Barn Rant -- Crazy owner
So I've been boarding my horse at this small little place about five minutes away from my house since October 2012. He has a run 3 or 4 days out of the week and his own stall, and I have a personal locker for all of my feed, tack, and equipment. The arena is on the small side but she added a few inches of sand recently so it's a lot better on his joints now and good for when it gets wet because it isn't as slippery and works him a little bit harder. Best of all, this place is like five minutes away, there are a couple of high schoolers there that I'm friends with now, and board is only 200$ since we do partial care.
With the pros out of the way, I'd like to point out the cons. The owner of the barn is a woman in her thirties. She's an A-type and a micromanager TO THE MAX. She hires only teenage girls, makes them work off of the clock, and is constantly changing their duties so that she doesn't have to pay them more than she wants. She also overcharges for lessons and camps and is in reality an awful teacher.
One of the bad experiences I've had with her is that there was one night where it was below freezing ( not raining) and she had the girl working put all of the horses up. For whatever reason my horse stayed outside BY HIMSELF, even though she had put up the other boarder's horses. I went to speak with the girl about it but she had taken off.
Another time was when my horse was turned out and I went to check his water bucket, and it was BLACK. We complained, and she told us that the water was the boarder's responsibility, even though she clearly stated when we toured the barn with her that the workers would take care of all of the horse's water. So we had to dump out, clean, and refill the bucket because of her hypocrisy.
I heard a rumour that next year she's switching to full care only, and I have NO idea what to do if she does because there are no other stables nearby :c