Long story short, I board my horse with family and pay practically nothing, just enough to help with the electric bill. They feed my horse twice a day and that's it as far as care. My family, myself, and the one other boarder, are all newbies. The 3 horses I've kept there in the past 3 years have never had a problem being caught, especially the mare I own now. She's as sweet as they come, you can walk right up to her. At most, she might take a couple steps.
I've never been around to see them try to catch my horse, no need if I'm there, but boy do I hear about it.
"She wouldn't stop running away. It took three of us to get her in the stall."
Of course I don't roll my eyes in front of them, it's all part of keeping the peace.
Anyway, this is coming from a guy that doesn't even pet his horses, let alone give them praise for anything. He chucks their hay at their heads. At least mine and the other boarders for sure, and then wonders why my horse could possibly be running away from him. She must just be a terrible horse. Man would I love to tell him that his horsemanship sucks big time and that's the problem, NOT my horse.
Anyway, I can't say this all to them, it would do nothing but cause trouble. They think they know more than I do because they have all the horse friends and all I have is them. But in reality I have more knowledge in my pinky finger, thanks to this forum and the curiosity it provokes in things I would have never thought about. So, I just nod and apologize for my horse being so bad.
Thanks to whoever gets through this, and any encouraging words on mixing horses and family is much appreciated.