Is this normal?
Hi, I board my horse at a small facility, this is my first horse so I have a couple of questions about things that I wonder if are just normal at boarding facilities:
1. When I'm not there other boarders and their friends/families visit with my horse, let their kids pet him, give treats, etc. I just recently found this out, and I'm a little uncomfortable about it, especially hand-feeding treats to him. Is this just normal part of boarding?
2. My horse has an in and out. There are rubber mats in the stall, no shavings, board owner doesn't believe in shavings, says it affects breathing. Well, he goes to bathroom in his stall most of the time, very rarely outside. I have arrived unexpectedly a couple of times, and there is a stall chain across outside opening so he is kept outside. This is in hot weather and there are a lot of bugs this year. He does have water outside. He is a thin skinned TB, big baby about bugs, and has an eye condition, I have told her nicely, that I don't want him prevented from going into his stall especially in hot sunny weather and I thought it was agreed, but it happened again yesterday,(not my usual day I'm there). What can I do about this? Should I do something about this, should I look for another place, or is this no big deal and the norm?
I just want to add, that I muck his stall when I'm there, clean up any mess I make, and sometimes others if they left it, pay my board right on time, and treat the facility as I would want mine treated. So just wanted a little input, if I'm making too much of these matters. Thanks for any input and your time to read this.