This barn used to be top notch. The healthiest horses and most esteemed trainers, winning riders and a facility to die for. I used to drool over their set up and pastures. The woman who owned the place died not to long ago and left it in the care of a young girl who promised she was capable. She's a single parent, using the now decrepit barn for income, and making terrible choices in boarders (not to mention the fact that the place is 300,000 dollars deep in debts)
At what point do you stand up and say something? Her boarders are all under the age of twenty, and use the property as their private party spot, drinking and raising hell and even breaking into the abandoned house on property to set up their "love shack". Blow up mattress and candles, the works, I kid you not. Some of the horses are skinny, some are violently treated. None of them know a kind word from a hard slap on the rump. They use them for barrels but I've never seen one warm up, or do flat work or even trail ride. These horses are so pent up they lash out like tied dogs. I've spoken with the man who plans on buying the property, and he's at a loss. He wants to see it become a show barn again. My thoughts, if he's purchasing the property by paying what's owed, he gets the option of putting out a 24 hour warning. Get your stuff off the property or he owns it. I think this is fair.
The question here is, is it worth the attempt to get these kids to straighten up and get in line? Or would it be better to kick them out and start fresh? As this guys hand into the show barn world he wants my opinion, and it counts. But I feel bad sending these horses away without at least trying. Help?
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