Okay, I've been talking with the girls at the old barn and they've been letting me know how things are doing at the stables and how some of my favorite horses are doing.
A little background history of the BO: She's an older lady...probably 65ish who has been having some financial problems for a while. She's always been a nervous rider and would only ride the good bombproof horses (she was too afraid to even go in a stall with Sonny...let alone ride him....now does my Sonny seem like a bad horse? I sure hope not lol).
Okay, well I found out that three days or so after I left that she bought a green broke QH mare, whom they named Jess. I thought that was a stupid thing to do, but I guess the BO bought her for a student since she was selling off her favorite horse.
But then I found out that she bought 3 MORE horses....2 of which are NOT EVEN STARTED! And to make matters worse in my opinion, she wants the girls (age 13,14,15,17...but the 17 is hardly ever there) to train them so she can sell them for more money than what she paid for them.
I was just talking with one of the girls and she was saying that Gunner, the one horse that was not started, kicked one girl in the FACE, and the BO in the leg, shoulder, and stomach because the girl tried to mount him and he spooked. Now first off, just hopping on a horse that isn't started is NOT the way to break a horse....but to put a girl on the horse that hasn't done any groundwork with the horse and a new person to the horse is another bad idea.
When I tried explaining to the girl I was talking to that the girl that got kicked could have been KILLED, she said it did not matter because she didn't get killed and that she was fine. To me, it does matter....yes, she didn't get killed, but it could and probably will happen again because they kids don't know HOW to start a horse, let alone the importance not to direct rein in a HIGH ported western bit.
Then the girl asked why I was so against the BO having them train the horses, I explained simply that I thought she was taking advantage of them...to have someone else train them for free and then sell them for money.
We talked for a little while longer on stuff (well more like debated), she got upset, said "well w/e" and logged off.
ARGGG I just can't stand how stupid some horse people can be so ignortant of what is dangerous and what isn't. I mean any person thinking would see the danger in having young girls that know NOTHING on breaking a horse, having to train, break, and sell a horse for the BO.
Some young girls are ready to break their horse because they have had experience, and know the importance of taking it slow.
Sorry I guess I jsut needed to blow off some air.
I'm just soooo thankful that I am out of there. Being with people that actually know how to take care of a horse, and actually care about the horses and not just having "fun" is sooo much better than hanging around the girls at the old stables that just wanted to have fun even if that meant jumpign infront of a train.[/u]