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post #21 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 11:04 PM
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I'm thinking it might be too far for you guys :( This pretty chubby boy is in Southern Manitoba, Canada.
Ya just a bit, too bad. I hope you find him a great home. He sure is a good looking horse
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post #22 of 58 Old 07-05-2011, 11:15 PM
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Wow is he beautiful! And he's got 6 legs, what a bonus! Just kidding! ;) I am glad that you rescued him and that you are taking steps to do what is best for him. You did a great thing. I wish I could afford one more, he is just precious!

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I would wonder (I haven't read this whole post, with all the responses) if by "not people friendly" they simply mean that they don't like to be caught. I could say that my mom's ponies aren't people friendly, unless those people have grain haha.

Good luck on your endeavor. I would love to have a draft horse someday, so congrats on jumping into the horse world head first. This forum has been a wonderful blessing to any horse owner, old or new, and any one here will be more than willing to put in their two cents for any question you could have. We are all very eager to help!
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post #24 of 58 Old 07-06-2011, 02:29 PM
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goodness, he is a 'big chubby boy'! Haha. Very nice looking though, and that draft blood is VERY obviouse. His feet look lovely, if they really were as bad as you described. Definitely still need work, but they look quite workable. I really do think that you're doing the right thing finding him another home, and I commend you for seeing that he might not be what's right for you. Don't give up the horse idea though! Get some lessons, volunteer somewhere when you can, study. You'll be a pro in no time, and maybe then you actually will be able to get a nice sturdy horse to learn from! I wish you all the luck in the world finding him a home. Sour and I will be thinking of you!

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post #25 of 58 Old 07-06-2011, 03:16 PM
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Completely off topic, but is your avatar name the Japanese onomonpea for the sound a frog makes? We say a frog says, "Ribbit. Ribbit". They say a frog says, "kero-kero".
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post #26 of 58 Old 07-06-2011, 06:18 PM
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Please remind me why the OP was advised to sell this horse? Was the judgement kind of quick? Was there something about his training or lack of, or past use that would be an indicator that he is not suitable?

The first barn owner/4-H advisor organizer for my daughter told me the ideal first time horse was a 12-year old gelding. This horse does not look far off from that. The poster (woman?) is willing to seek and accept advise, and if his feet do abcess she has him at a facility where she may be able to get help.

He is a beautiful horse and may be gentle and patient enough for a first time owner.
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post #27 of 58 Old 07-07-2011, 02:15 PM
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I kind of got the impression that he was bad mannered, but I'm not sure if he is? We didn't get a lot of info on him.

I just don't want a beginner to be handling one, also she sounds like she might be short on cash for a good trainer to help both of them.

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
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post #28 of 58 Old 07-07-2011, 02:37 PM
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@anndankey- Glad I'm not the only one who doesn't immediately think she needs to sell him :)

I got the impression that Kerokero was intimidated by his size, but in a later post said he was very sweet and gentle. It doesn't sound like there was any abuse in the background (leading to trust & behavioral issues, etc.), "just" neglect. Most people immediately jump to physically abused horses when they think of rescues, which I agree would definitely need an experienced horseperson to work through the associated issues, but that doesn't seem to be the case here.

There seem to be 2 major issues: first is the boarding situation. As long as the BO/BM is willing to work with her to make sure she's able to safely retrieve him, this isn't really a problem. Second is the immediate and temporary need for daily monitoring and possibly care if he does develop an abscess. Kerokero hasn't commented on whether or not there's someone at the barn who can do this, but most barns tend to have an experienced horseperson or two that are there daily who wouldn't mind picking up a few extra bucks.

Kerokero also hasn't mentioned her riding plans- she should certainly be taking lessons; draft horses often have very manageable personalities and being greenbroke shouldn't be a deal breaker unless she isn't planning on getting any professional help.

@Kerokero- I know you already said you've started looking for a new home for him, but don't get rid of him because of those 2 reasons if you really would like to keep him :)
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Please remind me why the OP was advised to sell this horse?
How about this:

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He is a monster, and to be honest, I'm afraid of him!

And then the OP went on to say how she is not able to get there to tend to him and she does not really have any extra money, etc, then the OP decided that she might better find it him a different home.

If you read back through the OP was given good advice about his care and she realized herself that she might have bitten off more than she could handle right now.
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post #30 of 58 Old 07-07-2011, 09:24 PM
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Dear AB
Thanks for your answer, with all respect I wonder why you stopped your quote without the following 6 words:
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He is a monster, and to be honest, I'm afraid of him! But it's really only his size,
The OP was thinking of daily vet bills when she stated she could not afford that. She did not choose the least costly place to board.

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I can't afford hefty vet bills to get a vet out there everyday...
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2) I've been told not all the other horses being boarded there are friendly towards people (like this horse I've adopted apparently is, he's a real sweetie!) - so how do I go into a pasture with 15 strange horses safely,
Your first post did not contain advice to sell:
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If your new boy needs medical care daily and you are not able to do it then you need to find someone who is able to do it for you. Ask the barn if they have an option for you to pay for this service.
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it is the lowest cost, closest boarding facility I could find- there were cheaper further away, and closer but too much to pricey facilities.

I will go out there this saturday, see how his feet are doing, see if I can find any trouble spots/abscesses, and try to make some arrangement with the facility owner for daily feet soakings. He should be fine, as he stood beautifully for the trimmer.

I am so nervous about going out with the other horses, but I have no choice but to buck up and put on my brave-face! How hard can it be....?
This is from one of the first posts advising her to sell him.
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I do not agree with you buying a rescue as a first horse
The word rescue has some significance to me, as I believed I had 'rescued' 2 horses at various times because I got them a day or 2 before being sent to the Sugarcreek auction. Then I came to this forum and found that a true rescue is much different, like when the humane society has to step in or the horse will die. A poster here did not like the word rescue being applied unless a horse was in deplorable conditions. I considered this and have to agree I only helped these horses, one to find a good home with someone else, and one is staying with me. I think the horse here is being helped in the same way I did.

I hope the OP comes back to this thread, and if she is looking for a reason to sell him then she will find it here, and if she is looking for a reason to keep him (at least for a while) then she can find it here, also.

I do not wish to be argumentative; however, would not like for the last post in this thread for others to see say that this horse is a monster.
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