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    12-06-2012, 05:28 PM
This is so sad. I would definitely want him "quarantined" from my own, as you did. And, everyone has x amount of resources and priorities. If it were me, no, I could not put the poor creature down unless I knew he could not be saved. I would just want to know he was disease and worm free - then I would give him a chance w my own. But, if there were some other pressure in my life where I just could not do this....I would pray that a rescue facility would open their hearts to him.
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    12-06-2012, 05:59 PM
Originally Posted by Corporal    
Anything you can do would help. If I had a goat thrown in my pasture, I'd figure out how to butcher it--NO loss.
I sincerely hope you can solve this soon. Too bad you can't move. I CAN burn, shoot and bury, and I'm on the edge of a tiny town.
The goats, sheep and pigs we usually get (three goats, two sheep and four pigs so far!) aren't all that bothersome, honestly. Quarantine for two weeks and add to the herd, or sell them off and make a few bucks. But, they don't cost much to feed and they're easy to sell if we don't want them!

We're actually looking to move soon, because of this and other issues with the property. Being near a major road, unable to bury/burn, etc. makes everything a real pain in the rear, plus our landlord's a bit... special, haha.

Originally Posted by wetrain17    
This will be something that will occur more frequently in the months ahead. More and more people are becoming strapped for cash and will be forced to abandon their animals. I wish you luck in finding this guy a new home or putting an end to his misery.
We're expecting it. We didn't expect a horse, but we did expect more goats. Now I'm getting a padlock like another poster suggested, haha.

As for an update, I have two people who may come out and look at him tonight or tomorrow. We're going to hold onto him until Monday, and see what our options are then. In the mean time, he's got food and water and seems content enough.
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    12-06-2012, 10:41 PM
I sure hope you find someone to take him or a rescue. It is not his fault he does not have the best breeding. Some of my best horses where grade horses. I wish I lived closer I would be right there to get him! GOOD LUCK! And please give some time to find him someone who could love him and give him a good life he probably really deserves it.we all need to remember he is a living, breathing animal
    12-06-2012, 11:37 PM
I don't like it when people guilt trip someone for doing the right thing. Sometimes there is more than one "right" way to go about a situation. The OP has stated more than once that they can not keep the horse, no room, no funds.

No room for the horse, no funds to take care of the horse = no shelter for the horse (trailor is temporary) and no funds mean no food or vet care.

Sometimes the best thing for these situations is to put the animal down if no one can take it in. I'm not saying not to try, but if it comes down to taking food or vet money away from your own horses for this one, it has to go.

I have many friends in horse rescue, they are full, busting at the seams, and turn away horses every day. It's hard work, I know several who don't even take cases like this anymore and if they do the animal is immediately put to sleep.

This is because there are SO MANY neglected horses, that some see it would better benefit the big picture to take in horses closer to optimum health, because they can be accessed and adopted out much faster than taking in a horse at a body score of a 2 that is going to need thousands of dollars in vet care and take months to reach an adoptable point.

Sorry for the rant, I will get off of my soapbox now.
    12-06-2012, 11:58 PM
I just seen your ad on CL. We're pretty close to each other, across state lines though. Best of luck findin him a home.
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    12-07-2012, 03:04 AM
I feel bad for everybody involved but I have my fingers crossed that the horse finds a good home.
    12-07-2012, 10:45 AM
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Walk him off your property THEN call animal control and the police, say there is a horse wondering around loose.
    12-07-2012, 10:52 AM
Take photos. E-mail to every horse person you know. (including vets and farriers) Post on facebook and netposse. Describe every scar, whorl and swirl on the horse.

With as small of a world as it can be sometimes - via your network someone may know who's horse it was.
    12-07-2012, 11:29 AM
If only I had a shotgun!


You might ask your neighbors- if you are in farm/animal country someone is bound to have a .22. A well placed bullet is just as, if not more humane than chemical euthing..and a lot cheaper.

I can assure you a kill buyer WOULD NOT bid on this horse..judging by my experiences with low end auctions (you can sometimes find great deals on tack!), usually the severly emmaciated horses run through with out bids..unless of course they are young and show some potential- then they may get a bid or two, but they go for pennies.. It wont be worth your time and effort hauling him in.

Hopefully the rescue route pans out, But if it were me I'd just love on him for a couple of days and then end his misery.
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    12-07-2012, 01:48 PM
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
walk him off your property THEN call animal control and the police, say there is a horse wondering around loose.
I think that Joe is right here. This is not and never should have been your responsibility. If the taxpayers pay for animal control, they need to do their job. It is their responsibility; not yours.

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