I have a dilema with a friend/boarder. I know I know never have friends in business deals but it was an emergancy so I caved.
I have a written contract that I have been following to the letter. I have done my job and informed the O of any and all problems w/ H.
The horse lost weight from when it first arrived (long/hard rides on a mainainance ration) I informed owner of the need to provide more hay for the horse (she purchases her own feed and I store it for her) She got a little more hay but continually blames me for the weight loss when she hasn't provided the nessesary feed or cut back on her rides.
She also blamed me for a wither sore that occured when she rode in a poorly fitted saddle. I provided the treatment, medications and time to heal the injury and I spent about $30-$40 of my own money and I didn't ask for it back.
She had some job issues and I traded 4 months board in trade for an old 5th wheel trailer she had. Now the traded time is up and O is a month behind on boarding fees ($50 per mo due on the 15th of the mo). I have asked O when she would be able to pay the fee and she says by the end of the month. She has been late in the past and I basically provided 4 months of free board since I don't have the trailer on my property cause her jobless brother, and occasionally his girlfriend, are living in it at the moment.
I don't want to come across as rude to her since she's been my friend for years before the horse arrived but I really find this unacceptable. I understand the economy is hard right now and $50 may not seem like a lot but that's 1/4 of my feed bill per month for my own two horses and I asked my other boarders to leave after the chased and hit my TB gelding with a rake "cause he was hurting their mare." (they were grooming each other!:roll:) So I lost that source of income and since I'm currently in college I can't afford to be giving handouts all the time.
How should I approach this situation? I would like to keep this person as my friend and work through all this but I'm getting burned. HELP!!!