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post #1 of 8 Old 12-13-2012, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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My friend bought a horse from my trainer a few months ago, and she was warned over and over that the horse needed a lot of groundwork/training because he was cold-backed. She basically has just been jumping on and riding him, so he consistently bucks her off. Now, she is saying that she is going to take him to the meat action. I know this horse, I was allowed to work with him (under supervision) when my trainer had him. He is just scared, and calms down after a few minutes of ground work. He is a wonderful trail horse, and I'd hate to see a good horse end up in the kill pen. If he is worked with, he gets better and better until you don't even need ground work to be safe. The auction is coming up soon and this girl is going to take him. Any Ideas on what I could do? I know that he's not my horse and it's not my business, but I really like this horse and so does my trainer.

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post #2 of 8 Old 12-13-2012, 10:48 PM
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Offer to purchase the horse directly or go to the auction and purchase him there.
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-13-2012, 10:48 PM
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There really isn't anything you can do unless you are willing and able to buy the horse from her. As you said, her horse, her choice. You could offer to help work with the horse, but in the end, that is all you can do.
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-13-2012, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! My family cannot afford another horse, and my trainer just got a new project horse, so I don't know if she would buy him back or not.

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post #5 of 8 Old 12-14-2012, 08:58 AM
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If the horse does not have spectacular conformation making him worth the save, then his end won't be pleasant. Even WITH good conformation he may still go to the killers.

You cannot save them all. Bad training and ignorance have sent a lot of horses to the killers.. and that is a statement that has been true for years.
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-14-2012, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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The reason I'm so set on trying to save him is because he is not only a nice horse, he also has very nice conformation. He's only seven years old. The only reason he bucks is because his old owners sent him to a "trainer" that would just saddle him up, jump on, and beat the living daylights out of him. He associates riding with pain, but when my trainer took him out for a trail ride after ten minutes of ground work, he didn't spook at a thing and behaved perfectly for the whole three hours of the ride. And it was a group ride! I'm just upset that the girl thinks that , and this is a quote from her, "If I can't ride him no one else can," >:( I've tried talking to her but she only will blame the horse. The auction is the first Sunday of next month.

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post #7 of 8 Old 12-14-2012, 01:18 PM
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Can you ask her to lease him to you? Or ask her to give you a few weeks to work with him? Unless he is in your possession there really isn't much you can do about it. =\
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-14-2012, 08:05 PM
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Good news, the kill pens are all shut down because of European demands. When they do start up horses will be worth 5cents a pound because of the numbers waiting slaughter. She might get 15c lb if she holds on until fall. There may be private buyers. Anyone can bid at an auction as long as he/she registers for a number. The kill buyers usually pick up the ones that don't sell. If you are in a position to buy the horse attend the auction. Even if a kill buyer picks up a horse, he will sell it to you as long as he can make money on the deal. They are in the business of making money, not cleaning up the planet of unwanted horses. Just tho't of something. Let her know if she sends the horse to auction your friendship is over. I don't think I'd want to be friends with someone with her snotty attitude anyway.

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