Ok-so some of you know, I have been working on free leasing my 21 YO clyde cross to a local therapeutic riding center. They are an excellent facility, and the horses are very well cared for, and they are CONSTANTLY advertising that they need horses.
My guy is a big puppy dog, and would be perfect. He has some arthritis in hos hock, which is well controlled with a supplement (which I will provide) and a possible old suspensory (right pastern slopes differently than the left), altho he was NEVER off, so it may even be since birth. Who knows. I am sure it has been YEARS. So, my BO knows the people who run the facilty, and she (and I ) started this process about 6 weeks ago. They do not call unless I stay on them, and when I finally DO get hold of them, they want something...now. They have sent 2 of their instructors out to see him, ride him, video him, I have ridden him for them. Last time was a week ago, at which the instructor told me she was meeting with the manager and would have a decision soon. Well......finally called the manager myself yesterday. She wants me to bring him to their place today. Fine. But why did we have to go thru 2 other people if she is the only one who can make a decision. What a waste of time. They are concerned....get this....that he will hold up under the work they will put him thru. Ok-they do walk-trot, mostly on a leadline. Not sure how stressfull that would be. They are well aware that I am moving back to VA next week, and need this resolved. If they want him, take him for the winter, if he doesn;t work, I will pay them board (their suggestion) until I return in the spring. No harm, no foul. It is also quite possible that he will work beautifully for them.
It seems to me(and others who are familiar with them) that they want perfect horses for free. This just does not seem reasonable, in my mind. Also keep in mind this is a FREE LEASE. Something happens, he is still mine, and I will take him back. They are making it SO difficult it is no wonder they need horses!
I just don't get it. He basically lives on air, wears no shoes, so is a low overhead, easy maintenance guy....... And if you don't want him, fine-just let me know that! I really don't care at this point!
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