Most of the blogs I read are written from a boarder’s perspective, but this blog is different. I’m a barn OWNER. I’m the person you call when you’re looking for a place to keep your horse. The person you ask questions regarding feed, or bedding, or arena usage. I’m the person you pay at the first of the month. I’m the person you get annoyed with when I’m behind schedule with feeding. I’m the person you get angry at when your horse does something dumb and gets hurt. I’m that person. I can be your best ally.
Well, I have a perspective too! And today, you’re going to journey with me on a little therapy session in which I explain my exact feelings when certain, uh, irritating situations arise at my barn. The only true and accurate way to do this is to tell it like Bon Qui Qui. Because in another life, I totally could have been Bon Qui Qui. So here goes…
- When prospective Boarder calls and ask a million high-maintenance questions. “Can I put mats in the run? Snuggles doesn’t like to get his feet dirty.” “Can you put Snuggle’s light sheet on at 70 degrees, his heavy light sheet on at 65 degrees, his green sheet on at 64 degrees, the plaid one at 50 degrees, the hood at 41 degrees…” “Could you put bell boots on all Snuggle’s feet, and then the polo wraps for his turnout? I don’t want him getting banged up.” “Can you take Snuggle’s fly mask off before he eats? And then put it back on immediately when he’s done?”
And my favorite, “Are you going to charge me extra for that?”
2. When I just finished blowing out the barn aisle, it’s sparkling clean, and Boarder ties Snuggles outside their stall and picks out their feet. And then doesn’t sweep it up.
3. When Boarder didn’t prepare their feed on time, so I have to do it for them, and the “recipe” is insanely long.
Snuggles: 1 scoop purina, 1/2 scoop max-e glo, 1 pump of liquid joint supplement, 2 cups of alfalfa pellets, 1 cup of beet pulp, smartpaks, and sprinkling of salt. Oh, and add water. Let sit for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, Snuggles is kicking up a storm waiting for his dinner.
4. When Snuggles hasn’t been outside his stall for days and Black Beauty-style rears when I enter his stall to feed him.
5. When Boarder gets upset that Snuggles went bonkers, hurt himself, and then takes it out on me.
6. When Boarder hasn’t paid board for three months and just walked in the barn with a brand new saddle.
Don’t get me wrong–I love my job, and I wouldn’t still be doing it if I didn’t. Most of my boarders are like family to me and I’m more than willing to go above the normal call of duty for their horses because I love them like they’re my own! But, some days are just more irritating than others. Can I get an Amen?!
Treat your barn owner respectfully and we’ll return the favor!