I love my BO. I've known her for almost 20 years and we have a great working relationship.
I have been using a specific saddle pad of hers for a couple months now. Every boarder has their own tack, but there is a hitching post with piles of saddle pads on them for whoever might need one for some reason. They're the "community" saddle pads (owned by the BO) and I've been using a specific pad from it on Raina for the past couple months since it fits her and the saddle so well. Its not pretty, but it's one of those thick cutback pads that's fairly expensive. Its been there for ages and no one uses it since its old and plain and ugly.
I've been looking around for one like it but I don't trust ordering one off the internet if I can't really see/feel it to know if its exactly what I want, so I've been holding off on it.
Anyways, some of you might know that my horse blanket went missing. I had taken it to the stable when Raina was ill and left it up there. I thought I saw it on one of two horses. On closer inspection, it wasn't on the horse I had originally thought it was on. Instead, it was on a horse in the "geratric/rescue/special needs paddock". I noticed it on Saturday but didn't say or do anything since no one was around and it was obviously blanketing a horse who needed it.
Today I asked the BO if she knew where the blanket was and she looked surprised and said she had texted me to see if she could use it on Sweets. I didn't get back with her so she assumed it was alright. I had actually changed my phone number and forgot to tell her so I didn't get the text. She apologized and said she should have tried to reach me further about it. Really, I'm not upset now. Sweets was the horse I learned on when I was 10 years old. She's in her 30's now. She offered to give it back but I told her to keep it and use it for Sweets since I know she has a hard time in winter and that I wasn't upset. I was just making sure no one else had it.
So later I asked her where she had gotten the saddle pad I liked and that I was trying to find one just like it. She told me that I could have the saddle pad since I'm letting her use the blanket for Sweets. I'm SO frickin' excited. I don't think I've ever been this excited over a piece of tack, let alone an ugly gray saddle pad! I've seen pads LIKE it but nothing that's the same match since its an older model.
Really, I was alright when I found out she was using the blanket for Sweets. I would have told her to use it if I actually got the text. I'm just glad no one else had it that I didn't personally know. The fact that I got that saddle pad out of the deal has me on Cloud 9.
Its ugly so I'm now looking for a saddle blanket to cover it