Appropriate Behavior for a Stablehand (vent?)
Hello all! Long time, no posting. This is something I have been thinking about asking for a while, but I decided to see how it would play out.
As of Monday, I just got another job cleaning stalls. I currently work at my neighbors house, cleaning up after three older horses. Two of those horses are complete brats. Their owner never comes out, so they never get worked with. This past month their manners have gotten consistently worse. The mare is by far the biggest pain to work around. I point and tell her to move, and she puts her ears back, puts her butt to me, swats her tail, and finally walks away. If she was my horse, she would have a come to jesus meeting, but she is not mine. I have worked with her before, with permission of course, but I am not willing to work with her. The ground is icy, and I don't want to even risk injuring her or myself, but I don't want to have to deal with her bad manners. Should I carry a dressage crop with me now? Send her off more aggressively?
My new job has a bigger problem. There is two Arabian trainers there, so there is a couple of pretty hot horses. Already hot horses+High energy food+stall=Scary Hot horses. I have to move them from their stall to an empty one while I muck out their stall. One of them I can barely manage to get a halter on, get half dragged by them to the stall, and then rip the halter off, spin around, and close the door before he attempts to rush out. It's not that I'm intimidated or scared handling them, I just hate doing it. They are in flat leather halters, so I really have no control at all. Would it be wrong to bring a rope halter so I at least have some type of control? (I would tell the BO that I would prefer just using one halter so I don't mix up their halters) Or at least voice my concerns? I just really, REALLY, don't want to deal with this every day.
So what is the appropriate behavior for a stablehand in both of these situations?