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  • Friend wants me to haul horses... WWYD?

    Here's the situation: A friend, whom I've known for ~8 months, has some horses being boarded at her place. They belong to a woman who is currently in KY and is getting ready to leave for Afghanistan. The Owner was supposed to try and come visit her horses before she left, but that ended up not being plausible, so Friend wants to haul the horses to her in KY. Friend does not have a truck/trailer and has asked me if I would be able to take them.

    Here is where I become concerned. I've never met the owner face-to-face; I've spoken with her on the phone (I used to ride one of the horses for her), but don't know her well. I'd be worried that something may happen during the trip (to either horses/truck/trailer). My truck is an F150 and barely likes the two hour drive to one of my vets hauling one horse, let alone a 6 hour drive with TWO horses. I could borrow my father's truck (and he'd prefer that if I did go).

    So, if you were being asked to haul a stranger's horses for a friend 6 hours, would you do it? What would be your concerns, and what precautions would you take if you agreed?

    TIA

  • #2
    Nope, not something I'd agree to do.

    If she needs to move her horses to KY and can't do it herself, she needs to hire a hauler. That way, any liability would be on them.

    Are you prepared to lose your truck and trailer if something goes wrong? If the answer's no, then don't do it.

    I don't do favors for friends of friends.
    Homeopathy claims water can cure you since it once held medicine. That's like saying you can get sustenance from an empty plate because it once held food.

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    • #3
      Um, NO! That's got to be the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. What are you supposed to do with these horses when you get there? Let her pet them and then turn around and drive six hours back? What incentive do you have to do this? If you are being paid then you must have commercial liability insurance. Tell your "friend" that you are not insured to do this and that she is putting you in a very awkward situation. Not cool.
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      • #4
        Nope. Absolutely not. The woman needs to hire a hauler. This can only end badly.
        What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RLastInstallment View Post
          So, if you were being asked to haul a stranger's horses for a friend 6 hours, would you do it?
          No. I would tell them "Sorry, but my insurance does not allow it."

          There are plenty of commercial haulers.
          ::Sometimes you have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you::

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SmartAlex View Post
            No. I would tell them "Sorry, but my insurance does not allow it."

            There are plenty of commercial haulers.
            Bingo! And your insurance most likely does not.
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            • #7
              it's more like 'My truck won't make it'

              I am sure you can up your insurance for one trip....but I am thinking if the truck can't handle shorter trips, don't do it. Nothing worse than blowing your truck up on the side of a busy road, maybe even at night in the rain...bad enough with no trailer.

              (but if the lady is going to Afghanistan, why does she need the horses there?)
              Originally posted by BigMama1
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                #8
                Thanks, guys, I'm glad I'm not the only one who would be going errrrr...

                Owner just wants to see her horses before she leaves. They would indeed be coming back home either that same day or the next.

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                • #9
                  My response would be no, but are you saying she wants to see her horses before she leaves so wants them to endure that haul just to pet them and send them back? That's just dumb .

                  ETA: We were posting at the same time. Wow. That's VERY inconsiderate to even ask anyone to do something like that and for her horses to have to haul for no reason. She can't drive her butt up to see them? This doesn't even make sense, at all.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RLastInstallment View Post
                    Owner just wants to see her horses before she leaves. They would indeed be coming back home either that same day or the next.
                    Wait, I thought she wanted you to haul them ONE WAY, not up and back. That's even crazier!

                    Seriously, if she's sooo bent on seeing the animals, why doesn't she make the trip herself?

                    Whacky, just totally whacky!
                    Homeopathy claims water can cure you since it once held medicine. That's like saying you can get sustenance from an empty plate because it once held food.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SmartAlex View Post
                      No. I would tell them "Sorry, but my insurance does not allow it."
                      This. Or the 'sorry my truck is not safe to go that far'.

                      I would think in the big picture it would be cheaper to get a plane or bus ticket for her to get here to see her horses before she leaves than to get all the papers necessary to travel with the horses and take them six hours there and six hours back.

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                      • #12
                        No.
                        Nope.
                        Now Way.
                        No Go.
                        Not Gonna Happen.
                        Hell to the No.
                        Whatchu Talkin' Bout Wyllis?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by oliverreed View Post
                          Nope. Absolutely not. The woman needs to hire a hauler. This can only end badly.
                          THIS
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                          • #14
                            I agree asking that of the horses for her sake is dumb. Never mind asking you. Its one of the more dim bulb moments I've heard of. You're not a commercial hauler, don't have the equipment, insurance or personal energy to do that. I assume they would pay you, what, $3 dollars a mile, and how much an hour for your time - $20.00 and hour at least. Let her fly out and see them for the same or less amount of money it would cost her. If she doesn't have time, she can get pictures, and she can come see them on her leaves.

                            That's a bold assumption/request on their part. Answer = um, No. Don't really need more explaination than that.
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                            • #15
                              I am amazed how silly and demanding people can be. She can d#$n well get on a bus and go visit her horses, or chat to them on Skype.

                              Do not do this.
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                              • #16
                                As allways

                                NO is a complete sentence.

                                If you say "No, because...." chances are that person would think of some reason why your refusal is unreasonable

                                ETA:If you agreed to some form of compensation, even to just cover expenses, your insurance company could refuse to cover a claim because you were engaging in commerce.
                                Last edited by carolprudm; Aug. 14, 2012, 03:54 PM. Reason: add
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by carolprudm View Post
                                  ETA:If you agreed to some form of compensation, even to just cover expenses, your insurance company could refuse to cover a claim because you were engaging in commerce.
                                  Not to mention that engaging in commerce puts you under DOT regs in some (all?) states.
                                  ::Sometimes you have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you::

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                                  • #18
                                    I agree, "No" is a complete sentence. Do not engage someone who would ask something this ridiculous.

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                                    • #19
                                      That's just crazy !!

                                      No.
                                      where am I, what day is it, am I still having a good time?

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Long Spot View Post
                                        No.
                                        Originally posted by Long Spot View Post
                                        Nope.
                                        Now Way.
                                        No Go.
                                        Not Gonna Happen.
                                        Hell to the No.
                                        Whatchu Talkin' Bout Wyllis?


                                        Especially now having learned this is just to go there, unload, pet horses, load up & go back home.

                                        Talk about what the fruitbat.
                                        "I'm not crazy...my mother had me tested"

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