I just hate it when people basically assume caring for a horse is cheap and easy.
I told kev for years how much dedication it took to be a horse owner let alone a FIRST time horse owner. I told him and listed the minimum hours he was required to spend with his horse getting to know him and building a bond of trust with this animal (who's nervous anyway). I listed the days I or my trainer were available to give him lessons on a schooling horse of his choice so he could learn patience, balance, and over all horseback riding. I explained to him and listed the minimum amount of money he should expect to spend the first two months of buying a new horse and I listed the equiptment he absolutely needed to have to start with this horse. HE DOESN'T GET IT!!!!
Before we picked up the horse he was at the barn every day during all my hours and asking questions and learning. He was improving and coming along at a nice pace and now Sampson has been at the barn for about 2.5 weeks and he's seen his prospective owner maybe 4 times. Today was the last straw. I blew up at him today and claimed full ownership of his horse. I paid him back the half he paid for the horse (we co-owned) and my trainer put my name on the owners sheet. Kev willingly signed him over to me which is even more of a shocker because he was over the top excited to get him!
He said he didn't know what it would cost to own this animal or the time it would take to gain the trust of this animal. EXCUSE ME WHAT?!!!!! I listed it all out for you way way way in advance! How did you not know!!!!! I wanted to grab him by the shirt collar and slap him but I only come up to the middle of his chest. I am glad he willingly signed over his half of the horse to me. Sampson trust me, knows me, and is a great horse but he really needs to be able to trust someone. He visibly shakes if the person handling him is nervous at all or shows any sort of insecurities towards their horsemanship skills so I am happy about that.
It still majorly pisses me off though that despite everything I told him and that others told him he still said he was fine with everything, could cover whatever for this animal and he really couldn't! It pisses me off.
I do understand he has other obligations and I won't list them publicly here but I do know that he has 2+ hours a day of free time where he could have come out and spent time with Sampson.
It might just be that time of the month but this really pisses me off. In the end Sampson is fine which is all that matters but he really should have thought this through.
I think I'm done. I think I feel better.