Today I took my horse into the indoor ring, where my instructor and another boarder had set up an obstacle course which included a tarp.
When I tried to send my horse over the tarp, he flipped out completely, started running off in all directions in a panic. I lost my seat and slipped off, and let go of him, and he made a mad dash to the other end of the ring.
My instructor, who had just gotten on her horse and had seen the whole thing, proceeded to dismount, and disappear. The other boarder was the only one who tried to handle the situation at all.
This doesn't seem to me to be professional for the instructor (who is also the owner of the barn). My mom would like to move my horse to another boarding facility, and I agree with her. There has been a problem with my horse's feeding: yesterday they flat out forgot to give him lunch, and today they just left the bucket of feed right in front of is stall in the dark. Nobody was around, and I wound up being the one to put it in his bucket. I almost missed it.
Opinions? Do you think what my instructor did was proper? Do you think I should relocate my horse?