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    04-18-2011, 08:04 PM
Seemed unprofessional..

Ok, well Saturday I picked up a free 22yr.old arabian mare. I first contacted Jenny (using fake name for privacy), threw her dreamhorse ad, and after talking for a couple days (keep in mind she seemed really nice) we went out Saturday morning to look at the horse. Since she was 2hrs away we brought our trailer incase I wanted her (in which I did lol). Well she told me over e-mail she had a group lesson from 11am-12:30am. I said ok, we'll get there at 10, we were a little late (trailer problems), so we didnt get there until 10:30. So we pull up and its pouring out (yay), this older woman walks up and says are you so and so, we say yes. She goes im Jennys mother (keep in mind, the owner of the horse "jenny" wasnt young, she was about a 40 year old woman. So no the owner wasnt a teen or anything). Ok then she leads us to the barn where the horse was, out of know where this girl (probably about 14 or 15) starts talking to us. The older woman just walks away, the girl introduces us to the horse. Keep in mind the ENTIRE time we were there the only person that represented us this horse was this teen girl, whom jenny never mentioned. So I still have no idea who she actually was. Jennys mother said Jenny was giving lessons and that's why she couldnt come out. Well when we walked in the arena there was 2 woman talking. Then after she lunged the horse, a young boy came in to ride. So then we got ready to tack up, and they made a YOUNGER girl come out to ride the mare (she was 11). I wasnt impressed that they made somebody from the barn come out to ride her because she's the only one who's rode her before. :/ She's riding her etc, then me and my Fiance had to go out and get my saddle (they rode her strictly english and all I know is western so I brought my western saddle). Apparently while I was gone my mother said the girl asked her to canter and she bucked. No big deal, my older arabian did the same thing, and I would be using her for W/T anyways.

Ok I ride her, she does good, so on and so on. Keep in mind I didn't even know who or where Jenny was until the teen girl asked her a question and said her name. She never ONCE introduced her self or actually talked us directly, and she wasnt giving lessons when we got there she was the one just standing in the indoor arena doing basically nothing, but having a casual conversation with some other person. I think that all was VERY unprofessional, and she runs a boarding stable for H/J. She has horses that are 16+ hands or so, and her 30 stalls are all 10x10. To me that's a bit small for big TB's, not to mention somebody had what looked to be a big belgian/draft cross there. So then we get ready to take the horse, she sends a guy out to help us. Well we had problems loading her and the guy knew nothing about horses. Why would you send somebody out to help us when he had no clue what he was doing! The only time she talked to us directly was to sign a bill of sale. She didnt give us any information on the horse or anything, the only person we interacted with was a child. But I took her because she was free, a good horse, and would be an awesome stepping stone for me to learn english. She is a sweet horse, and is a bit of a ball of fire lol. I just think the whole ordeal was really unprofessional. My mom was even ready to leave she was getting so irritated. Also her "group" lesson was bigger than i've been told is the normal. I might be wrong though, most people i've heard of only have about 5 or 6 kids max in a group lesson. She had about 8 or more young children doing a group lesson in her indoor arena. Not to mention the kid riding when we first got there kept cutting right in front of us while we were trying to watch her lunge the mare. He had a whole other clear area to ride, it ticked me off. But I didnt want to be rude and say HEY go ride on the otherside will ya . So that's my rant, what do you guys think? Am I over reacting or was this BO very unprofessional in rehoming her horse? To me, I expect the actual owner to represent the horse, not some random child who didnt seem to know much about the horse, nor had she ever rode her. :( I am pretty happy so far with our new addition though, she also is fat so im going to work on getting her to drop some pounds lol
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    04-18-2011, 08:07 PM
Ok. Let me get this straight. You are complaining because this woman didn't give you the red carpet treatment over a free horse?

Ever heard the saying about looking a gift horse in the mouth?????????
    04-18-2011, 08:24 PM
Originally Posted by corinowalk    
Ok. Let me get this straight. You are complaining because this woman didn't give you the red carpet treatment over a free horse?

Ever heard the saying about looking a gift horse in the mouth?????????
Im not saying she needed to give me "red carpet" treatment. But do you think I should be less important cause the horse was free? I've given horses away for free, and never acted like that. She could of atleast walked up and shook my hand and said her name. Even when we signed the bill of sale she never even said her name. The only way I found out was somebody said her name and she responded. To me that is just weird :/. Why would you not want to meet the person taking your horse SPECIALLY since she's free. You don't know who's hands she's going to end up in. She acted like she could careless about the horse :(. I don't feel that was right. I feel like to her the horse was an old bag in the barn, she serviced her purpose now she needs to get gone :(.
    04-18-2011, 08:30 PM
Green Broke
Maybe she was upset about getting rid of the horse and this was her way of dealing with it.
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    04-18-2011, 08:36 PM
Originally Posted by cakemom    
Maybe she was upset about getting rid of the horse and this was her way of dealing with it.
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Maybe :/ I think she just used her for the kids at the barn to mess with her. I don't think she her self really payed attention to the horse :/.
    04-18-2011, 08:57 PM
I agree Born2Ride, that is odd. She should have been the one showing you the horse OR introduced herself, explained she had a lesson, then introduced you too the girl who would be representing the horse. Also, she could have offered to answer any questions you may have about the horse while doing the bill of sale.

Maybe she was upset about getting rid of the horse and this was her way of dealing with it.
This is a possibility; however, she knew it was coming and should have been able to handle it more professionally. Especially if she owns/runs a business!
    04-18-2011, 09:07 PM
^agree completely.
    04-18-2011, 09:21 PM
Sorry-I am with Corino on this one. The horse was free, and as much as , yes, common courtesy, more than professionalism, says you should introduce yourself to people, what is the big deal? In fact, you could have walked up to her also, and said "hi-You must be _. I am _. We talked about the horse. Could you tell me more about__? It takes two. JMHO. As far as others riding infront of you while the horse was being lunged-really? Did you want them to stay at the other end of the arena the whole time so as not to cut off your view?

I am glad you got a good horse and you enjoy her. That is all that is important in the end.
    04-18-2011, 09:32 PM
If the horse was worth it, what does it matter how they talked to you when they sold him?

Yes, it was unprofessional, but I don't think it was terrible compared to other things I've heard of.
    04-18-2011, 09:50 PM
Green Broke
I think she should have atleast wanted to meet the people who she was giving this horse away to. Obviously she had no concerns where the mare ended up. No, that is not professional no matter how much you pay her. I wouldn't get upset that a kid showed her to you or rode her though. True the owner should have done it but it could have been worse.

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