Apparently I am the odd one out here. Horses are horses. If they're close enough to each other to touch, they do horsie things, some of which we humans don't like. This includes chewing on each other's manes, tails, withers, kicking, biting, running each other about, etc. It's unfortunate, but cosmetic. If another horse kicked and permanently lamed yours (loose in pasture or through a fence), I doubt you'd get financial compensation even then, so expecting it for a chewed tail seems overly optimistic to me. Which is not to say I wouldn't be upset if it was my horse, I totally get that, I just don't think there's much to be done about it.
You said it better then I would have Sharpie. Our horse is at a boarding facility and is at risk from other horses and HUMANS! Everyday. But that's the risk you take boarding. Maybe one day I could get my fancy schancy show horse his own piece of land. But for the mean time he's gotta hang with the commoners! Lol!
Seriously. You expect monetary compensation because an animal acted like an animal? What are you going to do--sue? If your horse chewed someone else's horse's tail, would you give them $1000 or whatever a show horse's tail is worth?
(or maybe you should just shoot the horse for its transgression)
I do understand that this is horse behavior, but at the same time think this could have been prevented. I am in no way trying to make ridiculous claims, just wondering what people's experiences were in the past. If it were me owning the boarding facility, I would probably give at least a months free board or do something to compensate, but maybe that is just me. All I am doing is looking for advice from you guys since you are all so helpful. :)
I really don't appreciate the comments about shooting the horse... that is inappropriate.
Nah, sorry, there's no compensation for this. I think whoever is looking after the horses has other things to look besides chewed tails. That's a cosmetic thing only an owner would notice, or the BO after a few days. Not like the horse was in distress. If this wasn't my horse, I would be lying if I said I would notice this right off the bat. If it was my own personal horse, yes I would've picked up on it immediately.
How in the world is the BO supposed to prevent horses from exhibiting normal horse behavior? Muzzle them all?
When I boarded, my horses bit, kicked, and otherwise injured other people's horses. And other people's horses did the same to mine. I even had numerous incidents where my horse was injured by neglectful conditions caused by the BO's negligence (faulty fencing, etc.). Never once did I ask for or expect compensation, nor did anyone approach me and demand that I pay their horse's medical bills because my horse was a big meanie poop head. And this is way more serious than a half-chewed tail. Hell, I even knew a couple boarders who had a feud and intentionally hacked away at each other's horses' tails/manes. And nothing was done there, either, despite their immaturity. Might have actually been able to pursue petty legal charges in that case, though.
I don't think you will or should be compensated for this. I'm also thinking that maybe you are just upset and not thinking clearly yet.
The reason I say that is because my horse was once kicked by a horse in the pasture with him. It left a huge gash that required veterinary attention. We all witnessed it happen and so those first few days I was very upset and wanting the owner of the other horse to pay the vet bills....I'm pretty sure I was wanting the other horse to be shot, too, lol. After a little time when I wasn't so upset, I realized that it was just an accident...just one of those things that can happen when horses are kept together. I apologized where necessary and paid my own bill.
I know it's not the same thing exactly, I'm just trying to say that I know how upsetting it all can be and we can all be a little irrational when things first happen. Just take a little time to calm down. I am sure once you have, you will realize that it was just an accident.