Join Date: May 2011
Location: Asherville, Indiana
One thing I hate about 4H fair time is the tack stalls. People will cram their saddles, grooming kits, blankets, buckets, etc. all in the 3 or 4 horse stalls being used for equipment that week. I feel that would be what boarding would be like, because everyone's things always end up piled on my stuff. So when I would go to retrieve my saddle there would be blankets, a grooming box, buckets, and haybales piled up on and against my tack. I'd just put everythng back and simmer to myself, trying to control the urge to shove their things off and onto the floor.
I always wanted to have a small farm and board horses, but I would be the most anal person on the face of the earth. Everything has to be in its place, and if someone uses someone else's things without asking, I want to freak out because I always hate it when it happens to me. My friends will use my brushes, which is okay I guess, but they don't ask beforehand. They'll be half done brushing their horse and say "Oh hey, is this okay?" Not like I can say no now, it's already almost over with.
I occassionally keep my horses at my friend's barn and she's amazing. Of course she's trained horses for over 40 years and ridden for over 50 (though she can't now because of bad bones). She always fed my horses just right and made sure they were nice and cozy in their own little pasture. She never missplaced my things or really even touched them unless she had to (halters, etc.). I want a barn like hers; nice, small, and cozy.
Some of these BO stories are just crazy. I'd have a heart attack from stress. Or go on a rampage. I do not accept that kind of usage of horses and tack that belong to me, nor would I allow it if I were taking care of someone else's. ESPECIALLY if I was taking care of someone else's! I would go out of my way to make sure that horse got top level care and attention because who would want upset customers?! Some of these barns are obviously very unprofessional and don't know what they're doing. A lot is expected from BOs and BMs.
Some people need a different profession.
Whoever said a horse was dumb, was dumb.
If your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question or asked the question wrong.