I just about had a heart attack! Ugh! Rant!
I have a mare that I keep in a neighbor's field. He lets me keep her there for free which is very nice of him. There is another person (we'll call her Camilla) who has brought horses into the field from time to time. I hadn't had contact with her for over a year so I was surprised when I got an email from her on Friday evening informing me that she was bringing horses over the next day and she thought she would let me know in case I had any animals in the field. I called her and said I had my horse and llama in the field.
I told her that I was sure Berdi (my mare) would get along fine with her horses, but I was wondering if she was planning on bringing a stallion. She has done so before I got my mare. She said, "Oh, yes I am!" I told her that that would be a problem as my mare is 20 years old, has never been bred and under no circumstances do I want her bred!!! She shot back with, "Well, that's why I called you, so you can get your horse out of the field if you want to." :shock::shock::evil::-x Ugh!!! I could not believe it! I told her that that would be a problem as I did not really have another place to put her for 2 months that she would have her stallion here.
She told me I should put her in the little pen I built for my llamas. Right! :roll: That place is far too small and my family doesn't want her right by the house. So, she just said, "I don't know!" I said, "I don't either, I'll have to try to figure something out." She just said, "Ok, bye!"
Ugh! I was ready to tear my hair out! Berdi would be so high risk for a pregnancy, I don't have her papers and I don't want her bred to just any stallion. I don't have the money for both a mare and foal and it would just be so irresponsible right now! It is rather ironic as I was talking to my mom that day about how someday I want to buy a real good quality, registered mare and either breed her or buy her bred. But I would have everything in place and do it up right!
I called up the owner of the field (he is so nice!) and told him that Camilla said she would be bringing a stallion with her other horses and I asked him if I could use his trailer to move her to some other field if I couldn't find a place for her with one of our other neighbors for the 2 months. He didn't even let me finish, and said, "Hold it! She is bringing a STALLION?!" I said, "Oh, yes!" And then I explained that I had no problem with her horses coming - Berdi would love the company, but I could not take the risk of her getting pregnant at her age and for other reasons. He was quite shocked, and called Camilla up and told her she could not bring the stallion. :D
What a relief! I ran out to hug my horse and tell her she wasn't being evicted after all! I'm just shocked at the one day notice and the way she acted about it all. Oh, well, I'm just glad it turned out the way it did. I would have felt sick if she had not called at all and Berdi had ended up bred. Not that it would probably happen all in one day as I check Berdi every day and would see the stallion, but still!
A few years ago I might have been excited about getting a "baby horsie" from my mare for "free", but since joining this forum and doing some actual research I've learned there is a lot more to breeding than just putting a mare and stallion together to get a "cute" baby!
Well, that is my rant for today - cookies to all who got through that! :D
It is a good thing she told you before hand though. And I think it was extremely rude of her to just say "I'm bringing my animals, move yours out." Especially when she didn't even own the property.
So glad it worked out and Berdi doesn't have to be moved! :D
And kudos to you for putting Berdi's welfare first - glad to see this board has been helpful for you!
How rude of her! Glad the owner put a stop to it.
Yes, I thought it was very rude! Especially since Berdi was here first. If the land owner had asked me to move her for a couple of months while this woman had her horses here I would have of course moved her. But for Camilla to give me one days notice to "get my horse out" is crazy!
Yes, I'm very thankful for this forum as I have definitely changed my mind on the whole issue of breeding! I still want a foal someday, but under the right circumstances.
This situation reminds me a bit of what happened a few weeks ago to me.
My sister and I are the only kids on the street save for a family who just moved in over the winter. Their daughter is two years younger than me, and rides at a Saddlebred place around the corner. The trainer gave her a horse or something (?) and she walks over there for lessons, I guess. I rode Molly over there last fall to see if I could pay to use their indoor arena in bad weather, and was told that there were horses in the indoor being stalled, and that they couldn't ride in it because of these make-shift stalls. Okay, fine. Well, miss girl-down-the-street saw me while I was there, and was a total b*tch, acting like she had no idea who I was. She rides my bus and messages me on FB sometimes, so it's not like we're complete strangers--she could have at least said hello when I did.
Well, a few weeks ago I get a text from her. She asks me if I went to last weekend's show....I said no. She asks me if I was going to next weekend's show....I say no. She asks me what breed of horse I show. I tell her a Percheron, Paso Fino, and Thoroughbreds. She asks if anyone has ridden my horses before. I say that the Perch and TBs are green, so no, but my friends ride my Paso. She responds with "Oh :(". I ask politely why she asked, to which she responded that she wants me to trailer my Thoroughbred eventer to the stable down the street (yes, the one she ignored me at) so she could teach her friend to jump on him. What?! I asked her why she needed my horse, if the instructor gave her a horse. Her response? "I don't want to make him deal with a green rider pulling on his mouth and banging on his back." Sure, so subject someone else's horse to it. What stable lets an inexperienced 12-yr old give another 12-yr old jumping lessons, anyway?
Rant over :lol:. The nerve of some people!
^^ Oh, that is ridiculous! I don't understand why people think that they have perfect rights to everything!! Especially when it is involving other people and their animals.
That is so stupid. I'm really happy your BO stopped that crisis, also equini thats awful what a brat!
A huge thumbs up to the land owner for being so responsible and fair. You always hear horror stories when people are allowed to use free land, basically the land owner is not involved at all. It's nice to hear he's doing you guys a favor, and isn't afraid to get involved and make sure it's being used fairly.
People like Camilla need to be shot. I don't even want to KNOW what horses she's turning out with this stud. If you're forced to use someone's free field for 2 months, you don't have any business owning a friggin stallion as far as I'm concerned, especially not one you intend to turn out with a GROUP of horses which one can only assume are mares. :roll:
People make me so mad.
I'm pretty sure she gets it for free, so it really annoyed me that she thought that I should move my mare (who was here first) for her to bring in a stallion and some mares. If the land owner wanted me to move her for a couple months and rent it to her than that is fine, but I would want at least a week's notice - not one day! :shock: Especially since I would have to find a place to move her to.
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