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Barn policies - what would your response be?

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  • Barn policies - what would your response be?

    So hypothetically, lets say that you came across a barn that had very strict policies regarding what was and was not allowed, right down to a very strict dress code. Specifically, all tack and clothing had to meet certain requirements (not brand wise, but color and cleanliness) to be used on the property, even when hacking or schooling. Would this be acceptable to you if the barn was nice enough?

    Like, in addition to the nazi-esque dress code, the care was also impeccable. You horse was groomed twice a day, all diets were designed by an equine nutritionist and a vet, all of your vet appointments and farrier appointments were arranged for you, etc...Basically the most extreme of full care facilities.

    Would this be a place you would be interested in boarding at? Or would the dress code be too much?
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  • #2
    Well, think about George Morris' standards. He's good enough that everyone complies.
    That would not be the barn for me though; I sweat too much in the summer to wear "nice" shirts.


    • #3
      It is all about what you want in a barn. Some people thrive off of this type of environment and it works for some. If you aren't one who loves extravagently colored polos with matching saddle pads, then a barn like this shouldn't be hard to deal with. I personally love matching and feeling like part of a team, but thats my opinion. But I also keep myself to pretty strict rules. The most outrageous color I ever put on my horse is navy blue, and that is part of my barn's colors. However, I like to do the horse care part myself. I like to groom my own horse and help around the barn. But I have also been a working student and currently work the afternoon feeding, turnout, etc. at my barn. The only thing with this tight nit barn policy barns is they tend not to be as much of a "family". You see people come and go at the barn (some people you rarely see at all), rather than hanging out and watching everyone ride, having margaritas by the ring .

      If your horse is getting impeccable care and you are happy with the training (and costs), then I am sure you will learn to live without being able to bling out your gpa or wearing a tank top when you ride (not saying you do, just examples). If after a month or two it isn't for you, leave. Perhaps during your first few months there continue to investigate other barns. Either on the down low or be open with the manager or trainer of the current barn, depending on how your relationship is with them. There are tons of facilities out there that provide just as equal quality of horse care but don't have the matching, put together look that draws people in (that can sometimes be decieving in certain cases). Its all about making you and your horse happy.
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      • #4
        It's not the barn, it's the person...

        I LOVE barns like this... and my best friend thinks they are psychotic. Different strokes for different folks.
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        • #5
          I'd go for it if the care is that good.
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          • #6
            Boarding at a full care barn as described will likely never be in my budget. But if it was I wouldn't be opposed to it all. Especially if the dress code was simply to keep everyone neat, clean, and tidy which sounds like the case. Bright colors, kiddy pastels and poorly matched anything hurts my eyes.

            Now if the barn required everyone to wear GPA's and ride in a CWD? Well then no thanks.


            • #7
              Originally posted by SaturdayNightLive View Post
              Would this be a place you would be interested in boarding at? Or would the dress code be too much?

              Not me--I ride and hang with my horses to relax. I wouldn't want to have to worry about being underdressed, or not having the right saddle pad.

              I don't mind dressing properly for lessons/clinics, etc.

              But my horses mostly at home any road--so I can walk into the barn in pajamas...
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              ...just settin' on the Group W bench.


              • #8
                I'm very hands-on, I tend to be a bit of a slob (in terms of my dress), and I like what I like - not what I'm told to like, so it probably wouldn't work for me. Maybe if I had just one horse and everything else suited me perfectly....
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                • #9
                  It would cause me to spend too much time cleaning and not enough time riding.
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                  • #10
                    No! That would be my idea of hell!

                    I want to decide when my horses have vet visits, when they have farrier visits etc. I'm a very hands on person.

                    Plus, I had enough of wearing a uniform when I was at school.
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                    • #11
                      My reaction is that if someone wants a strict dress code, adherence to specific tack standards, and control over every aspect of each horse's care, then they need to run their own private barn with their own private horses.

                      Of course, there are sure to be people who are sure it's better if it looks prettier, so I'm sure there would be clients for such a place.

                      Me, I actually own horses because I LIKE having a say in their lives (not to mentio my own), so I'd run away really, really fast. No, faster than that...
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                      • #12

                        Just the control issue is enough for me to run screaming!!!! I like to care for my ponies, and feed in my jammys and wear tank tops in the summer. To each their own, though.


                        • #13
                          The dress code might be too much. I'm busy enough and lazy enough that having routine care scheduled for me would be acceptable, but if I weren't welcome to come hang out at the barn in my grungy work clothes then it just wouldn't work. All this is assuming I could afford the rates, of course.
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                          • #14
                            I think I'd have a nervous breakdown within a week, I'd be worried about forgetting to clean something!


                            • #15
                              I do ride at a barn like this. We don't have a specific "dress code" persay but no one shows up looking like a bum and NO ONE uses brightly coloured polos/saddle pads etc. Personally I despise the pink polos with the baby blue saddle pad and unnecessary purple fly bonnet. I only see black, navy or white polos and white saddle pads and it's great!


                              • #16
                                Sounds like paradise.


                                • #17
                                  I would not mind a dress code within reason. I would not have problem with requiring a shirt to have sleeves of some sort (ie: no tank tops). However, mandating that they be a specific color might be a bit much for schooling at home. If it were for hacking at a show, where you are representing your barn, that would be a requirement I could live with. But not so sure about a COLOR requirement at home. "Conservative" colors maybe. Only Navy (for example) might be going a bit overboard.

                                  However, if the care and training were the best I could find in the area, I would probably live with it fine. For me, the care and training would take priority over my clothing. It would not be off putting to me. Just a bit of a pain to make sure I had enough of "the" color to not be doing laundry every day!


                                  • #18
                                    I love my froggy saddle pad too much to give it up! My city has a frog jump contest and when we found the saddle pad it was just too perfect In all seriousness if I can't wear my jeans, t-shirt or tank top, and half chaps with my purple polos and froggy saddle pad, I'm out of there. I don't mind dressing nicely for a clinic or lesson depending on who it's with. My trainer doesn't really care what my horse and I look like but I do try to make it all one color
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                                    • #19
                                      I can see how it would appeal to some people, and more power to them for being upfront with their expectations, but a barn like that would not be the place for me. I don't want to feel like Big Brother is watching and/or caring about what I wear. Even though I'm not one for gaudy colors, revealing summer barn wear, etc... just the fact that there was a dress code would turn me away.

                                      But it would probably be out of my price range anyway!


                                      • #20
                                        I cannot imagine!
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