We all have big pet peeves. And when it comes to horses, we are no different. I’m sure everyone has at least one thing at your horse barn that either a horse, or another person does that can just drive you insane. We all have at least one horse barn pet peeve!
I always follow a few different blogs about horses on the internet, and I recently saw one with a lot of comments from many horse people, voicing their opinions on what their biggest pet peeves at the barn are. Some things that other people do that can get on our nerves are:
- Other boarders “borrowing” supplies from people, and then those supplies not getting put back where they were to begin with.
- Halters getting left on one crosstie, and then dropped to the floor.
- Leaving manure in wash stalls.
- A boarder feeding treats to other boarder’s horses without permission.
A few things that our horses do that drive us nuts are:
- Pooping as soon as you finish mucking and bedding the stall. The worst!
- Pawing when they want to be fed or for attention.
- Rubbing their teeth together for attention, or towards another horse.
- Urinating when on cross ties.
- Pooping in their water bucket.
Some of these things can make me grit my teeth and get my blood boiling. I think my biggest pet peeve of all time is when a horse poops while someone is riding in the indoor, and instead of picking up the manure after they are done riding, they leave it there. When you leave manure in your arena, you’re adding organic compounds to your footing. Dust is created from your sand particles breaking down, and the different organic matter in your footing also breaking down. Leaving manure, or hay, or bedding in your arena will make your battle with dust, that much harder. No matter what footing you have in your arena, you should always pick up your manure!
Do you have any horse barn pet peeves?