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  • What to beware of when buying a kill pen horse

 
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    11-30-2008, 03:08 AM
  #31
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It is a good idea to QUARANTINE your potential new arrival. Who knows what he could have or been exposed to at the auction yard, and you DON'T want to endanger the horses you already have.

Be selective when choosing your new horse. Skinny can be fixed, but not often lameness, or other physical problems. Eyes and attitude can tell you a lot.

The whole "You are just putting money in the broker's pocket." is the same as saying "Don't buy Bettas from the cups at Wal Mart." Personally, there is something very special about a show quality betta fish. But I just feel so bad for my favorite type of fish in two ounces of water and misrepresented as a fish who requires minimal care. My girl is almost two now, and not by minimal care. Same with goldfish. I have a goldfish that my family won in the ping pong toss at the fair who will be nine years old this coming summer. The prettiest fish in the world he is.

Just like the fish at Walmart, know the signs of illness. There are some illnesses that are relatively easy to treat, and others that are pretty much fatal. Don't pick the one that is "floating unresponsive" no matter how much your heart yearns for him.

And unless you want to take on "Rescuer" status, don't exceed your quota of one horse, and only one horse. Being an avid Supporter of the Saddlebred Rescue who often go to auctions to search for Lost Saddlebreds, I am very aware that one can turn to five very quickly. Luckily for Saddlebred Rescue, the Brokers will hold back, and notify SBR if they get any Saddlebreds in their group.
     
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    11-30-2008, 08:06 PM
  #32
Yearling
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Originally Posted by LadyDreamer    
It is a good idea to QUARANTINE your potential new arrival. Who knows what he could have or been exposed to at the auction yard, and you DON'T want to endanger the horses you already have.
Yup, we do this to every new horse. From the auction or not, for at least 10 days.
     
    12-01-2008, 01:06 AM
  #33
Trained
Sadly even if people stopped doing deals with the buyers it would still be happening. At least if someone goes and buys 1, 2 or even 3 back, that's three horses that will have another chance at life.

I didnt get any from a kill pen but my older tb mare, my warmblood and my standie all came from neglect situations. Sure we have had many problems to overcome but would I go back in time and not get them?? Never!! If every responsible horse person out there saved just one horse there would be a hell of a lot less going to slaughter.

Its a truly wonderful and rewarding thing to give another animal a second chance at a good life :)
     
    12-01-2008, 10:11 PM
  #34
Foal
That sounds like a great idea and plus you would not just be buying another horse you would be saving its life.
     

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