Maple, your BO sounds almost as smarmy as drafty's employer. Now that I have a couple of boarders, reading the things that some boarders go through just floors me. The fence issue is totally unacceptable and hassling you about payment before it is even due, what the heck?! If either of my 2 boarders ever complain, I'm going to print the horror stories I read on here off for them LOL. One of the horses staying with me is in foal w/unknown due date (long, long story and will share if it is okay with owner - I will ask) and owner works 3rd shift so I'm doing foal watch even, up every few hours to check on her, wasn't asked, offered to do it, no intention of charging her for it. Just seems the right thing to do for the horse.
Glad that DD is getting on well with Nod. Can't wait to see show pics!
M will be showing w/t/c this year on Stubby, also plans to ride my big Hano mare on the flat in hunter under saddle & Equitation. I shot down her full plans when she informed me that she was going to jump her, um not happening kid. Missy is an amazing mare, calm schoolmaster on the flat but over a jump course is a very bold mare, not bad but she knows her job and she loves it - requires a confident, strong rider. When jumping you feel all the power that her 16.3hh body has in it. I love it but DD is nowhere near ready for that.
Got bad news about EZ, the sorrel mare I had given to me for M. She toes out in the front and paddles slightly because of it. Didn't think too much of it, they can't all have perfect confo and she's dead to rights broke & show pen polished so I overlooked it. Well, with much consistent riding she becomes a gimp. Had farrier, chiro & vet (all at the same time, that took some miraculous planning) The toed out part, rotation starts all the way in her shoulder and the 3 decided it was likely that she will hold up to be a w/t or walk only trail horse at best. Farrier said he could do a rocker shoe on the fronts and work with chiro but neither was optimistic and thought likely at her age it would do more harm than good. Soooo, EZ is going back to her old owner for her to figure out what to do with her, retire her or find another home. Either way, she won't hold up for what I need out of her. It's a pretty big bummer and M wasn't happy at all about it but does understand. A few minutes after we talked about it, she told me "Well then mom, Merit will just have to get old enough for me faster or let me help you teach him to ride." Um, he is to be hers years & miles down the road, he won't be 2 for another month. Suppose my kid will follow family footsteps and be a trainer herself? She's a bit young yet but doesn't think so herself. I have let her sit on him and did catch her on him in the pasture once as a yearling - he's quiet enough he let her lead him by his mane to a gate, climb on him and mosey around while he ate. I have to admit, he is one of the most quiet, willing youngsters I've had. Even before I cut him, he didn't know he had the equipment and now that the mares are all in heat and all the boys are going crazy, he's perfectly happy that they are just leaving him alone and couldn't care less that they are springtime hussies. Love that little guy