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post #1 of 53 Old 03-06-2012, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on these guys?

Well, I didnt feel like this totally belonged in the critique section because I am not asking for one simply because the pictures are unadequte for critiquing.

All I would like to know is what do you guys think of these two horses?


-some backround-

My friend [bittybocket] posted a wanted ad on craigslist for a husband/beginner safe horse for her mom and stepdad to call there own. Well, this lady emailed her back saying she has 2 free horses that she is trying to re-home because two seperate boarders had left them there...they have been there for about 2 years and both havent been ridden in about one year.

They are both blind in one eye. Well, the mare (who is barely 14 hands, 7 years old, and a Quarter Pony) actually got into a trailering accident and lost her right eye and her ear flops over ever since the accident. I guess a drunk driver hit the trailer. She was a kids short stirrup pony who apparently went to shows and did this, that, and the other thing. The accident isnt recent, atleast 2 years old Im betting from just looking at her eye that's not there. She isnt spooky on that side, or at all for that matter. They both just need to be handled and loved on, being they have literally sat for a year.

The other one is a 14 year old 16 hand gaited Standardbred gelding. Alot quieter on the ground then the mare is. He too is blind in one eye because something poked it causing him to loose vision in that eye. He is a bit more wary of things being on his side unless you let him know you are there. His feet are pretty over grown and the people said (and I quote) "We only get there feet done when they start to curl being we have no use for them and they just sit in a field 24/7"
That being said, he's in need of a good trim and some TLC. A week bit skinny but nothing bad. His owner too abandoned him at the farm. Apparently his former owner was an idiot who couldnt ride, nor knew how to properly and basically the horse put up with his crap..

She says they are both beginner safe but being they havent been really worked in a year they definitely need to be put back into work. We drove 2 hours last night to go see them and by the time we got there it was 8 pm. The 2 horses are buddies and since we are both looking for a horse we agreed that it couldnt hurt to atleast check em out. The owner would really love to see them go together if they can.

She also said that if for any reason we don't want them down the road or anything that she will take them back which is what definitely stuck out to me. They are free as well and just definitely need some TLC.

At first the mare totally threw me off guard and I didnt even want her, but as soon as I started working with her and leading her around she would put her head in my chest and let me hug her. Too cute! ...my heart melted.

The owner said she really doesnt want to run them through the auction (and trust me, I don't want her to either!) and we will sign a contract stating if we really don't want to keep them they will come pick them back up. She also said she would keep the little mare for herself to use in her lesson program but alot of people are biased on horses with one eye and blah blah blah....

So without further adue here are the ponies we are talking about! Any questions/comments/concerns?
*Remember, I am NOT asking for a critique. Just want opinions!*

Thanks!

Flopsey (7 year old QP mare that was in the trailering accident)-













John Henry (Standardbred gelding who is also blind in one eye)-





Star Buster SNC "Buster"- Haflinger Gelding.
Rupert- Belgian John Mule

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post #2 of 53 Old 03-06-2012, 02:54 PM
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I'd say as long as you understand what you're getting into (the benefits & pitfalls) and you're willing to accept responsibilty that may come of any issues that may come because of their condition, it sounds AWESOME!!! Flopsey is soo cute:)
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post #3 of 53 Old 03-06-2012, 03:03 PM
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If I could afford to, I would take them home...
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Yeah fully aware of the whole blindness issue. Just looking for a reliable mount once they are into work and getting TLC. They had to me Flopsey was atleast 15hh but she's definitely more around 14....lol
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They could end up being very good beginner safe horses but due to a very bad experience I had, I would be wary of the fact that they haven't been ridden in a while.
I was looking at a free horse that hadn't been ridden in a while but had extensive training in his past. He was as sweet as could be....a real love bug on the ground.

I took him on a trial basis and everything was fine until the 4th time I rode him and stopped him from eating grass while I was on his back.

I guess he was used to just standing in the field and didn't take kindly to being told what he couldn't do...and he threw a bucking fit and I ended up with a broken rib.

I ended up buying a safe horse that has been in constant use over the last few years.

Like I said....these horses could be just fine ( and the little mare is adorable) I would just caution putting beginners on them until they have gone through some retraining.
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I so understand where you are coming from...where I board there are three horses that are blind. One has a missing eye and the other two are totally blind. I am in love with the one named Snickers. So I say GO for it! If you can give them loving homes and care for them then they sure deserve it. Flopsey is too cute for words and John Henry is very handsome. I sure hope you can do it.

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I just want to kiss and hug Flopsy... If your friend can provide them the kind of home they need, I think they sound like they have potential for a laid back life with the folks.

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Well I'd be taking Flopsey and her parents would be taking JH. We board at the same barn so they will be with eachother 24/7 still
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Poor dears :(

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Awwww that is terrible about the drunk driver hitting a horse trailer. 1) you shoulent be drinking and driving 2) they hit a horse trailer I hope they got a hefty fine!

About the horses, if you guys are ok taking them in and accept them for how they are and understand that they havent been ridden in a year, and you are capable of helping these horses, I say go for it! We need more people like you guys who help horses like these two. Both very cute and I hope you can take them :)

Keep us updated on them if you do take them!!
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