Riding a horse without permission? - The Horse Forum
  • 2 Post By waresbear
  • 1 Post By waresbear
  • 2 Post By DuckDodgers
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 07-02-2013, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1
• Horses: 0
Riding a horse without permission?

Two years ago we moved my horse to a new barn so he could be closer to our house (I'm 15 btw). The trainer there was young and inexperienced but we didn't think much of it because I wasn't riding with her. I wasn't at the barn too often, just a couple of times a week to ride my horse. Now my horse has kissing spine and old injuries on his back that occurred before me got him 4 years ago. In 2012 we started shockwave therapy on his back. During this time he was not supposed to be ridden. AT ALL. not even walk trot, because it could compromise the very expensive medical procedure my mom was paying for to try to relieve his back pain. Even before this when he was being ridden, the trainer knew that I didn't jump him because of his back issue and his pain. Turns out (we only found out recently) she had been jumping him during this time period and giving lessons on him without our permission!! (by the way I have photos that were posted on Facebook of him jumping 2'6-3' and testimony from the girl that rode him, without knowledge of all this, saying that she rode him, jumped him, and the trainer had other people riding him as well) In December a new trainer moved to our barn because the other one hadn't filled up enough stalls. Well my mom and I went away to Florida to visit family so we were not at the barn for a good week and a half. Well we get back and it was really cold and he was not suppose to be ridden during this time, so we just checked on him and cleaned his hooves. We didn't groom him or take his blanket off because it was so cold. When we finally did, we discovered how thin he was. He had lost around 100 pounds and we could see his ribs. At first we thought he was sick and there was something wrong with him, but it turns out she wasn't feeding the horses because she used the board money to buy drugs and alcohol, as well as other things for herself. She was kicked out of the barn that month and we decided to stay with the new trainer. My horse had been doing really well since, we started him on Adequan and he started jumping cross rails last week. I was just wondering if there was any legal action that could be taken against her. I think that ASPCA took away her horses, but I'm not sure. I do know for a fact that her 2 year old daughter (that she had at 19) was placed in the custody of the daughters paternal grandmother and that the trainer has been going to a methadone clinic. Please let me know of any way that she could pay for all that she did (there's even more, unfortunately). My mother spent a lot of money we didn't necessarily have to get my horse well and she ruined the progress we were making. I think my mom paid 2400 on the shockwave therapy and more money on regular vet visits because my horse kept coming up lame. (Only time he came up lame in all 4 years we had him was while we were boarding with this trainer). Let me know any information you have. Thank you.
Posted via Mobile Device
joy623 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 07-02-2013, 10:29 AM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Posts: 11,775
• Horses: 3
Even if you brought a civil lawsuit against her, which would be your only recourse, doesn't sound like she has any money or assets to sue for. Sorry this happened to your horse, just be glad he recovered.
Posted via Mobile Device
smrobs and Thames Pirate like this.
waresbear is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 07-02-2013, 10:33 AM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Posts: 11,775
• Horses: 3
Also, it's the owner of the barn that's ultimately responsible, the trainer was technically an employee, so your mom could bring legal action against them. Is that what you really want to do?
Posted via Mobile Device
smrobs likes this.
waresbear is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 07-02-2013, 11:14 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 2,610
• Horses: 1
And I'm sorry, your horse is on the mend but her life is in the toilet. She doesn't need more on top of what has happened. Yes she brought it on, but as its likely not going to be worthwhile as far as recouping losses I would just pray that she can get her life together.
Posted via Mobile Device
cakemom is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 07-03-2013, 12:54 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 2,721
• Horses: 1
Originally Posted by cakemom View Post
And I'm sorry, your horse is on the mend but her life is in the toilet. She doesn't need more on top of what has happened. Yes she brought it on, but as its likely not going to be worthwhile as far as recouping losses I would just pray that she can get her life together.
Posted via Mobile Device
Usually in similar circumstances I would agree. Had she used Joy's saddle without her permission and damaged it, that's one thing. A saddle won't feel pain if it's worked past its limits and damaged, though it sucks for the owner. Not only was this damaging to someone else's property, but caused monetary and physical damage to a LIVING animal!! I do absolutely think that she should be held completely responsible for what she did. No, it's probably not in her best interests to have someone hold her accountable for her actions, but I have no sympathy for people who will put an animal (someone else's animal who was entrusted in your care at that!) into a bad position like that. I do hope that she gets her life together, but I think that she should be held accountable for her actions. I'll let some bad behavior slide, but not that.

All that said, whether or not it is worth pursuing any kind of action is a different story. It probably wouldn't be, but all I know is that if ANYONE used my horse without my permission (ESPECIALLY if it is in direct violation of a vet's instructions) they would have heck to pay, trainer or not!!
DimSum and showjumperachel like this.
DuckDodgers is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What to do if someone keeps your horse without your permission... sarahfongsilva Horse Boarding 8 11-19-2012 02:53 PM
Riding without permission! ccbmmom Horse Talk 28 07-20-2012 04:33 PM
Horse ridden w/o my knowledge or permission xhalt63 Horse Law 90 02-01-2011 06:59 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome