No shows! Do I look like I have nothing better to do?
Some of you know, I've done a lot of horse rescues. Get them into better shape & then I work on the basics (ground manners, coming when called, standing tied and cross tied, clipping, bathing, trailering, farrier - basic arena work and creating a solid trail horse) This has led to the re-homeing/sale of many horses over the years and inevitably dealing with people.
More recently, due to our personal reasons and my health we've decided to cut back on our own and not take in any "needy horses" this year. Some have been sold, some were/are offered free to the perfect homes.
People will call or e-mail to set up an appointment to meet said horse. Most are the over eager "Don't sell the horse before I get there!!!" types. I will say not once, but twice, "HERE is my phone number. CALL ME if you are running late or cannot make it, Please!" And I can tell you in all my years... that has never happened.
The scheduled time comes and goes. I've taken a chunk of my rather busy day to wait with a ready to be looked at horse. Isn't it just common courtesy? Call if you cannot make it. Nearly everyone confirms the night before. What happens in the over night hours? I had GOOD mind to write wordy e-mails back to the no show folks but I'm sure it would fall on deaf ears and some how "I" would be the ***.
Last week, in fact, I had a lady call to ask if we had any room for boarding. I told her yes and she wanted to set up a time that
evening. I told her if I had to be back from our plans in town, we could do so by 8PM. She was over joyed. I told her to call if ANYTHING changes. We head home, wait around, at 9PM I call her. Try again at 10. No answer. No returned call. No e-mail.
This morning was a new one. I was chewed out via e-mail by a girl who said she'd like to come see a horse but cannot making it until Aug 10th. I said we can plan and if the mare is gone I'll let her know. Her response was "Well you can just forget it! I'm NOT getting my hopes up so you can just go sell her to someone else." Seriously? Maybe I should just hold a horse you've never met, for free, for two weeks so that you can not show up along with the rest of the horse-world.
Is it just me?!