Welcome to my Barn Owner Confessional series. This is my opportunity to openly and unabashedly complain about petty things in my life as a boarding barn owner. Enjoy.
I like to consider myself a pretty laid back person. Few things get me really heated, and I try to pick my battles carefully. So, when it comes to my business, I make an effort not to micro-manage everything about my boarders.
In the beginning, I kept a tight grip on little things like appropriate trailer parking, getting paid on time, the amount of
crap tack boarders kept, and insisting people clean their stalls. You know, just little things. (INSERT EYE ROLL) When I realized I couldn’t control everything, I just eliminated options. For instance, I no longer offer self care. So many problems solved with that one! I’ve become wiser over the years and try to let things go when I know they don’t make a lasting impact on me, my family, or my business. If I need to make changes I do so, but sometimes it’s just better to look the other way.
There’s one thing that I simply cannot look away from, however, and that’s:
When people trot, lope, or longe their horses on wet, springy grass.
I realize this might sound trivial, but it has more implications than you know! Riding on soft, wet ground leaves HUGE divots that, when dry, leave numerous booby-trap-ankle-breakers for my family (and other boarders and their horses) for months to come! During the summer months, I have to mow constantly and I’m reminded over (and over and over and over) and over again of the person who obnoxiously rode their horse in the grass, rather than the arena. I’m sure it doesn’t seem like a crime when they’re doing it, and that’s why I try not to take it too personally. Most boarders have never owned their own land or had to care for it, thus not realizing the implications of a seemingly simple jaunt up and down the drive. But, perhaps if they thought through it, they’d realize that longing their horse in the squishy, freshly-rained-on turf is not polite.
So next time you decide to ride your horse outside, please PLEASE make sure the ground is dry, and hard. Your barn owner will thank you.