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post #1 of 7 Old 02-19-2012, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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warning for boarders and people looking to sell there horses.

I recently boarded a horse at a barn; the board was reasonably priced and had a small indoor arena and since I lived a bit away I also paid extra for exercises my horse.Later becouse of my job I decided I needed to sell and the barn owner wanted to help with sale becouse she does that sort of thing for a living, well to make this short the horse went on trial at the beginning of the month and I was still being charged for board and exercise and after the horse sold I was still never given any money from all the unused board while she had used the stall the entire time! She had also charged me for exercise while using my horse in riding lessons for her students and making money off him! And the worst thing of all is after the sale of the horse that I never signed any paper work on , nor received any paper work on she kept $400 dollars out of the money received from buyer for herself! I have tired over and over to get the money but I think I might as well give up. Has anyone else had this kind of experience? Is there any legal action I can take? Thanks.
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-19-2012, 09:16 AM
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-19-2012, 09:24 AM
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What did your written contract state concerning boarding, exercising, and sale of the horse?

Sellers typically take a commission, which is anywhere from 10-20%. After all, why would they put effort into selling someone else's horse for nothing?

If you didn't get a written, signed contract spelling everything out, then you have no way to prove you were taken advantage of.

You're setting yourself up for slander/libel charges by posting the name of the barn without having verifiable proof that you didn't receive the services for which you paid.
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post #4 of 7 Old 02-19-2012, 09:25 AM
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why do people keep getting in these convoluted business, stall, board, feeding , finacial arangements with NOT A SINGLE WORD IN WRITING !
If you buy a pack of gum at Walmart you get a reciept of the transaction, but people.
You are out your money, take the money youcan get and walk away. Seriously you can complaign all you want. But no lawyer will take the case, and small claims court will do nothing for you as you have NO CONTRACT! Chalk it up to lesson learned..
And so what if she was making lesson momey off your horse, you paid her to have your horse exersised, she was exersising it whats the problem or how does it effect you if she made other income ? This is the same as a me hiring a woodcutter to get a tree out of my yard that may fall on my house. But then getting mad because he later sold the wood as fire wood.
You hired her to do a job, she did it. You owned the horse until it was sold and needed to pay board. OR not maybe you shouldnt have. But the world will bever know because you have no contract.

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post #5 of 7 Old 02-19-2012, 09:32 AM
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Most people helping to sell to a horse take a commision. Hey are in business to make money. Before you agreed to sell through her this should have all been worked out.

As for board - if the stall was reserved for your horse to come back to if the trial did nto work, then they will charge you board. It doesn't matter if another horse temporarily took up the space. Your horse could have been returned at any moment and a space needed to be available.

As for training - Did you ask in advance if you could get money off of board if your horse was used? Some places offer this to help with their lesson program and offset board prices. Some figure that thay are doing you a favor by working/trainingyour horse for you for free. It is all in the dsetails of the original agreement you made when you decided to board there in the first place.

I doubt any legal action can be/should be taken. Next time you board, get all the informatin up front.
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-19-2012, 09:54 AM
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Just chalk it up to experience and move on! The best lessons are the ones learned the hard way.
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-20-2012, 08:51 PM
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1 ) Just because your horse was off property doesn't mean you shouldn't pay for the space- what if you needed to bring your horse back and there was another horse in it's spot? Say you're renting a house and you go on vacation, just because you're not at home doesn't mean you should get a cut on the rent.

2 ) You say yourself the barn owner "does that thing for a living" as most barns do (have a sales page, that is) so why would she do it for you for free? Depending on what you sold the horse for, $400 sounds like a fair number.

3 ) Was she using your horse in a lesson string with young / inexperienced riders? I know some coaches will employ advanced working students to ride client horses and give them the exercise / training the horse needs, do you know for a fact she was making money off of him?

Basically... it sounds to me that you're trying to get money back that you are not owed.
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