Saturday, October 10, 2009

From bad to worse

Things just keep getting worse and worse, but the bottom line is — I'm glad I'm moving Panama, and the sooner I can make it happen, the better.

I blogged earlier about the flatbed trailer the barn owner decided to park in the pasture. Well, a couple of hours after I left, I went back to check on Panama and make sure the barn owner was taking care of the horses' water over in the other pasture — when I left, he had yet to put a heater in the water, even though it was cold enough that the water was freezing.

I arrived to discover that the barn owner had simply waited until I left, and then moved the horses back into the front pasture (even though he'd said I could put them in the back pasture). I told him if he was going to keep the horses in the front pasture, I wanted the flatbed out of there. "You do, huh," he said, seemingly at a loss for words. So I asked, "What did you do, wait until I was gone and move them back over?" and he said, "Um."

Once he recovered from getting caught, he went off on me — told me I was difficult to deal with (wanting the horses to be fed breakfast at a reasonable time makes me difficult, I suppose) and a piece of work. Then he told me if my trainer didn't get her trailer out soon he was going to sell it for scrap. When I told him he can't do that, he said, "You have an answer for everything, don't you?"

The situation ended up with me putting Panama on the back pasture (the foreclosed one, although the deadline is not until the 29th) and making the barn owner promise to feed him just the same as if he was on the front pasture.

I'm pretty sure he was drunk — at least, I'd like to think that a sober adult wouldn't say the childish things he was saying — but I also think he no longer cares about catering to me now that I'm leaving. The situation has gone from bad to worse almost overnight, and since I've caught him doing something he knew I wouldn't like behind my back, I don't feel I can trust him at all anymore. The sooner I can move Panama, the better.



At October 10, 2009 at 8:21 PM, Blogger Reddunappy said...

Yeah I would want to get him moved asap too. What a jerk.
I have nothing in the pasture with my horses! nothing! There is to much of a risk of them getting hurt. Panama probably wouldnt bother the trailer, but that doesnt mean one of the other horses wont run him into it. That is how most accicents happen.

I have a freind whos husband insisted on parking the Cat in the pasture, this Cat has teeth on the blade on front, it was out there for years. For some reason the old mare decided to go between the Cat and the barn and tried to jump out over the blade, they found her impaled on the blade.
Another freind had a tractor in the barn and the horse they had got loose in the barn and did the same damn thing, impaled herself on the blade.
When we first built our barn my father in law wanted to park the lawn tractor in the aisle. I through a big fit, and won LOL, he could never understand why I needed so much room in the middle of the barn. My barn is 24x36, two stalls on each side with a 12 foot breezeway, one stall is my hay storage. The first person is a horse person,very experienced, the second and my father in law are cow people, there is a lot of different thinking there. Horses are a lot different to handle than livestock, although they are considered livestock.

Horses just cant have things in their space. I dont think my father in law ever understood LOL but he didnt park the tractor in the barn again.( He is gone now)
Sorry to scare you with bad stories, but if the chance is there....a horse will hurt themselves.
I hope you are able to move him soon, who knows, maybe it will be a wonderful change and you both will love it!

At October 10, 2009 at 8:36 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Pam, don't worry about scaring me -- I know what can happen, and believe me I'd already thought of it. And you're exactly right, it's the alpha running Panama into it that I'm worried about.

The barn owner's excuse is that in the other pasture, my trainer's horse trailer is in the corner. However, normally the horses are not in there with it, so I can't understand why he thinks it's the same thing. Also, this flatbed trailer, with its makeshift half-cage around the front of it, has way more sharp edges and other hazards than a little 2-horse bumper-pull trailer -- not to mention the jack that sticks up high enough for a horse to be impaled on it. Also the two-horse is back in the corner, out of the way, whereas this one is RIGHT in the way. If there is a choice on which trailer I want him to be in a pasture with, I'd definitely rather it be the 2-horse.

I'll try to get pictures of the flatbed tomorrow, so you can see what I mean when I say it's worse...

At October 11, 2009 at 3:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right - pay some extra money and get him out of there as soon as you can. Good luck!

At October 11, 2009 at 12:00 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Kate, I'm on it! I've put in a call to the new place, and if they okay it, I've most likely got a ride today. Otherwise I'll see about hiring a transporter and moving him during the week.


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