Irritated with Barn owner....advice? Long, sorry
So, I originally moved Thunder out of a situation in December and needed a place to board him asap. I searched around like 10-15 different places and found a place that was the best for the price and met most of my requirements. I never thought that maybe I should look more thoroughly into the owners of the place. It felt like a family environment, kind of rough around the edges, but definitely very fucntional. The owner originally told me that if I were to board there, he didn't want someone coming in and taking the best stall, then moving out in a few months. They wanted someone long term. Well how am I supposed to know how long I'm going to be there, I am new to horses, and things change. Well, I have been working with a trainer for about a month now, and have only had Thunder for 4 months. He's still very young mentally and can have small quirks like every young horse. Well lately, when Thunder acts out, like invades space (which we've been working on in training), nips (not really alot if you watch him), ect, the owner of the barn will KICK him with the top of his boot in the gut. I don't necessarily approve, but he said "no horse will get away with that behavior around me". Thunder is by no means an awful brat. If you love him and make nice, he is everyone's best buddy.
Well, I showed up with 3 friends to visit Thunder. The barn was empty, however when the owner walked out, he was extremely rude and said "you need to figure something out with your horse! You need to get a chain to leave here all the time, this is not working out, someones going to get hurt!!" and I was like okaaayyy, and what had happened was that when walking back to the stall after turn out, Thunder was by the open gate and took off for whatever reason outside. The guy hung on to the lead til it got to the end and pulled Thunder down onto his back. I asked if he was hurt and the guy got p-oed and said "IS HE HURT??!?!" So I said I will talk to the trainer to figure something out. It's not like he's been in training for a long time. Plus im sure he senses the guy doesnt like him. Then we were grooming Thunder and my cousing was standing next to the back end and the owner came back out and yelled at her and said "don't stand so close to that other horse, he's reaching for you, and he might jerk back". Mind you, these are people who have been around horses all their lives, I think they know to watch out for the other horses. Where else were they supposed to stand??? Ugh so I am just venting , and I don't know at this point If I should be looking for a different barn. I have a feeling he is going to make me use a chain on him. I DO NOT feel comfortable leaving a chain in that guys hands when im not around. THunder has never given me that much of a problem. Sorry for the book......advice please?