Boarders who only come a few times a year
I don't know if it's common for boarding barns to have a boarder to only come to just SEE their horse once or twice year, but we actually have five boarders like this. One of them decided to get their older qh mare bred a few years ago. We didn't think it'd be a good idea because the mare was almost 20 years old. It took the mare two summers until she was finally considered bred. (She'd spend all summer at the breeder's, and come back in the fall.) When she did have the foal the owner's would come take pics and pet him, but after about a week they had nothing to do with him. WE had to halter break him. WE had to train him to pick up his feet for the farrier. WE had to teach him groundmanners. We only did as much training as he needed, so that he would be safe around us and others. We found out later that the owners though that we'd train the colt not only manners but break him to ride to. :roll:
We had another one that kept their horse here, only came out once or twice just to flat out gallop his horse down our 4 1/2 mile trail, and when he got a divorce he decided to move to New Mexico. ?!?!? But he owed us almost $3000 in board. This guy was also very rich, so it's not like he could have just payed it off. The problem was that he wanted to move his horse to New Mexico first, and we wouldn't let him until he payed off his board. Evenutally the guy told us to keep the horse, sell him, and use that money to pay for his board then call him if we needed anymore. We still havn't sold the horse...
I have tons of other stories, but I'm just wondering if any of you have had any similar things happen?