Long but PLEASE read and offer advice!
My best friend started boarding her horse at my house a little over a month ago. She had a bad falling out with her previous barn owner and did not leave under good terms at all. This has also caused the barn owner to say nasty things about me to many people since she felt I was "stealing business".
Last week I noticed that the barn doors were not shut properly (you must move 2 sliding barn doors and unlatch a gate to get into our barn). I also noticed some carrot pieces on the floor. I really paid no attention to this as I assumed my friend had been out to see her horse during the day while I was gone.
Tonight when she came out I mentioned the barn doors to her as I want to make sure they are shut properly in case a horse were to get out of a stall, etc. She told me her former barn owner had actually JUST sent her a message on facebook stating she "stopped by" but nobody was home so she went and fed the horse some carrots and "checked in on him".
I am beyond irate at this point! This is our home and private property. Not only did she show up with us not home (obviously our vehicles weren't in the driveway), but she just let herself into our barn. I have my stallion and a mare on contract to sell, my 2 huskies (who are not friendly wish strangers), and all my tack either in the barn or directly beside it.
I was not given this news until late tonight but plan on calling the sheriff in the morning and filing a complaint. I really don't want to have her arrested (this time) but don't want to have to constantly worry about my horses and dogs and tack (as well as anything else on our property)!
I plan to put up NO TRESPASSING signs this week but if I'm not home it would be pretty easy for her to ignore and it's very easy to see if we're home or not just by vehicles. I really don't want to resort to putting a real lock on the doors or gates due to fear or not being able to get in fast enough in an emergency.
Advice please? I'm not only stunned (as she's an adult and farm owner AND twice my age) but as angry as can be! It also really concerns me as she could have easily gotten bit by one of the dogs by walking into the barn had they been loose instead of tied that day (by pure luck).