MIEventer... How much is your board and how much was board when you worked there?
All I have to say is, I will brush your horse's tail with a tooth brush if that's what someone is paying me to do. At $325 for full care board that includes trimming and worming at a clean facility like mine is unheard of. Do I beat horses in my care? Absolutely not.. But if a boarders horse bites me out of no where while I'm leading it to its paddock they are going to get punched or smacked HARD with the whip (if I happen to have one) on the neck. If the horse is a butthole for the farrier, hold him yourself or pay me for it. If you horse strikes me while I'm holding him for the farrier, I will smack the horse on the leg with a whip. I'm talking about MALACIOUS and DANGEROUS behavior. I don't make a habit of disciplining horse's and not get paid for it.. If its a repeated be havior then the owner needs to fix it or leave. If a horse dances in the washrack.. I don't care, but if he breaks my cross ties be prepared to pay for it. People that do otherwise are putting other people in harms way and shouldn't be horse owners. All my boarders know this before they board at my facility..