I have not had a barn owner give meds without my say, but my first boarding experience was not the greatest. Now, I was only about 5 minutes away from where my horse was living, so I saw him, and took care of him myself; everything was good until the BO brought her own horses back from 'training'. She had health problems, which I understand, but she really sucked sympathy where she could. She had other people feed her horses; which was fine, because the first year I was there, my boy was in his own paddock. Well, the second year I was there, she decided to take down the other paddocks. She still tried to bribe other people to take care of the horses, and was not purchasing good hay-it wasn't horrible (except for one bale), but not what I wanted my horse to have...but I was stuck. There were no barn openings at other stables that I could afford, so I had to keep him there for the time being. I just made extra trips, to spread out hay, and give him hay. Well, her younger horse was a pita, and kept chasing the other two horses, and my boy started losing weight inspite of me going over and feeding extra; fortunately we found jobs in another city, and I moved him to my parents for a while.
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."