I know you are not complaining when you say this, but I just laugh everytime someone posts something like this. I guess I was raised around horses a little differently, always having them either at home or doing self-care.. I've never had full or partial board... I've always had to go out twice a day... So when I see stuff like this I just think, "Well, yeah, you own a horse, duh!"...
Personally, if I wasn't willing to put in the extra time to take care of my horse myself, and go out there everyday, twice a day, then I wouldn't own a horse. I don't like the idea of someone taking care of my horse for me, or spending more time with my horse than I would. It's kind of a pet peeve of mine, people who own horses, but have full board and only ever go to the stable to ride, they never actually get a taste of real horse ownership... I'll probably get bashed for saying that, but oh well.
Thatdraftgirl I agree with you 100%...I think there are often two categories with horses....horseowners and horsemen/women.
Many people don't have a choice but to board their horses due to circumstance. Me being one of them that have to pick up at a moment's notice and move around due to the military. Then maybe a child that develops the horse interest and shows and competes etc and their parents don't have the means on their own property to have the horse or maybe keep up the expected care for a show/competetive horse.
'Horse owners' are those people who see their horse every so often....usually the day board is due to drop off the check. When they have their horses on their own property, they are the ones who rarely pay attention to their horse and feel it can just live eating their backyard grass and there is no other care or attention needed. They will go out and see the horse when company shows up and they want to pet it. I would say that these people made up most of the people at my last/first barn I ever boarded at. You never saw the horse owners. These horse were turned in and out at feeding where it was then seen how neglected their care was with hooves, coats, manes and tails, lameness and wounds.
'Horsemen/women' are those people who actually care about the animals needs daily, mentally and physically, whether or not someone else is feeding them or not. Even though I am not a fancy rider with fancy horses, I care for my horses everyday and often care for others horses too! I breaks my heart to see horses coming in and out to be fed by the BO and never receive any care from there actual owner. I would often brush those horses too or even just pet them while they ate. I remember one horse owner at our barn....she would take her gelding out on all day trail rides, come back, untack...horse completely sweaty and dirty, full of ticks....she would just turn it out to the pastures like that. My daughter would bring him in the barn later and we would hose him off and pick at ticks. Or someone who has an old 30 year old mare, rarely sees her owner, is skinny and only fed the cheap grain the BO provides, has no teeth, is eaten up by the flies, coat is never brushed and mane is in dreadlocks. Unreal to me, but true all too often.
Before this last move across the country....I flew out here to check out boarding facilities beforehand. When I saw that I could board my horses on the base where I lived down the street and was in charge of my own animals all the time....it was Heaven to me, despite the work. Nothing makes me happier.