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post #21 of 25 Old 05-23-2017, 08:21 AM
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You are wise to make this decision @countrygirl . It's often a dream to own a horse, but sometimes, it's best to stick to lessons for a while longer. And in this case, you didn't really "own" it anyway, and didn't really want it! Tell them you're done, they can sell the horse, whatever, and you appreciate the opportunity, but have decided you need more lessons (if they insist, tell them you can't afford lessons and to continue paying for this horse). Hopefully they will understand, after that lunging incident. But if they don't, it's not your problem. This is not the horse for you - and you are smart enough to know it even though they aren't.

As for the vaccines, 150$ does seem like more than your share (it sounds like it should be 100$), but that's really not excessive for annual vaccines. Ask they why you owe 150$ if the total bill for 10 horses is 800$. Or did some of the horses not get vaccinated? Did some have their teeth done as well (I get my horses' teeth checked and filed at the same time they get their annual vaccines)? You may just have to fork over the 150$ since you previously agreed to care for this horse, but tell them it's the last time, and that you're done with this horse.

Best of luck to you! Enjoy riding a good horse for a while. And good for you, for recognizing this situation was unacceptable.
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post #22 of 25 Old 05-23-2017, 02:34 PM
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Leave this mess of a situation and use the money you spend on this horse for lessons. You can also try to work at a barn to cover the cost of lessons and continue to get more experience.
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post #23 of 25 Old 05-24-2017, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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It sounds like you are wanting to know if your gut feelings are legitimate and yes, they are. You've basically had an unsafe horse dumped on you (by a relative no less!!) and have to pay for the privilege. I've always found it shameful that sometimes a relative can cheat you more easily than a stranger on the street. In this case, you are being taken advantage of.

Stop paying them anything at all and walk away. Tell them that the horse is too much for you and you are not interested. Chances are that if this horse is this bad, all the rest of their "collection" have serious holes in their training and this is completely the wrong way to get into horses. We have a couple of families in my area with a collection of 6-10 ruined horses where none can be ridden, let alone handled and the "family" has done this to them.

If you really love horses, I'd strongly suggest spending your money not only on riding lessons, but horsemanship lessons too. That way, later you can pick out your own horse, that you choose with no family obligations.
Thank you for your response, I have told them that I could not handle the horse because I do not have the experience to work with the training that he needs and I'm not sure if a trainer would help because he is herdbound and the owners of the farm will not do anything about it. I have mentioned that something needs to be done with that before any training will help with the problem. All they said after I told them about not having the experience was that there was a vet coming out to do vaccines and that I needed to help with a $800 vet bill, Vaccines in my area are $40-$60 so I'm guessing that they had a previous bill before i got the horse, which should not be my responsibility. So i gave gathered all my tack and departed. I don't mind paying for a horse that's suppose to be mine, but when i can barely be around him or do anything with him its pointless. They have made it clear that by that vet bill i would be paying more than for just my horse. I plan on beginning to take riding lessons again, as trying to work with this horse has caused me to lose a lot of my confidence in riding. I would say that i was a confident beginner maybe intermediate. but now not so much. I hope that as i continue riding, i can also learn more about working with horses. I have always been interested in Natural Horsemanship so i will be looking in to that.
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post #24 of 25 Old 05-24-2017, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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You are wise to make this decision @countrygirl . It's often a dream to own a horse, but sometimes, it's best to stick to lessons for a while longer. And in this case, you didn't really "own" it anyway, and didn't really want it! Tell them you're done, they can sell the horse, whatever, and you appreciate the opportunity, but have decided you need more lessons (if they insist, tell them you can't afford lessons and to continue paying for this horse). Hopefully they will understand, after that lunging incident. But if they don't, it's not your problem. This is not the horse for you - and you are smart enough to know it even though they aren't.

As for the vaccines, 150$ does seem like more than your share (it sounds like it should be 100$), but that's really not excessive for annual vaccines. Ask they why you owe 150$ if the total bill for 10 horses is 800$. Or did some of the horses not get vaccinated? Did some have their teeth done as well (I get my horses' teeth checked and filed at the same time they get their annual vaccines)? You may just have to fork over the 150$ since you previously agreed to care for this horse, but tell them it's the last time, and that you're done with this horse.

Best of luck to you! Enjoy riding a good horse for a while. And good for you, for recognizing this situation was unacceptable.
Thank you for replying. I truly did want this horse before I realized he needed more work than I would be able to handle. After recently with the lunging incident, I realized this horse could potentially hurt me, whether intentional or unintentionally and I can't risk that. I'm not sure what the $800 is for but I believe that it is for a horse that they rescued that has since passed away, which I should not be responsible for. I have priced vetting for one horse for annual vaccines and checking their teeth. The prices I were told were $40-$60 per horse. I don't mind paying the annual vetting, plus farrier and anything else. But I shouldn't have to pay for a horse that is not mine.
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post #25 of 25 Old 05-24-2017, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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I don't disagree with your decision. Just a quick fyi about the injections, $150/horse isn't that bad. I have 12 horses and to vaccinate them this year cost me $620 for the Vetera Gold XP + VEE (1-10 dose vial + 2 single injections), $98 Equirab rabies (1-10 dose vial + 2 singles) $30 overnight shipping, $20 syringes, needles and alcohol wipes, total $768, divided by 12 = $64/horse and I do the administration. If you add a vet call on top of that, you could be looking at around $100/horse (that's if you live in an inexpensive part of the country, when I lived in CA back in the 90's I was paying $200/horse already).

Thank you. I live in Maryland. I have priced through a vet that the annual vaccines would be $40-$60 per horse. That also included checking their teeth. There are 10 horses. I should only be paying for 1 and that would be contributing to more than one horse. The prices don't bother me if i am just covering one horse. But as soon as i told them that i do not have the experience to work with the horse all they told me was they would need money soon for the vetting. Its honestly like they don't care that i don't have the experience or that i could get hurt, as long as they get their money.
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