You know those posts that go "I will never board horses again?"
This is another one.
We all know horseowners are "colorful" people. Here are some random experiences that made us decide last month, "never again." (FWIW, we only have two boarders at one time, max, and it's 100% self-care.)
1. First owner spins a tale of woe, and we believe her. She brings over her horses, and one of them is slightly underweight. I ask her about it, she said he didn't have any grass at home. Okay :no: Owner goes MIA for a few days. Horses didn't get fed. Looooong story short, due to lack of care, we asked her to vacate.
After that person left, we had our two additional incidents (http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...e-allowed-quot)
2. A fellow came to see our place to board. He seemed like your average horseowner. He had a tale about his horse and how he had him for ten years, something at his current pasture was making him sick ("throat swelling and vomiting"....yes...."vomiting") so he was moving him over. I asked to speak to the Vet that was treating him first and also said I would pay for a nasal swab to ensure it wasn't Strangles-related. He was excited to move and said that was fine. He took a copy of our boarding agreement, put a deposit down, and moved all of his supplies into one of our tack rooms. He was going to bring his horse over in three days.
Three days came, and I informed the owner that I had prepped his paddock for his horse, etc. He tells me his horse had a "relapse," and he was taking him to the Vet's. He tells me later that day that the Vet wants to keep him for two days.
The weekend is approaching, and I touch base with him (after the two days are up,) and he tells me it wasn't a good day. They had to put his horse down. He was getting out of horses for awhile, and he would be by to collect his items.
We decide since it is late in the season, we just won't offer boarding until Spring so we can concentrate on prepping our pastures with lime, etc. Weekend came, and the guy didn't pick up his items. I thought, "he must be taking it hard."
To be formal, on Monday morning, I write a 30 days notice to vacate and was about to send it to him via e-mail (and printed and mailed...and printed and hand-delivered to cover all bases,) I get an e-mail from him telling me that he went up to Johntown to visit friends and go to a festival, and they offered to give him one of their horses (describes horse, we'll call it "Horse B.") He said Horse B would be over "sometime this week so keep a lookout for him!" I tell him that was nice of his friends, but....insert 30 days notice here, telling him that since he said he was getting out of horses, etc. we had made other plans for the pasture. (Plus, in our boarding agreement, coggins/vaccination records provided beforehand, and someone must be present for the arrival of a new horse.)
He laughs, and he says "that's fine." He will be by two days from now to pick up his items.
Five minutes later, my husband calls and tells me the guy is there at the farm getting his things. He says he was visiting clients in the area. He tells my husband that he was up in Doetown and went on a trail ride at a trail ride business, and after the business learned about the loss of his horse, the owner of the business decided to give him one of their trail horses! But since we gave him notice, he would just bring the horse to a friend's farm with "seven 40 stall barns, three competition rings, and two arenas." (We know darn well there is no such place within a several hour radius of our town.)
Now we have:
Going to Johntown, friends give him this horse.
Going to Doetown, trail ride business gives him this horse.
(Same horse: different towns, different circumstances...fairy tale?)
A week goes by, and I see a post online about how a horse, went to his new home over the weekend but the owner was now calling her telling her that Horse was "vomiting and throat was swelling" and to come get him. Because owner is in my area, I think, "that's a little too much of a coincidence." I contact the owner and ask if it was a [description of guy] from our town, and she flat out says his name, etc. I tell her that the guy was going to board at our farm but said the same thing about his former horse who had to be euthanized.
She was shocked. Why? The guy used the same story on her (just had to put my horse down,) but he told her a day after he had come to our farm after coming out to see it that he had to put his horse down "a few weeks ago." Also, he had told her that OUR farm was a farm he owned. He gave her instructions to deliver Horse B (yep - same horse) to our farm on that Monday (the Monday we gave him notice and he showed up to collect his items) "around noon." He wasn't in the area visiting clients. He was in the area waiting on his new horse. He had also contacted her about buying her horse the day after he came to our farm to arrange boarding for his horse, Horse A.
After we gave him notice, he called the owner and said something came up at his work, and he was going to be out of town, but he would be back at the end of the week, oh....and something was wrong with his [our] farm, so the horse would be going to a friend's place for now (the farm with the supposed poisoned pastures.)
NOW Horse B was "sick," and he wanted the owner to come get him. An hour later, he posts a video online riding Horse B (who is not "vomiting" nor coughing nor doing anything.) Owner said, "uh - isn't that Horse B in the video?" and never hears from the guy again.
Pretty sure guy was getting free/cheap horses, filming a short under saddle video, and selling them at a higher price.
Ironically enough, the Vet that was [supposedly] treating his horse is a friend of a friend. When she was asked, "have you heard about something weird going on in our area of horses getting sick at a pasture where their throat is swelling and such, and then they are under Vet observation?" She said, "No, is it something I should be concerned about? I haven't heard anything. I will ask others in our practice."
So now after having someone that just didn't care for her horses, two more people that were interesting, a guy that was a whack-a-doo, and our last person whose horses snapped three fence posts (4" x 4" wood....cemented into the ground) and demolished our boards and field fencing and whose only assistance to the matter was "well that's why I have hot wire on the tops of my fences," I will never board someone's horses again.