This thread brings back so many memories!
I worked at a stable that bred friesians but also doubled as a boarding facility. A friend of mine kept her horse there and I would frequently lend her a hand when needed as my duties were usually finished by the time she came to ride. Basically the barn owners were obligated to feed, turnout, clean stalls, and keep the farm tidy. My friend came to ride one afternoon but forgot she had to be picked up early. I was done all my work and was sitting down for my scheduled lunch break. She came up to me and asked if I would mind putting her horse away because her dad was waiting. I said sure, no problem. The horse was sweaty and definitely needed a bath and cooler.
Well the barn owner (in my opinion, a snobby british lady) came into the barn and yelled "What do you think you are doing? This is not YOUR horse!" I explained the situation and she replied "Well you work for ME not HER, turn that horse outside immediately and go on your break!". I could do nothing but listen. On my way back from turning the horse out I called my friend and explained what happened. Needless to say her father wasnt impressed and seeing as I was on my lunch break, meaning my own time, there really was no real issue.
My friend called the barn owner and about a 1/2 hour later, the horse had a cooler on. After that things went down hill. The horses stall was never "properly" cleaned. He got less hay than what he was originally getting. Also a few items such as a crop, riding socks, riding gloves, saddle pad and bit went missing from her locker (they have a strict rule about NO locks on the lockers
Within a week she had found a new barn to move her horse to. The barn owner tried telling her that this was not allowed and she would have to wait till the end of the month to move him. Funny thing is the contract basically says she is only required to pay out the month, not keep him there.
I soon after quit. I seemed to start getting the blame for little things. Like shavings that werent swept up, not enough hay in the hay bags, not enough shavings in the bin, doors/lights not closed. Lets just say they seemed to expect me to do all these things AFTER I was done work. A week later I had another job at a friend of the families barn. So much better haha