As a barn owner, we have been lucky enough to see both ends of the spectrum and we seem to have been lucky enough to get in a group of people that mesh well together and have respect for others
. It seems that the more high-strung the barn, the more high-strung the people it attracts, you know?
Most of the drama that occured in the past was either a: the result of teenage girls
who "own" their own horses (you know, the ones who's parents buy them a horse and pay the board, but the kids "own" the horse? There used to be several here), b: horse owners who feel that it is okay to not pay board for no reason. The former drove everybody bonkers. The latter just drove us bonkers and bewildered the people who actually loved their animals and felt inclined to pay for their needs (as any horse owner
should). I know not all teenage girls with horses think it is okay to be rude to anyone and everyone, but we've seen it more often than not. Especially in the scenarios where the parents are equally used as verbal punching bags, and like AlwaysBehind said - the mom's who think their girls do no wrong.
For a short time we allowed one of the formerly "teenage" boarders to come back and board her horse, believing that since she was now almost 20 she had grown up. Apparently not. Thankfully, it didn't take long for her to realize that she just didn't fit in here (and frankly, our barn is "boring" as far as drama is concerned) before she left. While I'm sure this doesn't apply to all teenage horse owners, it seems that the mix of hormones and semi-attentive parents who spoile their daughters makes for girls with monstrous egos who know-it-all.