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post #21 of 65 Old 07-18-2012, 07:42 PM
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I'm confused as a new horse owner. First, I don't disagree with taking the horse but I am amazed it was done to begin with.

I come from the background that once you SELL something you are no llonger entitled To it. You cannot make decisions or interfere. It's one thing to ask for first right of refusal if the new owners decide to sell the animal or object.

I would be offended if the previous owner of an animal I purchased wanted to visit or called me about the animal. I would probably ask why they sold the animal if they couldn't let go.

I am not being rude. And I am glad the horse is being cared for. But as a newcomer to this forum and horses it's a funny concept.

We have posts about people wondering if they should sell their horse because it is no longer challenging or won't compete at the upper levels. Here these people are getting rid of horses that no longer meet their expectations. Then there is this post theme where people sell horses and stay involved in the horses new life.

I have owned and competed with dogs. From the day I brought them home i considered it permanent. If the dog didn't compete well it became a pet. If my financial circumstances chaned I went without first. If the dog ate my house I worked harder at preventing and training.

Again. I am not criticizing. I am just confused at the two competing concepts of trade up and stay involved.
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post #22 of 65 Old 07-18-2012, 07:53 PM
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Many people are perfectly ok with old owners staying in touch thesr people obviously were like that however untruthful. I am very glad she went amf checked on her or that mare probably wouldn't have made it through the winter.

It's the same concept as many dog breeders( responsible ones) keep in touch with the pups they sell and will take back and rehome most that can no longer be taken care of. Thesr people were obviously not able to properly care for the horse amd the BO was willing to take her back.
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post #23 of 65 Old 07-18-2012, 07:53 PM
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A lot of rehoming contracts include a clause that states of a horse is not properly care for or given vet care, the previous owner has right to repossess the animal.

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post #24 of 65 Old 07-18-2012, 08:00 PM
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If she has/had breathing issues, perhaps seasonal reactions, that can take weight off a horse. It may not be detectable by looking at her but the stethoscope near her flank will tell the story. I've listened with an ear held close and could hear slight crackles rather than air whooshing. If you try this, be sure she hasn't eaten for about 5 min or the gut sounds can be deafening.
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post #25 of 65 Old 07-18-2012, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Roperchick View Post
poor girl. we give our 26 yr old mare Max-E-Glo Rice bran.
Brilliant stuff, it put weight on my guy when little else worked.

Thank you for bringing her home, it's hard to imagine that they did this to her.

If I were you I would inform the local sheriff so that no one can see the horse and report you for neglect.
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post #26 of 65 Old 07-18-2012, 08:26 PM
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I am sure you wanted to drop kick them for a field goal. That is disgusting to let a horse get to that condition due to lack of feeding. I am sure she was glad to see you.

We have some old mares out at the barn that are racks of bones - but it is due to them being very elderly - like knocking 40 years old. They are given the best of care and it certainly isn't because they are being starved. Ugh....

Hope she puts on weight quickly and is her old self again.

Just being nosy here - what did the people have to say about why she was in that condition?

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post #27 of 65 Old 07-18-2012, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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I did NOT sell this mare, I gave her away with the understanding that I would stay in touch and would take her back if they ever needed me too...they wanted something that could be lightly ridden & I felt that it would be a good "semi-retirement" situation for her. I was not using her at all and she was a sound, well trained horse that enjoyed her job. I always assumed that she would eventually no longer suit their purposes and they would want to move up, at which point I would be happy to take her back to live out her life as a pasture ornament. I was naive in that I did not forsee them simply starving her almost to death. I have sold horses in the past and touched base with their new owners as well from time to time. I am not the least offended when previous owners of my current horses contact me.....not sure why that would be considered a problem.
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post #28 of 65 Old 07-18-2012, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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QOS, they said they were feeding her "just like their other horse", their other horse was plenty fat and I suspect she was simply eating everything they put out, since the horses were not separated at feeding time. He also told me he had consulted a friend who worked for a vet and "was everything but a vet". I didn't even know how to respond to that one **sigh**
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post #29 of 65 Old 07-18-2012, 09:53 PM
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Bella, wonderful that you found her in time and she will be improving quickly, I'm sure! She must be soooo happy to be back with you.

Please keep us updated on her recovery.
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post #30 of 65 Old 07-18-2012, 10:48 PM
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People are so dumb.

Glad to hear she's back with you!
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