How much notice?
I think I posted here awhile ago about whether I should stay at my current barn or move to a new one. The current barn was basically closing but was allowing me and one other girl to stay and board for free in exchange for taking care of the horses that were left because the actual people who own/live on the property don't like horses. The former barn manager is their daughter, and she just moved away with very little notice. There is serious disagreement between BOs and the daughter about when and where the horses that are left are going. BOs say all horses except mine and the other girl's must be gone by the end of the month, but the daughter says it will be several months. Also, right now I'm feeding four days a week and the other girl is feeding three. I'm tired and I'm not sure how clear that was, so please feel free to tell me if something didn't make sense.
Anyway, this has been going on for a month now. The actual feeding isn't a problem at all, but the people are. I won't bother to make a list of every crappy thing they've done, but the other girl and I are tired of it. Plus, I'm seriously not comfortable not having someone else I can ask questions or have look at stuff when I'm not sure what to do. There was a lot of anxiety on my part that could have been avoided if there was someone knowledgeable around who could have looked at my horse's hoof for two seconds this week, for instance. So I went to look at another barn this evening and I really like it. It's pretty much exactly what I'm looking for and it's not run by crazy people, which has seemed like a rare thing to find in my area recently. I'm 99% sure I'm moving there very soon (like next week, as soon as the vet comes out and can give me proof of health for my horse), I'm just trying to figure out how and when I should tell the people at my current barn.
The other girl is having the same problem, but she probably won't be able to move until the very end of this month. Which is another complicating factor, because I don't want to leave her to deal with everything (including the crazy BOs) for weeks after I leave. My family thinks they've been treating me so poorly that I should just get my horse and go, without giving them any kind of notice. The other girl thinks that we should tell them as soon as we have definite dates, which is dependent on when the vet gets to the barn. I'm honestly afraid of how they'll react, and I'm not sure I want my horse on their property for any length of time after I tell them. I could offer to continue feeding the horses for a couple of weeks after I leave, but the other girl doesn't think that would be fair for me. I don't really care about it being fair for me and I'm honestly concerned about who is going to feed them because I'm positive that the BOs won't. Someone, please help. Again, I'm sorry if this makes very little sense and that it's pretty long, but it really is a complicated situation and I tried to condense it as much as I could.