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post #11 of 18 Old 11-17-2013, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Yes they would sell the mare for money, the price on the listing was $500 or trade (there was no photo in the ad). At any price though I am not up to the rehab vet bills or potential related long-term issues.

Hence my post asking about what it would take to rehab her, which reaffirmed my gut feeling that it would be too much for me.

Leroy was left at the barn when the owner moved away, my daughter has been helping trying to find a leaser, or buyer, or lesson students for many months now. He was leased out for 6-months but that ended in Oct.

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post #12 of 18 Old 11-17-2013, 07:47 PM
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It just makes me so sad to think of any horse being in a bad home. The thought of trading the sweet older horse to a bad home to "save" a younger horse breaks my heart entirely. I am thankful that isn't working out. Hope the young horse finds a good home and can be brought back to health. Almost looks pregnant but likely just so full of worms.
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post #13 of 18 Old 11-17-2013, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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We did not know the mare was in a bad way, poor condition, or bad environment at all before we got there to see her. The trade had already been discussed and the mare's owner had already come to see the gelding.

With that in mind I could not now offer money instead of the trade, and would not offer ANY money for her as I agree with someone who said she should be given away to a good home. So not wanting the old gelding to go there leaves withdrawing from the whole deal as the only option.

Good legs and feet are of of utmost importance to me, and these she does not have. Compared to the 6 yr old I saw last week, her back may be better but his legs and feet are better. The 6 yr old has lived at one place his whole life, bones and joints have not been stressed by work too early, and certainly never starved, let alone had a halter embedded in his face. He is offered for free. No one can save them all.

When we got back from seeing the little mare we got Leroy out and I rode him for the first time. He is a very sweet guy, and no doubt he could teach me about gaited horses. He is a bit headstrong due to being ridden by young children without directional control. Maybe I should take and keep him, I'll give it some thought. My daughter really likes him, maybe I should offer to keep him up in Elwood's stall for her if she wants him or until she can find a good home for him at least. She is concerned the BO may send him to auction soon. Thanks so much for your input.

Just to throw another item out, I have been offered another free horse. Can you see me, who likes short sturdy horses, with a 5-yr old TB mare over 17 hh. With some history of injuries, and very bad attitude. Here is her picture.

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post #14 of 18 Old 11-18-2013, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by anndankev View Post
When we got back to the barn where my daughter works, I got out the 21-yr old TWH gelding that is offered. I might rather just keep him that trade for the mare, and my daughter is not certain she would want to send him there.

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GOOD for your daughter. I was thinking the same while I read your first post.

AND am I understanding correctly that someone giving you the twh wants it to have a good home?? And you are already thinking of trading it to that place?
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post #15 of 18 Old 11-18-2013, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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I really cannot speak for the owner of the TWH as to what she wants for the horse. What I know is only that she does not want him if he does not earn his keep.

I cannot imagine she would want to see him go to this place, though.

I hear that none of the students want to use him in a lesson, apparently because they want to learn to ride a trot. And he only gaits.

The owner is not interested in a partial-lease of him, only a full-lease at a fairly high board rate for the area.

The family with 3 small children that were leasing him could not afford lessons in addition to the lease, and the children's lack of skill was causing interference with other boarders wanting to ride at the same time. I hear they were approached with the idea of continuing on with him for lessons only, not leasing and have declined. They intended to let the lease expire, and the facility would only renew the lease with the stipulation that lessons are taken.

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post #16 of 18 Old 11-19-2013, 02:38 AM
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You could always send the person with the palomino a message saying that you are willing to take the horse for free, if they can't find a home for it. Just mention that you think it needs weight, probably needs to see the horse dentist and be treated for worms.

The palomino isn't horrible looking- but will need work to re-hab. I would suggest having a vet look at her before taking her for free though.
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post #17 of 18 Old 11-19-2013, 05:32 AM
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I'd be going with the walker. Don't forget they were bred to be going somewhere and have a big motor. This might be why he feels headstrong.
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post #18 of 18 Old 11-19-2013, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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It would be nice to take her if she was free just to help her, but not feasible for me right now. Maybe if my ship comes in some day I could do something like rehab one at a time, while I have my personal horse at the same time.


Yes I can see you are right on. I never rode a gait before and was smiling the whole time.

So there's the little guy on one shoulder saying be sensible take the older Walker.

And there's the little guy on the other shoulder saying take the 6-yr old, it could be fun. He could be your next "Irish".

I never have been good at making the right decision. I'll keep thinking about it, probably right up til I get the 6-yr old on the trailer.

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