I find full livery in the UK to be a bit odd compared to full-care in the US. At the stables I boarded at in the US (and there were a lot of them as I had to move around a lot during university), the BOs gave the horse owners far space to care and make decisions for their horse however they saw fit, and feeding, blanketing, et. al. was much more of a team effort between horse owner and barn owner. If the BO felt something needed to be changed, they would say, "I think we should up her feed," and vice versa. Here, BOs are much more likely to make decisions *for* you unless you step in far more proactively and insist that this is how you want it done. And even then, they may argue with you. I've found a kind of "paradigm" amongst BOs in the UK that your average horse owner is a numpty who's decisions for their horse can and should be overruled. For instance, I've had running battles with a few successive BOs about how my horse should be rugged. Drives me nuts but it seems to be a part of the horse culture.
I'd love to have my horse on DIY, but for that to work I need to be living within ten minutes or less of the barn and all horses at the barn need to be on the same schedule -- not like your average chaotic DIY barn -- or she will pace the fence.
Last edited by thesilverspear; 01-09-2012 at 08:04 PM.