My property is not zoned for livestock so in order to have goats I had to figure out a boarding situation. Well, I ended up with two bucks with horns, so you can imagine how long it took to find a place that would take them! They ended up staying with me for the whole first year, and I just took them to the new barn three days ago. I live with my parents, who were the ones to find and check out the barn while I was in class at college. The first time I got to see the place was when we were bringing the goats there, and it's a really nice farm with a lot of great people. But.... there are a few things that make me very nervous. I was led to believe (by my parents) that the goats would have their own inside pen or stall and then share a paddock with two mini horses. When I got there, it turns out they are sharing both the pen and paddock with no less than 5 minis. They are terrified of the minis, and I know they'll get used to them eventually but it's extra stress for them that I was not prepared for. When I went there they were huddled in the corner and would run every time a horse came by, even if it meant going outside in the sun or not staying long enough to eat their fill of hay. Outside is chain link fence, but the bottom is not secured to the ground - there a few inches of space and it gives very easily, so I have no doubt the goats could slip out if they wanted to. We bought a cable to try and fix it, so that might help, but I can't know for certain just yet. Inside the paddock were lots of torn bits of plastic and mesh; I picked it all up without saying anything and came back with two handfuls worth of garbage. Then, I go to the inside part of the pen and realize that the water buckets that are out are horse size, as you would expect, and when the water level gets too low the goats can't reach it because the height of the bucket keeps them from being able to bend their necks (they're just pygmies). That's a problem that I'm responsible for, so I filled their rubber bucket I'd brought with water so I'd know they'd have access to water if they needed it. By the time I got there, the goats were panting, and one was even shaking. I wet them down and made sure they ate and drank, and when we left, since I have no phone at the moment, my mom texted the owner to let her know about the water problem ( she didn't tell her but we were going to buy smaller buckets) and that we weren't sure if the mini situation was working out, so we were going to 'put our heads together to see if we can come up with a better situation' and get back to her (meaning we'd see if we could rent out a stall for a higher board fee). I think perhaps the owner felt insulted, or thought we wanted to call off the agreement, because what she replied with was "Maybe she should take them back home, she's obsessed with them like they're real children." and "They're fine. They're goats. If they can eat hay off the ground they can drink out of a bucket, she's making no sense. That's absolutely insane etc etc" Yes, I do treat them like kids! And I don't regret that. I want to make sure they're safe and comfortable, like any person who has a pet they care about. Pretty sure she thinks I'm paranoid because I also brought a tiny bit of baking soda and oil to give the goats as a preventative the day after they moved into the barn just in case they bloated from something in the new environment. But hey, their health is important to me, and I did that at home too. I don't want to offend this woman and I know she's raised goats before, but every animal is different, just as your dog is different from someone else's dog, and the same method of management is not going to work for all of them. And when you're looking after someone else's animal, shouldn't the owner's instructions matter even just a little bit? I don't think I'm asking any more than the people who board their horses there, but everything I say is brushed off or ignored. The goats are also not locked up inside at night, they have access to the pen, which worries me GREATLY. I understand that she probably does not want to lock up everyone inside at night because she wants the ponies to be able to go back and forth, but I really wish we could figure something else out. It also kind of bothers me that she said she'd lock it up for the first night they were there, at least, and then told me the next day that it was a nice night so she didn't lock it up. The fence still isn't even fixed yet, so.... What do you guys think? Am I being too paranoid here? I haven't really talked to the woman directly about most of my concerns because I didn't want to be a nag, but now seeing how she replied to the one text message... I'm just very disappointed and frustrated and so so worried about my goats.