Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Chances are that if this person has put the time and effort into putting weight on this horse and caring for him to get him back to good health, she won't send him to slaughter. She said she's looking for a nice permanent home, so I would be 99.9% sure she won't sell to slaughter, if that's what you're worried about.
Have you had experience with neglected or abused horses before? Most are not your usual happy-go-lucky, walk up to them and expect they'll stand there while you halter them, ride as if nothing's wrong, horses. Most do have problems that will take time to resolve, so if you're up to doing a LOT of waiting and training, and have a ton of patience, then yeah go ahead and think about it.
The person isn't sure if he's broke to ride, and he might be quite fearful of people/being ridden if he was abused as well as neglected... just something to watch out for. It sounds like he's going to need a lot of TLC to get back to the horse he was.
If you want a broke-to-ride horse that you know won't need a lot of time and work, he's not the right horse. If you're looking for a project and are willing to spend the time, effort and money on, then it sounds like you might have a good horse in him.
Like I said before, DO NOT buy him just because you think you're saving him from slaughter - that isn't likely to happen. It sounds like the woman is willing to wait to find the right permanent home for him.
Oh, and another thing.. since the seller wants a permanent home for him, chances are she'll be wanting to get a document signed stating that this horse can't be sold, so please don't go into it thinking you'll be able to sell him for a profit.
Keep us updated on what you're thinking of doing!
You'd be taking on a project, but let me tell you, the rewards are well worth it, when you know what you're getting into.
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