Thanks for the replies - and for keeping up. It's just been so long I wasn't sure if I was just setting my standards too high since the yard workers were constantly making out as if it was normal practice - and honestly THEY really have been wonderful to work with. It's just strange since the BOSS was the one to make me feel "lucky" that I was even allowed to do the little I was. I'm going to call around and contact a few other places - I just feel horrible for the horses mainly but I am WELL aware that on the scale of cruelty I have seen far, FAR worse. I can't wait until I have enough knowledge and experience to actually own my own horses and give them a proper life x
ACTUALLY I have just thought of something to ask: a lot of the horses were "cribbing" (I googled what it might be called). Chewing the doors and making burp like sounds? (and 1 horse does weird swaying side to side at times...) MY* first guess that this is boredom? They did get allowed out in the arena in groups/pairs daily to free roam but tbh it's not enough, not by my own standards, especially on days where they don't get ridden at all. Is this a common thing? I just didn't get a good vibe watching this behavior and I was told it was just normal but it could also be denial? :S
Last edited by Kalraii; 08-23-2015 at 10:02 AM.