I think they might be skipping out on me.
In late August I started to train a horse for the mother of a friend of mine. She later got three more, and asked me to train them too. As the time has progressed she takes care of her horses less and less, and I take care of them more and more. It had been progressing slightly but lately it's gotten really bad. She'll say things like "We won't be able to take care of the horses this week because my son has strep throat." Well, that's a good reason to stay home, but I saw her son in school all week, so obviously if he was sick enough she had to stay home with him 24/7, he wouldn't have been in school. This sunday she texted me and said "We probably won't be at the horses this week or next week because we have the flu." I've seen every one of her kids in school yesterday and today.
So my thing is, I think she might be skipping out on taking care of her horses. She said she would get me $300 of the $800 she owes me this month, and I haven't heard from her about it, which leads me to believe she might be skipping out on paying me too. Every time I call her she says things like "I gotta go, the boys are misbehaving.", or "I have another call."
I think the smart thing to do would be to tell her I'm not going to where the horses are pastured until I hear from her about my payment and she starts taking responsibility. But I know that if I don't go there, nobody will. I would feel too bad for the horses and I don't want all the progress I've made with them to be lost. So my question is, is there anybody who has been in the same predicament as me, and if so, how did you deal with it? Any advice is greatly appreciated.