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        02-17-2008, 08:03 PM
      #1
    Trained
    horses potential

    I was just sitting here looking through old photos of possum and jarred and thinking how its so hard when you see a horse that has been neglected and is skinny and covered in rain scalds and itch and whatever else. Its hard to look at them and really know what they would be like with some love and care

    Example: possum in the beginning. I know I've posted these pics before but they are the only ones I have that show how yuck she looked.





    I remember thinking when I got her how she wasnt the most attractive horse but more than anything I just wanted to make her healthy again. I didnt know if even in good condition she would be a nice looking horse. But I was wrong





    I could put up a million more but I think yet get the point :) I know she isnt the worlds most beautiful horse but she has turned out to be a surprise especially considering that lurking beneath that skinny old mare was a beauitfully trained dressage horse who really knows her stuff.

    Anyhoo the point im trying to make is that I wonder how many more horses would be bought from sales etc if we could actually see what every horse is going to be like when in top shape. I know you can tell some things from conformation etc but you can't see that horse in exact detail.

    Not only that, when you come across horses at sales you have no idea what training they have. But they are overlooked because they don't look so great at that time but im sure there are plenty of talented, trained horses at the sales

    I dunno! Im bored and having random thoughts lol what do you guys think?
         
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        02-17-2008, 08:20 PM
      #2
    tim
    Weanling
    I know, there's no telling what gems are under all the dirt.

    I often wonder how many potential world champions there are grazing grass absently in someone's front yard. Around here it isn't uncommon to see horses that are just kept as pets. Not ridden or neglected, just sort-of lawn ornaments. I'd like to know which ones could be great jumpers or champions. Probably a few at least.
         
        02-17-2008, 11:47 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    Wow, you've done a fantastic job with her! Isn't it crazy to think that out in some pasture could be an amazingly talented horse just getting fat? (or worse, skinny). I'm a supporter of horse slaughter, but I'm a bigger supporter of going to auctions and rescueing good horses. I guess that's what you get for reading Black Beauty one too many times... I'm also a fan of finding horses in the middle of no where and training them to be show ponies. A trainer one said to me, "why we we love training horses? Because we are making art!" I love that quote!
         
        02-18-2008, 12:27 PM
      #4
    Showing
    Wow Jazzy, that's amazing! I'm floored!
         
        02-18-2008, 05:20 PM
      #5
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
    Wow Jazzy, that's amazing! I'm floored!
    havent you seen the pics of her when I got her before? The only appealing thing about her when I got her was her personality :) but I loved her :)
         
        02-18-2008, 07:22 PM
      #6
    Showing
    No, I've never seen them, Jazzy! How strange is that? Haha but that's an amazing transformation *standing ovation*

    I've almost 100% decided that my next horse will be a rescue...
         
        02-18-2008, 10:32 PM
      #7
    Started
    Good for you on totally remaking her life into something so much better.
         
        02-19-2008, 12:21 AM
      #8
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
    No, I've never seen them, Jazzy! How strange is that? Haha but that's an amazing transformation *standing ovation*

    I've almost 100% decided that my next horse will be a rescue...
    here is a link to a thread with all my guys in it. There are before and after pics in there
    http://www.horseforum.com/viewtopic....330&highlight=

    Im glad to hear your next horse will be a rescue :) I love the satisfaction when you see a horse that seems to have no hope left and next thing they are back in tip top shape no better feeling

    Harlee - thanks for your comment :) im glad to have given her the chance
         
        02-20-2008, 09:31 PM
      #9
    Showing
    Wow! What transformations!! You can't hear it, but I'm applauding you!

    Any advice for a person that's going to be a first-time rescuer? I have a new thread going in Horse Riding, titled "I'm So Excited!! Help please!" .. or something like that
         
        02-20-2008, 10:37 PM
      #10
    Trained
    *bows*

    Im so excited for you

    Remember even though you are getting a rescue, try and look at conformation and stuff still. I think you know that though ;)

    Be prepared for heaps of issues and possibly vet fees. Vets arent always needed though but in nearly every case you will need to deworm, deal with awful feet, possible have itch or scalds to deal with and then there are the mental issues they can have.

    Time and patience plenty of good feed and grass/hay. I've had possum nearly six months, jarred 5 months and cougar 3 months and they have all come up really well (as you can see :)) with a feed of chaffe, rice bran, senior pellets, a complete supplement, other bits and pieces and heaps and heaps of hay and fresh grass.

    And a cuddle a day keeps the vet away all this stuff you probably know but if you have any questions at all you can pm me but im hardly an expert lol
         

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