I really think for the boarder it was a mileage thing, a quick offer at a barn closer and he figured he'd just use the credit. I think he didn't think there would be an issue. But when I approached him about the unprofessionalism in texting and him breaking the contract he sort of went off the deep end a bit. Nothing horrible, but pointing out that they help me out once in a while when they come to the barn, watering etc. Well I help everyone out too! Many of my boarders can't saddle their own horses (small children) and mom can't either, so I help catch, groom, tack all before the lesson. I never ask for a penny as we are all friends and I appreciate that they help me out time and again with small things too!
I just hate for a good relationship for a year to end this way which is why I offered the lesson credit. I'm sure any BO around here would back me up on my 30 days notice, but do I want him badmouthing me to NON horse people? That is where I'm stuck.
I was more upset by the texting to communicate and wondered if maybe today that is acceptable? I don't text much and just got a cell phone last year!