Being the younger girl at the stables is always hard on anyone.
The first barn I experienced was pretty good; a little bit of bitching but nothing that nobody got mad about or it caused a huge drama. Although there were people who stayed for a couple of weeks and got behind on there rent so they left with out paying anything, this really used to piss mum off. Then there were the people who were there for a big show and treated the rest of us like we sucked and knew nothing about horses. I stayed there from age 9 - 13 so it was a good barn.
That barn then changed owners, and since we were good friends with the people this didn't impact us at all. Many of the agistee's (spelling sorry) left, and the new owners started filling the stables with 2yo TB's and were training them for racing, this was fine with us untill the lease on my old pony was nearly up, and we had found a green OTT TB for me expand my learning and train. I think I kept Joe there for about a month untill we noticed that they were starting to treat me completley different and even put Joe in the yards with the babies so he would calm them down. I was mortified, and although they never said anything we felt as though they didn't have room for a girl who wanted to just have fun.
We moved to my instructor at the time's barn; It was beautiful there with a big dressage arena, a round yard and my own paddock. I'm going to call her Indie(Instructor), Indie was having some husband trouble and was always coming to me with her problems, when they got a divorce the whole scene changed she was depressed and it really impacted me as a person, I just wanted to go there to ride and not become her personal therpist. We moved a year later after I stopped taking lesson's with her.
I have now moved to the most perfect barn. I have two old style brick stables, a huge paddock, my own tack room, and the best part is that it's only me and an older lady who just rides for fun. I could not ask for anything better, its 5minutes away from my house, close to the Equestrian Centre and the public riding park. Joe is also alot happier in the company of older, more mature horses. (;