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  • #21
    I hope no one would actually do that. It isn't the horse's fault the owner didn't/couldn't pay board.
    I saw the angel in the marble and I set him free. - Michaelangelo


    • Original Poster

      Thanks for all the replies. Lots of stuff to think about. It's interesting how the law works to basically force barn owners to keep caring for the horse and have to wait for repayment after lawyers have done their thing. For me, the thing would be to get said horse off my payroll. I"m pretty sure once the owner skips out there won't be any more money coming forth anytime soon.

      So, taking all of your wonderful words of wisdom into consideration I suggest writing boarding contracts that state horse will be left at owners house if board is not paid! Please don't take me too seriously on this!

      Member Appaloosa lovers clique


      • #23
        The BO of the barn I boarded at with my first horse had a boarder that a.) didn't pay for their two horses and b.) had sticky fingers and got caught stealing. The BO was an overnight tractor trailer driver and the offending boarder would come to the barn late at night after he was gone for work.

        Once he had had enough of the dodgy, sticky fingered lady, he purposely adjusted his schedule one afternoon and parked his big rig straight across the driveway so that the boarder couldn't get to the barn. He had let the rest of us know ahead of time and gave us the access code for the gate on the private driveway so we could get to our horses. Her horses were tied to the big maple trees out front (with hay, water, and shade of course) with her tack trunk and blankets stacked at the side of the driveway. He let her know that the horses would stay there until she paid up and returned/reimbursed everyone for what she stole. Once she did that, he would take the horses back to the barn for two weeks until she could make arrangements to have them boarded elsewhere but she was not welcome on the property any longer. If she refused, horses no longer had a stall and needed to be moved immediately. Well, she refused and scrambled to find someone to come get the horses. They left that night. I will say it was a pretty good show to watch from the front of the barn.

        As Flo would say - JUSTICE!


        • #24
          [QUOTE=Snowflake;6905542]The BO of the barn I boarded at with my first horse had a boarder that a.) didn't pay for their two horses and b.) had sticky fingers and got caught stealing. The BO was an overnight tractor trailer driver and the offending boarder would come to the barn late at night after he was gone for work. [\QUOTE]

          This wouldn't have happened in the Ortonville area, would it?
          ~ Horse Box Lovers Clique ~


          • #25
            Originally posted by rivenoak View Post
            This wouldn't have happened in the Ortonville area, would it?
            No, Upstate NY.


            • #26
              Just remembered another one from like 15 years ago. This asshat brings me 4 polo ponies to winter--skinny as crows, full of worms, first thing I did was put blankets on them and the second thing break out the hay.

              4 months later they were sound, in perfect weight, shiny and all ready for a season's work. Owner had paid intermittently, late, finally not at all for 2 months, and with 4 horses we're talking a substantial bill.

              End of the month is nigh, he calls me and says he's taking them out on the 31st. I said, you need to bring a check to pay me in full when you come. Well, he came with a BOLT CUTTER when I wasn't home and CUT THE CHAIN AND LOCK OFF MY GATE!!!
              The horses were gone . . .

              Sooooo . . . you wanna play hard ball? I called up the Police Department and told the story. They said what he did was absolutely "breaking and entering" and absolutely actionable and I had him dead to rights if I wanted to press charges.

              So I called up Asshat and told him he had THREE HOURS to get over to my place with CASH in hand for the full amount he owed me, plus $20.00 to replace the case-hardened chain he cut. Otherwise, I was filing the complaint and pressing charges.

              He was there with the cash.

              I might add, these 2 examples were that small number out of 145 customers over a 20-year period. 98% of people keep up their end of the bargain.


              • #27
                When I moved to my trainer's barn I "heard" a story about a horse that ended up tied to a fence post in the drive area waiting for owner to come pick up. At first I thought it was just a funny story passed down, but as I was there longer I started to suspect it might be true. Only barn I have ever been at where there was no drama, no gossip, boarders were all civil to each other. I think it's cause deep down everybody knew if you didn't behave, you were out & the BO meant it!

                I know another trainer who evicted an extremely troublesome client by calling them to say "the shipper is on their way here to pick up your horse & stuff, you better let them know where to go with it".
                "I'm not crazy...my mother had me tested"


                • #28
                  This thread reminds me of a time long ago. I was at a barn where I trained (show) horses for the owners and some clients. The husband and wife were splitting up, he'd moved out, but his horse, one I was training, was left there. The wife was desperate to be rid of this colt, I don't remember if the man paid board, (or child support, for that matter).
                  Anyway, one day the wife loaded the colt onto her van and took him to the husband's house. It was in a suburban housing development, and had a nice board fence around the large back yard. Just imagine the man's surprise to look out his kitchen window that evening to see his formerly abandoned colt looking back at him! I didn't even know about this until the wife told me later that evening. Well, happy ending, they had long time horsey connections, and I learned that the colt was re-barned that evening when the man called me later to see if I wanted to continue the training.

                  At another barn though, ugh. Some ya hoo cowboy wanna be brought an old QH and a pony to field board one day. Grand and showy, he wanted everyone to know how rich he was and smart and blah, blah, right off. Well, so he stole everyone's grain, scoop by scoop, and when we confronted him, he said "but I fed YOUR horse too!!". Never brought hay, used our stuff - would break into the tack/feed rooms, leaving a mess. Never bothered to deny it, would just avoid us.
                  Rumor had it all over town that this man had been everywhere already, having done the same thing at every barn he'd landed. That was his trick, just kept 'em moving, stealing feed and whatever else left out. Didn't last long though, one day we found the back fence down, his horses gone. Luckily the others preferred to hang around the barn, so no one else was gone. Good riddence, but I guess this is the horsey version of rent cheats; move in with the first month's rent, and then just stay for several months paying nothing, until you can find some one else to fleece.


                  • #29
                    See, I do not want to keep your horse until I go to court to get my $----I DON'T WANT THE BOARDER'S HORSE----