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    09-03-2010, 02:37 AM
Holy smokes. Not even sure what to think.

I hope this is in an okay place, I wasn't sure where to put it, but oh my goodness is all I can say.

Last year in February I started riding for the first time after a bad accident that left me scarred with fear issues, and went to a barn I'd ridden at as a child. It was...well, not the best back then, but it had some good riders, good trainers even then, and when I viewed the website and even went out to look around, it all seemed like a good place.

Well, after I got there, in the 5-6 months I was there, it all went downhill as I found out more about the place.

They couldn't keep a trainer to save their life, for various reasons, either the BO was sexually harassing them (he actually only hired "pretty" trainers, self-said), or they got sick of him cutting corners on care of the school horses.

Most of the horses were overweight, many with underlying injuries that were never treated properly, and most lacked training and had some issues I felt were dangerous, yet small children still rode them.

Long story short, it was a train wreck. Right before I left, he posed a working student as a certified trainer, while the moron worked an overweight and out of shape mare 3 times a day in 90 degree heat.

I left, because there was nothing I could do by staying. I was not progressing in my riding, and I was only getting hurt. It was not care that could get them taken away from him, sadly, so I couldn't call AC or anything either, or at least it would have little effect.

To make this shorter, because I could go on and on about things that pissed me off about the place, I just discovered they closed. I occasionally went back to look at their website to see if they had any new pictures, ect of the gelding I leased on-property while I was there. And when I couldn't find it, I googled around and discovered the closing, and a lot of new bad reviews. The manure must have hit the fan, somehow. And I'm freaking out here because I can't find ANYTHING about it more on the net, or what happened to the almost 30 horses. I know the jerk owner didn't care enough about them to keep them all, or find them good homes, and I'm beside myself with worry. I also learned that the gelding I leased was lame in June/July about the time they closed. That's not in his favor.

I suppose I just needed to get this off my chest. I'm hoping some of the old riders I have on my Facebook can clue me in soon, I've sent out messages asking what happened. I mean, I knew the place was pretty bad but the owner was money-hungry and he's been in the business for years and years, and I just can't see why he'd close willingly, I can only think SOMETHING went down to force the close.
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    09-03-2010, 02:38 AM
Green Broke
Call the local newspaper. They might have done a story on it if it was something really bad. Or even one of the local tack stores would know. They always know what is going on with local stables.
    09-03-2010, 02:46 AM
I didn't think of that. Thanks for the suggestion - I won't sleep tonight. I loved so many of those horses...and just knowing his character, makes me worry about their welfare in this situation.
    09-03-2010, 02:47 AM
Green Broke
I can only imagine. That would be tough. Hang in there. I bet they found great homes for each of the horses.
    09-03-2010, 07:05 PM
I have the BEST news. I spoke with my old trainer who left the barn just before I did because she was also sick of the BO.

It's NOT closed, he just leased it to a new lady along with all the horses. She's now in charge of all the horses too. Apparently she's good and knowledgeable, so looks like the horses are all in great hands now! I'm so relieved and happy. This turned out to be good news, not bad news.
    09-03-2010, 07:14 PM
Green Broke
Excellent news!

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