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    Sudden closing of barn for several hours question

    My barn owners this afternoon announced via Facebook group that the barn is closed to all boarders tomorrow until 2 pm. No reason has been given. I wanted to come on here and just get people's opinions on this because tbh it is making me a little annoyed. I feel as though a reason should be given, even if it is privately through pm's or text. I also feel that they shouldn't be denying me access to my horses. And truth be told I don't know if this is a knee jerk reaction because I am annoyed about a couple other situations at this particular barn or not.

    One thing my friend said was that a horse could be being euthanized. If that is the case, I would be very respectful and stay away anyway, unless there was an emergency with my horses, but I still feel like we should be getting a heads up.

    Anyway, I am not trying to be a butthead here, but I genuinely would like opinions.

    #2
    I mean, you are getting a head’s up. They let you know the barn’s closed in advance, right? Unless it directly affects your or your horse, they don’t really owe you an explanation. A couple of hours without access to your horse won’t kill either of you.

    If this is a pattern and you’re not happy, find another place to board.

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      #3
      You don't know enough to know anything. Pause.

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        #4
        If this is outside the norm for this barn, I would respect their request that the barn was closed until 2:00pm

        Just because your horse is there doesn't mean that you are on wide-open public property. Your barn and facilities (assuming here as you don't say) may be located on the same property as your barn owners. Maybe a horse being euthanized. Maybe the owners are having a Celebration of Life for close friend or family member. Not sure why everything that would happen on the property should become all the boarders' business.

        Maybe they don't even want anyone to know that a beloved horse is being euthanized not just because they want you to stay away but maybe also because the owner/rider/? of that beloved horse just doesn't want to even face questions or comments from any of the boarders.

        The barn owner would need to explain to all boarders or no boarders. I vote for no boarders and say MYOB until you hear otherwise and respect the wishes of the owners.
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          #5
          I wouldn't be annoyed since it is not even a full day. You still have several hours where you can come out.
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            #6
            I am not planning on showing up, I moved my plans around tomorrow so I could avoid just showing up during the time stated by the owners. I do not have a barn, I board at the barn. I wish I had a barn, because then my stress level would be a lot lower right now.

            I am actively looking for another place. There aren't many options in my area, unfortunately.

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              #7
              Maybe they’re doing a super cleaning of the barn, rearranging things, painting or maybe decorating the barn for Christmas? Don’t make too much of it. It would have been nice to know why but I wouldn’t dwell on it, it’s only for a couple of hours.

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                #8
                Originally posted by montikarla View Post
                I am not planning on showing up, I moved my plans around tomorrow so I could avoid just showing up during the time stated by the owners. I do not have a barn, I board at the barn. I wish I had a barn, because then my stress level would be a lot lower right now.

                I am actively looking for another place. There aren't many options in my area, unfortunately.
                Why stress? Your horse is fine. I wouldn't worry. I expect an explanation will be forth coming.

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                  #9
                  Or no explanation. Again, if it's not all day and not a normal thing, MYOB. You are paying them to take care of the horse and reasonable access. They are not being unreasonable.
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Scribbler View Post

                    Why stress? Your horse is fine. I wouldn't worry. I expect an explanation will be forth coming.
                    I am not stressing because of the closure, I am stressing due to a bunch of other things going on there. Easy way to put it is that my idea of appropriate horse care is waaaay above what they think it should be. Like clean water troughs and stuff.

                    Edited to add: The stress comment was directed at the fact that if I had my horses at home or was renting part of the facility to look after them myself, my stress level would be a lot lower. It is related directly to care and not to the closing of the barn for 7 hours.

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                      #11
                      Other reasonable possibilities: maybe they have contractors coming to work on electrical or plumbing or roofs or excavation or something like that. Maybe the power will be off for several hours, so no lights or water. Maybe they are doing some serious rodent remediation. Maybe they are meeting with a realtor about selling the place and don't want anyone around. I could keep making things up, but you get the idea.

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                        #12
                        When I put my horse down, my trainer closed the barn. (I didn't ask.) No, she didn't give anyone a reason, and she didn't have to. I wanted to do it peacefully, quietly, and without most people knowing. The last thing I needed was 30+ children and parents and boarders (most of whom I barely knew) bombarding me with texts and in person comments during a very difficult moment. To this day most think my mare just went back to my home/to a new owner.

                        The world doesn't revolve around you. As a private BUSINESS the barn reserves the right to modify hours occasionally, of course with the assumption that horse care proceeds as usual.

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                          #13
                          I tend to think this is a case where you're letting your irritation with outside/additional issues cloud your judgement on a single topic.

                          Ultimately, while a barn being closed suddenly for several hours could be irritating (and definitely odd), it's in the territory of things that I think you've got to shrug it off. I get out of sorts when I have to change my plans last minute (so can see where someone would be cross over this) but at the end of the day, I realize that no barn wants to send out a notice of a sudden closure for several hours. Whatever is going on to necessitate this is significant enough that they've made the decision that they have to risk the irritation/frustration of boarders over a last minute closing vs staying open - so it's probably worth my being empathetic/understanding about.

                          (As specified above, one of the most likely examples of this is going to be a euthanasia situation - and no, you aren't owed the details about this. It is sadly not uncommon for someone to face outside individuals second guessing/gossiping/judging them in euthanasia situations so for a barn owner/manager to elect to keep the barn clear for a person and not let the boarding population know what's up can be an act of extreme compassion for someone in a difficult situation.)

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by montikarla View Post

                            I am not stressing because of the closure, I am stressing due to a bunch of other things going on there. Easy way to put it is that my idea of appropriate horse care is waaaay above what they think it should be. Like clean water troughs and stuff.

                            Edited to add: The stress comment was directed at the fact that if I had my horses at home or was renting part of the facility to look after them myself, my stress level would be a lot lower. It is related directly to care and not to the closing of the barn for 7 hours.
                            If you feel the barn does not give adequate care then you should have moved your horses last month.

                            An emergency closure is completely different from ongoing bad care. Two different issues. Don't get them all muddled up.

                            Sounds to me like you are looking for a reason to get mad and have a hissy fit. Not a good move.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by montikarla View Post

                              I am not stressing because of the closure, I am stressing due to a bunch of other things going on there. Easy way to put it is that my idea of appropriate horse care is waaaay above what they think it should be. Like clean water troughs and stuff.

                              Edited to add: The stress comment was directed at the fact that if I had my horses at home or was renting part of the facility to look after them myself, my stress level would be a lot lower. It is related directly to care and not to the closing of the barn for 7 hours.
                              You think? It looks easy until you are the one dealing with every single little issue.

                              Why not just ask the BO why the barn is closed? Your rant is kind of pointless.

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                                #16
                                Based on my past experiences, typically if it was anything related to barn updates, footing, cleaning, etc., a reason is given. "Hey guys, we're having the indoor arena footing completely redone, please refrain from coming out to the barn on Friday." So for the request to be sent with no reason why, I would have automatically assumed it was something far more sensitive and none of my business.

                                Is it annoying to be told you can't visit your horse, especially on a day or at a time you were already planning to? Sure. Is it a major issue when it occurs once in a blue moon? No.

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                                  #17
                                  This is a MYOB situation. The barn is private property. They gave you a courtesy heads up on the closure. If they didn't give a reason, then it most likely doesn't affect the horses or their care, and its really none of your business. If your horses aren't getting proper care, you should have already moved them. This is no reason to be upset. Other issues may be, but again, that's an entirely separate issue.

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                                    #18
                                    In the spirit of "we should be there to advise and support each other on coth and not reprimand with meaness because we all have our days, just like our horses do...." I'll go a slightly different route, yes it is annoying, yes I would want to know why, however after venting, because hey we all need to vent and rant and thats what friends are for.. I would hold my tongue with the bo, and just wait till you get there later on today, and see what if anything has changed. Maybe a horse is gone.. which is super sad of course, maybe they have updated something really nice for the boarders and wanted it to be a surprise, maybe the bo lost a family member and the funeral ppl were at their house if it is at the same place helping make arrangements and they didnt want to be asked questions.

                                    Either way, yes annoying, yes better to vent here than to your bo, and I'm glad we could be here for you to get your frustration out, I hope all is well at your barn and it is a super nice update for the boarders, check back and let us know how it goes and have a great Friday the 13th and weekend!!!!

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                                      #19
                                      This is why some barns are closed one day a week, typically Mondays. To allow for major repairs, maybe a pest exterminator, tree removal, grading or paving work, euthanasia(s) and removing the carcass, especially if the truck is not right there and doesn’t have an etched in stone arrival time, newsflash, they usually are not there when they drop the horse(s)...something nobody really needs to see. Don’t need to see the carcass , don’t need to see how they get it in the truck. People come on here all the time to complain about that scheduled one day a week closure too, can’t win.

                                      Something only one person has mentioned, an unexpected death in BOs immediate family or emergency trip to the hospital and unexpected surgery. They didn’t close it to go shopping or irritate boarders.

                                      I know it’s annoying but you’ll suffer less stress if you are more willing to show a little compassion towards your BOs throughout your horse owning years. They are human and they did notify OP, as opposed to just locking the place up for a half day. BTDT, day before would have been much better. In that case, BOs spouse had a cardiac event the afternoon before, nearly died, spent the night in the hospital and had surgery the next morning. Neighbor fed and watered that night and the next day. Stuff happens.

                                      Being unhappy with the barn for other reasons was not shared in the OP and, really, doesn’t change there may be legit reasons and BOs are entitled to the benefit of the doubt here. First reaction should be hope everybody is alright, not how dare they inconvenience me.
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                                        #20
                                        If it's not a normal thing, I don't see it as a problem either. I had to euthanize a horse last year. I wish the barn owner had closed the barn. The horse was in great physical health, but was mentally a train wreck. I had had this mare for a couple years, with many $ in vet bills, and trainer bills trying to help her. She had progressed to attacking people, may have been having hallucinations, and was just really unsafe to be around. The barn that I'm at is full of older adult ammys who would fork over their entire bank account for their horses, even the 35 year old horse with no teeth that can barely walk around its pasture type of deal and are pretty anti-euthanasia... so the thought of putting a young horse that *looked* physically in peak condition was just appalling to them. BO and I made up a definite diagnosis of brain tumor (slight possibility but not diagnosed) to ward them off, but it was embarrassing and shaming and having the other boarders around right after was really pretty harmful.

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