Boarding Arrangement from hell! #Venting
I just got my horse out of a tricky situation... I made an agreement with some friends who own a very reputable business in the area to live with them, do chores, and baby sit in exchange for room and board for my horse and I... the agreement was; I wake up at 5 am every morning, feed and water over 30 horses, 30 goats, 5 cows, and a llama, babysit their 14 month old daughter, go with them into town and run errands, come home in the evening, feed and water everyone again, babysit and repeat the next day (usually I couldn't get into bed until 11 or 12pm).
Well, they stopped feeding my horse.
They started making threats about my horse.
They started working my horse without my permission and BEATING my horse. (I mean snubbing her up to a post and punching her face over, and over, and over again.).
And on top of that, they would yell, use profane language AT me, and treat me like poop... I had finally decided that this summer job was not worth it and not a good learning experience, so I quit.
I told them I was leaving and was taking my horse home... they forbid me to leave the property or have my parents, friends, or ANYONE come to the house to get me, my belongings, or my horse... I'm only 17, I think it's ridiculous I couldn't have my parents with me.
So this last Friday, I picked up my horse. I had my friend's park and wait for me in a church parking lot a few doors down as I haltered my horse and walked her off of the property. Now they are threatening to sue for trespassing and are refusing to return ANY of my belongings. They claim I stole their horse... I didn't steal ANY horse. I simply picked up my own. The bill of sale was in my mother's name, there was no board owed OR a written boarding agreement.
Both parties consulted the local Sheriff's Dept. To my understanding, we are both getting different stories, but the Sheriff cannot do anything on the spot because there was no written agreement.
My beautiful horse who was JET black, 1,300lbs, solid muscle, now looks like a 1,000lb, ribby, (lost her topline too), SORREL with black mane and tail. Since we got her home we consulted a vet and have got her on vitamins, quality hay and grains.
I have to go to the local courthouse and file to get my belongings back... I have over $4,000 worth of equipment and personal property at their address.
I have since done some research on them and their business, this isn't the first time they've done something like this. I'm not the first victim. I feel bad for people that they've fooled, especially since some of them are friends that I care deeply for.
All that to say... I made a mistake, never again am I leaving my horse in their care NOR will I recommend their business to anybody!
I hate people.