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  • Hoof trimming foals
  • Proper hoof trimming for foals

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    10-03-2008, 05:34 PM

I want to purchase a foal in the near future (it's the cutest thing!!!) but I'm not sure how much it would cost to care for it on a monthly basis. Do foals need farriers? Do they get their teeth floated? Thanks in advance.


By the way this is her (I plan on adopting it after it's weaned):
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    10-03-2008, 06:12 PM
Yes, weanlings need proper hoof trimming and deworming. Both very important to growing up properly. The rules for parasite control are slightly different for youngsters, so you might want to do some research or talk to your vet about that. You won't have to worry about floating until the horse is around 2 years old.
    10-04-2008, 08:50 PM
Wow. That's some serious money for an adoption fee.
    10-05-2008, 09:27 AM
I agree. There's a horse recscue center in my area that charges at least $1250 for every horse, regardless of its training or age... I'm not sure if it's really worth it or not.
    10-05-2008, 10:41 AM
Okay it sounds like you have very little knowledge of horses in general so I'm going to tell you to pass on a foal, as CUTE as they are, they are not a SAFE STARTER for a inexperienced person.
Someone is going to get hurt and the foal is going to end up in the kill pen without the proper training.
Even if you sent this foal out for the training, you would also have training with it inorder to continue the training relationship.

Also, as for the adoption fee on this little one is a (WAY) little out of line. I understand the money goes back into the facility to save others but this rescue is NUTS!
Here is a link to a rescue with more reasonable fee's, I know that this one is too far but do your homework for rescues, I'm sure you will come across the right one.

Sorry if this comes across as harsh, but I tell it as I read it and straight forward. (sometimes like a brick but the brick is harmless! LOL)

Think wisely and safely for ALL!

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