I've had it with this lady at my barn. She has no clue what she's doing and she will never admit it. She's impossible to reason with. Furthermore, she doesn't have any of her own equipment so she uses the BO's stuff all the time and never bothers to even clean the tack afterward. She owns a 13 hand pony that her daughter rides, but she also has access to three other horses that she can ride whenever she wants for free. And she treats them like crap.
This evening, the woman, her cousin, and her two kids go for a trail ride and Queen Idiot is riding Reba (20-something-year-old mare who doesn't belong to her) and she has her 6 year old son on the horse's back behind her. As they're coming back, her daughter's pony bolts and the girl falls off. My friends and I are out in the yard and we asked her several times if she was okay. She was crying, but she said she was okay like ten times. She was more frustrated than hurt. Then Queen Idiot comes barreling down the trail on Reba and hops off to help the girl... and lets go of Reba and lets her run away. With nylon reins flying all over the place.
We caught her and I took her in the wash rack right away. She and the other three horses were drenched in sweat. Queen Idiot walks by and I tell her that Reba could have gotten caught in the reins and it could have hurt her mouth, especially because nylon doesn't break away. She ignores me and walks away.
Later, she comes up to me, extremely snippy and defensive and says, "Had I not been more worried about my daughter than the horse, I wouldn't have done that. And I am MORE than capable of cooling Reba down myself and I'll take care of it next time."
I almost slapped her. YOU KEEP THE HORSE WITH YOU. Reba is so quiet that she would have just stood there.
She might groom a horse once in a blue moon. She NEVER does anything with them after she rides besides toss them in their stall or paddock. I find horses with old saddle marks out in the pasture all the time. She has no respect or appreciation for anything. She doesn't take care of anything. Reba is getting old and she's about fifty pounds underweight, and she can't afford to waste calories. Queen Idiot rides her into the ground on a regular basis.
The poor horse has the patience of a saint and has certainly suffered more than her share of fools. She's too forgiving to protest no matter what Queen Idiot does to her. The idiot leaves Reba in the arena unattended and fully tacked all the time. I'm beyond pissed. When you're responsible for someone else's horse, you give it extra TLC. Especially a senior horse.
It's a difficult situation because Reba's owner is not a horse person and only keeps her for sentimental reasons (I posted about Reba once before, but that was a while ago). She might come out to see her once or twice a year. And she gave Queen Idiot free reign to do whatever she wants with the poor thing. The BO is no help because she knows next to nothing about horses and isn't likely to even care.
It's wasn't an innocent mistake. She does things like this all the time. How many times do you have to be wrong before you start reevaluating yourself? She sees the rest of us taking proper care of our horses and she still doesn't learn. I'm ready to knock her through the ceiling. She treats horses like toys. Take it out, play with it, then forget about it. If it breaks, she'll just buy another one.
I'm sorry. I needed to get it all out. I don't know how much more of her I can take.