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post #1 of 2 Old 10-02-2008, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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“The adventures of boarding” Long Story

Oh Boy...........

I had previously started a thread about a 13 year old girl: http://www.horseforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=15960

And here is what happened last night:

So I went up to the barn last night and well... That girl is quite the trip.

Last weekend my bf and I cleaned the barn up for almost 6 hours. We let all of the horses out, gutted the barn, scraped some outside pens (getting ready for the dreaded winter), and did chores. About 4 hours into it the niece finally came outside (she had been home the entire time)... she was very nice to me and talkative and it was really weird, but she really didn’t want to help...

So last night I went up there and I almost fell over when I saw the niece in the barn...CLEANING!!!!! She had a couple stalls done but still had three of them to go. The niece was then crabbing that Stacy's mom yelled at her yesterday and how upset she was about it (Stacy just got home from the hospital on Monday)... I didn’t get into anything with her. So I let April out and then started hooking Chloe up to the cart.

Well Stacy and Ty had some friends over including 3 little girls (age 8, 7, and 5) I didn’t know that they were there until after I was done harnessing Chloe up. Well of course they all wanted rides. I talked with the mom who said that it was fine but first I wanted to take Chloe for a spin myself since she hadn’t been on the cart for a couple weeks... I left and came back like 10 mins later to find the niece and her friend hooking one of the minis to the cart. She had really no idea what she was doing (Stacy or I normally hook it up for her, then she drives in the arena)... I fixed it and asked where she was going "I’m going to run my friend home" (she lives like a mile away) so they start walking off...the niece was leading the mini and the friend was in the cart. I had one of the little girls jump in my cart while I held Chloe. It was cute she grabbed the lines like she was going to drive...lol. I was just about to go and get into the cart when in the corner of my eye I see the niece fall and the friend jump out of the cart.

The Mini then took off running through the barn (with the cart in tow) knocking down everything possible. I yell at the niece to come to the other side of the barn to get the mini ...but then the cart gets held up on something and the mini falls and starts kicking. I wanted to run to the little horse but I was holding onto a now upset Chloe (it was loud noises and she couldn’t see where it was coming from...thank goodness she is a really quiet horse otherwise I could have had a mess myself)... the little girl in the cart was like "that was fun..." referring to Chloe’s sudden jolt forward. My heart was pumping faster then it should have been… The niece finally got to the mini and unhooked her. She wanted to hook her right back to the cart!!!! I was like no way you need to walk her out and make sure there is no swelling, she needs to calm down also. I told her that I would be back in a little bit, so I took off with Chloe down the rode again. I was gone for maybe 10 minutes…and when I got back the mini was back in the harness and cart and they were leaving the place. I could believe it, well I guess I could. I ended up give more rides, had Chloe unhooked and back in the pasture, my harness and cart put away, and then went to look at the stalls. She hadn’t finished cleaning (big surprise) I pushed the manure cart out of the barn and then went to get the lawn mower (so that I didn’t have to push it)… dead, the niece for the 2nd time in the week left the key in the on position and drained the battery. I didn’t want to take the tractor out either since she doesn’t know that I have the keys and I didn’t want more drama.

Then I heard some laughing, and music and then saw the niece with another friend coming down the driveway. The friend was driving and the niece had one of those IPod docking stations and they were blaring the music… the other friends mother had dropped her off with the niece and was going to be over for a few hours to “help out”. The little girls came outside to ride in the mini cart and the friend said that she would drive them around… I had the niece help push the cart out to dump the manure and then I heard it, a little scream, and then a rubbing/scrapping sound. I didn’t want to turn around… but I knew that I had to. I turned to see her come around the corner of my truck… and then bump the bumper. The niece went running over right away… I slowly went, scared to see what had been done. There was a good 10 inch black scrap behind the back tire, followed by a 4 inch scrap, and then a couple little dings on the bumper. I have no idea how or why she was even on the side of the truck. I parked like 4 feet from the above ground pool, by the house… thinking that I wouldn’t be in the way. So I walked into the side of the barn to get a wet wipe to see of I can get any of the paint off of my truck when I heard the crashing noise again. I came running around the corner to see the mini hung up again the niece and her friend lying in the barn crying… I went to the mini and quickly got the harness off. Walked her out of the barn to check for anything…one little scrap on her leg and no limping, but breathing very hard and just generally upset (don’t blame her). The mini is an awesome driver. I spent time with her this summer and she also has association points for it. I think the cool weather, the wrong harness set-up, and the girl’s behavior just contributed to everything. I feel really bad for the mini, but she won’t be driving anytime soon again since they broke the singletree in the process, I just hope the mini won’t have problems next time she pulls because of all of the stress she endured. The girls are just fine, but I bet they are sore today.

The niece came out of the barn and I handed over the lead… she started to bring her back to the barn… I yelled at her to walk the horse till it was breathing normal and calmed down. There were a few choice words and arguing but she walked the horse down. The cart is pretty beat up too… “Stacy will just buy a new one” was her reply… I shook my head and continued with dumping the cart. I wanted to just finish everything up and get out of there. I got yelled at again for cleaning, but she was going to do it later. I won’t put my horse in a dirty stall… that is just me. So I finished cleaned the few stalls, finally got the niece to start feeding and I started walking the horses in (which of course NO help there). Before I was even done they were off into the house. I checked all of the horses…clean stall, feed, hay, clean water, I’m out of here.

I went into the house to see Stacy… she started asking me a bunch of questions to clear things up, apparently things had already been skewed from what really happened and who did what. Stacy said that she called the nieces mom and told her that she needs to take care of her own daughter, with Stacy being so sick she just can’t handle everything, but whether anything happens or not only time will tell. I talked with Stacy and Ty a bit, I explained that I didn’t want to throw their niece under the bus but here is what has been going on the last few visits. They said that they were planning on having a talk with her anyways to set things straight. It was getting pretty late too… After seeing last nights events I just don’t want anyone or any horses getting hurt because of inexperience. I’m going back out this weekend to clean and organize some more, I want to make sure everything is ready to go for the winter. Stacy is hoping to be able to walk out to the barn this weekend as well. She had over 36 staples put in from her surgery…poor gal, and she starts her Chemo in a few weeks.

So ya I’m thinking I should start writing a book
“The adventures of boarding”

I just had to get this off from my chest…
Thanks for taking the time to read my book….lol

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post #2 of 2 Old 10-02-2008, 03:48 PM
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wow poor you and horses there lucky to have you to help out at the barn, I would of been pulling my hair out if it was me. I hope the situation improves and the mini's ok

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