the service should be good regardless. But if boarders go more than halfway, it is likely so will owners and managers.
—Guest Bobo


This site is a find, horse boarders and owners should all read. Just a small addition just because your stable owner/mngr is nice and profides lots of extras don't have a melt down or complain to the world when something big enough comes along that they have to charge for or you might find the small extras now cost their value.
—Guest K Orman

Stable Owner

Boarders need to trust in the management. Most of us have had horses a long time and are well aware of how to care for them. Also communication is a big thing. If there are issues talk about them don't start a gossip quad. Gossip does not solve problems or address concerns effective communication does.
—Guest leslie

Have Respect

Pay your board on time. Spend time with your horse. don't assume you can just bring another horse without telling the barn mgr or owner, also rough board does not included a stall but if the barn mgr is gracious enough to let use a stall clean it and by no means leave your horse in it unattended for days. Just because there are bails of hay around does not mean you can use it. Same goes for any type of bedding~ pay for it or do not use it. Respect it is called. If you do not want people doing that to you, do not do it to them, use it all, replace it. This is not a free for all even though the owner or manager is a nice person. In addition, if you think you pay too much I think the barn down the road has free boarding.

Clean Up After yourself!

As this is a BIG job at any barn or stable, whenever you can "chip in", it goes a long way in the eyes of owners/managers. Just taking care of your area is good manners!
—Guest Frank Martinez

tips for people who board horses

I had a horseshoe with a plastic insert on every door. with the horses picture in it. and underneath that a full feed program for that horse. You can make these yourself with a hot glue gun. Make sure that you hang the horseshoe so your luck don't run out. For the plastic a covered name tag will do . I find this really helps if you have diffrent people working with the horses. Make for a lot less questions at feeding time also.
—Guest shari

Barn Manager

Boarders, do not ask for a meeting when there is an "open door policy". Why take up all of the boarders' time for an issue that could have been resolved quickly without having to involve everyone? Also, this is not the time to critize and give unwanted advice concerning the owner's family. It's a good way to alienate the barn manager and the owner's family.

both sides of the fence

I have been a boarder and an manager. Mgrs should not lie to the boarders. Not overstate what they do for them or lie when the customer brings up an issue of concern. I know that shavings are expensive, but I pay for and expect a clean, nicely bedded stall. Not a stall that is damp and stinky of ammonia with not enough shavings to even cover the stall floor. Boarders should at times help out but get instructions from the mgrs as to what is the proper procedures for work done around the barn. Boarders should not throw extra hay if the owner does give enough. Mgrs should not expect help but appreciate it when it is given. Boarders should not expect OVER THE TOP care for their horse but should require good quality care and be thankful when it is given. Mgrs should not short change boarders and boarders should not demand more than they pay for!
—Guest my2centsworth

General boarding tips

Ask before you borrow something. Put it back in the same condition it was borrowed in (or better) Clean up your horses poop in the aisle or wash rack. Try to get a schedule of lessons posted so you can pick your ride accordingly. If your horse needs extra hay, buy a bale yourself and bring it out to the stable leaf by leaf. And owners, make sure there are convenient manure buckets and trash cans so folks can be neat. The ring should not be thought of as for lessons only. All the boarders pay to use it so make sure they have time. A monthly news letter welcoming new boarders and stuff is nice also. Makes one feel like family.

hoiw to be a good boarder

Follow the posted rules. If none are posted asked in writing what the rules are and what owners expectations are for boarders.

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