Join Date: May 2013
Location: Central Florida
• Horses: 0
You've only got untill Sunday! On the other hand, you've got untill Sunday. If you are feeling the pressure (as would be normal) !, your tension and stress are coming thru to the horse. Add the owner's huge negative emotions into the equation and heck, I wouldnt want to load either if I were the horse. As hard as it is, try to think of it as 'I've got 4 days to get a (possibly)(at the most) 4 hour job done. Whew...a little relief...take a deep breath !!
And, given his apparently unstable emotional state, at least in regard to the horse,,,it's possible the neighbor will change his mind and either extend the time frame, or even decide to sell the horse to recoup his money. It is amazing how people can do a 180 within just 24 hours , much less a few days,,,esp. the more high strung types.
When/if you do take this horse, GET A BILL OF SALE, even if the price is 'gift' , or '$0.00'. You don't want this to turn in to a situation where he could try to get her back.
There's already been some great ideas given. The only thing I can add that might help is to make sure you have the mindset that she will load. period. Our mental attitude just makes so much difference in these situations. It's not easy ! but try.
Be as soft as possible, but as firm as necessary--Pat Parelli