Have you ever had someone dislike you, completely out of the blue, for no reason? I find that to be very disconcerting. The woman who owns the stable is like that; she’s a very abrupt person, and doesn’t seem to want to have anything to do with the running of the stable, leaving it all to working students, mostly extremely young.
Last night we arrived at the stable, in a rush to clean and feed and get out of there, and Kipper’s top door was closed, shutting him into this small box with no air circulation. There was a mare tied up to his stall, even though the aisle was otherwise empty. I have to ask the little girl to move her pony. I strip his stall completely down to bare cement, and go ask for two bales of straw. No adults around, just little girls who don’t have permission to go into the loft for straw. I finally bed his stall a bit with hay and leave.
I call this morning, and the woman is extremely rude to me about not reserving straw before four pm. Wtf? This rule is news to me. I explain, and have just started to tell her that the vet will be there in the morning for Kipper’s gelding, when I can tell she’s about to hang up on me mid-sentence. She must have heard the word “vet,” because she puts the phone back to her face and says “Did I hear you say the vet was coming?” Well, if you hadn’t been about to hang up on me, you would have heard. Grrrr…so rude.
I’m always polite. I’m nice to people, and I’m helpful, usually above and beyond the call of what’s necessary. To be unliked for no reason makes me feel strange and unsettled. I mean, in one sense I could care less – she’s a virtual stranger and obviously unhappy person. On the other hand, though, I now feel uncomfortable around the barn. :( I need to pay his board, I haven’t been billed, and I’ll now have to hunt this woman down and force her to talk to me so I can give her money. Weird damn situation.
In other news, I have two reallyreally good job leads. *bounce, bounce* Wish me luck…
Shall I describe the castration in detail tomorrow? lol…a treat for all the men in the audience. :)