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  • Starting a boarding barn, what to have in the barn (supplies)

    Okay so I am curious...I know that there is a thread out there somewhere, but I couldnt find it.

    When having your own barn what supplies should you have stored away? These are some of the things I have in mine.

    Salts
    Vet Wrap
    Needles
    Syringes
    Betamine
    Ace (small amount from vet)


    What do you have in your barn? Especially if you have boarders?
    Calm & Collected, 13, OTTB
    Forrest Gump (Catasauqua) , 17, OTTB
    Little Bit Indian, 29, TB
    Owner of Spur of the Moment, Custom made spur straps! Find us on Facebook

  • #2
    Aww man, too much stuff has been accumulated over the years....
    In addition to the things you listed, I find that it's useful to have this stuff on hand:

    Telfa pads and gauze pads in assorted sizes,
    rolled cotton and maxi pads
    bute paste
    Tucoprim powder (or SMZ's)
    anitbiotic ointment
    anitbiotic eye ointment and saline solution for flushing eyes
    betadine
    chlorhexidine
    towels & wash cloths
    several extra buckets of various sizes
    Y'all ain't right!

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    • #3
      some serious kool-aide

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      • #4
        Good insurance policy.
        Bute
        Banamine
        Dexamethazone
        First aid kit with everything you might need-ask your vet for recommendations as to what to keep on hand and put it all in a good tool box that can be easily carried out to the field in an emergency or put in the trailer. Keep the extra supplies in a place that everyone knows where to find it for emergencies.
        All the normal barn supplies of extra buckets, feeders, rakes, muck buckets, tools to fix things, etc.
        An emergency plan if you had to evacuate horses.
        Emergency generator.
        Air compressor.
        Good source for hay, feed, shavings, etc...whether you pick it up or they deliver.
        At least two vets for on call emergencies.
        Boarding contract that allows you to legally get rid of a boarder if there is a problem and to help you collect money that might be overdue.

        There are many links on the message board to give you more ideas but hope some of this helps. Good luck with your barn and have fun.

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        • #5
          Don't forget....

          Pre-cut styrofoam pads and duct tape for laminitic emergencies.
          Whole Horse Hoof Care
          Horseshoeing...Deceptively Simple
          Endlessly Complex

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          • #6
            Geez - you are overlooking the basics

            bottle of tequila (or alcohol of choice) for having to deal with stressful situations
            painkillers (human) for when the boarder's horse tries to kill you
            mood calmers / antidepressants (human) for when you want to kill boarder(s)
            strong sense of humor - the only way you'll ever be able to make it

            There is a reason I no longer take boarders....... although I may take on a horse from time to time, usually for a friend or if I get a housemate that has a horse and wants to share some chores.... although those are hard to find (that are neat and responsible and like dogs).
            Originally posted by SmartAlex

            Give it up. Many of us CoTHers are trapped at a computer all day with no way out, and we hunt in packs. So far it as all been in good fun. You should be thankful for that.

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            • #7
              Two dammit dolls. One for the boarders to share, hung conspicuously in the tack room, and one just for you, hidden away so no one can snitch it.
              Full-time bargain hunter.

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                #8
                Originally posted by oldenmare View Post
                Geez - you are overlooking the basics

                bottle of tequila (or alcohol of choice) for having to deal with stressful situations
                painkillers (human) for when the boarder's horse tries to kill you
                mood calmers / antidepressants (human) for when you want to kill boarder(s)
                strong sense of humor - the only way you'll ever be able to make it

                There is a reason I no longer take boarders....... although I may take on a horse from time to time, usually for a friend or if I get a housemate that has a horse and wants to share some chores.... although those are hard to find (that are neat and responsible and like dogs).
                No worries about the tequilia...thats my secret supply stash...dont just want anyone to get to that But sadly Im not a tequila fan...but I have a fully stocked cabinet!
                Calm & Collected, 13, OTTB
                Forrest Gump (Catasauqua) , 17, OTTB
                Little Bit Indian, 29, TB
                Owner of Spur of the Moment, Custom made spur straps! Find us on Facebook

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                • #9
                  "sadly Im not a tequila fan."

                  Well, I suppose that proves that no one is perfect..... but that being the main ingredient in my famous "midnight margharitas", well..... you'll just have to try one one of these days.

                  Those, the recliner and some Louis Armstrong - aaaahhhh, the world becomes a much better place!!!
                  Originally posted by SmartAlex

                  Give it up. Many of us CoTHers are trapped at a computer all day with no way out, and we hunt in packs. So far it as all been in good fun. You should be thankful for that.

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                  • #10
                    Duct Tape
                    Baling Twine
                    Scissors
                    Scrap paper
                    A dry erase board (large) and dry markers, or chalkboard and chalk/eraser for both
                    Stick pins
                    Bucket/tub washing soap/scrub brush
                    Lime/stall deoderizer
                    Broom--floor and vertical broom for getting small piles and cobwebs/dust pan
                    Rake
                    Hammer
                    Wrench
                    Screw Driver
                    Wire cutters
                    Hack saw
                    Long nails appropriate for boards
                    A few extra 2 x4 boards
                    A refrigerator with a freezer section
                    Bags of frozen peas
                    Battery charger for fence batteries and tractor batteries
                    Connections to someone who can repair a tractor
                    Plastic chairs to sit in
                    A table to eat lunch on
                    Blanket bars
                    Saddle racks
                    Bridle hooks
                    Mounting block
                    Arena toys (jump standards, cups and rails, dressage letters, barrels, etc.)

                    And, most importantly...a lot of booze stock piled at home!

                    Are you sure you want to do this...?
                    "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein

                    http://s1098.photobucket.com/albums/...2011%20Photos/

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by oldenmare View Post
                      "sadly Im not a tequila fan."

                      Well, I suppose that proves that no one is perfect..... but that being the main ingredient in my famous "midnight margharitas", well..... you'll just have to try one one of these days.

                      Those, the recliner and some Louis Armstrong - aaaahhhh, the world becomes a much better place!!!
                      I don't know...I might have to switch over...making it sound really TEMPTING!!! lol You'll have to pass that recipe on and I'll let you know
                      Calm & Collected, 13, OTTB
                      Forrest Gump (Catasauqua) , 17, OTTB
                      Little Bit Indian, 29, TB
                      Owner of Spur of the Moment, Custom made spur straps! Find us on Facebook

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Chief2 View Post

                        Bags of frozen peas

                        And, most importantly...a lot of booze stock piled at home!

                        Are you sure you want to do this...?
                        Lol...Bag of frozen peas??????

                        Yeah I have a FULLY stocked booze pile before I have everything else...fully prepared on this end!!
                        Calm & Collected, 13, OTTB
                        Forrest Gump (Catasauqua) , 17, OTTB
                        Little Bit Indian, 29, TB
                        Owner of Spur of the Moment, Custom made spur straps! Find us on Facebook

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                        • #13
                          The frozen peas are for icing hard to wrap areas (i.e. the hock)
                          View my photographs at www.horsephotoguy.zenfolio.com

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                          • #14
                            Yeah, frozen peas.

                            You see, the boarders will take any and all ice you have on hand for injuries and drinks, but they'll never touch the frozen peas. You wrap them onto injuries instead of using ice, then refreeze the bags and use them again and again. Three bags should just about do it. Frozen peas are marvelous!
                            "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein

                            http://s1098.photobucket.com/albums/...2011%20Photos/

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Chief2 View Post
                              Yeah, frozen peas.

                              You see, the boarders will take any and all ice you have on hand for injuries and drinks, but they'll never touch the frozen peas. You wrap them onto injuries instead of using ice, then refreeze the bags and use them again and again. Three bags should just about do it. Frozen peas are marvelous!
                              Ahh good call...Frozen peas it is!!!!!
                              Calm & Collected, 13, OTTB
                              Forrest Gump (Catasauqua) , 17, OTTB
                              Little Bit Indian, 29, TB
                              Owner of Spur of the Moment, Custom made spur straps! Find us on Facebook

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                              • #16
                                Nobody said lots of hay hay and more hay. LOL. Hidden in the hay have lots of boose boose and more boose. You're gonna need it believe me.

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                                • #17
                                  Hey CSWL Fairy -

                                  check your PMs - invitation to enjoy Midnight Margharitas (although they will be consumed in daytime!) - will even dig out the Harry Nilsson cd to go with the Louis Armstrong cds...

                                  Oldenmare
                                  Originally posted by SmartAlex

                                  Give it up. Many of us CoTHers are trapped at a computer all day with no way out, and we hunt in packs. So far it as all been in good fun. You should be thankful for that.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by oldenmare View Post
                                    There is a reason I no longer take boarders....... although I may take on a horse from time to time, usually for a friend or if I get a housemate that has a horse and wants to share some chores.... although those are hard to find (that are neat and responsible and like dogs).
                                    That's the reason I do retirement boarding.

                                    The owners drop off beloved old Dobbin, kiss him on the nose and then I don't see them for a year!

                                    I send out pictures and report cards to keep them happy.

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