I know that barn owners work super hard themselves. I will never deny this. But I also think, in general, people take more pride in something that is theirs versus something that's just a job. What really motivates a worker to give more of themselves to that job is feeling like they're part of a real team. (But for the love of all things, please don't refer to them as teammates or your team. Coming from corporate America, it feels super demeaning.) Make them feel like an appreciated and important member who's work makes a difference. The person who "just cleans stalls" is probably the first one to notice that your horse came in from the paddock with a twisted shoe. Or a cut on his leg. That person probably saved you a vet bill by tending to that issue. Tell that person thank you. You know what? Even if that person hasn't found something wrong with your horse lately, tell them thank you anyway.
I know most of my audience here is the stall cleaner and often the barn owner as well. So you don't really need this message. But it was something that's been bothering me as I see more of these owners posting this same story. And I just needed to talk about it.