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post #21 of 361 Old 01-23-2014, 10:35 PM
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Barring the BO's cooperation or anyone willing to rat on the offender (if indeed anyone is actually even seeing her do it), one of these mounted in a relevant spot (where it would capture blatant evidence) would also do the job. ;)

I suspect you could probably find one used in your neck of the woods for a fraction of the cost of a new one.
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post #22 of 361 Old 01-23-2014, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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I like the kool aid idea too, and in the grand scheme of things, if it helps you figure out the mystery, is one pad really such a big price?

I'm livid just thinking about this possibility happening at my barn. I think the most effective thing to do is tell the BO everything you've said here, put up a camera of some sorts, in his pasture if you think that's best, and confront the girl about this. Take all your tack away and put up a sign on your horses stall specifying that absolutely nobody except you, your trainer and the BO are allowed to work with him, that includes going into his pen to pet him.

Good luck keep posted on the progress. I'd be willing to bet the BO would be much happier to lose the newer family than a devoted boarder of many years.
Putting up a sign is a great idea! And I will keep everyone posted!
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Small update from being at the barn today: so I got to the barn, and immediately went out to Stitch's pasture, and she was out there petting him, but when she saw me she went over and caught her horse. I smiled at her. And said "hey (insert name here) I think someone is riding stitch, and it's really upsetting me. So if you see anything suspicious let me know, Kay?" And she said "oh, okay. That sucks... I'll let you know if I see anything."
She looked kind of guilty, but I wasn't going to jump down her throat just then.
I talked to the BO, and she said she was very sorry that someone was riding him. She gave me permission to hang up some cameras, and said she would do more checks in the back pasture to see if she was riding out there.
So I think that's some progress.
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Barring the BO's cooperation or anyone willing to rat on the offender (if indeed anyone is actually even seeing her do it), one of these mounted in a relevant spot (where it would capture blatant evidence) would also do the job. ;)

I suspect you could probably find one used in your neck of the woods for a fraction of the cost of a new one.
Oh cool! I'll have to look into that. Thanks :)
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post #25 of 361 Old 01-23-2014, 11:20 PM
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If your stuff is locked up, then she has to use her own or someone else's pad. While you are grooming and she's around, let her know that the cameras you'd installed have revealed some pretty interesting stuff. And watch her reaction. My thief turned crimson. You don't have to install a camera but she won't know that.
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post #26 of 361 Old 01-24-2014, 01:05 AM
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Haven’t read the whole post but if I were you I would be careful; you could just be mistaken, and it wouldn’t be good to confront her on suspicion alone, or even the sweat marks and possible hardened mouth alone. I wouldn’t confront her unless I knew 100% that she had been riding it. If you get a photo of her doing it that would be even better.
Once I had the proof what I would do to her would probably be better not written in here.
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Haven’t read the whole post but if I were you I would be careful; you could just be mistaken, and it wouldn’t be good to confront her on suspicion alone, or even the sweat marks and possible hardened mouth alone. I wouldn’t confront her unless I knew 100% that she had been riding it. If you get a photo of her doing it that would be even better.
Once I had the proof what I would do to her would probably be better not written in here.
I'm just not sure how to catch her in the act. The closest I get is her in the pasture with him, or randomly in his stall for no apparent reason
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post #28 of 361 Old 01-24-2014, 03:50 AM
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Id flip my lid if someone was riding my mare without me there. She too much horse for most people. I have a 8 year old ride her on the lung-line but that's it, im in control and its at a walk. I will NOT be liable for some idiot getting hurt on my horse, and ill be going away for man slaughter if my horse ended up hurt.

Go with the koolaid idea. Its not like anyone will see the bottom of your pad. And it might not be on a pad but someones pants (she could be hopping on bareback).
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post #29 of 361 Old 01-24-2014, 04:38 AM
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I think what you've done so far is really good, I would also think hanging up cameras would help gain the proof you need.

There was a similar situation with my horse, but it was kind of a misunderstanding instead… We had share boarders and only gave the mom permission to ride, but they convinced the trainer they were working with that we had given her daughter (for her first riding lessons, might I add) permission as well. So they ended up riding him in a lesson and when we pulled up to our barn they were leading our horse back. It wouldn't have been a big problem if my horse wasn't only a year into training and barely used to aids, and for months after that one ride with her I had to retrain him to accept the bit. We ended up talking it over with them and ending the share boarding (because other problems rose up).

When you get the proof, I would defiantly approach her parents about it first as well as the BO. Have you locked up your tack locker yet?
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post #30 of 361 Old 01-24-2014, 05:15 AM
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I'm the sort of person that is happy to let others ride my horse - but NEVER without my permission!

You're dealing with it well so far. The Kool-Aid is a good idea - maybe you could take your pad home under the premise of it being cleaned? Though I would think she'd notice the crystals when grooming, so maybe not the best idea.

A camera seems a little extreme to me, but it might be necessary. Hopefully your BO will catch her in the act before any of that is necessary. If your BO can be the one to confront her (I'm sure she doesn't condone riding other peoples horses without permission), it will be a lot easier on you!
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