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    03-20-2011, 11:28 AM
Green Broke
Is it polite to pay for damages?

I'm at a bit of a loss here. I am fairly good friends with a girl at the barn we're currently at, we're leaving in a couple weeks. She owns a gorgeous Paint gelding who Jynx USED to be in love with, but since being moved to indoor board and actually being penned with him she's turned into a cow. The paddock is TINY, not even an acre and it has 7 bloody horses in it (hence why I am MOVING).

The girl blatantly saw Jynx practically DESTROY her gelding's blanket - it's not a tiny rip, it looks like she super sonic blasted the side of it. I suppose it's sort of patchable, but this is a brand new blanket and I feel like an ass that my horse is such a cow. It's actually like she took a huge bite out of the side of the blanket! The hole is gaping and stuffing is poking out.

What would you do? She said it was fine, and I don't know that she'd accept money from me but I feel horrible! Would you pay for the entire blanket? Part of the blanket? It's a $300 blanket! I know that blankets get ruined but she JUST bought it. Zierra has a Shedrow Gold from Greenhawk, and she's had it FIVE years and I've patched several holes but nothing as extensive as this!

Ugh, darn horses!

I will note that I've watched her gelding and he will NOT move or run from anyone. This is a video of him getting kicked by Justus when she first went into the pen and he does NOT move. I've seen Jynx bite at him and kick him and he just stands there and gets gnawed on!

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    03-20-2011, 11:31 AM
Does the blanket have a warranty ?

I wouldnt worry about it, although that does suck ! If you put a blanket on your horse is a pasture situation with other horses [esp that crammed in] it is to be expected. Horses will be horses and this is in no way your fault. This is one of the reasons I don't blanket my horses !
    03-20-2011, 11:33 AM
For a $300 blanket, I am sure it does have a warranty. If not, maybe see if you can have it sent out to be professionally repaired and cleaned. That would cost considerably less. What a sucky situation though...I wouldn't be sure what to do either.
    03-20-2011, 11:33 AM
Do you trust this girl who told you your horse destroyed the blanket? If you truly believe that she is telling the truth or if you saw this happen or what not, I would definitely offer something.
If she won't accept money, offer to patch it for her, maybe? Or get it patched? Or just go out and buy her another blanket, maybe not the most expensive one, but one she can use as a fall back?
I would definitely offer something, even if it's just a favor, ya know?
Just my opinion.
Good Luck :)
    03-20-2011, 11:38 AM
I would offer to go half-and-half on a new blanket if this one is not under warranty. $300 blankets should have better ripstop than that. I would feel just like you, I'd have to make amends, lol.
    03-20-2011, 11:56 AM
Green Broke
I see it as horses are going to rip blankets....its a loss I would have to be willing to take when blanketing a horse.

I can see offering for repairs, but not to replace the blanket. That's expensive!
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    03-20-2011, 12:40 PM
If it is REALLY a $300 blanket, it will have a warranty. I have replaced several that were 1200-1600 Denier the last couple of years-all with warranty. That is why I buy mine at Dover. They are great at taking them back mud and all, and replacing them. If they no longer have it, they will do all they can to get a comparable or better blanket.

I don;t think you are responsible. That is part of owning a horse. Stuff happens when they play.
    03-20-2011, 01:34 PM
You are not responsible. Moreover I'd say the BO is somewhat responsible because 7 horses on 1 acre is NOT a way to go. In MD it's simply forbidden. I do understand you feel bad, and frankly I'd too, but it's not your fault. Just move out of there ASAP!
    03-20-2011, 02:05 PM
I agree with kitten, in that this is more the BO's responsibility than yours.

If everyone is in small closed herds with adequate paddock space, you tend not to have major blanket damage.

However, I think an offer to pay for part of the repair is gracious and generous and will endear you to this person. If she declines the offer, then you should accept it and move on.
    03-20-2011, 02:55 PM
Green Broke
I agree with maura...well said!

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