Originally Posted by starlinestables
There is this OTTB boarded at my facility. He has been a HARD keeper and his owner was not prepared to take care of him at all so she tried to sell him. She got ripped off and wanted way to much for him. Well he bruised his foot really bad and things just went down hill from there. He could hardly walk and just stood in the pasture looking miserable. He dropped weight soo fast and then he started swelling up all over the place from just standing there. He knocked himself in the eye so he had to have treatment there. She wanted to send him back to the organization she got him from but they are in Ohio and she couldn't afford to ship him back and of course they won't foot the bill so we have been trying to find him a home here.
Because this horse was soo pitiful, myself and other boarders really pitched in and bought him extra hay, feed and amplify to get his weight up. Another boarder bought him ulcer medication to hopefully help him keep weight on. Another boarder bought BOA boots so that he could get turn out and be able to walk around comfortably. I offered to feed him three times a day which I don't normally do. I also got him a joint supplement to help him too so that we can make him well enough to find someone to take him. Because the way he was, a slaughter house wouldn't even take him.
Well now he's gotten better, still underweight, but he is ready to do very very light riding.. well another boarder and I finally found someone that may be interested in taking him as a companion animal for their other horse and maybe light trail riding for her husband which would be PERFECT. Well I get at email from the owner asking for information about the lady and she added "I hope she doesn't think I'm just going to give him away!".
SO now I'm like "uhhhhhhhh WTF"? Everyone despises this lady and we came together to provide for the HORSE not for her. What should I do?
Should I ask her to pay us back?
If you originally did it under a voluntary act and the woman knew that, then no, I don't think you should be ask her to pay you back. If you did it without the owne'rs knowledge again, you don't have the right to ask for it to be paid back. But if you were doing it to help the owner out and she asked for that help, yes, you have the right to claim that money back.
Honestly though, what did you expect to happen? I could tell from reading the first few paragraphs. You guys were going to get this horse back into prime condition and she was either going to keep the horse until she screwed it up again OR she was going to sell it for a crap load of money and not even recognize you.
People like her aren't thankful for help they get. You guys helped the horse out and may just have to be happy for that.