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post #31 of 56 Old 06-06-2013, 10:13 PM
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If I had come to the barn and found this, the earth would split and the heavens would fall from the wrath I'd unleash on that girl, the BO, the instructor... There is no reason, no excuse, nothing to justify them using your horse without your consent. It's not their horse. Period. Even if the girl is innocent, I would make a very big deal out of it just to drive home the fact that you will NOT stand for them stepping on your toes and taking advantage of you and your horse.
IMO, you made it worse by passively letting this go and going about your business. This is essentially your silent consent. I would definitely lay it all out for everyone- your horse is NOT a lesson horse and not a single person but the ones you specify should be dealing with him. I would be loud about it so the other boarders and riders knew where you stood, in case they try it again, too. Make it very clear that they're walking a thin line and if you catch even the slightest wiff of them trying anything like this again, you're going to be out of there and it will be at their expense.
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post #32 of 56 Old 06-06-2013, 10:33 PM
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I came home from shopping to find a man I barely knew riding my horse, with all my gear. I told him to get off and stormed inside. About that time hubby came along. The man who'd dismounted asked what I was going to do. "Do? She's getting the gun. You're allowed to shoot horse thieves". As he was walking to his car I grabbed the lunge whip and gave his behind some gawd-awful snaps almost taking off his back pockets. To top it off, I was the bartender at the local watering hole and when he showed up my girls were too busy to wait on him, the entire month.



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post #33 of 56 Old 06-06-2013, 10:40 PM
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You would have to pry my hands off the instructors neck before I committed murder. This doesn't fly with me. Ever. If I didn't tell you that you could crawl up on that animal - then don't even dare. This is coming from someone who's had to let a LOT of people crawl up on her horses because her dad likes to take his buddies wives & kids out to the barn to ride the "horsies." Drives. Me. Crazy. I also don't feel comfortable putting other people on my horses unless I know you can ride & handle yourself. My two mares are not easy rides. One of them looks like she is, but I've owned her for the past 6 1/2 years. I know what she's capable of doing. The other mare is just so big & strong that if she wants to have her way - she will.

Like everyone else said, unless you've got a contract saying the horse can be used for lessons & you're getting either free or discount board, there is no reason the instructor should even remotely THINK it's okay to let someone else ride your horse. I would have a talk or move barns.
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post #34 of 56 Old 06-06-2013, 10:45 PM
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Wow... I would ask the girl to get off and tell her that I did not give her trainer permission to use my horse, as she very likely did not know, she probably actually thinks it's his horse...
Then I would tell him that the next time he touches my horse and I know it, I'm suing him.... That is, if I'm not mad enough to take my horse and walk off the property at that very moment
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post #35 of 56 Old 06-06-2013, 10:52 PM
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I would be furious too. That's completely unacceptable and very unprofessional.

I would have given the BO and earful and a half, then I would have taken whatever steps necessary to move my horse ASAP. You'll never be able to trust those folks again.
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post #36 of 56 Old 06-06-2013, 10:54 PM
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I came home from shopping to find a man I barely knew riding my horse, with all my gear. I told him to get off and stormed inside. About that time hubby came along. The man who'd dismounted asked what I was going to do. "Do? She's getting the gun. You're allowed to shoot horse thieves". As he was walking to his car I grabbed the lunge whip and gave his behind some gawd-awful snaps almost taking off his back pockets. To top it off, I was the bartender at the local watering hole and when he showed up my girls were too busy to wait on him, the entire month.
Wait... so a complete stranger hopped onto your property, grabbed your horse, saddled him up, and went for a joy ride? Forget the whip, I'd have given him a pop with the gun that he'd NEVER forget...
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post #37 of 56 Old 06-06-2013, 11:14 PM
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Yeah, that is not ok. At all. Ever. It's theft, pure and simple. You need to speak to the barn owner asap about what happened. As another poster said, "no" is pretty much universal! If you don't have anywhere to move the horse I'd suggest investing in a security camera. And start varying your schedule.
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post #38 of 56 Old 06-06-2013, 11:16 PM
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I think we all expressed our disgust at the situation. What are you going to do about it? I understand you have a language barrier, I would pay someone to tell him this.

Where are you at?
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post #39 of 56 Old 06-06-2013, 11:19 PM
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I had a boarder put her boyfriend on my old arthritic gelding for a personal lesson. She told the BO I allowed her to use the horse and I didn't. He was retired. After a couple more incidents, she was banned from the barn.

I'm glad that my BO is one of the most honest people I know. That would have never happened at my barn. And ontop of that, my horse has quite the reputation at my barn because she was hardly rideable or able to be handled before I came along. They are getting more comfortable with her since her attitude has changed, but they still give her a wide birth.

You need to handle this situation maturely and with a good head on your shoulders. Horse people are the shadiest people I know and they can do dramatic things when approached the wrong way, regardless if whether thy are right or wrong.

I'd find a place to put the horse first before you approach the situation. Then discuss this with the BO as you're loading the animal onto the trailer. If you don't have a board contract you can do whatever you want, wherever you want without giving a 30 day warning. If you have a contract, it's been breeched and you can explain this as you're loading the animal.

Keep a cool head. Don't explode. Take away the BO's money maker and tell him/her exactly why. Odds are, no one has confronted the BO about this in the past so he thought he could get away with it.
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post #40 of 56 Old 06-06-2013, 11:28 PM
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Move horse. And don't be surprised if he doesn't say you owe him money, or some such. But get horse out of there ASAP. Or you might not have a horse to move.

Never ever trust someone when it comes to your animals.

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