I have talked about the boarded horse a few times, let me share the Readers Digest version of the story. I met RB4 through a Craigslist ad back in Feb or March when I was looking for a riding buddy to get the boys in shape since I can't seem to find the time to ride both of them, you probably know that by now lol. She is a good bit older but we get along well, she really likes my horses and loves Sinatra. We rode until May when she decided to bring one of her horses over so she could ride him more. She has 2 hackney ponies she drives (maybe twice a year though), a yearling and a 10yr old, severely obese gelding. The gelding she said she rode maybe 4 times the year before and wanted to get him back in shape. He was on 24x7 turnout but said he was ok in a stall when she would put him in one when the farrier came.
She brought the gelding, I will call him C, over and I had problems with him
from the first day. The first night he was here he charged me when I
went to clean out a pee spot he had left in front of his gate and he
would have succeeded in running over me and perhaps through the gate if I
hadn't broke a stall fork on his neck. The next morning he completely
flipped out when I tried to turn the donkey out and tried to jump the
stall gate. I tried shutting his door and he slammed himself into the
walls and door so I just turned him out first. He ran around screaming
his head off until I brought everyone else out.
He has zero respect for space or my bubble and has no problem
running into you. I have done some groundwork with him and while he is
okay most of the time, he has still ran into me about a dozen times,
knocked me to the ground a few times and just plain won't move unless
you hit him really hard. Every single day when I would bring in or out
he would "spook" at something either on the way in or out. Eventually I
started smacking him in his nose every time he would spook to try to
keep him from spooking into me (which happened three times).
He would totally flip out in his stall if there wasn't a horse
directly next to him, he tried really, really hard to put his front legs
over top of my 10 foot stall wall and almost succeeded once because I
saw his hooves when I smacked his nose with a whip. I was never able to
ride both of my horses at the same time without him, we tried three
times. The second and third time I made his owner be here so she could
see his behavior because she insisted he didn't act like that. He dug
through my limestone base in the stall twice, has knocked a support beam
so that it is currently crooked and broke 2 door latches as he threw
himself against the door because we were trying to leave with my
horses. He is just as bad in the pasture if he isn't brought in first,
with someone else of course. He tried running through my electric fence
until he hit it and realized I have it running about 12,000 volts (big
charger, little fence), he didn't ever try a second time.
This past Friday I was turning out and I had the App and C (since I
can't turn him out alone or leave him in alone). C "spooked" at
the poo box that lives in the barn, that he walks in front of at least
twice a day. I got after him and kept going and he "spooked" again,
this time he didn't bump me and bounce off me, he literally ran me over
and then drug me 10 feet when I refused to let go of the lead rope. I
suspect I have torn the cartilage in my knee again, pretty badly too. I have a MRI on July 2nd and will see if it will require surgery, I am pretty certain it will. I
called his owner that day and told her it wasn't working out, he keeps
hurting me and he had to go home.
When she came over on Sunday, he loaded into my trailer fine but was
making a huge ruckus and was shaking the entire trailer. Finally it
stopped so we brought him home. Turns out he had put his foot in my hay
net that was hanging about 4 feet off of the ground. His forearm was
well above horizontal, to give an idea how high he would have been
pawing to do this. RB4 made the comment this is why she doesn't haul
with hay nets, went in in and tried to take his leg out and couldn't.
I, stupidly, hobbled in (on my crutch) to see the situation as RB4 decided to get a pair of scissors. As she hopped out, C made a
renewed effort to free himself, rearing up, slamming the trailer walls
and finally ripping the tie ring out of my trailer. He pinned me
against the wall and stepped on my foot before I was able to duck out.
Her comment to me? "You just couldn't wait a moment could you". I
hadn't done a thing except stand there. She unloaded him and just kept
commenting about now he is with his friends and hopefully his bad
behavior will go away since she never had a problem with him there. We
hung around for about 15 mins and left. Even at the end she didn't see
how his behavior was an issue and didn't even recognize that he did nice
damage to my trailer. Ugh.
I really don't know if she will remain friends with me. She was very offended that I kicked C out as she doesn't see his behavior to be a problem. She did say to keep in touch and let her know when I start riding again so I certainly will, hopefully we can salvage the relationship and she doesn't stay offended that I can't stand her horse.