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post #1 of 18 Old 10-15-2010, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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I think I just inherated a new horse??

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......

Horses are like chips...you can never just have one
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-16-2010, 12:05 AM
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Just to cover your own ***, you might want to file a report with your local law enforcement, show them the check and the contract the people signed. That way, they can't come back in 6 months after you have worked with the horse and possibly found it a new home and claim that you stole it. It's horrible to have to be like that but you just can't be too careful these days.

Good luck with him and I hope you are able to help the poor guy.
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post #3 of 18 Old 10-16-2010, 12:07 AM
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Interesting story... Pics?
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post #4 of 18 Old 10-16-2010, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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I have all my contracts for training and boarding drawn up by my lawyer. They are pretty fool proof. Not to mention we have vidoe survellance in and outside of the barn,,,so I'm ok there....

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post #5 of 18 Old 10-16-2010, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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I don't have pictures of him at the moment. He is currently being isolated from the rest of the horses (not sure just what he might be carrying)....So we have him out in our back pasture w the cows lol...poor guy, feel bad he has to hang w the cows for now, until the vet can come out and do a once over on him.
They said his name was Bud....typical lol. My son really seems to like him, and has nicknamed him SHREK.....he looks like a shrek.

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post #6 of 18 Old 10-16-2010, 12:21 AM
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Big scragly Ogre horse :) I have seen a couple of those lol!
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post #7 of 18 Old 10-16-2010, 12:25 AM
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Hahah dying to see pictures. Great that you took Shrek in. :) hopefully he's not as bad as they said ;)

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post #8 of 18 Old 10-16-2010, 12:39 AM
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Eh...atleast they gave you some sort of information. They probably live 10 minutes from you but told you 4 hours so you wouldn't bother looking. As a matter of fact, I betcha they were looking to just turn him out in the field and you just happened to catch them in the act! LOL
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post #9 of 18 Old 10-16-2010, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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Eh...atleast they gave you some sort of information. They probably live 10 minutes from you but told you 4 hours so you wouldn't bother looking. As a matter of fact, I betcha they were looking to just turn him out in the field and you just happened to catch them in the act! LOL
Haha yes yore probably right.

Well my son and I just got back from checking on him. He came running up to us...not sure if that is due to him being friendly, or the fact that he wants us to remove him way from his new bovine friends lol.
He seems fairly nice on the ground so far. He was respectful of our space, he picked up all 4 of his feet fine for my son, and while he walked around him, he never once pinned his ears,or looked annoyed in anyway.
He watched us watched us walk off, gave a small nicker....then trotted off to eat more grass w the cows. Sure doesn't look crazy lol, but guess we will see when we actually try and ride him.

We will let him settle in a few more days, and the vet and farrier are scheduled to come out Monday to do some work.
My husband did due a trim on him, as his feet were chipping badly, and they were quite long, but still getting my farrier to come out, just to see of he sees any potential problems or past problems.

Im going to try and see if I can get any info on the people from the address and other contact info they gave me (I doubt it, but will try anyway), I also have a partial plate from the barn video....just missing one number....so I may take your advice smrobs....just to see if I can find out any more info.

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post #10 of 18 Old 10-16-2010, 09:14 AM
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That is an amazing and interesting story Maverick. Looking forward to updates on what you find out about the situation. And pics of course of your new guy!
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