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post #1 of 15 Old 05-11-2009, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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I'm not sure that this belongs in this section, but it sort of deals with health/it could.

I am wondering mainly what you would do in this scenario (it just happened to me):

You have your horse tied on a tie post ~10 feet long. She's tied at one end, leaving the other end free. There are 3 other tie posts empty and therefore available for use. Your horse is not a puller, and you don't leave her alone for extended periods of time so she can't get into trouble.

A lady leads her horse up to the tie post you're at, and ties her horse nose to nose with your horse. This lady is not someone you know, and there's no way she, or you, can know how the horses will behave. Her horse acts aggressively/dominantly towards your horse, causing her to pull hard back and snap the leather halter.

After catching your horse with a spare halter, what would you do?

Luckily for me, my horse has no physical/psychological (ie fear of the tie posts) damage. She seemed to be alright after this happened, just kind of scared when I tried to lead her forward so I could grab my lead rope (still attached to the post). She is alright to tie to other posts though. This lady gave me a weak "Ooooh, I'm sorry." But didn't move her horse.

I went and bought another leather halter, and then wrote her a letter requesting reimbursement for the halter her irresponsibility broke, and the barn owner a letter to let him know. I don't want to start any drama, but I cannot believe the total lack of consideration and fact that I have to buy a new halter because she chose not to think.

I have seen a horse pull and get tangled when she was unable to pull free of the halter. All night I've been having visions of going back out to the barn and seeing something I missed, like her with neck pain due to a fracture of something crazy like that. Though I am aware that finding anything is highly unlikely and I'm just being paranoid.

So what would you do? Just continue on and say nothing? Buy a new halter and keep quiet? What I did? Something else entirely?
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-11-2009, 09:29 AM
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I would have politely asked the person who tied their horse next ot yours to pay for a new halter...

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post #3 of 15 Old 05-11-2009, 09:42 AM
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I would request payment for the new halter (granted, it is of equal or lesser value as the broken one). What she did was completely idiotic.

Kudo's to you for not going back and beating her around the head with the broken halter. I would have been scary mad had someone done someone as stupid as that.

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post #4 of 15 Old 05-11-2009, 10:19 AM
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Did this happen at your boarding facility? Show? Trail ride?
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post #5 of 15 Old 05-11-2009, 01:11 PM
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I'm a very confrontational my extinct would have been to beat the woman over the head. But who needs MORE drama at a boarding stable. So I probably would have ate the costs and just said nothing...afterwards being hyper-vigilante of that woman being at the barn the same time as me...or anyone else for that matter.

All that being said...when I was in college I had to keep my horse at a boarding stable. He lost the tip of his ear. Yep...LOST the tip of his ear. The idiot BO put an aggressive gelding next to my gelding...and NIP...gone was the tip of his ear. I didn't get an apology from the horse owner or the BO. And certainly didn't get any reimbursement. So I guess be lucky you just lost a halter. My reaction to that situation was I left the barn the next week.
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post #6 of 15 Old 05-11-2009, 02:03 PM
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i would ask for my money back from the new halter for sure- at my barn we had (she left woo hoo) this lady who would put her horses out in pasture with other peoples horses even after we asked her NOT TO because one of her horses was really aggressive. It seems that no matter how much you hope people will listen and think they don't .. I can't tell you how many notes I left asking this lady to put my horse away if she wanted to put hers out there and I would come up to the barn and there was my horse begging for me to let her out of the pasture b/c the lady had ignored me and put her horses in there and erased me note! so crazy!

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post #7 of 15 Old 05-19-2009, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry, I'm in spring school and it's totally eaten up my life! I also thought I would wait to see what the lady had to say for herself before replying.

Essentially she has told me that my horse, who has never pulled prior to last weekend, is a puller and that it's my issue and not her fault. She wished me best of luck with my training. She told me that I shouldn't buy nice things for horses, and that she isn't paying me for what she's basically calling a pre-existing condition.

So I will essentially be avoiding her in the future. I'm completely disappointed by this woman's behavior and inability to even apologize.

The real kicker to this is my horse now, because of this incident, has this fun habit of pulling when tied. -wishes there was an angry yelling face-

Thanks for your input everyone, sorry I was horrible about replying!!
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Id tell the barn owner and warn every other person there to avoid her, telling them what she did - putting your horse at risk of injury and resulting in your broken halter, which she refuses to pay for.

People like her deserve everything you can throw at them, IMO.
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post #9 of 15 Old 05-19-2009, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Miss Katie View Post
warn every other person there to avoid her, telling them what she did - putting your horse at risk of injury and resulting in your broken halter, which she refuses to pay for.

People like her deserve everything you can throw at them, IMO.

No. As a barn owner if I found out a boarder was telling other boarders what to do about particular boarders - the 'teller' would be finding a new place to board. That would fall under 'drama'.

Things happen at boarding barns people. If there was proof the horse did indeed attack the horse causing the halter to break - then yes go to the BO. We have a rule about owners paying for damage caused by their horse. But there has to be proof. He said/she said is not proof.
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post #10 of 15 Old 05-19-2009, 01:09 PM
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I agree you need to have proof or someone who saw what happened and if you do than go to the BO and talk to them nicely and calmly. So sorry this happened but look on the bright side it could have been so much worse
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