I suspect someone is riding my horse?
Over this past summer a family started boarding their horses at the barn I board at, the whole entire family really likes my horse. Which is cool and all; but recently I suspect someone has been riding him. I think it is their daughter, a couple months ago I started letting her share my tack box with me, and she started to use all my stuff in there without really asking permission. Or she'd borrow my saddle pad, because it was pretty (Which I don't want on any horse but my own!) she even "borrowed" some of my horses supplements. Now I am fairly sure she is riding my horse when I'm not around. She has joked about it before. and I just brushed It off (because who in their right mind would just take someone's horse without permission?)
I've been seeing her in the pasture just petting him more often, or in his stall when I keep him up at the barn. He has mysterious sweat marks on his back that I didn't make. They're obviously from a different saddle and pad. And I feel like his training is beginning to come undone. He is pretty much a one person horse, his mouth seems harder (She doesn't have soft hands) his back seems sore (because I know her saddle wouldn't fit him). He's just off.
Now, I know I can't just run around blaming people for riding my horse without proof, but this girl has been pushy with my other things, and his pretty much my horse's biggest fan (other than me of course!:lol:) I'm just pretty sure it's her.
I'm infuriated! I don't want people riding my horse, I don't want her sharing my tack box or using my things without permission anymore. But how do I confront her? Especially about the riding my horse thing. I'm almost positive it's her, I just have no proof! And I don't want to let whoever is doing this continue.
The only person who rides him is me, my trainer, and maybe my little sister if I'm feeling nice
Thanks for reading my rant!
I would be livid.... No one, and I mean no one rides my horses without my knowledge and approval.
I'd try and catch her in the act. Biggest fan or not, without permission, she shouldn't even been joking about riding him.
I would present her with the evidence and ask her if she was riding him. I too would be really really annoyed if I found that someone was riding one of my ponies with out given permission!
Oh how aggravating! Time for hidden horsey camera. That's the problem though with being too nice...first they take a hoof pick, next your saddle, then your horse.
I remember reading somewhere (maybe here) that someone was suspicious of the same thing. It was recommended that the owner put koolaid powder (purple/grape) on the horse's back. When the suspect rode the horse, the pad had big purple stains on it from the koolaid mixing with the sweat. The culprit was caught red-handed (or purple - handed, lol).
Ya I'd confront her, evidence or not and tell her your locking your tack box and she needs to get her stuff out. I would also be having a talk with the BO and other boarders and let them know what has been happening and find out if they have seen anything and too keep an eye out. And if at all possible I'd be putting a lock on his door too fora bit
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Would you do anything if you did get proof it was her? (Other than tell her you know and she needs to stop?) If you aren't planning to take it to the BO or her parents or anything, this is what I would do. Next time you see her at the barn tell her you found out someone has been riding your horse but you can't figure out who. Just kind of go on a rant to her about it (without tipping that you think it's her). Hopefully finding out you know and seeing how upset you are will get her to knock it off. Also, you can use this to tell her you are worried about them taking your stuff and you want to start locking it up so she needs to find a new place for her things.
I also enjoy the kool aid idea for catching her.
And, start looking for a new barn. Even if you have her caught red-handed with video footage, it may happen that Mom and Dad side with their little precious, and they may resent your accusations. Have a backup facility that you can move your horse to immediately in case you need to.
That happened to me once, with my Arabian, Djinn. I had to board him for a month while I was job hunting. He was only 3 1/2 and had only had a saddle on him a few times and then just in a round pen. Well, when I trailered him in to the boarding barn, I said something like, "If I don't land a job soon, I might have to sell him." So she took it upon herself to find him a new owner, and let this teenager "Robin" start riding him. He had only been there a week, and I was there every other day or so, when I arrived one evening, he was, like, destroyed!
I never saw anything like it. One day he was full of fire, piss and vinegar, dancing and snorting and being generally his three year old awesome Arabian self, and the next: 3 legs swollen, huge gash on his back open sore on his withers and a bloody lip! I was absolutely stunned.
Apparently the girl was lunging him in the arena prior to her second ride, and he spooked and darted out, going under a board blockade, and running off the property and down the road. When the vet, (who they did NOT call, I did!!) arrived, she said that Djinn's back was so damaged he might never be sound again, and she could not say for certain that he hadn't bowed a tendon. Of course the barn owner (a friend) apologized up down and sideways, but me and my horse were gone, gone, gone...
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