Cultural differences: Barns in the US verses UK
I was just curious, wondering if this was my own experience or if others can relate to it as well. It seems to me, having lived in Britain for a bit over four years, that the barn owners here take a more proactive role in your horse's care than ones in the US.*
At most stables in the US I've kept horses at (there was one exception), the barn fed and watered your horse, cleaned its stall, turned it out, maybe blanketed it, and left you to get on with everything else. If you needed their help, say to hold the horse for a vet visit or shoeing, they are available, but for the most part that is up to you. It's also your job to inform them of the more mundane things, like what blankets you want on at whatever time of year, what supplements you want, etc.
At most of the stables I've kept the horse at in the UK, I have found that the barn owners take more responsibility for your horse's shoeing, worming, vaccinations, and other stuff. For example, I had my horse at one barn where I was constantly rowing with the owner about what blankets (rugs) my horse wore -- she had her ideas and I had mine and I wasn't there 24/7 to put the blankets I liked on my horse and make sure they stayed on. They decide what blankets are most suited to the weather, the supplements your horse should have, etc. As an owner, you hardly ever interact with folk like your farrier.
The latter used to drive me totally bonkers. I've gotten more used to it, though sometimes (like with the aforementioned blanket issue) it still drives me nuts.
As I said, I'm just curious. Does this reflect anyone else's experience?
*I mean full livery in the UK, not part or DIY or whatever