Would you do it?
I'm thinking about helping the man my boyfriend is working for with his horses. He used to live on the property where they are, but he as since moved and the horses need to be moved to a boarding facility however he will only be able to keep one of them. He has a paint-arabian stallion and a TB gelding, he's decided to keep the stallion as he feels he's worth more. So he is trying to sell the TB, I can't take him, although I wish I could. But as far as the owner knows the TB doesn't know very much, he thought it was a race horse. I didn't see a tattoo, but the horse didn't let me get a real good look. So, to make sure the TB gets a good home, I have told my boyfriend that I would like to work with the TB a bit and get some training/refreshing on him. And my boyfriend is "working his silver tongue", as he calls it, to get the owner to hang onto the horse for a bit longer to let me do this. (My boyfriend is like that used car salesman that makes you feel like you're his best friend while you're there but then curse once you leave 'cus he sweet talked you into buying! lol)
My boyfriend and I have agreed that we will cover the boarding cost of the TB for a few months if that's what it takes to get the owner to agree to keeping him. We (the owner and I) found a local place for self care board, with a 1/2mile training track and pastures that "need work" for $75/month...which is an incredible price for NY. I don't mind fixing up some fencing and picking up junk in the pasture if that's all it needs. I'm just a little bit leery, because it is so cheap. It's not a big name boarding barn, it's just someone's property and the trusting side of me says "well maybe they know the property isn't up to standards and they're just looking for someone to clean up their property, hence the low price".....but the paranoid side of me says "what if it's so cheap to lour people in with their horses then when the people go back to see their horses they're gone??"--to Canada or Mexico.
Am I right to be worried? Or should I be more trusting?
You never know. Boarding in some ones back yard can be bad. You dont know what the owners could say or do. Normally the cheaper they are the less you get out of the place. The owners may know nothing about horses and if the horse is sick or gets hurts they may not call. I also know of someone that had boarded at a cheap stable for a bit as her old was doing re work on the barn. Any way she was there for around a month. Then she had to go on a short work trip. She told the owners, they told her they would look out for the horses. Anyway long story short. When she got back, the horses where gone. No one was there. They had used the property as a fake boarding stable to get people to bring there horses in so they could steal them when the owner was not around. Then ditch the place. Any way. I would move on and look for something better.
I honestly wouldn't get involved, but wish you the best.
However even nice horses are ending up there, which is why I wouldn't take them on persay but do all I could to get his picture and name out there.
But I guess if you want to spend your money and time training him, by all means good luck with it.
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