A Messy Free Boarding Issue - Really Need Advice
Okay, I am starting to get really frustrated with this whole situation. About two years ago, I got my own horse, Rusty. We set up outdoor fencing for him and had a round pen in a shed for when it wasn't nice outside. A family friend, "Joe", wanted to get a horse for his daughter, "Kiki", and he told me he knew a lot about horses and could help me with Rusty, since Rusty and I were having issues. I was at the end of the rope with my horse, so I said yes to his help. He bought Bonnie, a three year old Belgian, for Kiki.
Bonnie ate up our pasture. Joe always said he was going to help my dad fence in the rest of it. He never did.
Joe, at first, was helpful in helping me figure out Rusty. He could sometimes get him on the trailer, and he did take me and a couple of friends down to a trail ride two nights. Also, he has helped find some western tack and did buy some of it for me and Rusty. This was back a few years ago. I no longer need any of this tack because Rusty and I switched to English.
After seeing Bonnie misbehave (I don't know why he bought this stupid horse), he bought another horse, Snowy. Snowy was 4 years old and had 30 days training. She was a supposed pocket horse. So now there's three horses, including Rusty, in my pasture.
After Snowy threw Joe off and proved her lack of training, Joe bought an 18 year old Quarter Horse that was acutally a good fit for Kiki, who was now taking lessons. Because he was broke, he asked my mom for a loan for the horse.
In exchange for Snowy's foal (she had a chance of being pregnant), he got a 7 year old Paint mare with navicular. She was rideable, but was gimpy and way too excitable.
At one point, we had 5 horses in a pasture meant for one or two horses. Joe finally sold Bonnie.
Over the winter, Joe always said he was going to buy hay. He never did. We used hay for his horses and my horse from our own field. He started to never come out and see his horses.
Last spring, the 18 year old QH he had was put down because of a leg injury. The other horses, the Paint, Snowy, and my horse Rusty are currently still here.
I did show Dolly (Paint) and Snowy in the county fair with Joe's permission, along with my Rusty. I have put friends on them a few times. Joe pulled his daughter out of lessons because he got mad over the instructor only having certain lessons times. Kiki cannot ride any of these horses except maybe Rusty. Without my permission, Joe has used Rusty many times for his daughter and for him up to this day. I do not like the way Joe rides or how he handles Rusty, and his daughter is too inexperienced. Rusty and I have come great strides in jumping, and he is under training. I don't want him to get confused with Joe's riding. Joe would also use Rusty's tack and my other equipment that I BOUGHT and wouldn't put it back, or it would magically disappear. We bought a new horse trailer this past summer, and my dad let Joe use it and let him take Rusty to a horse show for his daughter while I was at a show 2 hours away riding a lesson horse.
Joe has said he is going to help out with a whole bunch of stuff but never has. His horses are still eating our hay, but my parents refuse to do anything about it. I have tried talking with them, but they say he's their friend. Oh, and he never paid back that loan for the 18 year old QH to my mom. And she's not pressing the issue.
Recently, we got another horse for my niece to ride, so I now have Knight and Rusty. Knight is at the bottom of the pecking order, and Joe's horses steal his hay and feed (they are not grained). I don't have the equipment to make another pen with a run-in shed, and Knight eats too slowly for me to wait for him to eat everything out there and protect him. I don't know how to put up fencing anyway, and my dad is always too busy. I want Knight and Rusty to bond, but these other horses get in the way!
I don't know what to do! I can't stop feeding these other horses, but it's not like I want them to push around Knight! They have caused me more trouble than good, and I am tired of Joe showing up and trying out Rusty! He even thinks Rusty responds to him better than me! I AM SO FED UP!
WHAT DO I DO????