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post #1 of 11 Old 09-15-2012, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Okay.. Didn't get my horse today but...

Okay! I was SUPPOSE to get my horse riday. But, as soon as we started hauling... The transmission started being really sketchy about switching gears.

We came back... There would have been no time once we unhooked and hooked up to the suburban.

He decided to take me up to this place.. These horses are all going to slaughter.

I saw quite a few horses I really like, and I'm going back tomorrow to actually go in there and halter and handle some if them.

Do you think it's a bad idea?
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-16-2012, 07:34 AM
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Considering the week and a half I've just put in regarding horse rescue, slaughter and hoarding situations (my god it's been a week of h*ll I'm tellin ya) I'm all about the rescue idea, if you can save one horse from a bad situation or an even worse end to life... DO IT. You're a good woman for even considering it.
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post #3 of 11 Old 09-16-2012, 08:25 AM
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I think it has the potential to be a bad idea depending on what your experience is, unless you have a trainer who is there to help you and you're not in a rush to compete or ride and have the tools you need. It's great to rescue a horse though.

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I have a trainer right down the road from where I'll be keeping him/her. She was also my instructor all summer for barrel racing. Is there anything I should look out for? There's a paint mare, who was super super sweet. Very well behaved. And actually in good weight... But her front legs around her cannon bones APPEARS to be swollen.. What could cause that? There's a grey gelding who I also like, he was chewin hg some hay (crappy hay) and he was kinda gaping him mouth open to chew it seemed.. sound like teeth problems? There's a sorrel gelding who the guy whose helping me pick up the horse and all thinks he rides. He has big white saddle spot, for a saddle that fit bad right? But then again that's probably a good sign he has been ridden correct? I just am not sure!

And there's also three young ones 2-3 year old. Two grullas, one blue roan. All gorgeous.. Should I take a baby and give it a chance to have a great life? But sacrafice barrel racing for a little while? How on earth do you choose?

I'm also thinking, that once I have a solid income, and the first horse I get is completley rehabilitated, I want to start bringing in one horse, and rehabilitating it. I want to get his health good, make sure his training is solid, and them rehome him to an actual home who will care for him.
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-16-2012, 11:10 AM
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I think it could turn out well IF you know what your looking for.

The most difficult part to me is not knowing any history on them. What did they do before? Do they have training issues? Handling issues? Soundness issues? To me there is a reason why they ended up there. Sure, there are some horses who slip through the cracks. Let's say you pick one out, get it home and you find out I bucks and runs everyone time someone gets on its back, they kick and the soundness issues. Then what? Can you afford to keep a pasture puff with/without health issues? Are you going to sell it to another person? Take it back to the auction?

I'm currently training a slaughter bound rescue. I've been dumped several times because her biggest problem is she spooks and spins in mirco seconds. She is also very gate sour and barely green broke. I suspect she probably dumped someone and seriously injured them. Progress has been SLOW and difficult for the both of us. Is it worth it? I don't know yet, but I certainly wouldn't trust her withone else on her. Even her owner won't ride her.
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post #6 of 11 Old 09-16-2012, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Well, as far as training issues I have my trainer to help with that. Soundness issues is what worries me. I'm willing to take the time to get the horse where it needs to be.

I will, get a chance to get in there and handle the horse. I can do just about anything with them before I pick one.

I also, have the option to get a free grey gelding. He's 8, I know where he's been. He's fat and happy in a pasture, well broke. And completley free.
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I really think its a bad idea. You have NO idea what you're going to get, and just handling a horse once or twice is not going to tell you what you're getting. We had one horse who was a perfect angel, but in the blink of an eye she would turn into a demon from hell and literally try to kill you. I would leave the emotions out of it, and get a horse that you can find the history on. Having a trainer is not the same as being a trainer, and if you wind up with a horse with serious behavior issues, you could get seriously hurt. How would you feel about having to send the horse back to the auction if it didn't work out? Would you be able to do it, or would you feel too guilty?
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I don't think I'd send the horse back. I'd be willing to give the horse away as a pasture pet before I sent it back.
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Here's the free gelding I can get. He's the grey obviously lol

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post #10 of 11 Old 09-16-2012, 11:52 AM
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I would go with a known horse for your main riding animal. Once you have that one going well and safely, take on a rescue if you want a project. I say that because as others have pointed out, many rescues will do great, but some will have medical or training issues that may take time or never be resolved, and if you're looking to ride NOW, you may wind up unhappy and frustrated.
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