I am the proud owner of Murray, the TB/QH gelding and he is one of my treasures, along with my dog Miya and rabbit Starlight. They are my babies.
Now, my dad likes to come to the barn without telling me, and spoils my horse like it was his. He even calls Murray "my boy" all the time! I went to the barn yesterday and my brushes were NOT cleaned! Turns out, he went to the barn on Sunday without telling me, brushed him and was about to take him out on a trail ride but didn't.
I have Murray on a strict English riding ONLY routine, as he was a trail horse and I would like to do some small English shows with Murray. My dad rode Western in the 70s, and ALWAYS tries to ride Murray Western when I DO let him ride. Arms wiggling the reins, legs kicking him! Arugh!
As much as I want to yell at him for trying to take over my horse, I can't. I would MUCH prefer him to ASK me before anything dealing with my horse, and NOT to call him his horse since Murray is rightfully mine (bought and paid for by me). Also to RESPECT my rules with my horse (no random treats at all!) and to keep my equipment clean!
/rant. Thanks to those who read it. Nice to spill it out.