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post #21 of 24 Old 10-06-2018, 08:19 AM
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Can't you call and have an itemized bill sent to you? I'd start there. I'd also remind the vet's office that you are the one paying and while your trainer needs to know what is going on since the horse is used in a riding program you - the owner - need to know first hand what is going on with your horse. Tell them that expecting the trainer to pass information means that you are no longer in control of your horses;s care. I'd then have a discussion with the trainer. We are reading your version of events and that can be biased but you seem to be fair and non biased in your writing. What I read says the trainer is acting as your agent with or without your permission. In a boarding situation the BO does have to have some say as you (G) are not always going to be available. There comes a point though that you have to be the one that information is brought to. No second hand info. If it turns out that sedation was used and with that knowledge the trainer made the decision to use a potentially (and sounds in your case) effected animal in lessons I'd be wondering why when they are liable for your horse and their lesson riders as this would be negligent behavior. Do they want to purchase your horse and are being underhanded in their handling to convince you she isn't sound? Are they frustrated that they have a horse that is supposed to be a part of their program that has only limited use? All kinds of questions...
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Thank you @QtrBel . I do worry that (even unknowingly) they might end up not putting so much care into Katie and not necessarily outright sabotaging it but hoping/exaggerating thing to get me to stay. Which would be really sad considering I'm leaving mostly coz of distance and not some drama... I have emailed the vets about contacting my directly so I have a papertrail now. They absolutely know that there is no point in even asking about selling Katie I am like a lovesick magnet when I am there haha but they are truly screwed for lesson horses as two of their own are permanently retired with lameness issues before the age of 10 (field accidents/tendon strain). I get billed at the start of every month but sedation was not used for the check itself has been confirmed. But today Katie was really good for me! I wanted to take her in the indoor school to film as intended but it was intermittent torrential rain which meant EVERYONE was queued for the indoor. I also found three of my rugs OUTSIDE HER STALL soaking wet. Fair enough they maybe fell off the door but did so many people walk past and not think to pick them up? -.- So I had to use the fly rug with the waterproof strip down the back.



It was raining horribly and so windy but I was determined to take her for a walk down the trail to get her out and about and see how she was. Very spooky, puffing so loudly, but after the first few crouches, jumps and circles around me she settled down and I encouraged her to forage. I think if I'd ridden her (which was the original plan) I might have actually died as I do not have the same control over my body as I do my mind to sit some of her antics. She was pretty coordinated in her spooks I must say and once I got her focus we did some tricks. In the middle of a trail full of windy trees, ghosts and squirrels in the torrential rain we practiced leg raises, bows, stand and come. By the end of it she seemed like she was feeling pretty good. Mucked and fed her and that was that. So I guess I missed the worst of it... Hopefully just a cold or something? Will obviously continue to monitor with my horsey diary....
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post #23 of 24 Old 10-11-2018, 08:13 AM
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This all sounds a bit strange. No sedative for teeth floating? That's a new one for me. I've never heard of a horse having his teeth done without sedation. But maybe it's done elsewhere. Even so, was she bitted for the lesson? I wouldn't put a bit in a horse's mouth right after having their teeth floated. Can you imagine someone putting metal in your mouth right after going to the dentist? But I suppose maybe it depends on what they did. Maybe just a superficial hand-filing... but still it seems odd to me. As for the vet, it sounds like they have a relationship with the BO, not you, which is problematic. And it sounds like the BO is desperate to use Katie for lessons whether it's the right thing to do for her or not. That's not acceptable. If they don't have enough lesson horses, they need to buy more or cancel some lessons. My coach has 19 horses, most of which can be used for lessons. It happens regularly that some horses are off for the day -- either because they just came from a two-day show, have an injury, are coughing, etc. etc. We have to rotate them around so they each get time off. It's not acceptable to put a lesson program before the well-being of a boarder's horse. Period.
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post #24 of 24 Old 10-11-2018, 11:11 AM
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I, too, have the feeling that the BO values having Katie to use for lessons more than she values your input, concerns, or the fact that you own this horse. That's concerning to me-- that her well-being and your preferences come second to her need for a lesson horse.
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