I'm probably thinking too much about this, but I don't want to get on my trainer's bad side or offend her in any way because she's great. So, I'm hoping to maybe get a couple of opinions. (My trainer's also the BO.)
I ride at a small, laid back barn. I don't board there, I just take lessons. Anyway, one of the horses I ride doesn't have a halter and lead rope that's designated for them. So, the trainer just tells me to grab one from the barn. Which means taking one of the private boarders halters/ropes from the aisle.
This makes me very uneasy. Kind of like if the horse owner walked in, and I had their halter, I'd feel like a thief, or that I'd been 'caught.' I've seen barn drama erupt over a missing curry comb, much less a halter.
So, I went out and bought a halter and lead rope. It's nothing fancy at all. Just a simple halter with throat latch and nylon lead. But now I wonder if I'll be stepping on my trainer's toes if I come walking up with them in tow. I wouldn't want it just for me, but also for other people that use that lesson horse.
Would you be offended if a student did this?