Ugh, when I was boarding, I was offered cut boarding (about half cut) in exchange for barn work. I did everything every day just to make sure it didn't get bad and I had more to do. Never got my board cut, was accused of stealing on multiple occasions, the owner told me my horse didn't need "special treatment" (all I asked was that she gave him his medicine if I couldn't make it), my stuff was stolen, misplaced, and even broken. My horse never got water in the pasture, I was never informed of an injury he got that cost me nearly $700 to fix (injury happened when I was on vacation for a WEEK, he ended up getting proud flesh since it was infected and a week old). I would pull my horse out of the pasture and he would shake horribly and he has whip marks in his fur, he would rear up and fight if I brought him near the round pen, he lost weight pretty bad too. Ended up being the new barn manager who was jealous of mine and my horse's relationship/bond. I moved, sued, and now he is living happily in my pasture.