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amightytarzan5 08-11-2008 01:16 PM

Total rant....
I am so sad and angry. I'm seroiusly about to cry. I work at this Girl Scout camp with the horses. Anyways, long story short, I bought a saddle that I wanted to try on the horses. It was $75, which for me, being 15 and not having a job yet, is a lot. It was a whole afternoon of babysitting. Anyways, I emailed a person in charge and asked them if I could use my saddle on the horses. She emailed me back these exact words:


For insurance purposes, we are not allowed to use any tack that isn't owned by camp. I think this used to happen, but Council came out and said no because of the insurance concerns. We have goofed a couple of times and let HWs try different head gear, but we really shouldn't have.

Additionally, since we teach western riding, we really should stick to western tack. Personally, I would love to see Spider in English tack as I think he would be gorgeous!
I am so upset! I feel like I bought the saddle for nothing now! I haven't bought a girth and pad yet, which is good, but I was really looking forward to riding English again. Geeze, I'm just so pissed and y'all are the only ones who will really care besides my friend Marie and she's not home.

Can y'all think of anything I can do?

Gingerrrrr 08-11-2008 01:23 PM

so technically you dont own Spider?

amightytarzan5 08-11-2008 01:34 PM

No, unfortuantely I don't. I say "my horse" just so I won't have to type, my favorite horse every time I put something up about him. But, I'm basically the only one who works with him, so everyone thinks of him as my horse. I just have so many restrictions because it's a Girl Scout camp. About 5 years ago, things were totally different, but they've changed and I hate it. If there was anyway I could buy my own horse or buy Spider, I sure would.

kickshaw 08-11-2008 02:03 PM

I'm sorry that you spent the money without realizing you were not going to be able to use your saddle!

It really sounds like she wants you to be able to use it. I can see her reasoning, though - I went to a camp one time where you could bring your own horse...this one girl's saddle literally busted apart in one lesson, and she went tumbling to the ground.

I guess their logic is if they own the tack, they know what condition it's in...they don't know if it isn't theirs.

Sucks, I know, but keep your chin up...something may change!

Sara 08-11-2008 02:07 PM

Wow, I guess things have changed...when I worked for the GS, most of us instructors brought our own tack. Not really a whole lot you can do about it, sucks, but I can understand they are probably up to their arm pits in liability concerns.

amightytarzan5 08-11-2008 02:49 PM

Yeah, I guess I can see the reasoning. She is just a Wrangler Adult, so I emailed a lady on the council to ask her and discuss the issue with her. Maybe if I got them to check my saddle out so that they know it won't fall apart, they'll let me use it.

I'll tell y'all how it ends up. We have a meeting tommorrow, and I don't know if I'm going to bring the issue up or not. Should I?

kickshaw 08-11-2008 03:07 PM

i would only bring it up if you're sure you can present the issue without getting mad (that will take away from your argument :wink: ) offer the saddle for "durability testing" and explain your reasons for wanting to use it - - but def. don't get mad if they say "no"

good luck!!!!

Sara 08-11-2008 03:08 PM

Never hurts to try. It might be a requirement of their insurance, but you could certainly ask.

amightytarzan5 08-11-2008 03:23 PM

I don't think I'd get mad, but I'm afraid I'll cry. Y'all don't even know how much I was looking forward to ride in this saddle. My other friends who work there also convinced me to buy it because they didn't think they'd say no. I had no idea about the insurance reasons, but I think that a lot of the things they base on "insurance" are just things that they don't want us to do.

They are starting to restrict our free-riding privleges. That's our pay. Some weekends we don't ride at all. That really makes me mad. They won't let us run in the pasture anymore, and we can only ride bareback in "controlled enviroments" aka not out on the trails. In our Wrangler manual, it says level 4 (CHA) wranglers can ride level 2 horses and below on the trails bareback.

I just totally hate what the program has turned in to. My mom wants to say something, but I don't want grudges held against me.

iridehorses 08-11-2008 03:57 PM

I'm afraid that you are a victim of a litigious society. People sue over the most trifle things. It might have been wise to ask before you bought your saddle but you have it now so is it possible to sell it?

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