Today was one of those days.
Actually, today was THE DAY.
I woke up an hour late and looked like I was hit by a car since I had about 10 minutes to get out the door.
On my way to work I kept having this stupid black jeep changing lanes without using using his turn signal. At one point he seriously almost hit my car. I was pissed. I have horrible, horrible road rage. I know this, and it's why I don't own a standard anymore (I use to own a Mustang which I would drive like a bat out of hell when I got mad.) At one point he tried to cut me off again, but instead I wouldn't let him in. He proceeded to honk his horn and follow me to work. SO I drove around the block a few times, and decided worst comes to worst I'll just go to Tully's where the cop's do their morning paperwork. I didn't want to tell anyone off in front of 5 year old's. He eventually left me alone. I got to work pissed.
After I got to work I noticed I had a missed phone call, and a few text messages.
The first voice mail was from Warren. He left some rambling message about how he talked to the massage therapist and told her that it wasn't covered. I couldn't finish listening to it because I realized who the text messages were from.
Then it started....
She still expected me to pay for half her bill. She told me that is why horse owners carry liability insurance, for things like this and if my insurance won't cover it, then I should be responsible.
I flipped. I was in the middle of welcoming my class to school, but at this point I had to step out of the room.
I told her I am really sorry, but I do not feel that it is my responsibility to help with the bill. I feel bad you were hurt. I warned you, and there is a risk with horses. I think it is unprofessional to ask.
She asked me to give her my trainers phone number because she wanted to see if my trainer's insurance will cover it since it was her property. "I understand the risks, but that's why people have liability insurance and property to pay for things like this."
I told her, "That's why people (providers) carry insurance. There is the WA state law regarding horse care. It's not her property she rents the barn. I assume when I hire a professional that they have taken the necessary steps."
UGH!!!!! I was freaking out the entire day. Am I wrong?? I really don't think I am wrong.
I've gone from frustrated to pissed. I know several people now who won't use her services. I could be a huge bitch and post her name, but I won't do that.
**Edit** I posted this in the comments, but wanted to clear up any miss understanding. I guess I just assume what is in my head is clearly written here. I am not good at explaining things sometimes!! **
Denali doesn't have a "kicking problem" but she has kicked in the past when she's been scared or she felt threatened.
Obviously if she kicked all the time, or even enough to make me think it was a problem, I would have NEVER had someone work on her. I'm not irresponsible.
However, since she has kicked out (to my knowledge) 4 times at people. 3 times at me and once at the vet when we were working on her legs. I will ALWAYS say she kicks because I can't ever say that she won't. One time she kicked at me I scared her, another time she kicked me when I was cleaning her feet, but I caught her foot (and we fixed that problem) and one she was eating, and I made sure that it NEVER would happen again. I blogged about our "discussion" somewhere on this blog, but hell if I can find it! (Kicking horses, different story.... that's never in the barn and always in a herd situation.)
I keep her in the cross ties with people walking around her, and she's fine. HOWEVER, they have all been warned, and reminded that they need to let her know that they are there. She is always fine, even when they don't warn her, but I am always nervous.
This time I think it was grabbing the lump on her leg with her face a foot away that did it. :( (After I said, "That lump is sore, so be careful.")
( I guess I wanted to clear up that Denali doesn't have a "kicking problem" but she does kick. I think a problem is something that happens more than 4-5 times over 2 years.)