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  • Original Poster

    You were cross-tied at your barn? Doesn't that hurt? nyuk nyuk nyuk, I be pissed too if somebody walked right by and left me there. tee hee... sorry. I'm giddy, I have a half day of work today.


    • #42
      You went to Cornell? So did I! When were you there? I was there 92-96... played on the polo team.


      • #43
        Hmmm...guess I better check my tenses and from which person I write (first or third) from now on! Darn...caught in a trap only an English Major could appreciate. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]
        "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"


        • #44
          Kirsten... email me! You probably know my polo-playing former Cornell roommates!


          • #45
            Well, I can see the jump rule if there is only one arena on the property, and this is why. I had my 18hh Hanoverian at a place with a tiny indoor, and they would cram 15 jumps in it, and only move them around every few months. Let's see, the footing got craters, there was no room for flat work, barley enough room to just w/t/c around the edge of the arena. If you moved the jumps and put them back exactly where you found them, you got yelled at. If you changed the radio station even if you were the ONLY person out there and the owner wasn't there, You got yelled at. If you fed the horses more than ONE flake of hay (we are talking tb rescues here) you got yelled at. I will continue my list later because I have to go to work...

            They also made me clean out ALL of the poop in the 1/3 acre pony pasture! It took an hour just to do that! there were anywhere from 15-20 ponies out there!

            And if you did ANYTHING to make the owner mad, he would write a really nasty and demeaning letter on the dry erase board that no one was allowed to erase until HE said so. No matter if people had important info on the board, like leaving emergency numbers when you go out of town etc... He would erase everything and not care! No wonder I didn't last there very long!

            [This message was edited by devildog20 on Jan. 19, 2001 at 10:32 AM.]
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            • #46
              When I worked at Beacon Hill, this was our routine:

              After feeding and doing stalls-

              Tack up first horse
              Use foam square pad under saddle
              Soak ace bandage in water and wrap top of tail
              Black polos up front
              Hind boots
              Hoof oil
              No shavings in tail
              Wet mane
              When horse comes back, untack, black halter on
              Bathe w/Orvus
              Put specific thermal (Irish knit) on
              Walk till dry
              Clean all tack
              Going to ring:
              Brass splits (Newmarket chain) on bit w/brass lead
              Specific thermal
              Wash socks after each round
              Wash horse after each ride
              Clean tack after each use

              But, again, because I am barn freak, it all made sense to me.

              "If you have the time, spend it. If you have a hand, lend it. If you have the money, give it. If you have a heart, share it." by me


              • #47
                At the barn where you had to clean up in the arena after your horse the owner also had the grooms go out into the paddocks every morning and pickup all the poop from the previous day before turnout began. I guess if you're going to be anal, be anal about everything. It was also the kind of place where you had to sweep the aisle after you did anything in it etc. To be honest, it was one of the best run barns I've ever been in and at the time I never questioned the rules since they seemed to work so well.

                I still don't understand the need for specific attire when just hacking your horse on a Sunday. And we also have the rule about only one blanket hanging on the stall at a time. Unfortunately that means that if it goes from a daytime high of 65 to a nighttime low of 33, your horse will still be standing in a completely open barn with a Baker sheet on, since the grooms don't go hunting for hidden blankets.

                We're also supposed to use the "barn's grooming supplies" (brushes, sponges, sprays) rather than have our own. I'm not complying with this one yet. I hate using the same brush on every horse (what if someone has a fungus or something and what if your horse is sensitive to the barn shampoo or fly spray?) But it does keep the amt of stuff that boarders have the possibility of leaving lying around to a minimum.

                I agree with whoever said that sometimes the barns with less rules run better than the ones where everything is goverened by a rule. All the rules just leave an opening for boarders who don't get along to start "telling" on each other.


                • #48
                  Because our barn has dressage and hunter people so when we put jumps out we have to put them back... plus the hunter trainer who runs the barn drags the indoor like 3-4 times a week anyways so if the jumps were left up they'd be in her way and it wouldn't get dragged as well....I think that rule actually makes sense - our barn doesn't really have 'anal' rules but we keep things very neat and the manager basically runs things her way - and she happens to be very good about making sure everything is as it should be - horses get blanketed, stalls are perfect, etc etc.

                  Sarah ( & Regal)

                  what doesn't kill you makes you stronger -
                  unless it breaks your heart first


                  • #49
                    Kirsten, I graduated in '84.

                    Oh, er, and in spite of giving it my all, I didn't make the polo team. Had my dressage horse with me and couldn't change the seat enough to satisfy. Their decision made sense to me. I sure learned a lot during the try outs though. Like, I never knew you could lead four horses at one time with nothing but a halter and a few haystrings!

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                    • #50
                      ....there's more! If the working student DID get a day off, this person would cruize in his vehicle outside wherever they were (bar, movie) until they came out and then take off to get home before they did. True! There were many, many witnesses! His wife thought he was weird too!
                      He also broke whips on horses during training and LABELLED them with the date and horse and hung them up on the arena walls....sort of like some "medieval" display thing. He would also demand, in the middle of a ride or lesson "FOOD" and the grooms/workers/working students would have to run and cater to him or he was REALLY cranky and even meaner. He was screaming at his wife once...."make me a bun"...one of the worker's said (with a gesture with her hand) "POOF"...you're a bun! We thought we would all die laughing...even he laughed at that one! He would also take you around the arena to show you every dent in the walls and explain which horse did it, when and how (like rear, buck, resisting due to such and such a problem, etc.) All his students except for one have now left him.


                      • #51
                        I took a few lessons way back when from a dressage trainer who was a major league Dressage Queen (I didn't know what those were back then). During my lessons she kept telling me to lift my diaphragm, not my chest "because the chest is not a muscle". Well, the diaphragm is a muscle, but it has to go down in order for you to breathe in air. So she was getting mad at me for breathing during my lesson.


                        • #52
                          I love my barn I love my barn I love my barn....

                          Some of these stories are just unbelievable and would drive me insane!!!

                          I can see the one about sweeping the barn aisle after you are done. Nothing drives me crazier than someone who puts their horse on the crosstie, pulls their mane, picks their feet and leaves a pile of manure on the floor. I guess they think the gremlins come out after they leave and clean up after them!!!!


                          • #53
                            Did you know that at Sweet Briar College if you have your own horse and you want it turned out, you have to do it and stay with the horse.
                            Also, you cannot go faster than a trot in their indoor unless you are in a lesson, even on your own horse when practicing.
                            This was the practice at least 3 years ago.


                            • #54
                              This is a fun thread!

                              Medivalist, lemme guess, the hose belonged to the guy with the polo pony! Fun group over there.

                              I had the jump rule at the last barn I was at, but just for the indoor. The indoor is tiny, so really you had to flat, then stop and put up jumps or you would crash for sure.

                              At Ri-Arm, we had the hoof pick rule too. It keeps the dirt where it belongs and keeps the aisle clean. I was in the barn attached to the indoor so I helped me alot. The other girls had a little bucket to pick feet into so they had less to sweep up. These were our ideas, not the owner!

                              Chelsea Eq. Center in NYC has the poop in the indoor thing. I had to send out grooms every two hours to scoop poop. Ridiculous! They hated me for it.

                              Not being able to cut your hair? I can't even get my kids to remember to use a hair elastic. Sheesh.


                              • #55
                                <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Did you know that at Sweet Briar College if you have your own horse and you want it turned out, you have to do it and stay with the horse.
                                Also, you cannot go faster than a trot in their indoor unless you are in a lesson, even on your own horse when practicing. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                                Hello everyone ... I've been a lurker here for quite some time, but I just had to respond to this - I am a student at SBC currently & involved in the riding program - and, while the above statement may have been true at one point, it's no longer the case. Private horses get turnout & you don't have to sit there and watch, and we are allowed to do any flatwork we choose in the rings (including the indoor) outside of lessons. However, you do have to have permission to *jump* outside of lessons.. A lot of the stuff we do seems a little anal (there are tests you have to pass to be able to go & hack, etc) but it's pretty much for the safety of the students & horses. Just wanted to clear that up ... [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]


                                • #56
                                  Ok i love my new barn (no analness heehee) but my old horrid barn was well, a different story:

                                  if you were to ever fold a sheet you must have the monogram showing just to show everyone how wonderful you were for having stuff monogrammed

                                  the blankets and other stuff had to be lined up perfectly!

                                  You MUST wear TS...NO IFs ANDs or BUTs

                                  He wanted his students to wear makeup (i guess so we can look like nice snobs or whatever)


                                  • #57
                                    But maybe someone else has more faith in it that I do?

                                    It's a technique for figuring out if a mare is pregnant or cycling. This lady who shipped nursemares everywhere swore by it.

                                    You take a dog chain and hold it over the mare's loin area. If the chain starts to swing in a circle in one direction, it means one thing. If it circles in another, it means something else. If it goes back and forth without circling, it's still another thing.

                                    I couldn't believe it when she expounded upon this technique--at length!--to the barn manager at one of those humongous, high-powered breeding facilities. The guy was such a saint for letting her go on. I was cringing in embarassment.

                                    A divining rod for horses?

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                                    • #58
                                      I was at a barn that instead of anal barn rules had rules depending on the owners mood:

                                      "You can hose your horse off in the grooming area if you like." That afternoon a big sign appears 'Do NOT hose you horse off in the grooming area.'

                                      You can dump water buckets out in this area. The next day Do not dump water buckets in this area.

                                      This was constant until I had enough and left.


                                      • #59
                                        "Do not annoy the trainer". Our trainer gets pretty anal over that one. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]


                                        • #60
                                          Geez! Some of these people are more anal than Marine Corps drill instructors!
                                          Is minic a rinne bromach gioblach capall cumasach
                                          An awkward colt often becomes a beautiful horse .