I was thinking about my boarders and how blessed I am. I have a boarding facility that has very little drama and people who truly care about each other. It is not a perfect barn at all but in my mind it sure comes close. And I am not talking about the amenities or the care we give. I am talking about the clients that make a barn what it is.
David and I feel truly blessed because on the days that we are feeling exhausted and the weather has made our job incredibly hard, that is when someone will come up to me or him and thank us for all we do to take care of the horses. It is amazing but those simple little words "Thank you" can change your whole day and put a spring in your step. It's a feeling that you are appreciated for the job you do daily in every kind of weather imaginable, that will keep you going.
A perfect gift at the right time
If you are wondering what to give the barn owner or barn manager where you board your horse, I have the perfect gift you can give them and it will make their day unbelievably better. When you go out to the barn today, tell them "Thank you" for the great care they give. Tell them "Thank you" for plowing the snow and dragging the arena. Tell them "Thank you" for fixing things that get broken because horses will break many things including the fencing and it often seems to happen when it is frigid outside! Tell them "Thank you" for feeding great hay and plenty of it. Tell them "Thank you" for taking care of the horses seven days a week and even on Christmas day. Remember that there will be many barn owners and managers that have to leave parties and family celebrations on Christmas day to go feed and water a bunch of horses no matter what the weather is. That means changing from the dress clothes that they hardly ever wear to their old work jeans and jacket again for maybe the third time that day. The gift of appreciation will give them encouragement on a day that might be extremely hard and exhausting. The gift of appreciation will give them the strength to keep going when they want to give up. The gift of appreciation doesn't cost a thing but it's value is priceless.
One little note- A "Thank you" doesn't always need to be in person. When I get a text or email from a client who took the time to write me a little note of appreciation, it absolutely makes my day! It tells me that they value me and David enough to take the time to write a few words to us.
Yes it is true, every barn owner that has decided to board horses has chosen this career of their own choice and you might think that it is all part of it. Yes, it is part of the job but as my dad use to say, "A simple thank you can make the hardest job seem so much better on those difficult days." When you take the time to thank a barn owner or manager and you are specific about certain things you notice with the care and upkeep of the barn, it will send a message to them that their hard work does make a difference in someone's life and that is an incredible feeling.
If you are looking for something to give the barn owner or manager at your barn, remember that a simple thank you is an incredible gift and it is something you can use all year long. It is not used often enough these days in our world.