My barn manager is Whip-Happy. He uses it for everything. Horse won't back up? Give the horse a lash with the whip. Horses are excited to come in and are standing by the gate? Horse gets a lash from the whip.
I train my horse with PARELLI, we don't use whips and the one guy jack whips all the time. Nancy will be letting the horses in, and jack doesn't think they are moving fast enough and will lash the HECK out of them for them to run into their stalls, he opens the door and the second the horse gets outside there stall the HE WHIPS THEM so they run outside real fast. I've let the horses in and I can see my horse flinch as he walks out his door. It makes me sick. My mom is friends with the people though and she says they are nice but I don't think they have a right to whip MY horse. He didn't do anything wrong!
He is like 70 years old so he knows everything and is impossible to change. I am afraid to say something to them about the whips because I'm only a kid and my mom said that even though she doesn't like it at all it is rude to tell people how to run their business. (she knows nothing about boarding, she's always kept her horse at home) I wanted to scream at her, "Mom our horses are our children. Would you approve of daycare slapping your children?" but I couldn't because Jack came in.
I don't know what to do. I can't stand this whipping, its TERRIBLE. Even worse, they use my carrot stick as a whip if they can't find theirs, that is awful. My horse is scared of the carrot stick AGAIN. I had to desensitize him. I tried to tell Nancy that our horses cannot be around whips and she respects that but Jack just pretends like he doesn't even know we don't want whips used on our horses.
I know this sounds terrible but I can't wait until Jack is too old to take care of the horses, he's a jerk to them.
I want to move barns but the only other barn that is an affordable distance has poor fencing and the horses break out all the time, not only that but they don't have adequate turnout, they have about fifteen acres and thirty horses.