.....about the BO
A little history:
When I was first searching for a horse, I was going to buy a Gypsy Vanner that she owned. But he turned out to be wayy too much of a horse for me (he reared and bucked with me...and I was a beginner at that time) so I said I didn't want to ride him again, ever.
So then I looked at another one of her horses...but he was wayyy too spooky for me so I passed on him.
Then I fell in love with one mare, named Star, and I had the vet out to do the pre-purcahse (even though the BO promised me she was healthy and sound) but she failed because she had arthritis and was showing early signs of lameness...even though I was a beginner...I knew that was bad hehe so I told the BO that I'd have to think about it, but I didn't think I would buy Star...and if I did, I wouldn't pay the $3600 she was asking...I'd only pay around $1500 because of her arthritis...and she got upset at me saying she wouldn't sell me a horse that wasn't sound and I told her I'm sure she wouldn't do it on purpose.
Well after Star, I kept looking for different horses and I found my boy, Sonny. The BO brought my horse searching up in a lesson and asked if I found any good sounded horses. I told her about Sonny...and she asked how much they were asking. I told her they were asking $5000 and she didn't say anything else.
A week later I bought Sonny, he passed the vet test with flying colors, and I brought him to the stables and boarded him there.
Well you could always tell that she was upset about me buying Sonny, but she didn't tell me it straight out.
Alright enough history....
The part that gets me upset mainly are these things
1) there are two boarders...me and another horse, Annabell. Well Annie's owner is paying $225 a month for pasture board, her horse has ruined the run-in-shed four times and the owner doesn't help at all around the stables...where as I have to pay $300 and work off $150 of it...and Sonny hasn't ruined anything yet. I, personally, don't think it's correct to have someone pay less for board than another person...no other boarding place around here does that
2) In my boarding contract that we made up...it clearly says Sonny is to be fed 4-5 flakes PER feeding...well she's only been giving Sonny 2 flakes per feeding (if that). I've been giving Sonny more hay when I go up, but not exceeding what I'm paying for)
3) Since I bought Sonny she doesn't seem to correct me if I do something wrong in the lesson...last week I literally did things wrong to see what she'd do (and I only did it when I knew she had her eyes on me). I would keep my heels up...look down...when trotting or canterng I'd move my legs around...for trotting I'd move my hands (as much as I could without bothering Sonny)...I'd keep my legs wayyy too far back...and I'd post on the wrong diagnol...the only thing she corrected me on was the wrong diagnol
4) she always seems to throw the hay either right by Sonny's water buckets (getting hay all in his water) or by his gate (his gate has rocks by it...her husband put the rocks there to stop it from getting it really muddy). I've asked her not to, and she'll stop for maybe 2 weeks..but then continue again
5) she hardly ever cleans out Sonny's water bucket. She's good about keeping it full (she fills it in the morning and at night) but when I cleaned it today it was full of algea and icky hay)...she'll clean it occasionally (maybe once a month) but not as much as it should be.
6) she lets the girls that ride there for lessons practically run the place...the girls are up there past the barn hours and they don't get in trouble...yet I get a lecture if I stay 30 minutes passed 5 pm (closing time for the barn) just waiting for my parents to pick me up (not even riding...just sitting by the gate waiting for my mum).
I REALLY would like to move Sonny elsewhere...but this barn is the only barn that offers pasture board close to me...all the other places keep the horses in a stall...and I'm NOT going to stall Sonny. So I'm kinda out of luck.
I'm hoping I'll get accepted to Morrisville college (once I finish some years in a community college) because Morrisville is about 2.5 hours away and I'd bring Sonny with me...and we'd actually move up there so we'd keep Sonny on our property.
I'm trying to my best to ignore what the BO is doing, but at times it gets unbareable. I can live with the BO talking behind my back or not correcting my riding...my riding (with Sonny...not on Devon
) is fairly decent and I've actually thought about stopping riding lessons...but I can't stand having Sonny drink dirty water or not getting fed enough (he's fine on 2 flakes per feeding, but I'd perfer him on 4-5)