As I mentioned in a previous blog, I love learning how other barns do things and why! I try to be open minded to others thoughts and policies. There are lots of different ways of doing things and different does not necessarily mean right…or wrong for that matter. It is just different. What works for one, may not work for another. But it is always fun to explore the differences.
At Biamonte Stables, we are open every day. Our boarders can come to the barn 365 days of the year. We prefer that our clients come to spend time with their horses as much as possible. Handled and exercised horses are much happier horses! It doesn’t change what I do when clients are in the barn. In my world everyday is pretty much the same.
Holidays are no exception. In fact, we love when the clients come to the barn on holidays. I usually give staff off for holidays. In fact I have only had 1 Christmas off in 30 years. That was because my staff got together and gave me the week off for my Christmas present that year. My husband and I went to Florida to visit family. It was Ah-mazing! Thank you Sandy and Lauren!!!!!
I am just not that boss that makes people work on Christmas if it is not necessary! I try to make the 2 big holidays, Christmas and New Years, a lil special at the barn for me, the horses and anyone who stops in. Christmas I have coffee, mimosas, and snacks available for anyone who stops in. For the horses we always do the Christmas bran mash. Often clients come for the feeding of that. Its fun and the horses love it! We go all out for that bran mash. We chop up apples, shred carrots, dissolve peppermint, and stir in applesauce and various other ingredients. All the horses have stockings hung on their stall fronts for Santa to put things in for them when he comes. I love to see clients come out to the barn on Christmas. I hate spending Christmas alone so it makes it nice for me too!
New Years isn’t as big a deal. I just do coffee, bloody mary’s and snacks. But it is still nice to see the clients and start the new year off with them! Even the neighbors know to stop by the barn on these 2 holidays!
So I was left wondering and of course thought I would ask… because you know I love a good discussion!
What does your barn do?
What do you think about barns being closed on certain days and on major holidays?