Could I get some feedback on what you think of some of the things that the barn where I board allow or do.
First I would like to say that there is about 40 horses including indoor and outdoor board. I'm outdoor board. My first issue is in regards to a incident that happened today while I was at the tack area. I had my horse tied to a post and when people walk by with their horses I move my horse so that they may safely pass. The area was poorly thought out and if more than one horse is tied on on opposite sides you can barely squeeze through safely. Anyway to get to the incident, I had moved my horse to the side and was standing just past his shoulder while brushing him. The girl is a student and she was walking a young QH/pony with the horse trailing about 4 feet behind her and then the pony stopped and just when the words were coming out of my mouth that she should move on the horse spooked at something and kicked out with both hind legs missing my horse and me by about a foot. I was freaked out to say the least. I let the girl have it for not leading her horse properly and letting the horse stop. They are not puppies allowed to stop and sniff whatever they want. So I brought it up with the BM and BO. Immediately they went on the defensive. Instead of being concerned about the incident or admitting the student needs to be retold the rules. The BO even told me not to stand behind a horse. What??? I did not stand behind the horses butt. I was so pissed that a kid walking a horse that can explode like that is not a concern to be brought up. I would have thought the BM or Bo would want to know that this occurred.
My other issue is that lesson horses are put into turn out with privately owned horses. Is this common practice? I would think that young or inexperienced riders going to get their lesson horse from a pasture of other horses could be dangerous. There is one lesson horse that is in with a very intimidating horse that even the mucker won't go into. There is also a lesson horse in with my two horses. For me, I don't really like the fact that strangers are always going in. One day I even noticed my halter had been used or fiddled with.
Okay there is my long story..sorry about that...so what are your thoughts? Is your barn like this?