I need to rant. This is going to be long.
I'll try to make this as understandable as possible. The whole situation is really complicated and hard to explain.
First of all, we've been having problems with a certain woman at my barn for a very long time. She's a bossy, inconsiderate know-it-all and she acts like she runs the barn. She won't listen to anyone and will not take advice from anyone. You cannot reason with this woman. Aside from that, she treats horses like wind-up toys that you take off the shelf, beat on it, and toss it back on the shelf and forget about it. She rides horses into the ground and she rides her daughter's 12hh pony, Jack. We've recently discovered that she's also a liar and a player, too.
Well, before she bought Jack, she had a 28 year old Shetland pony, Sarah. Her daughter wanted a younger horse, so she started looking for a home for Sarah. This is where it gets interesting. Her daughter was in a show with Sarah, and a lady that owned another barn saw them and was interested in her for her 3 year old son. Stupid Woman (SW) comes up and says she's "looking for a good home for Sarah". FYI, she got Sarah for free a while back. SW also very heavily implied that she wanted to give Sarah to a good home in order to make room for the new pony. So the lady says she wants the pony, and SW asks to come out and see the lady's property, which she does. Then SW asks the lady and her son to come down and try Sarah out, which they do. The lady and her son LOVE the pony, so they start making arrangements to pick Sarah up. They leave, and SW calls the mom up and all of a sudden starts talking about price. Get this. SW now wants $400 for the pony.
The lady was livid. SW kept calling her for two weeks after that, but the lady wouldn't call her back because she was so pissed. Her son loved the pony, and SW totally screwed them over with her little scheme. Finally, the kid's grandma tries to talk the lady into buying the pony for him despite it all, but the lady still doesn't give in. Then Grandma suggests that they offer $200 for the pony. The lady reluctantly agrees, SW accepts the offer, and they fork over two hundred bucks. (Sarah's now living in luxury and will never have to deal with SW again. She also gained 100 pounds since she went to her new home). But that's beside the point. SW totally played them into dishing over a chunk of cash for a pony that was supposed to be given to them.
I know this because I went to a barn with a group of friends to check out a horse that was for sale. The owner of that barn just so happened to be the lady that bought Sarah. She told us EVERYTHING. And we're all disgusted. We explained the situation to our BO when we got back, and we think she was in on the whole thing. She didn't seem at all bothered or surprised, and she even tried to sugar-coat it. It's just disgusting.
I guess the only good that came out of this was that the lady now knows to never to business with them again. But again, I'm absolutely disgusted with SW (and the BO). Anyone with an iota of integrity would have never pulled something like that.
Another interesting thing happened today. SW recently trucked in a load of hay that was moldy, brown, and looked like it had been rained on. It stunk up the whole section of the barn. Everyone pointed it out to her, and she claimed she couldn't see the mold at all. There was white fuzzy mold all over the hay, and her excuse was-- and I quote-- "It's thistle. That's just how thistle dries." Bull. Crap.
She intended to feed it to her pony and her cousin's two horses. And one of those horses is a 30+ year old mare with laminitis and arthritis. So today my trainer noticed that the mare was dragging her feet and seemed lethargic. She asked SW if the mare was eating that hay, and SW goes, "No, absolutely not."
My trainer knew better, and she went into the mare's stall and reached into her feeder. The hay was black with mold. The retch had just blatantly lied to my trainer's face, and is stupid enough to feed moldy hay. That could kill a horse, especially an old one. I feel so bad for those horses. And it's a hazard just having bad hay in the barn. Bits of it get dropped and spread around, and any horse could be exposed to it. To make matters worse, SW is kissing the BO's ass trying to get my friends and I kicked out. She and her idiotic cousin are the ones causing all the problems. This conflict never existed before they came, and they're ruining it for everyone else at the barn. I'm so pissed at her I could scream.
Sorry for the long rant, but I needed to blow off some steam. I'm extremely frustrated right now. And I hope I didn't confuse anyone. Like I said, it's really complicated, and it's more than just what I mentioned.
"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is ultimately to be at peace with himself.
What a man can be, he must be." Abraham Maslow, 1968
Last edited by iridehorses; 08-16-2009 at 10:09 AM.