I'm spoiled, I admit it. I'm presently the only boarder where I keep my horse. As a boarder, I'm also easy going. I've been a BM in the past for many years and get what they go through. I help feed, turn out, do stalls, clean up, whatever I can when I'm there, just to make things a little easier on them (family owned and operated barn).
I got a text that 2 new boarders will be moving in mid February. Now I'll put my big girl panties on and be nice, welcoming, helpful. Not the issue. But like I said, I'm spoiled. I know the drama that comes with new, unknown boarders. I haven't locked anything up in a while; in fact, I have a rubbermate container as a trunk. I do have everything labeled with my name or initials. However, we all know the risks with new comers, you NEVER know what you're going to get.
The place I board is very relaxed. Almost everything is shared, but again its just between the family and me. Its give and take on both sides. But, not having to deal with boarders, as a boarder, in a long time, how do I react to the newcomers? Do I offer the same as I do the family (owners). I just don't want to be taken advantage of or have my stuff end up missing. I'm sure I already know the answer. I'll have a talk with the BO and explain to them they are still welcome to use my things if need be and them only. I just wanted to know other opinions.