Well just when you thought you had seen/experienced it all
I was out just finishing up working one of my youngsters, when I notice a truck and trailer driving up to the barn.
Knowing I wasn't expecting any new boarders, or clients picking up or dropping off horses, I was quite confused as to the unexpected visitor.
Thought perhaps someone was lost needed directions.....
I got off my horse, and meandered up to the truck, as I got closer I can hear the horse in the back pitching a fit, whinnying and kicking the walls of the trailer like all get out.....
I see 3 people in the vehicle, a man and women and a young child in the back (maybe about 9 or 10 yrs old).... I walk up to the truck, motion to them "Hello/can I help you" type of look and wave.....the man rolls the window down and proceeds to say he brought his horse to be trained
....ok? Ummmm? I hadn't booked any new clients, as we dont have any stalls/space for additional horses at the moment.
Thinking perhaps my husband had gone and told someone he met out in the grocery store line to bring on down their horse (yes he as done that
I told the man, let me put my horse away, and I'll be right out to straighten this all out.....
After talking w the man and women, they tell me they heard I "fix" horses, and they need me to train their horse. Thier daughters horse had bucked her off numerous times, he rears, bites, kicks, is just plain mean. And this behavior all just happened suddenly, and I need to fix it.
The whole time I'm talking w them I get the vibe that I'm not getting the whole story. The man seems desperate, and the women seems even more desperate, and the girl just seems sad!?! I'm thinking this whole situation is just wierd, and out right odd. Feeling bad for them (as they drove 4hrs to get here...so they say).....I tell them Ill go get my contracts for the training agreement/board agreement and we can see what we can figure out.
We talk about their expectations, and what they want etc etc...the whole time being very vague.
They fill out all the information, give me the first payment, they unload the horse....as he steps off the trailer I'm thinking great....
He is a qh/draft, about 100lbs underweight, in need a of a good deworming, and a trim. Not to mention has a nice halter mark across his face from wearing a halter 2 sizes too small! Has a nice cut across his forehead...which they say he got when they were loading him....
I tell them I wont be able to do much with him for the next little while, as he needs a trim etc. Man says that that is fine, just do what I need to do.
Again the whole thing was just bizarre. the whole time the daughter says nothing, just visibly upset.
As they drove off, I turned to my son who was there w me the whole time...."I don't think they are coming back"....He responded w a "nope".
When I get back into the barn I call the number on the contract.....not in service...mmmmhmmm..big shocker.
I will also wager that the check they gave me bounces.
So yes, I do believe I have inherited a new horse...good grief.
I had that vibe the whole time, but figured better to have the horse somewhere safe, who knows what they would have done w it if I said no.
Just when you thought you've seen it all......