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post #1 of 26 Old 10-08-2011, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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What would you do?

Just a hypothesis...

Having a mare that I am having trouble even giving away despite being well trained though older I was wondering just how difficult it would be to give away one of my non trained older broodmares.

So my question is... what would you do if you had a older (12 up), untrained mare that you really didn't think made a good broodmare in this current economy? This is based on the assumption that you can not afford to keep her.
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post #2 of 26 Old 10-08-2011, 09:16 PM
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If you can find a good home then do so. It all depends on where you live an who you talk to. If I had no other options I'd put the horse down. But, it would be my very last option
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post #3 of 26 Old 10-08-2011, 09:24 PM
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Which one is that you are wanting to give away?
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post #4 of 26 Old 10-09-2011, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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Which one is that you are wanting to give away?
Venus is the one.
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post #5 of 26 Old 10-09-2011, 11:03 AM
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My feelings are you brought the horse home, and it lived its life doing what you wanted, making foals or, or being a companion or whatever it was. I think you are now responsible and owe it a decent life and place to live. Just because she no longer meets your purposes is no reason to just kick her to the curb.
Your first horse you mentioned, was trained you used now that its old and probably not as rideable you just wanna pawn it off on someone to spend money on and care for in it's final years? You may wanna rethink if you should even be owning horses in the first place. Sorry if that sounds gruff but you don't come across as a very nice person that cares about their animals in your post.

You asked what would I do ? I have had old horses, and any horse I bring home I assume he will live out his days forever there or I don't bring him home. I always leave room for the old retired guy, and then my riding horse. Sooner or later my riding horse will become old retired guy, and old retired guy will die. But that's the way it is. I bring them home I am responsible.
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post #6 of 26 Old 10-09-2011, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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My feelings are you brought the horse home, and it lived its life doing what you wanted, making foals or, or being a companion or whatever it was. I think you are now responsible and owe it a decent life and place to live. Just because she no longer meets your purposes is no reason to just kick her to the curb.
Your first horse you mentioned, was trained you used now that its old and probably not as rideable you just wanna pawn it off on someone to spend money on and care for in it's final years? You may wanna rethink if you should even be owning horses in the first place. Sorry if that sounds gruff but you don't come across as a very nice person that cares about their animals in your post.

You asked what would I do ? I have had old horses, and any horse I bring home I assume he will live out his days forever there or I don't bring him home. I always leave room for the old retired guy, and then my riding horse. Sooner or later my riding horse will become old retired guy, and old retired guy will die. But that's the way it is. I bring them home I am responsible.

I am giving away a horse yes. I got her last fall in a trade. I thought I'd be able to ride more but with the other horses, foals, and college I find my time limited. So, instead of having her sitting in the pasture since she is a sound and well trained horse that someone else could enjoy and improve their riding skills I decided to find her a new home. I was trying to sell her but then decided in this economy I might as well as give her away... with references from buyer. I take care of 11 horses, one mini donkey, two mini goats, three rescue dogs, three rescue cats, and a few pain in the butt guineas. Giving away a horse I do not need will ensure that I have the space and income for the animals I do have. Currently, I have two horses who do have lifetime homes with me.

PS... if no one sold their horses how would you buy them?
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Believe me, even if she doesn't sound like it in the original post, Crossover does care about her horses. I met her when I went to test ride Venus (who is a great mare, by the way; I fully intended on trying her a second time until I clicked with Bliss and bought her instead). Crossover is not just giving Venus away because she's less useful or whatever. She bought Venus with good intentions and just found that she doesn't have time for her... it happens to the best of us. But if there was anything I could tell from spending a couple hours at her farm, it's that her horses are LOVED.

Just coming to her defense here. ^.^' For the record, I also believe that when you buy a horse, it's for forever, but if you can't give them the treatment they deserve, then what are you supposed to do?

Out of curiosity, Crossover, which broodmare are you talking about?
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post #8 of 26 Old 10-09-2011, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Believe me, even if she doesn't sound like it in the original post, Crossover does care about her horses. I met her when I went to test ride Venus (who is a great mare, by the way; I fully intended on trying her a second time until I clicked with Bliss and bought her instead). Crossover is not just giving Venus away because she's less useful or whatever. She bought Venus with good intentions and just found that she doesn't have time for her... it happens to the best of us. But if there was anything I could tell from spending a couple hours at her farm, it's that her horses are LOVED.

Just coming to her defense here. ^.^' For the record, I also believe that when you buy a horse, it's for forever, but if you can't give them the treatment they deserve, then what are you supposed to do?

Out of curiosity, Crossover, which broodmare are you talking about?
Thank you for the support .
I actually just threw the question out as a hypothesis. Just wanted a discussion on the possibilities in this rough economy. Right now Venus is the only one I'm trying to place. Of course I expect it to be a little easier now that she no longer looks like a rescue . PS... Bliss is a cutey and glad you found a good mare.
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One possibility no one thinks about is offering her as a surrogate mare. If she is a proven broodmare there still are stallion owners that will know about mare owners that have very expensive mares they want a foal from but are too valuable to be taken out of their performance career. They may also like to get two foals by using a surrogate for one foal and their own mare for a second foal.

Just a thought.
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post #10 of 26 Old 10-17-2011, 09:21 PM
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Untrained broodmare? I'd make her a trained broodmare.
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