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post #11 of 28 Old 02-15-2013, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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The mare is currently being starved to death? Colt doesn't look like he is starving.....

Trade hay for the colt.. to save his mother. Call a vet and get that colt gelded (if he has dropped) and then get a trainer.

No opinion on conformation. He doesn't look like a bad attitude.. just a young and untrained attitude.
His mother was sold to another owner. I'm not allowed to have tact with the mother because she was out of water and I filled it. The owner is convinced I was trying to poison her.
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post #12 of 28 Old 02-15-2013, 04:05 PM
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I remember all this now (shakes head).

Neglect in many of the horses - Animal control looks the other way

If you want the foal, buy him. Do not keep him at this place. It will be nothing but trouble to do so.

Get a trainer to help you.

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I remember all this now (shakes head).

Neglect in many of the horses - Animal control looks the other way

If you want the foal, buy him. Do not keep him at this place. It will be nothing but trouble to do so.

Get a trainer to help you.
I will be moving out of this town at the end of October. I am debating on buying him now, and getting him in better hands until I can move, or taking my chances and waiting until just before I leave to try and buy him. The problem with the later option is if the other guy adopts him, I don't know how willing he will be to part with him. I am hoping he will realize it's a monster and practically give it away haha.

And like i said multiple times, I plan on getting a trainer.
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post #14 of 28 Old 02-15-2013, 04:21 PM
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I think it's better to act sooner than take your chances on acting later.
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^^I agree. The sooner you get him out of that crappy environment, the sooner he can start getting some good care and proper training.

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post #16 of 28 Old 02-15-2013, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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I think it's better to act sooner than take your chances on acting later.
That is what I am thinking as well. The problem is both options have their pros and cons. The cons to adopting him sooner is that it may take me longer to move, because I have some extra costs that take away from saving to move.

Boarding is only $30 per month which includes use of the roundpen, outdoor arena, water, and a 30x30 square for the horse to stay in. It is up to the boarder to build a shelter in that.

I will need to buy hay, which is incredibly overpriced in this town. $300 for a ton of mid-quality grass hay is the best quality and cheapest price I can find.

There is only one vet who is willing to come out here, and that is only on two scheduled days a year. There is only one farrier, and he is an a**hole.

It's part of the reason I sold my old horse. The lack of services made things very difficult. On one occasion, my horse hurt his leg (and thankfully got better without vet help), and the vet would not come out, and he did not accept walk ins. I offered to pay my vet bill, his travel expences, and a hotel for the night for him. Still wouldn't do it.

The other reason was I was the only non-mexican at the stables. Everyone down there is pretty close knit, and don't take well to outsiders. People were throwing rocks at my horse, stealing food from his dish, stealing $1500 worth of stuff from me, etc.

The owner of the foal likes me (though the potential buyer hates me), so we can probably come up with a deal. I was thinking, to anyone who asks, it is his horse, and I am only helping out. I will pay for everything, but that way they don't think the object of their torment has returned.

I'm worried about his safety if I buy him now. If I wait until I leave, I can put him in the horse box and leave with him.
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There is absolutely no other place that you can board this horse?
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What a cutie! At least if he's in your hands, regardless of whether or not you're able to get him the "best" services, you will for sure be able to provide him with a bright future! It would be extremely unfortunate if he were to be sold to that inexperienced man and his daughter, only to be left a "breeding" stallion and probably face a dismal future. The sooner you can get him out of there, the better!

I'd encourage you to take him now, and through that ensure his safety and care, versus later, to find that he's gone to a bad situation.

If there is no other place to keep your horse, make sure to lock your belongings up, make sure everything is very organized (so you can keep track of it all) and just mind your own business (hopefully everyone will mind theirs!!).

The care that you can potentially provide this horse now will potentially eliminate needless suffering in the future!!
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post #19 of 28 Old 02-15-2013, 06:14 PM
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That is what I am thinking as well. The problem is both options have their pros and cons. The cons to adopting him sooner is that it may take me longer to move, because I have some extra costs that take away from saving to move.

That does pose a dilemma. Is there a possibility of putting a deposit down to secure him, with some sort of arrangement with the owner in writing, and then pay the full amount when you are ready to move?

EDIT: At least that way, you have something in writing that prevents the other person from taking him, but you don't necessarily have to deal with all of his costs yet.
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The other reason was I was the only non-mexican at the stables. Everyone down there is pretty close knit, and don't take well to outsiders. People were throwing rocks at my horse, stealing food from his dish, stealing $1500 worth of stuff from me, etc.
Hm...that seems...odd...

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