Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: East Midlands, UK
Mini Rant - Rescue Centre where I got my horse
Ok, so today the Rescue Centre where I got Lucky came to check up on her. To be honest they really offended me.
When they first sold her to me, they said she was 100% bombproof, when she arrived it was obvious she wasn't, even under the best rider, she spooked all the time. Today I told them this, just to be clear that they thought she was honestly bombproof when they sold her to me. They insisted she went on sponsered rides and was a childrens riding school pony (to be honest, I cannot believe A WORD of that, because even a horse trainer told me she was nervous. Also, I'd found out from someone else who worked there that before she came to them, a motorbike had driven up behind her, spooked her and the rider came off, fractured her spine, which is why she went to the rescue centre in the first place!) Then she said to me "well, if you don't ride with confidence, you wont have a confident horse" which is true, I know, but I've always been a confident rider, it was Lucky that was nervous when she came to me! She also told me Lucky was fine in the heaviest of traffic, which I know isn't true, as whenever I ride on roads with her, she completely freaks, even when I am as calm!
One of the employees then started prodding her back (and she had massive, stupid manicured nails). Lucky twitched, and she turned round to me and started snapping that "had I had someone out to see about her back??" To be honest, I've never noticed anything wrong with Lucky's back, and when I had the trainer over, she checked every single part of her, just incase it was the tack making her uncomforatble and nervous. She then said "she's had this problem before you know, and it needs keeping on top of" This was news to me. I knew that her withers had become sore after THEY had given her a saddle that didn't fit correctly, which was their fault! That shouldn't mean that I should have to have a physio person out every 6 months, just because an animal sanctury put a bad fitting saddle on a horse!
They also complained that the bedding for my horse wasn't deep enough. It's been absolutely fine for over a year, so I don't see what their problem is now! Lucky has never shown a problem with it, infact, when I made it a little deeper, she refused to step onto it!
I'm not saying I'm horse carer of the year, but I know how to care for my horse properly! Urgh, it just infuriates me, how they sold me a "bombproof horse" thrn implies I make her nervous, say I made her back sore and that I don't give her the right bedding!
By the way, I just needed to get that off my chest, I'm not going to do anything rash LOL but still, just made me SUPER annoyed!