Top Ten Ways to Have Fun While Working at The Barn!
It’s not always fun to work as hard as we do at the barn - long days, on your feet, all sorts of weather. I think we all have a choice (yes, a CHOICE) to have either a bad day or a good day. Or you can take it one step further and say it’s a choice between having a good day or an EXCELLENT day.
So I asked my buddies at the barn for their “secrets” to making every day excellent-ish. Some days are harder than others.
- Keep a positive mood in the barn. Moods are contagious, and while you can have a bad day, let everyone else’s good mood peer pressure you into having a good day.
The horses are a great source of entertainment, too!
- Play games when you and your barn mates are cleaning tack, grooming horses, mucking stalls, doing chores. Some favorite games came up:
If your horse was a car, high schooler, human, celebrity, which would he be and why?
If your horse was human, what would his job be?
Share your embarrassing bloopers?
- Break up the day with breaks. You need to do this. In many cases, it’s the law! Make time for a proper, sit down lunch. Again, you are likely entitled to this according to state and federal employment laws (for hourly employees). These breaks recharge your batteries and fill your belly.
- Have a dance party. Listen to some music as you do your chores and don’t be afraid to let the rhythm get you, Gloria Estefan style.
- Spend quality time with your horses. Grooming, playing with, just get close to them and snuggle. Find some time and just spend it, no to do list, no pressing task.
- Have good snacks. You don’t need to have healthy stuff all the time, popsicles are fine too.
No barn freezer is complete without IceHorse packs and popsicles.
- Make sure your boss is leading by example - a happy boss has happy workers. Find a barn that feels right for working, lessons, or boarding.
- Stay open to learning. Everyone can teach you something, even if its what not to do. I find myself looking up tidbits of trivia about the bugs, critters and wildlife that I see at the barn. (Did you know that male box turtles can have red eyes?)
- Start the Nickname Olympics. Every horse needs about a million nicknames.
- Work as a team when you can. This makes dreaded chores easier and more fun!
These goofballs, despite having a mesh lingerie bag, prefer to do things old school and untangle miles of standing wraps the hard way. Teamwork.
- Don’t take yourself too seriously. Yes, stuff should be clean, healthy, well taken care of. But no one will perish in a huge tragic ball of flames if you accidentally don’t use a tiny toothbrush and a magnifying glass to clean the saddle this one time. Case in point, this article actually has eleven ideas. Oh well!
How do you have some fun at the barn?