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post #1 of 16 Old 11-13-2012, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Losing my mind! convince me im crazy!

I know I CANNOT be seriously contemplating adopting Champ in 1 1/2 years.

But yesterday I got the crazy idea (while playing on him bareback) that he would make a great horse for my niece and nephew. And im in love with him. And if he was still here in march of 2014 I would adopt him and take him home....

I mean...hes 20yrs old...has a bum leg so he has a weight limit (hallelujah im light lol!), his adoption fee will be probably around $600 and then another $3000+ to ship him to texas......

Then again....hes got an AMAZING tempermant, he's very patient with children (i have to remind myself too that he would be for my niece/nephew lol) and he's got AMAZING bloodlines!

He was a very well proven stud apparently back on the mainland before he was shipped over here and thrown away. From what im told he has good poco bueno lines...but I have no idea really. Ill have to ask Betina if I can see his papers if they have them.....

Im crazy right? Haha I guess I have a year and 3 months to convince myself of my lunacy rofl

But anyways....heres a random picture of the hunk.
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post #2 of 16 Old 11-13-2012, 10:53 PM
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He's very handsome, but you are completely crazy. $3600 for a 21 year old horse with a bum leg?! You can EASILY find a great beginner horse for your niece or nephew priced way way below that! Pass, save your money and pass!
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post #3 of 16 Old 11-13-2012, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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I know I know. I could actually probably ship him for alot less...the ranch owner where he's it is probably going to be shipping hers around the same time so if I shipped with her it would be alot less lol.

Im crazy.

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post #4 of 16 Old 11-13-2012, 11:06 PM
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I think it is awesome that you are considering him. Often horses just like him get sent to slaughter for the same reason the other poster said: You can get a younger, healthier horse, for the same price or less, but in my experience a good dead broke kids horse is going to cost more. Go for the adoption
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post #5 of 16 Old 11-13-2012, 11:12 PM
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If he's available for adoption now, I don't see how he would still be available in a year and a half.
And yes, you are crazy.
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post #6 of 16 Old 11-13-2012, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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well he's been there 4 years. They rescued him in 09, he got adopted out and then the owners had to surrender him again when they hit a financial crisis early this year.

I know im off my rocker...but then my mom brought up a valid point....im going to have a HUGE reenlistment bonus, plus probably some extra money from a deployment...and theres some good deals around to have a horse shipped to cali for cheap cheap.....

Im insane. Gaaaah
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post #7 of 16 Old 11-13-2012, 11:20 PM
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Yes, it is too much to do. He should be given a good life on the Island. Won't it be hard on him to haul him to Texas?
He IS perfectly stunning and will likely find a good home in Hawaii, no?
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post #8 of 16 Old 11-14-2012, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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also...the thing with the bum leg...alot (not all) of it could be fixed with shoes/wedges and a hock brace for his leg. But right now they arent going to spend $70 on a hock brace and he's been sound barefoot for 6 months but he's one of those hard keepers.

They are planning on putting shoes back on him to help out with it all

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post #9 of 16 Old 11-14-2012, 12:50 AM
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I think it crazy, also. I am sure you can find a wonderful horse a lot closer to you in need of a good home. Then, if you still want to help this horse, send the rescue some money to help with his care.

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...and will likely find a good home in Hawaii, no?
Unfortunately that is often not the case at all... I work for a rescue in Oregon and the younger and healthier horse is always the first choice even if they lack training. Our goal is to rehabilitate these horses and provide them with proper training before they are adopted to a new home, but this is not always the case, as people want to start with young horses. The rescue I work for prides ourselves on our matching policy. We make sure horse and owner match in all aspects (personality, training on both parts, goals, etc) before we allow an adoption to take place. We also have a policy requiring that the horses be returned to us for re-homing if the new adopter can no longer provide adequate care. We are extensive in our adoption process.

If the OP can afford to adopt this handsome man, I say GO FOR IT!! It's horses exactly like him that end up in kill auctions, or are stuck forever at a rescue. *sidenote: I can understand slaughter if he was completely useless, but he is a usable horse and the OP has a purpose for him. (I don't wanna get into the debate of slaughter) but...

We have a few elderly who have been with us longer than they should (as a rescue, of course, they will spend out their lives with us or hopefully finally find a home, no slaughter option for them, don't worry ). But also if we can't adopt them out, then they take up a spot that could be used to save another horse in need and in turn that could be another usable horse that goes to auction. *Just to be clear I am talking about sound, healthy, and good temperamental horses, not just horses in general

I think it is awesome that she has the opportunity to make a difference for the horse and her niece and nephew
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