I was at a barn that went through 3 different managers, as the owners own a couple other properties too. The owners are great, and the first two managers were very nice. The last manager I didn't like at all. She did okay at first, but then she started getting after all the younger boarders who didn't take lessons from her, and she was more concerned with giving lessons, and going to her regional and national shows than she was taking care of the barn. None of that really bugged me though until a) my Thoroughbred tore her superficial flexor tendon almost completely through, and being a high strung horse, my vet wanted me to ride her on hard flat ground at a walk, after 2 months, and work up to a trot. When we discussed that, the BM was right there, and said that it was okay for me to ride my horse around the outside of the turn out arena at no faster than a trot, as long as there weren't any horses in the arena. Then a few weeks later she came up to me and told me that I wasn't allowed to do that, as riding outside an arena stirred up the other horses, understandable, but then seconds later right in front of her, two of her students went galloping down one of the barn aisles, and she didn't say anything, and it started becoming a regular occurance. and b) my dads horse colicked one night, and there was no one in charge on the property, so some boarders had to get my horse out, and walk him around, while another one broke into the house to get our number, cause they couldn't get a hold of anyone else to get a hold of us. Needless to say, we found out that the BM was gone at the Arab nationals, and had put an 18 year old in charge of 100+ horses. The girl came for a couple hours in the middle of the day, gave lessons, then went home to her own horses she had to care for. The owner of the ranch came up to talk to us the next day when we had to put our horse down, and talked to us about what was going on, and when told that the BM had been gone for a week, said they had no idea, and that the contract was violated because they had not been notified by the BM that she was not going to be there for 2 weeks. I can not blame the actual having to euthanize my horse on the BM not being there, as he would have had to be put down anyways, but he definately would have suffered a lot less if there had been someone in charge to catch it sooner, and take charge of the situation. Shortly after that I had to sell my mare, and I've never been back to that ranch, even though the BM bought her own place a few months after I sold my horse. I do respect that barn managers and or owners have a lot on their plate, and might seem to be a little short, or picky, ect., but that they are just trying to look out for the best interests and issues of everyone at their place, but there are some things which are just totally unacceptable to do.