Okay so last year I was riding and working off my board at this barn. It was a barn in which the owner ( A ) had horses- but didn't know much about them so had someone else run the place ( my friend, J ).
So, to the point. I was riding this horse that was there on "foster", he was a PC horse but was severely underweight and they brought him in for hopes of leasing him out. This other girl and I both started to ride him and he was doing really well! A, asked us if we could start to work off riding him, I had no opposition to this- so we both started cleaning pastures weekly in exchange. I, then, brought in another friend who worked out a similar situation on a different trail horse she had- worked off her board and rode her 3x a week on trails. So now A is getting all of her pastures cleaned 2x a week and her horses ( all horses on property) fed by me twice a week- and other boarders rest of the week. Pretty good deal right? All for me getting to ride this amazing little pony 3x a week.
I did this throughout the whole summer. Up to temperatures in 106 degrees. Cleaning pastures was no easy task either, EVERYTHING was manual. Load buckets, drive truck, dump buckets. Lather, rinse and repeat. It was not fun nor was it easy. Feeding sucked too. I rarely complained though.
So summer was beginning to end and school was starting again and I was had to tell her that I could no longer ride him/work for her (plus the barn was an hour away). I sent her an email saying that in two weeks I would no longer be coming out and the reason why and apologized. Two weeks notice, I did give it- I have been working long enough to know to give one in ANY situation :) I found it weird that she hadn't said anything about it, at all. So I called my friend J, who is the barn manager and asked her if she had said anything and to my surprise- she didn't even know! I called the BO and she got REALLY upset because she NEVER received the email because the email that I sent it to (the one on the barns website) "she doesn't use anymore". There was a huge verbal altercation and some not so nice things were said. She told me that I was liable for feeding these horses and cleaning these pastures and she could come after me *laugh* me, you know, a boarder....not the barn owner... no way. I never signed a contract saying I was doing all of this, either.
By the way, she is not the easiest person to deal with. A lOT of the boarders tend to go through the barn manager rather than deal with her.
So I guess what I am trying to ask is...Was I in the wrong to not follow with a phone call? Should I have done it in person? Basically
how would you of handled it?
I can't believe you read all of that, what are you, crazy?!