Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South Sutton, NH
Who is in the wrong? (Long Story)
So some of you know about my horse before I got Gizmo, his name was RJ and he was a five year old Mustang. So to get the question I want to ask I will have to go back to before I got him, making it a long story.
So I started working for RJ's old owner my senior year of high school, riding and working the horses, as well as cleaning out the stalls and everything and learning how to do natural horsemanship training. So I was supposed to go to school of Equine and I really wanted to go but right before I was going to start we found out I didn't have enough and still owed like ten thousand to go. So my parents were going to pay for it, but I didn't want them to be dead broke I felt too guilty so I asked them if I went to school online for something they felt most comfortable with me learning, like business, then could I have a horse again. So they agreed that I could. So I started looking at horse online. I really didn't want to buy one of her horses because they weren't all the way trained and other than working some of her horses a few hours a week I really hadn't ridden for like six years. But she said that I had a "special bond" with RJ and she would sell him to me for a good price, $500. So that was a pretty good price to me. He was all saddle broke and everything just needed a little more training and then someone to get on him. So I didn't think that was too bad, and we did have a good bond.
But I was worried about finishing his training I really didn't know all that much about it and like I said I hadn't really rode steadily for a while. So she said that she would pay for someone to get on him and let me board there for $100 a month so I could use the round pen and other equipment that I didn't have at home. This was all written in the the contract. I would photo copy it to here, but I don't want names or anything to come up. So we continued working on him for a while and I could get my foot in his stirrup and put my weight in it. So we figured he was ready for someone to get on him. Now her daughter is a great rider, but she is too lazy and too good for Mustangs. So she met this girl at a party and this girl said she had "broke" horses before and loved doing it. So she hired her to do it.
OMG can you say awful? Ugh he was so.... good too, but she didn't understand how to hold his head in when she got on him. So she let it out and he spooked and off he went, and boy was he a fast horse. I wanted him to be my barrel racer. And her seat was horrible, it didn't even look like she had ever ridden a horse before. She lasted about two seconds after he bolted. After that she was too scared to get on.
So now he was spooked by this so I had to start all over trying to get my weight on him and such. So then her husband found someone else to ride him. She was a lot better rider than this other girl, but she was so timid. RJ needed sweetness, but he needed a firm hand sometimes because he really liked to play people. So she let him get away with bullying her spinning when she pulled his head in, making it hard for her to get her foot in the stirrup, for some reason she couldn't get her foot in there and he was 14.2 with a western saddle on. So she managed to get on him like once and he bolted again, because she let his head out so she rode around the round pen like four times and he was starting to relax a bit but then he slipped and she rolled off of him and was too scared to get back on.
So then his old owner came up to me and she said she has spend too much money on him to get someone to ride him (she had paid each person fifty) so she didn't know what I wanted to do, but she had to raise my board up to $400 a month. And there was no way I could afford that so I had to take him home. Where I had no round pen and no one was home or had any horse knowledge to even help me. So I had to sell him. So it took me forever to actually get someone interested. And I lost $200 on him, but he went to a good home and its close by so I can still check up on him.
So not long after I sold him, I got a text from his new owner saying that his old owner had talked to her mom and said RJ was a horrible horse that was a danger to everyone and would never be broke and she also told them that he had never had a saddle on him before! I was like WHAT! By the time he left my house I could lay on his back and I could still put my weight in his stirrups on both sides. He lunged like a dream, trailers, good for vet and farrier, he ground drove, he did a crap load of stuff and was wicked desensitized I just didn't have the facilities to finish his training or the experience. I told her it was a total lie.
So I got a nasty email from his old owner saying that she never thought I would sell him and that I was this awful person and I should never own a horse. And he went to a horrible home. Which he did not I personally checked the place out and the woman that bought him is a firefighter and respected person in the community. I was like WTF is going on!
So what do you guys think about the situation? To me she didn't hold her end of the contract. If I had known she wasn't I wouldn't have ever bought RJ even though we did have a bond and I loved him. But it is something that has been bothering me for a while now.