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  • Barn hours - please report in

    What are your barn hours? And, do you board at a show barn.

    Also, if your barn is closed on Mondays, what exactly does that mean - no riding OR riding is ok but no lessons OR not allowed on the property OR ?

  • #2
    Open 24-7 as far as I know... not set times but we're usually all out by 8 p.m.


    • #3
      The barn I worked at for years had it's hours listed as 8-10. However I frequently rode earlier and later as did others. They were fine as long as everything got turned off. They were open 7 days a week and currently hold lessons 7 days a week. There have been times when there were no lessons on days but boarders were still welcome (always) and they Often allowed "practice rides" for the students.

      The breeding farm was a little different as they were only the owners horses. feeding was at 9 am (I loved this) all the stable work got done and the guys left. I feed during the winter around 5pm a little later when it stayed light out longer. Sometimes I would ride after feeding if I didn't have all the stallions worked. They also did business 7 days a week. If they had someone who wanted to see a stud they were there regardless of time or day.

      The current barn owners I will be training out of in a month have told me that they have no hours. They don't care what time I ride or what days, and that goes for my customers as well

      In fact I don't know of a single barn up here that is closed a certain day a week!


      • #4
        Our farm does not have hardfast hours for boarders. They may come and go as they please. The stable is small, and though it houses show horses, it is not a "show barn" in the sense there are multiple trainers and horse shows going on.

        We are open on Mondays, and I teach an evening ladies lesson. Unless showing, I try not to be "there" (I live there, anyway.), on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. I can see everything from house anyway.

        We close the barn up between 8:30 and 9:00 pm weekdays.


        • #5
          No set hours really at the barn, but the barn is pretty much full service only and the grooms get off at 4.
          No riding on mondays, its a day for the vet/farrier/dentist to come and a day for everybody to relax.
          Its a show barn.


          • #6
            No hours but common courtesy

            I would not board my horse at a barn that was closed to me. You never know when your horse needs something on a monday after a show that it's easiest for the owner to provide. If he needs a roll in the arena, poultice hosed off, whatever.

            I do ask about hours when I check out a place. Most experienced BOs and trainers will have clear ideas about what they want in terms of people showing up or riding unsupervised.

            I ask about all these things and then make sure I don't bug the BO during the days or times they have said they'd like "off."
            The armchair saddler
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            • #7
              Our farm is open 24/7; we have people come as early 5am and some who stay as late as 10:30 ish. However, we don't allow children (anyone under 18) to be at the farm without adult supervision, meaning kids are fine after school and until about 7:30ish. We also strongly encourage people not to ride alone late at night or early in the morning, so most come in groups to ride during odd times. Sometimes I wish we had “hours”- but for many of the working moms and college student’s odd times are really the only time they get a chance to ride during the week!

              A few local barns are closed on Mondays, meaning no one is to be at the barn for any reason, front gates are closed!


              • #8
                CLOSED Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Totally. Do not want to see any customers on those days. Horses DO get fed as usual, stalls are mucked, and horses are turned out.

                If there is a problem (illness or injury) that needed to be tended to we make exceptions.


                • #9
                  I board at a show barn:
                  Monday - closed (no riding, no visiting - this depends on show schedules but otherwise closed)
                  Tuesday-Friday 8-8
                  Saturday 8-6
                  Sunday 8-3
                  Closed some holidays... and the hours are flexible if there is good cause, ex)showing, work schedule...


                  • #10
                    Barn 1: 7 am to 9 pm for boarders. Lessons/tack-up/grooming service from 7:30 until 5, or by special arrangement with trainer (occasional night lesson). Closed on major holidays. No lessons, tack-up or grooming services on Mondays, but you can ride and take care of your horse if you want (most don't).

                    Barn 2: 7 am to 6 pm for everyone. Closed Mondays, but you can come take care of horse if trainer knows about it (no riding or just showing up for fun)

                    Barn 3: Common courtesy- no set hours


                    • #11
                      M-F 9-9
                      Sat 1:30ish - 9 (the barn is closed in the AM to boarders during therapeutic lessons on Sat. mornings)
                      Sun 9-6

                      boarders generally allowed before or after barn hours so long as they ask first.


                      • #12
                        I board at a show barn however it's very small. Anyway.

                        In the summer...there aren't really hours but as a general unspoken rule it's 8-9 but there are people that will ride after or before that. As long as everything is shut off/closed up.

                        In the winter it's 8-8 or 8-9. Same rules apply in the winter that do in the summer. Lessons aren't scheduled on holidays(Thanksgiving, Christmas, ect) but the barn is open.
                        I know now, the place that I was trying to reach, was you, right here in front of me


                        • #13
                          I'm kind of frustrated because our barn just decided to change its hours so it will close at 9 p.m. It's hard for me to get off work at six, get home, shove a mouthful of food in my face, change, get out to the barn, and get the riding/cooling out/grooming/feeding done before 10, much less nine. I don't know how this is going to happen and it's really starting to look like my riding is going to be seriously restricted. I hate rushing a horse through its work.


                          • #14
                            Barn does have hours, but loosely enforced. Closed on holidays; Christmas, Easter, etc.
                            Horses are fed but no turnout or mucking on those days. Its a show barn and most people are on full service. A group of us come out and do our own thing those days. We turn our horses out and do their stalls. We are all self sufficient, no full service. The guys seem to appreciate our stalls the next day!

                            Hell hath no fury like the chestnut thoroughbred mare


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by joiedevie99 View Post

                              Barn 2: 7 am to 6 pm for everyone. Closed Mondays, but you can come take care of horse if trainer knows about it (no riding or just showing up for fun)
                              It closes at 6pm? How do any of the working adults/college kids ride?

                              My barn has no hours and open everyday of the year. My BO encourages me to come out on major holidays so she has an excuse to hang out in the barn a little longer before facing her extended family.

                              In the past I've boarded places where they were closed on Mon or had set hours. The hours didn't bother me as long as they were reasonable (ie: 6am-10pm) and didn't restrict my riding time. Closing the barn on a certain day did bother me. I don't like being told I can't come see my horses.

                              I'll also never understand how barns can skip days of mucking stalls....I can't imagine that's pleasent the day after and I certainly don't want to pay expensive board and have my horses stand in a filthy stall for over 24 hrs. I've never boarded at a place that did that or even heard of it until this board.


                              • #16
                                I train in the show barn, but my trainer is the owner of the entire facility(about 60-80 horses) and allows other boarders(like western riders, trail riders, etc) and a western trainer too. A good 36 stalls of the barn are only for show clients or horses sent in to be trained and sold.
                                There is 24hr staff on-site but you can visit your horse between those hours. My trainer doesn't teach Mondays but the barn is still open and you can still ride your horse.


                                • #17
                                  I own one so this is from that perspective.

                                  I have Mondays and Tuesdays as customer free days. This means no customers about and time to do paddock work and training and stuff without folks getting in the way and needing attention and time.

                                  My contract states:

                                  Access to tack/feed room is ordinarily 8a.m. to 5p.m. It is recommended that the owner make arrangement to ensure that the premises are attended and tack room unlocked. We are content to agree to accommodate out of the aforementioned hours by arrangement. I ordinarily let people go outside those hours at the end of the day - not at the start of the day though and providing they play by the rules and don't interfere with the horses normal feed and turn out times and leave things tidy and close things and don't require any looking after. I never allow anything after 9pm though.


                                  • #18
                                    I'm at a show barn
                                    Mondays closed - and she wants it client free.
                                    Tues - Fri - open till dark
                                    Sat & Sun - dawn till noon


                                    • #19
                                      The barn is open 7 days a week. You can come out anytime after 7, but we keep out until 8 or 8:30 to allow everyone to get fed, digest their food, and turnout started. (they get fed at 7). Lights off in the barn at 9. BO comes down, does night check. Hays and waters, and lights out and you are out the door. No excuses, unless it is for the health or safety of a horse. (if you're waiting for the vet or have to cold hose for 20 minutes and won't be done until 9:05...no problem)

                                      My other mare is boarded at a friend's place, and I'm the only boarder. No set hours, just let her know if I'll be arriving before 8am or after 8pm, just so she doesn't get scared seeing a car come up the driveway.
                                      Strong promoter of READING the entire post before responding.


                                      • #20

                                        Some of you at show barns with crazy restricted hours... I'd love to hear what you're paying for that!!!! dawn-noon... HAHA! I'd never ride on weekends... when I was a college student, if I wasn't at a horse show... I wasn't out of bed on wkds before 230! And the other one that closes at 6pm.... WOW... I'd have to start sending my horses postcards bc I would never get to see them!

                                        Anyway, any show barn i've ever been at... it's basically an "Everyone out by 9" rule. Although some were a bit more understanding than others that if you were dismounted and cooling off a horse... 930 was understandable.

                                        Mondays were usually either a "closed" day.. or at the very least, a No Trainer on Duty day. Again, some places were more flexible than others about visiting... and one actually let us hack if we were leaving for a horse show on tuesday and needed to not have the day off. This was always with the BO's permission in advance.

                                        I don't think there was ever any morning hours, as we're all crazy horse show people that wake up at ridic hours to prep our horses and were always there by like 5am lunging/bathing/braiding etc.

                                        I totally understand and can appreciate a "closed" day... especially when it's a Monday since most of the show people are coming off a crazy weekend. It gives the horses a day to chill out and me the chance to get everything else done without the guilt of knowing that I should be riding!

                                        Oh! Holidays... Christmas was either closed or everyone out by 1. Thanksgiving same thing. I don't think they cared about Easter or New Years?