Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Corner of 5th and insanity.
• Horses: 0
For the time being and while you guys are dealing with this horse, maybe have your mom steer clear. It's great that she's helping out, but if she's as inexperienced as you say she is, she's at more risk than someone who could spot and school any problem given to her. If the barn owners put up a stink about your mom skipping that one dangerous horse, then they fail to realize what kind of Liability they're boarding and should have it brought to their attention. If they don't care that they're boarding a possible law suit, I'd consider leaving and start browsing through options.
As for the owners who are never there, you might consider setting up a camera and filming the horse's misbehavior. This can be a great visual to help those people see just how bad their horse is. Don't forget to film a better behaved horse so that you can compare the two. This is a good way of showing them that their horse is a nutcase without having to put anyone at risk, leading the horse.
If they think that you've done something to their horse, invite them to try leading it on their own. Some people are skeptical and accusatory. Be prepared to give them some information on the kind of food and schedule the horse is on, as well as some resources they can try for training, if they're interested in keeping the horse.
Other people will likely have better advice.
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