I get that! I really do! I have a few myself: I triple check stall doors and gates, I really like a nicely swept aisle, etc. You better believe that when I muck out a stall it's clean to the bones, and as the barn manager recently said when I told her about my endless night check, "So you OCD'd out a little bit, didn't you?"
Here's the thing though: there are a whole lot of things that everyone cared very much about that it never occurred to me to even think about, or at least be bothered by.
I have never, not once, not a single time in almost 10 years, pulled Tristan's mane. Not a single hair.
Wild unkempt beastie.
Also, it falls naturally to the left. So I leave it there. I've never had more than a passing thought of training it over.
Ready for the one that would drive most of you absolutely crazy?
Take a good close look at the boots Tristan is wearing in this picture.
Those are Dover's house brand galloping boots, in black. They're Tristan's standard XC boots; he's a relatively careful horse and just needs a bit of extra padding. They wear well, and they're cheap.
Anyone care to guess how long I used them before trimming the extra Velcro straps?
Your answer is never. I never trimmed the extra Velcro off. Every single time I put the boots on, I pulled the Velcro loops snug and left the extra bits flapping in the breeze. It never, not one single time, not once, occurred to me to cut it off.
Then Hannah came with us XC schooling and noticed that I had never cut the Velcro straps and she was horrified, and she would not let me go on course until she had trimmed them properly. See below. You can just see the LF and RH boots in this image: nicely trimmed!
In my defense, my horse is happy, healthy, never wants for anything, and I work my ass off to make sure he has what he needs. I just...don't have that gene that needs everything around the barn to be Just Right. Neat? Clean? Relatively presentable? In immaculate shape when we're showing? Hell yes. Any other time? Meh.