All I would like to know is what do you guys think of these two horses?
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!*
Flopsey (7 year old QP mare that was in the trailering accident)-
John Henry (Standardbred gelding who is also blind in one eye)-