I will try to keep this short. There's a notoriously hard to catch pony at the barn. He and my horse are like mutt & jeff(that ages me!). He will follow Lucky anywhere. So I can catch him very easily. He is on stall board with turn out but he often doesn't get brought in because he's so hard to catch. I met his owner, X, for the first time this weekend and she saw her pony follow me and Lucky to the gate.
She then expressed her concerns about the pony not coming in to eat and his weight loss. I stayed noncommital as I won't badmouth out BO but X is right. The pony doesn't always come in. X asked me to bring him in when I get Lucky so he can at least get dinner in his stall(they free feed in the pasture so the pony gets run off the food). I don't mind doing this and can easily turn him back out after my ride. Its not really extra work for me as he follows Lucky anyway.
My problem is I feel like I have to say something to the BO. I can't just randomly bring in and turn out someone elses pony. The BO would find that odd at best and I don't want her to think I am just overstepping as I like this barn and the BO. But I cannot for the life of me think of how to say this to her without it sounding like "X thinks you're neglecting her pony so she wants me to bring him in" not in those exact words but everything I think of seems to imply that...can anyone think of a diplomatic way to phrase it? If you were the BO, how would you want to hear this?
I don't want to be in the middle nor do I want to cause trouble between the 2 women. I like the pony and don't mind helping out but I don't want to cause or fuel any drama...thanks for reading this :)
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