[First off, this is an annoyed rant. I love my barn and the majority of the horses there. I know the BOs can't change people's minds.]
So a new mare just came to the barn last Saturday. She's a Paint x Arab, 10 years old, apparantly good under saddle. She was purchased by a family who has two daughters- a 5 year old and a 8 year old. The 8 year old is in the lesson program, but the 5 year old hasn't ridden before. Well, the parents of these children decide to buy their girls a pony to learn to ride on. [She's 14.3.] I'm not arguing with their decision to buy a pony, even though personally I don't think it's a good idea.
I'm upset with the pony they decided to buy. This mare is 10, so not old, but she's quiet under saddle, listens well, etc. Which is all fine and dandy. But she has so many issues. Like her face- there are abcesses on her face, which weren't treated so they became infected. Fantastic, right? Which means she has to wear a rope halter, which makes it close to impossible to catch her when you want to bring her to her stall.
Her front hooves are also seriously cracked and messed up, so she's going to need corrective trimming and shoes on them for 6 months to a full year. That's going to be expensive.
She was sold at $1800. The lady wouldn't budge on the price. They had her vet checked, which cost around $200, so the initial cost of this pony is $2000. Plus all the meds for her face and the farrier work she'll need?
:P I guess it's their money. But it's just silly to me.
I'm not upset with our BOs, because I'd rather they buy a horse and keep it here where we can help them than buy one and keep it at their house and not have a clue. At least here, we can give advice and make sure 'Blaze' is getting meds and farrier visits.
Oh, and her ground manners aren't even that great. I guess she's never learned to walk in hand, but on the plus side, she'll trot for you. No matter what. She'll trot in hand for you. *sarcasm* She's also never been desensitized to water, or mud. How do I know? She reared up at me when I tried to lead her through a mud puddle.
Another one of her appealing qualities- she hates being stalled. She almost broke the door off of one of the stalls, which is going to make winter absolute h*ll when the horses have to be in all day.
UGH. End rant. :/
PS- If you suggest I move, I'm really not THAT upset. Just ranting.