Barn Manger- job description
The barn where I board and have my teaching/training business has been a family run business for over 50 years. The owners, having never boarded anywhere else themselves, are unaware of the complexities of the term "barn manager." They simply hired a friend who boarded with them for 15 years who had no other experience either. This person is only on property a couple of hours in the morning and the same in the afternoon, usually leaving before all the horses are brought in. She does not know how to handle an injury, pull a loose shoe, or administer basic injections like banamine.
The boarders have decided that since they raised the board to a price where, in our area, you would have a qualified on site manager, that we needed to address this with them before we pay this increase.
If you were looking to fill a "barn manager" position, what would be the job description and what would be the qualification of a person you would hire?
Thanks, we plan to present answers to the owners!
I really hate it when people say "oh the property is paid for, etc. etc."
So what? Means they aren't entitled to a profit? Means they shouldn't up your board?
The term Barn Manager is whatever the Barn Owners think it is. Apparently, they didn't have one before, so even if this one is't as "qualified" as you think they should be, it seems the BO is willing to pay This Person for whatever They think the job should be.
If you do not like the care, or the price increase, then just go somewhere else. What they have done in the past 50 or the past 5 years with regard to their finances, buying hay or anything else is none of a boarder's business. It simply comes down to this. Either you think that the facility and care are good value for you, or you don't.
I think if I had a little training, lesson, sale business in someone else's barn, if they didn't ask me for my imput on their hiring or management process, I'd probably keep my mouth shut, pass the increase on to my customers and go about my business.