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    06-23-2012, 02:51 PM
  #21
Foal
Okay guys. Please stop replying to this. I found a solution.

My friends think we can do this, and I wish I could share their faith, but after all you guys talked to me about it, I realize we can't. I decided today I'm going to tell my friends that we are giving the horses to a rescue. Until then, we are going to feed + water them because at the time, there is no one who can do that. Kenny is too old to even lift the sack of oats. I'm going to research horses a lot more, take some lessons, and save up some money. Get a horse in two years or so. Thanks so much guys, but this thread is officially closed~ (Unless anyone objects to me giving them to a rescue or feeding them, but I doubt that)
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    06-23-2012, 03:07 PM
  #22
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Just wanted to say good luck, I think you are making the right decision.

If you are interested in horses, I reccomend taking lessons and getting into them in a way that's not like this. It takes time and money but it's worth it!
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    06-23-2012, 04:14 PM
  #23
Weanling
Remember what I said about Volunteering! It can be a great way to get experience (and pad a resume if you decide on a career with animals!)
     
    06-23-2012, 04:40 PM
  #24
Green Broke
If there is an emaciated horse--sounds like maybe a 3 on the BCS?--he is going to need something more than oats. He will benefit more from a complete feed and 24/7 QUALITY hay. A salt/mineral block, too.

Oh, and you can not "close" a thread. It will remain open until a moderator decides to close it, if they ever do.

Glad you came to your senses. Horses are awesome, but they require a LOT more care than the movies portray and, if you don't have the experience, they can seriously injure or kill you in a heartbeat.
Plus, the amount of money they require is enormous.

Take lessons from a GOOD(I repeat, GOOD)barn, get some hands-on experience, and then maybe consider leasing and eventually buying a horse in a few years.
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    06-23-2012, 05:18 PM
  #25
Foal
I know that you can't "close" a thread. I was just saying that I won't be responding to anyone telling me to give the horse to a rescue. I mean, if anyone has something urgent to tell me, then be my guest, but the initial problem is solved.

And it's too late for the emaciated one. He isn't dead, and he's eating just fine, but he's seriously disfigured, in terrible shape, is extremely old, (I found out he's THIRTY two, not twenty) and is ready to die. Doesn't mean like there's much we can do. He's eating just fine. But it's his time to go. :c

Yeah, that's what I was planning on. C:
     
    06-23-2012, 05:21 PM
  #26
Green Broke
Seriously? If the horse is THAT bad he needs to be put down.

But, since you have limited experience, I don't think you have the ability or know-how to tell when it is a horse's "time to go."

He may have ulcers, worms, or any number of diseases or ailments that prevent him from gaining weight. Doesn't mean it's his time to go, it means he needs to be taken care of by someone who knows how.
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    06-23-2012, 05:43 PM
  #27
Foal
I think I know enough to know that he is seriously suffering and, I hate to say this, but needs to die. Do not automatically assume that just because I don't know a great deal means I know nothing at all.

Thank you.

And on a side note, I'm calling the vet to see if she/he can come over to put him down. It's sad really, but it's the most humane thing to do.
     
    06-23-2012, 06:03 PM
  #28
Green Broke
You do not feed BUCKET fulls of oats.. that will colic and Founder the horses.
IF you call a Vet out, you are responsible for the BILLS
IS there still pasture Grass for them to eat? Get some hay . Or some HAY pellets. The probably need dewormed, teeth floated, and HAY.
If they Founder they will be Unrideable. And as PH asked How old are you ?
Hay prices vary on your area.
     
    06-23-2012, 06:14 PM
  #29
Foal
I did NOT feed them bucket fulls of oats.
I KNOW that.
YES there is, I KNOW that.
FifTEEN.
     
    06-23-2012, 06:29 PM
  #30
Green Broke
With your first post and the others, it does sound like you know very little.

There isn't anything wrong with that. Everyone starts somewhere.

If you were more knowledgeable you'd know many more things than you obviously do.

Again, there is nothing wrong with that.

When I was 15 I thought I knew a lot about horses. Boy, was I wrong. I shudder to think about what I did, thinking it was "right."

Do you know how much it costs to put a horse down?

Barn call.
Sedatives.
Lethals.
Service fee.
Pick up service/disposel fee, or backhoe rental if you don't own one.

Horses aren't cheap, even when they're dead.
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