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        04-03-2011, 11:57 PM
      #11
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    I would call the farrier, he never spoke to you, had no written statement of her permission to have your horses shod and worked on them without your permission.
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        04-04-2011, 12:18 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    I agree with sandy on this one.
    I too would be appalled in your situation, but if you can't afford to move your horses right now, you are kind of stuck. I would pay her, but then draw up a written contract about care from here on in.
    Then I would pause on the barn to make sure you have a paddock with at least a crude temporary shelter, and bring horses home asap. It won't hurt them to live outside for a while until the barn is ready. Best of luck!
         
        04-04-2011, 12:43 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Skipsfirstspike    
    ...Then I would pause on the barn to make sure you have a paddock with at least a crude temporary shelter, and bring horses home asap. It won't hurt them to live outside for a while until the barn is ready. Best of luck!
    I agree. As long as you have an area fenced off and just trees for shelter for the time being, horses don't have to be in a barn. The weather is warming up enough that you don't need to worry about them being too cold. Even if they get rained on, it's not the end of the world for them. They won't shrink when they dry out!

    As for the farrier bill, I would tell your 'friend' that you need the farriers name so you can write a check and their number so you can verify the amount, set up payment arrangements since you were not planning on this expense so early, and to have him come out to remove the shoes since they were NOT authorized to be put on. I would pay for the trim costs, half of the trip fee, but not for the shoeing. Then I would have a contract done up where all your friend is to do is feed, water, and house the horses. Anything else needs to be authorized by you ahead of time. Or you might be ending up with a vet bill next for just a scrape.
         
        04-04-2011, 01:28 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Please keep us updated on what happens... :)
         
        04-04-2011, 02:49 AM
      #15
    Foal
    My hubby just informed me he spoke to her at work, apparently she wont give me the persons name cause he's not an actual farrier!!!! It's her husbands cousin, she said he's being doing there horses hooves for years and she trusts him. She claims she has heard "my" farrier has a bad reputation. How it any right of hers to decide FOR ME if I should stick with my farrier. He use to do the trimmings at the barn I use to board at, and they still use him, they never had a problem with his work. So now I got billy bob who isn't even licensed putting shoes on my barefoot horses. Were going to look for a different place to board, I found a stable not far from us that does a type of partial care for $185 but they do everything but supply the grain. I pay $400 at her place full care (200ea horse), and its a nice barn but she's not worth it. My hubby says that we should just pull them out and not give her a nickle. Even though I already paid this months board :/. I can't trust this crazy *^$^%$, who in there right mind has a unprofessional come out and SHOE somebodies horse without there permission, and if he isn't certified how does he get off charging 80 bucks a horse!
         
        04-04-2011, 03:43 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    Good on you and your husband for deciding to pull out. What she has done is far from correct.

    I've boarded with friends before... with mixed results, and have overall found it better to board alone (I live in New Zealand so my horses live outdoors 24/7)... I always found that one particular friend would try and boss me with how I could look after my horses, when I should go see them and what I should do with them. It irked me that I felt like I personally had no control of my horses while grazing there, and I immediately sought other facilities. I'm glad you and hubby are doing the same. You own your horses. You should get final say on what happens to them, even at a full boarding facility.

    Good luck!
         
        04-04-2011, 07:44 AM
      #17
    Trained
    Get them out of there! Like...YESTERDAY! I board at a friends, but she became my friend after I started boarding there, so it is a little different.

    Just a couple of things-don't take the shoes off too quickly. Chances are that they were trimmed a bit short to put them on, and if you just pull them they may be lame. Let them grow out first, then pull and just rasp them a little giving them a chance to get back the length and sole they need to be barefoot.
    Also-with a contract-I would be concerned about limiting vet calls.....thankfully I trust my friend implicitly, but if there is ever an emergency, I would not want to have her hesitate to call the vet because we had some contract she was not allowed to. We have talked about it, and she knows my limits, we are pretty much of the same mindset when it comes to our horses, thankfully. But, I live out of town 6 mo out of the year, and she is totally responsible for one of mine, so I have to trust her, and the vets to do the right thing should it be necessary. If there is ever a point where I don't trust the BO, friend or not, I need to move. JMHO.
         
        04-04-2011, 08:45 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    Wow... I would be seeing red. I don't appreciate someone trying to use bullying tactics on me. The moment she got pushy and rude, I'd be back in her face like she wouldn't believe. I would not let intimidate me into paying for services I didn't need or want. And if she dared to call my husband about it, well... let's just say he's got a very scary angry voice.

    I'd say just bring the horses home even though the barn's not finished. They'd be fine with some trees for shelter.

    I love the idea of boarding at a friend's house, but I haven't had it work out so far. Don't know what it is about "friends" but they seem to think they can take advantage by either doing whatever they want with your horse, or giving them subpar care. I got to experience both, by the same friend.

    I bet her cousin (or w/e) asked if he could practice shoeing her horses, so she offered up your horses, and thought she'd make some money off of you.

    I hope you get out of this situation quickly. Move your horses asap, if this woman will do that to them without your permission, I'm sure there's other things she'd do as well.
         
        04-04-2011, 10:59 AM
      #19
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ptvintage    

    I bet her cousin (or w/e) asked if he could practice shoeing her horses, so she offered up your horses, and thought she'd make some money off of you.

    I hope you get out of this situation quickly. Move your horses asap, if this woman will do that to them without your permission, I'm sure there's other things she'd do as well.
    Im thinking the same thing, if he has no training how in the heck did he know how to shoe. I didnt know pulling them off would make them lame, and now she is texting my cell phone threatening to sue me for the farrier bill! What farrier bill, I never told you to do it! My only concern is we don't live at our house yet, were building it :/. We only bought land to build on (since here in FL that's cheaper than building a nice built-up horse property). So if I put up a fence for them just to get them over there, nobody will be there to supervise incase something happens :/. Our house probably wont be finished for another 4 weeks or so. I'm going to talk to the other BO and see if I can get pasture board for them until we can move them to our house. Even if it means only having a run-in type situation until the barns built. Thanks everybody for the support, I just want to go punch her, maybe it would knock some sense in to her
         
        04-04-2011, 11:01 AM
      #20
    Green Broke
    Wow. Horse people. They're mental.

    That is all.
         

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