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Emily [userpic]

*Keels Over* Man, it isn't easy to find good barn help these days!

A woman named Lyn started working with me on Mondays and Wednesdays, and she works with Kathy on Saturdays. She does an decent job. Ideally, I'd like to have someone better, but you kind of have to take what you get these days, it seems.

Anne, a boarder, yelled at Kathy and Lyn this morning. They accidentally put the field of boys in the wrong stalls. They put Moose in Sly's stall and Sly is Moose's. Fortunately, they get about the same amount of food and no supplements. They do look similar. Both bay with a star. Anne wigged out, though. She just wasn't very kind about it. Then Lyn went to turn Corduroy out. First of all, she was headed to the wrong field. She was taking him up front instead of out back. She should know that by now. Then Anne told her to put the neck piece to his fly sheet on. Lyn took it off for some reason. Apparently she didn't ask very nicely, because Lyn stormed into the barn and told me to give Pam her 2 weeks notice. Personally, I think that SHE needs to give the boss her 2 weeks. Not me. According to Anne, Lyn tried to argue with her about putting the neck piece on. Anne came in and said something when Lyn was talking to me, and out she went. She walked out of the barn, got in her car, and drove away. I guess that means she's not showing up on Monday?

Ugh, why is it so hard to find good help?!

♥ Emily

ha everyone at that community is a bunch of assholes i was like what are something i can to to keep my barn extra clean i work at one and i didnt give enough back round information and stuff and it was a bunch of gay asss shiiiiiiitttt
since everyone here works thier assses off at barns, what are something i can do to keep mine clean sugesttions i was thinking polising the bars on the stalls
oh yeah i got bitched at for like not using punctation

Emily [userpic]

1. How many horses are at the barn where you work?
-- There are 26 at the moment. We have a new pony coming soon, too.

2. What hours do you usually work?
-- Depends on the day. Usually 6-7 hours. We get a decent break on most days. I'm not working the whole time, but there are days that I'm there for 12 or 14 hours. Those days are typically in the summer when it's too hot to turn out until evening.

3. How many days of the week do you work?
-- Monday through Friday... and I'll occasionally work on a Saturday or Sunday if one of the weekend works can't make it in for one reason or another.

4. What does your usual day consist of?
-- Each day varies. Typically, we get there and hay and feed. Then we clean all of the stalls, clean the automatic waterer bowls, and add shavings. Then we bring in the horses that were out all night (8 paddocks, but each paddock usually takes two people to get all of the horses), take off any outfits that they might be wearing, and turn out the horses that were in all night. Then we sweep both of the barns. Spread the manuer. Dump the trash. Then we have a break until we feed again. We re-hay the horses when they run out. There are days that we have to clean out the 2-horse and 8-horse trailers after shows. And some days that we groom and bathe horses. That's not really in our job description, though. We do whatever Pam asks us to do, pretty much. Some days are really easy, and some days are really hard. I just depends.

5. Pick 3 of your favorite horses and describe why you like them. (You're not allowed to pick your own horse if you have one!)
-- I have more than 3, but if I had to pick, I guess that I'd pick the 3 that I've bonded with the most. Valentine, Forrest, and Winnie. I've known Valentine since she was pretty young. She's tried to kick my head off multiple times, and she is the biggest brat in the world. I think that she finally respects me, though. She doesn't get handled by a lot of people, because she does have her moments. For the last 2 years, I've brought her in and out to her paddock 5 days a week. It was funny. I was talking to Winnie today while putting her fly sheet on, and Pam was grooming Valentine. I guess that she was walking around and fidgeting before I started talking. Then all of a sudden, Pam called over to me, "I think that she really likes you." I was like, "Who? What are you talking about?" She said, "VK was being all wild and obnoxious, and she stopped and calmed down when you started talking." I think that she likes me because I've been a consistent person in her life. She's had a few caretakers, and I'm really the only caretaker who hasn't gone away. I don't know where to start with Forrest. He's pyschotic and rude and mean and dangerous... but I love him. He tests me every single day, but I'm the only person that ever deals with him. He's goofy and... I don't even know. He's bitten me, struck out at me, run me over, stepped on me... but there's just something about him. He's an oddball, and I'm attracted to the oddballs. Winnie is another one of Pam's horses. She has great manners on the ground. Most days. There is just something that attracts me to her, and I'm not really sure what it is. We just have some sort of understanding with each other... as dumb as that sounds. We just found out that she's pregnant, too, and I'm really excited!

6. What is the scariest experience (behavioral-wise) that you've had with a horse?
-- Not really sure which scary experience to pick with this one! Valentine has tried to kick my head in multiple times, but I'd have to say that the scariest moment that I've had was with Forrest. I was trying to work with him, and I brought him into the ring to walk around. He had a chain on. I had my bat. All of a sudden, he lost it. He started rearing up and lunging at me. I felt like a matador dodging a bull. I was actually scared for my life. Like, I think that he would've seriously hurt me if he had gotten me on the ground. I finally got control of him after he went after me about 5 times. It was definitely a scary moment.

7. What bugs you most about being "the barn help"?
-- It bugs me when people treat me like shit. I own a horse, too, so I'm also a boarder. It's like, "Emily, can you make sure that you do this?" and BLAH, BLAH, BLAH! It pisses me off when people don't appreciate the hard work that we put in to taking care of their horses and the barn. I mean, I spend more time with these horses than the owners do. I know where they shit and piss. I know which horses need a ton of hay and which ones won't eat a lot of hay. I know how they walk in and out. I know pretty much everything about their personalities and habits, and their owners try to tell me otherwise. I'm pretty sure that I know more about the horses than the owners do, and a lot of them don't seem to trust that.

8. Do you plan to work at the barn as a living or are you planning on doing something else?
-- Heh, I really couldn't tell you. I'm sort of stuck. I know that it's a long time before the barn owner ever retires... but she is going to need someone to take over the barn at one point. She always implies that Heather and I are going to be those people... because we're dedicated and have stuck it out for so long. Then the other part of me knows that that's illogical... because that's a long time from now, and there is no way that I can ever support myself on what I get paid.

Hah, that turned out to be really... detailed.

♥ Emily

Emily [userpic]

Hey, folks! I just figured that I'd make a post to possibly get this community a little more active. Hah, I've been very lazy lately - due to being so busy at the barn!

I was promoted to manager a few months ago. It's not really much different from before, but there are a lot more responsibilities. There's just a lot to remember, you know? Hmmm, I'll make up a little survey for us to take. Sorry if it's dumb. I'm just making it up as I go...

1. How many horses are at the barn where you work?

2. What hours do you usually work?

3. How many days of the week do you work?

4. What does your usual day consist of?

5. Pick 3 of your favorite horses and describe why you like them. (You're not allowed to pick your own horse if you have one!)

6. What is the scariest experience (behavioral-wise) that you've had with a horse?

7. What bugs you most about being "the barn help"?

8. Do you plan to work at the barn as a living or are you planning on doing something else?


Mmmm, okay, that's all that I could come up with. I am going to make a new post with mine!

♥ Emily

oh, rebecca [userpic]

Is anybody still here? I just joined, but noticed it's not very active. Can we get it rolling again? I was just thinking the other day of starting a community like this, and here it is, already started. I'll introduce myself!

I work at the Detroit Equestrian Club, a new stable on the Michigan State Fairgrounds. We currently have twelve horses boarded there (with a baby on the way!). I work five days a week (M/W/F/S/Su) doing stalls and feedings in exchange for board for my horse, Gabby, lessons and training. Gabby just moved there a week ago tomorrow and I love having her there, especially since I live literally a mile away :)

What about everyone else??

red_kite_of_edo [userpic]

what a great idea for a community... a little more action would probably liven it up though

x0mysacrifice0x [userpic]

For those of you who own your own boarding facility, work at one, or even board - what is one thing that you can't live without in your barn? 

I'm asking along the lines of certain manure forks, storage buckets, different types of feeders, etc

I want to know what it is and why you can't live without it. 

Thanks in advance. 




Cross posted to equestrian, barrel_racers and my private journal.

Neighborhood Watch: We'll get you suckas [userpic]

I'm a working student. Technically, all I *have* to do is water (bleaching buckets, feed tubs, water troughs and filling with the hose that hates people), unload and dish out hay, unload feed and dump dinner, bring in, and sweep. I don't complain, though, when I walk horses who are colicky or horses who need to be hand walked, or bring in a special warmblood ten minutes early when he's not at the gate because his owner has a lesson on him at four and we bring in at four. I rarely have to do stalls anymore because we have people who are being paid to do them, but if someone asks me to help out, I'll dump sawdust or do a stall. I'll pretty much do anything around the barn without complaining, even when I'm not technically working! I enjoy being at the barn.

I think this is decent of me, no?

So when I re-do a stall that's already been done today because the horse is in during the day and he messed it up, don't come yelling at me that I didn't do it well enough. Sorry that I missed two or three poop balls in the full wheelbarrow I filled while I was rushing because I had to leave in five minutes.

Oi. Just *once*, I wish the spoiled owners would have to spend a day working on the farm. Just so they know that no, we're not going to take an hour to do your stall when we have twenty five others to do, or no, we're not going to change your horses' blanket four times in the day depending on the cloud cover.

On a more positive note, I had to walk one of our stallions, Bandit, for 15 minutes while his stomach bothered him. He's an ex-circus horse who thinks it is oh-so-fun to bite people, but he knows he isn't supposed to so he "punishes" himself by tossing his head in the air. So I dealt with him pulling me, trying to bite my hands, tossing himself in the air and then catching his nose on the chain and leaping sideways. The positive note? He was fine.

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