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joy623 07-02-2013 11:14 AM

Riding a horse without permission?
 
Two years ago we moved my horse to a new barn so he could be closer to our house (I'm 15 btw). The trainer there was young and inexperienced but we didn't think much of it because I wasn't riding with her. I wasn't at the barn too often, just a couple of times a week to ride my horse. Now my horse has kissing spine and old injuries on his back that occurred before me got him 4 years ago. In 2012 we started shockwave therapy on his back. During this time he was not supposed to be ridden. AT ALL. not even walk trot, because it could compromise the very expensive medical procedure my mom was paying for to try to relieve his back pain. Even before this when he was being ridden, the trainer knew that I didn't jump him because of his back issue and his pain. Turns out (we only found out recently) she had been jumping him during this time period and giving lessons on him without our permission!! (by the way I have photos that were posted on Facebook of him jumping 2'6-3' and testimony from the girl that rode him, without knowledge of all this, saying that she rode him, jumped him, and the trainer had other people riding him as well) In December a new trainer moved to our barn because the other one hadn't filled up enough stalls. Well my mom and I went away to Florida to visit family so we were not at the barn for a good week and a half. Well we get back and it was really cold and he was not suppose to be ridden during this time, so we just checked on him and cleaned his hooves. We didn't groom him or take his blanket off because it was so cold. When we finally did, we discovered how thin he was. He had lost around 100 pounds and we could see his ribs. At first we thought he was sick and there was something wrong with him, but it turns out she wasn't feeding the horses because she used the board money to buy drugs and alcohol, as well as other things for herself. She was kicked out of the barn that month and we decided to stay with the new trainer. My horse had been doing really well since, we started him on Adequan and he started jumping cross rails last week. I was just wondering if there was any legal action that could be taken against her. I think that ASPCA took away her horses, but I'm not sure. I do know for a fact that her 2 year old daughter (that she had at 19) was placed in the custody of the daughters paternal grandmother and that the trainer has been going to a methadone clinic. Please let me know of any way that she could pay for all that she did (there's even more, unfortunately). My mother spent a lot of money we didn't necessarily have to get my horse well and she ruined the progress we were making. I think my mom paid 2400 on the shockwave therapy and more money on regular vet visits because my horse kept coming up lame. (Only time he came up lame in all 4 years we had him was while we were boarding with this trainer). Let me know any information you have. Thank you.
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waresbear 07-02-2013 11:29 AM

Even if you brought a civil lawsuit against her, which would be your only recourse, doesn't sound like she has any money or assets to sue for. Sorry this happened to your horse, just be glad he recovered.
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waresbear 07-02-2013 11:33 AM

Also, it's the owner of the barn that's ultimately responsible, the trainer was technically an employee, so your mom could bring legal action against them. Is that what you really want to do?
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cakemom 07-03-2013 12:14 AM

And I'm sorry, your horse is on the mend but her life is in the toilet. She doesn't need more on top of what has happened. Yes she brought it on, but as its likely not going to be worthwhile as far as recouping losses I would just pray that she can get her life together.
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DuckDodgers 07-03-2013 01:54 AM

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Originally Posted by cakemom (Post 2956578)
And I'm sorry, your horse is on the mend but her life is in the toilet. She doesn't need more on top of what has happened. Yes she brought it on, but as its likely not going to be worthwhile as far as recouping losses I would just pray that she can get her life together.
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Usually in similar circumstances I would agree. Had she used Joy's saddle without her permission and damaged it, that's one thing. A saddle won't feel pain if it's worked past its limits and damaged, though it sucks for the owner. Not only was this damaging to someone else's property, but caused monetary and physical damage to a LIVING animal!! I do absolutely think that she should be held completely responsible for what she did. No, it's probably not in her best interests to have someone hold her accountable for her actions, but I have no sympathy for people who will put an animal (someone else's animal who was entrusted in your care at that!) into a bad position like that. I do hope that she gets her life together, but I think that she should be held accountable for her actions. I'll let some bad behavior slide, but not that.

All that said, whether or not it is worth pursuing any kind of action is a different story. It probably wouldn't be, but all I know is that if ANYONE used my horse without my permission (ESPECIALLY if it is in direct violation of a vet's instructions) they would have heck to pay, trainer or not!!


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