Originally Posted by whitetrashwarmblood
No, I'm talking about the people who almost never see their horses (come out once or twice a year), and their horses have either gotten grumpy, lonely, and some very energetic from not being ridden in such a long time. Some of these boarders I have never even seen before, and I work at the stables 5-6 days a week from 8am to sometimes 7pm (except on school days). Almost as if they forgot about them. I understand if you can't come out to see your horses for a few weeks. That's why you board them, or at least that could quite possibly be one of the reasons. Even though I work at the stable I board my horse, I don't always groom/ride her everyday.
We have many boarders who can only come out to ride or whatever whenever they can find a little gap in their busy work schedules. Even if that's once or twice every other month. They're awesome boarders, and I don't think they're neglecting their horses at all.
I was primarily posting in reply to QtrHorse and the person I quoted (not a member here). The purpose of boarding is exactly that...you PAY someone to do a set of duties you are unable to do that is agreed upon at the time you move your horse.
The person I quoted (again not a member here) posted that comment that made my blood rise for I don't see my horse even twice a week and since there is no indoor arena he basically rests in the winter. Now QtrHorse posted that she expected to see the boarders three times a week (almost sounds like they must sign some sort of agreement). So what if they get sick or have things crop up that prevents this...is she going to kick the boarders out ?
Believe me, my horse is not going to forget me and as long as he is healthy, happy and being fed right then I am satisfied if I don't see him more than once a month. I have had him in places where I was up more frequently and simply got fed up with having to throw him more hay to maintain weight. Where he is now he is spoiled rotten as far as being fed. If he is out and is unhappy (with flies or cold or whatever) he comes to the gate and he is brought in. The BO actually waits for him to get unhappy with the heat or whatever before she goes shopping. He eats a full bale of hay a day as well as a ton of treats. People at the barn go into his stall and scratch his withers and they play with him outside his stall with the "lets make faces game". When I come up it is work so I am sure he would rather have fun than work.
I tell you that any horse that lays stretched full out in the paddock snoring away with the hens roosting on his stomach and him sleeping through it, is very well taken care of...in spite of me not seeing him three times a week.