Today I had a riding lesson for the first time in months. I decided to take it more for Athena's benefit, not mine. I just get the feeling that she's really bored all the time, and that having someone tell us what to do and improve on would give her something new to work with.
The lesson went alright, and when I was done I put Athena on the cross ties while I talked to the trainer. Meanwhile, one of the new workers if fighting with the boss because she doesn't like to be told how to ride horses correctly. The story goes like this...
The new worker has fallen in love with one of the barn owner's broodmares. The broodmare has been recently broke, and the new worker wants to ride her, but the BO wants her to ride her the way she wants her to. I see nothing wrong with that IMO, but the new worker does.
So this new worker is all POed and walks over to me, the trainer, and Athena. She doesn't say anything, but grabs one of the cross ties Athena is on, and leans on it and swings it back and fourth. Then Athena, probably because she's annoyed, nudges her with her nose. Then the new worker just explodes and ATTACKS my horse! She yanking the cross ties really hard and starts to hit her the face and neck. After I'm yelling my head off at her to stop (and MANY other things), she starts dropping the fbomb and other curses while the trainer is right infront of us! The trainer walks away kinda shocked while the newbie is still cursing, and I'm fuming next Athena trying to calm her down.
I told the manager about it, but I'm still mad and worried about Athena. I know for a fact that this newbie does not like my horse. She has given me the pleasure of hearing her say it many a time. I don't know why, nor do I care. That doesn't give her the right to hurt my horse. She can't pick and choose the horses that she should treat with respect. She's working at a boarding barn, a place where people should feel happy and safe about leaving their horses there for others to care for. I can NOT understand why she hasn't been fired yet. This not the first time she has done something like this.
Now I feel like I can't trust anyone while leaving Athena there without having Jess (girl who works there & lives across the street) make sure nothing bad happens to her. I shouldn't have to rely on one person like that. If I had the money to move her, Athena would not be boarded there.