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    01-21-2009, 12:13 AM
Little Black Filly for Adoption

Hey Everyone,

I was being naughty and looking at horses for sale today, even though I only have twenty bucks to my name right now, haha. Anyways, I occasionally search for Free horses in my area just to see what comes up. Well, I found this Filly online today and I just want to see what you thought of her. Her name is Bonbon (not crazy about that name).

She is being listed as free to an approved home. She is about six months old and has unknown breeding. Her mother was a large pinto pony (about 14hh) that was bought at an auction with the foal at her side. So, not much is known about this filly. She is located only a couple hours from where I will be moving to next month for my horse training internship. When she was really little she got caught in some barbed wire and cut up her legs, so the owners of her mother gave her to the person she is with now because they were better equipped to treat her. Bonbon has healed now with barely any visible evidence of the injury. According to the owners she has impeccable manors because she was handled everyday to treat her cuts. She's only six months and she already ties,leads and picks up her feet, no problem. The owners are not equipped to train a foal and so they are wanting to give her to an approved home through an adoption application process.

My curiosity gets the best of me sometimes. I can't get another horse right at THIS moment, but in a few months, once I've settled into my internship, I might be able to get one. I like the idea of training a horse from such a young age. It would give me good training experience. I need to start building my string of future lesson horses, why not work on training this little girl. Because she is so young she would not need saddle training at this point (of course) so she wouldn't distract from my internship much. In fact it would give me a good opportunity to work with my own youngster while under the watchful eye of a mentor.

I e-mailed the owners today just to ask a few more questions about Bonbon (I can't help myself sometimes ). Unfortunately there has been an outbreak of strangles at her barn so she needs to wait a few months before she tries to find Bonbon a new home, she doesn't want to risk spreading the virus. Strangles is never good news, but this does give me a couple months to think it over and it kind of keep Bonbon on hold for me. She's not going anywhere fast.

What do you guys think? Am I treading dangerous water here? The lady seemed very genuine in the fact that she really wants what's best for Bonbon (I think I'm just going to call her Bonnie for now, I like that name better). Of course I would get a vet check first and would probably have her quarantined for awhile if I were to get her, just in case. Strangles is rarely deadly, and does not leave the horse with any long term effects, so I'm not worried about that. I just don't want to spread it.

I'd appreciate your input,

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    01-21-2009, 04:02 PM
Sorry for the double post, but I would really like to see what you guys think about her. I just didn't want it to get lost in the forum without anyone responding.


    01-22-2009, 02:10 PM
At the risk of sounding like your mother. Are you equipped to keep and care for this little filly for at least the next 2-5 years until she's trained and has a job? (read: a good horse for sale in the market? Young untrained horses are everywhere)

Where will you be in 5 years??? Do you know for sure??? Do you have the $$$ to care for her? What if the injuries limit her abilities, just because they are healed doesn't mean she has no ill effects from them.

I know I have seen at least 8 horses in the last 2 weeks that I would have liked to have. (I even e-mailed a couple) BUT, right now I'm having to ask myself all the same questions and more that I'm asking you.

You sound like you have a heart the size of Texas and that's a good thing, just don't forget to listen to your brain!!!

    01-22-2009, 02:32 PM
Thanks Dumas'_Grrrl, Don't worry about sounding like my mother. That's why I post stuff like this, to get advice and guidance (my real mother doesn't know squat about this kind of stuff, so I can't turn to her now can I?). You bring up some very valid questions and honestly I really can't answer some of them at this point. I would be able to better answer them in a few months.

As far as being set up to take care of a young horse, that is a yes. The place I will be living at for at least the next year and a half or so breeds and trains American Warmbloods, they most defiantly have the facilities to handle her and they have the expertise the help me out. I have never trained a youngerster before but that will be part of what I will be learning at my internship.

As for where I will be in five years, that's not certain, but I will most definitely be somewhere that I can keep a horse. I will hopefully still be working at the same barn, only as an employee not an intern. They often hire their interns long term once their internship runs up. If not there I will be working at a different Dressage barn.

Of course I would get a vet to check her over completely before getting her. There is that risk that the barbed wire left perminant damage.

Honestly, it's probably best that I DON'T get a horse right now, not so much that I couldn't keep one but that I need to focus my priorities. I've been talking with some people on another forum and I've kind of come to the conclusion that I shouldn't get her. BUT I still want opinons about what people think she WOULD be good for and opinions about her in general. I like looking at horses for sale and helping people find horses to buy. If a friends expresses to me that they are looking for a particular type of horse then I like being able to help them out.

So, lets change the topic from "Is this horse right for me?" to "Who would this horse be right for?"

    01-22-2009, 03:10 PM
Aww that horse is such a cutie!

I think that you should wait until you can answer all of Dumas' Grrrl's questions before you decide.

There is also strangles going around at the barn that I ride at and I know that if you have any other horses you would NOT want it to spread to them.
    01-22-2009, 03:14 PM
Right, Strangles is extremely contagious and not fun to deal with at all. I here people discribe it as a horse cold, but it's far worse than that. Pus filled abscesses form on their lymph nods and are extremely uncomfortable. It makes me sad to think that little Bonnie is going through that right now. But the good thing is the the mortality rate for Strangles is really low, less then ten percent. And it won't have any long term affects. But, to be safe, I won't even consider going out to visit her until one month after the last horse clears up from the strangles.

    01-22-2009, 04:31 PM
Yes, I totally agree with everything you said about strangles Jubilee.

You would never guess how the horses at the barn I ride at got it. Someone got a new horse and boarded him at the barn I go to and wasn't told that he had strangles. Before anyone knew that the new horse had strangles, it spread. :(
    01-22-2009, 04:51 PM
That's terrible! I mean, COME ON! Don't people have any common sense these days? Why would they not tell the buyers it had strangles? A case of strangles is not a reason to pass up buying a horse, it just means a slight delay. I wish more people would be considerate and use common sense when dealing with these sort of things.

    01-22-2009, 05:13 PM
Yep, we had strangles run through our herd last summer that they caught from a neighbor horse. Fortunately there were only a few that had never been exposed to them so not all of them got it. The only good thing about getting them that early is that she will likely develop an immunity and never have problems with them again even if she is directly exposed. She is cute but she may be pretty downhill when she grows up, her hocks are way higher than her knees but that could straighten out. With her mother being a very small horse, it is possible that she will be small as well. She would probably be suitable for a smaller rider (someone 5'2" or smaller) or even a child if her temperment is suitable. I don't know about show prospects because it is hard to tell under the fluffy winter coat but I am sure that she would make someone a very nice pony.
    01-22-2009, 07:10 PM
Well the height thing would never be a problem for me, I'm only 5'1'' and I stopped growing a long time ago . I actually prefer shorter horses, even though the taller ones generally do better in Dressage.

I've definitely come to the decision not to get Bonnie. She seems like a great little filly but I don't think she is right for me. I really hope she finds a good, loving home. My heart bleeds for horses like her, I want to take them all in! Instead I'm going to focus on saving my money so that in a few years I can buy the horse I really want, one with more promise for a successful show career. In a few years, when I have my own farm, hopefully I'll be able to take in rescue horses like Bonnie without much risk.

Thanks everyone for you input,


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