I boarded horses at my farm for a couple of years, and I guess I just ended up with some goofy boarders. The first 3 weren't bad to start with - always paid on time, held up their share of the work, kept their special brand of grain in stock and monitored the levels of that on their own - great, great. I had it set up so everyone had a tack locker, and they had their own locks, and I had mine locked up seperate as well. There wasn't much of a problem to start with, but as time wore on, one of them decided I was picking on her horse. The ropes I left in the barn to be handy were dissapearing at an alarming rate as well. Now, I have a major pain of a mare that when she's feeling snotty to the other horses, I isolate her. period. When she gets over herself, she can play with the other horses again. Same goes for anyone else who is misbehaving. Well, I had a 3 month old foal that her horse had started picking on - big time. Not just nips here, I"m talking picking the baby up by the scruff - SO, he got isolated with a similar minded horse. They didn't pick on each other, and there was plenty of grass in the pasture, fresh water, shelter - you name it. She got ticked because he wasn't with my mare & foal. I explained to her why, and said I was sure they could run together again in a few days, a week maybe. Wasn't good enough. She was convinced I was pickin on him, and she gave me the threat 'well, if you don't make me happy, I'll leave!!!' I said as calmly as I ever could muster 'I guess if that's how you feel, you gotta do what you think is right, just like I have to do what I think is right to keep ALL the horses here safe healthy & happy'. She cut out not quite a month later while I was on vacation. Classy, huh? The last boarder I took in was slow to pay, and slow to keep her horse in their 'special grain'. I had no problem with 14 different grains for all the different horses, just they had to keep them in stock. Guess I was too accomodating, huh? AH well, won't do it again, at least not on a boarding only basis. I do board the horses I train, but no boarders just to be boarders. too much hassle.
Sorry some of this is mixed up, it was a mess of a sitch.
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