I board my mare at my friend's 7 stall barn that she rents from someone else. There are currently 11 horses living there. There are no extras shelters, and the 2 paddocks are barely an acre each. When I originally moved my mare there, there was only 3 horses including her living there. Since then she has moved all of her horses to this barn and took on 3 new boarders. I have not said a thing since I can just afford to keep Athena there, and she has a stall. At least, I thought she did.
I want my horse to have a clean stall. I'm very picky about how clean I keep it. I pick it every time I'm there, and I gut it completely once a week. It's always clean. Me and one other boarder like to keep our stalls this clean. They way you're supposed to! I mean, who wants to sleep in excrement?! So the others don't clean their stalls very often, if at all. Usually they'll buy the shavings, and I end up cleaning them. Which part of the agreement was for me to help clean the stalls.
I pay about $12 a week to buy the shavings. I'm 19, with 2 part-time jobs and the pay is crap. I can just afford this. I still live with my parents, I don't have a car. My parents don't mind this, and as long as I'm the one paying all the expenses for my horse it's fine.
Since I like to keep my stall this clean, it has attracted others.
There have been many times where I'll unexpectedly come to the barn, and some other horse is in my stall. Which is nice and clean, and my horse is standing in excrement in another. This boils my blood like nothing else!
I don't explode in a fit, but it's clearly written on my face that I'm NOT happy. Every time this has happened my friend would get all nervous and would end up switching the horses back before leaving suddenly.
I don't buy shavings for all the horses, I buy shavings for Athena. I WANT her in a clean stall. It's not my fault she can't afford to buy shavings for the other 4 stalls.
The other day both the other boarder who cleans her stall often and I, had bought new bags of shavings, gutted our stalls, and left because our horses were staying out.
Well my friend and her son, wanted to go to a fun show the next day, so they came while we were gone, cleaned up their horses, and stuck them in our stalls for the night. We came the next morning to find dirty stalls and a wheelbarrow next to the stalls with clean shavings and crap in it. They attempted to clean the stalls before we got there.
I was NOT happy. I called her, and left a message to PLEASE stop doing this. I was very nice, and straight to the point. She texted me a 5 page text basically saying we share everything at that barn, and if you don't want to share then don't buy shavings. And if you don't like it get out.
So I guess I'm leaving!