Originally Posted by wordstoasong
I am a struggling horse owner. I love my boy very much, and right now I'm stuck on something and it's really making me stressed out/upset.
I got a call last week from the BO to "catch up" and she told me that when March comes around, if his bill is not paid (late by 2 months), she's going to take him as payment as she recalls I was thinking about selling him.
What right does she have in this? Yes, my bill is needing to be paid, but I'm not abandoning my horse. I see Murray as often as I can and make as much payments ($50-100 +) as I can on him at Sunny Brook.
Thanks for reading.
It's written up in our contracts that way. I've been at my barn for 10 years and have seen a few horses taken for non-payment and sold. It's your responsibility when you board to pay your bill or the BO can't pay theirs. It doesn't matter if you see your horse every day or not, if you're not paying they have to get the money somehow and you're just taking up space from someone who would be paying.
Now our BO will often work with folks when they are going through a rough patch. She'll have them clean stalls or come up with other arrangements. You might try that. Or see if you can borrow the money from family. But she has ever legal right to take your horse if you aren't paying.