I feel like such a horrible horse owner. =(

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    11-05-2009, 07:20 PM
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I feel like such a horrible horse owner. =(

I emailed my vet (well, not really "my" vet since I haven't used them yet but they're the ones who have taken care of Lacey her entire life) about getting a quote to come out and give Lacey a check up and float her teeth and all that good stuff and OH MY GOODNESS. Over $350 to get her checked up on, get her tumors checked out and float her teeth? That's not even including getting her shots that she needs and the trip fee for the vet to come out.

I feel super bad because I really don't have the money to spend on that at all, even if I empty out my bank account completely. It kinda makes me want to cry because I feel like I should be able to pay for whatever she needs and she needs to have her tumors checked out and her teeth floated at the bare minimum. Should I not even be trying to own her right now? On the one hand, she's getting more than she ever has in her life love-wise and usefullness-wise but if I can't pay for her basic needs? At least I have money to pay for her farrier-y and if I wasn't doing that her feet would be horrible at this point (my BO, Lacey's half owner doesn't believe in trimming hooves during the winter, some of her horses still have shoes on from July), but I still feel like I should be able to pay for her basic veterinary needs if I want to call myself her owner/half owner.

Gosh dangit, I wish I was rich.
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    11-05-2009, 07:25 PM
Can you pick up some extra work to earn money to pay for the vet?
    11-05-2009, 07:28 PM
Try to get some more hours at your job.
    11-05-2009, 07:30 PM
Borrow from friends, shouldnt you be only paying half of this as you are only part owner?
    11-05-2009, 07:35 PM
I know you really have the best for her in mind, but it is not your responsibility to be paying for all of that (unless I missed something and you bought her?)

Can you work something out with her owner to split the costs? What about a payment plan with the vet (I am currently on one for a much cheaper visit)?
Is there anyone you know that would let you borrow a trailer to cut farm call fees or do you board with anyone to split farm call fees with if they need their horses looked at too?

Do you or anyone you know know how to administer the shots on your own so you're not paying the vet or tech to do it?

You're doing good by your horse...you're not a bad horse owner and legal owners should be stepping it up to pay for this stuff since last time I remembered you were only leasing her?

Good luck, hun.
    11-05-2009, 07:45 PM
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A job is pretty much part of the problem. No one is hiring right now. I applied for over 7 jobs this week alone and haven't heard back about any of them. Right now I'm just doing odd jobs for people and random house sitting/pet sitting to make ends meet and it's not working so well. I do have 2 people that I do odd jobs for every week and I make about $60 a week reliably doing that but with normal expenses and gas (I have to spend about $50 every two weeks on gas) it just doesn't add up to saving anything.

Bubblegum- My BO (Lacey's other half owner) doesn't really believe in floating teeth and stuff unless it's absolutely obviously necessary. She's barely making ends meet as well so maintenance work is not high on her money priorities. >.<

Spastic- I agreed with my BO to half own her for the moment because if I continued to lease her I had no say about her hoof care and her hooves were being left to get way way too long and making it basically dangerous to ride. So I asked if we could work out some sort of half ownership thing and I'd work Lacey and take care of her hooves and stuff while the BO paid for her food and worming and that sort of thing... And since she doesn't really believe in preventative medicine I'm kinda out of luck. That's an excellent idea about a payment plan. I'll go email them now to find out where they stand on that... I agree that I really shouldn't have to pay for all of that since I'm only Lacey's half owner but I don't really see a way around it without overstepping my boundaries with the BO. You've made me feel a bit better. =)
Also, I don't know how to drive a stick or tow a trailer and the only vehicle they have that can tow their trailer is a stick... I'll call my BO tonight and see if she knows how to give shots, I should have asked her...

It's such an awkward situation. I almost wish I had never started working with Lacey (because of all the drama) but at the same time I love her to death.
    11-05-2009, 07:56 PM
Do you have any family/friends that could drive for you?

What does your contract say? Id want it clearly lined out who pays what
Because right now it seems like if you get all this done, you're going to paying the bulk of the expenses
    11-05-2009, 08:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
Do you have any family/friends that could drive for you?

What does your contract say? Id want it clearly lined out who pays what
Because right now it seems like if you get all this done, you're going to paying the bulk of the expenses
I'll have to check around. My dad is really goosey about stuff and I'd be kinda scared about him driving a horse trailer, but he might do fine... My mom would totally freak out so not such a good option. Haha

That's another problem. >.< We don't have a contract. I should ask her about that tonight when I call because you're right, that really should be clearly lined out. I'm just too nice, I feel like I'd be over stepping my boundaries by asking about stuff but I have every right to ask!
    11-05-2009, 08:11 PM
Definitely work on a contract to protect your butt. Work out who pays for what and when, what standards there needs to be (trimming every x weeks, vaccines, teeth, etc) Can the "half-own" be terminated at any time by either of you? Who makes the decision for major veterinary procedures? Stuff like that to hopefully make things a bit more equal.
    11-05-2009, 08:25 PM
Use the law of attraction believe you have everything you need and it will come to you.. God's covenent with us is that whatever we believe in our hearts to be true will be manifested before us. Don't stress it but know all of your needs are taking care of, and your horsies too!

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