If I was in your shoes, I'd start thinking about finding a new boarding barn if there was anything decent in the area. It might be a fantastic barn in every other respect but I go to the barn to chill out and have fun. Feeling like I have to keep an eye on someone else's poorly supervised child so the kid doesn't get under the hooves of my horse or any horse, really, would make the barn stressful. It's one of those things that would definitely start driving me bananas after a while. From your posts, it sounds as if this kid causes quite a few issues at the barn (nicking people's grooming stuff? Really? And all mom does is tell you not to leave it out?), is a bit of a safety hazard, and the mother is not bothered. I've been at a lot of boarding stables and in my experience, people run their barns the way they want to run them, however weirdly at times, and if it drives you and/or your horse nuts for whatever reason, usually the best thing to do is leave.
Last edited by thesilverspear; 08-16-2011 at 08:10 AM.