There is a chance my husband may lose his job in the near future. I am really really worried, and I hope he'll at least start talking to other farms because it's hard to find a good job now that foaling season is over. My husband works on a thoroughbred horse breeding farm nearby. He's been there over 2 1/2 years - been working with horses for 12 years. The farm he works for used to be considered a major farm, they are fairly new, the farms they own here were built about 5 years ago, and are DREAMY. Gorgeous... Only problem is, the owners are always in deep water, getting sued by people because of stallion deals gone bad, where they'd quit paying on the horses. I know of at least 3 different lawsuits over stallions. Not entirely their fault on a couple of them, but they probably should have handled it differentely.. THen last fall they were sued for millions from a bank they defaulted on a loan. I read they took care of that, and there didn't seem to be any concern about it. Last year their top young stallion produced a legendary 3yo filly, who became Horse of the Year. But right after she won a big race in the spring, they sold the stallion -- I believe the deal was for about $50,000,000. In this time, they bought a farm in FL to go along with their 2 farms here. 2 weeks ago another law suit was filed. This time by Fifth Third Bank, saying the farm had defaulted on a $15,000,000 loan. They made a deal with the bank, to give them the horses that were used as collateral. 134 horses... The owners were quoted as saying they are getting out of the broodmare business, and want to just keep stallions. Their son has horses as well, not sure how many. They lost 38 of 50-something broodmares, most all of their babies, yearlings, and a lot of racehorses. There are now currently around 50something horses on the farm - they moved all of the horses from the broodmare farm onto the main farm. So now the farm my husband was working on is empty. He's on the main farm now. He does night watch, and all of the farm's foaling - they had 40 something babies this year. Well, my husband's cousin and brother were working at the farm doing night watch as well. They let my husband's cousin go I guess at the end of the week last week? And now they let his brother go... So the only nightwatch person is my husband, and they bumped him back up from 5 nights a week to 6 nights a week. This is good news, BUT....what happens now? I am just terrified. Honestly. He told me this morning that he heard a Billionaire wants to buy the farm - has 50+ broodmares and 2 stallions. He is HOPING and PRAYING if that is true, that the new owner would keep him on & keep him on around the same pay rate, as he makes good $$. He has a LOT of experience, he can do just about anything with a horse besides breaking and training which they have never done on the farms he's worked at <the farms shipped elsewhere for training>. He's probably missed 4 days of work in 10 years <not even kidding>, and is a workaholic. Any farm would be in good hands with him taking care of their horses. But reality is, anything can happen, and we can't afford for him to lose his job or make a lot less than he does now. Sure, I can always get a regular job if he has to find something different with less pay. However, I 'may' have some big jobs coming up this fall. If things work out I'd be photographing the September yearling sale for a website that pays very well, and it's something I LOVE to do, I haven't missed a Sept sale since 03'. This is the sale where people from around the world come and buy horses with expensive pedigrees...Hundreds of thousands of $$ to millions... And then...possibly the job of a lifetime for what I do.... As I was told I'd be credentialed for the World Equestrian Games this fall at the Kentucky Horse Park! It's a HUGE....no.... MASSIVE deal around here, and while I am extremely excited to possibly get to go, I am also a little nervous - biggest thing I've ever done was the Kentucky Oaks/Kentucky Derby last year, and the Rolex Three Day Event this past April. Otherwise I just photograph at our local track, and all the local horse sales, etc. So I just hope we don't have to make any big adjustments. We're comfortable, and getting by, getting our goat herd started, and ng up our place little by little. I know everyone is hurting, the horse industry is hurting BAD. Some farms are thriving, and some are sinking. If my husband has to find a new job, I hope and pray it's something he'll like, and something he can stay with for a long time. BTW, he is used to working 6 nights a week. So going back to 6 nights is fine with him, he works 12 hour shifts. Thanks for listening to me ramble. I really don't want to get my family worried, so I haven't said much about it to them. They live in another state, so they aren't in the loop on what happens around these parts.