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post #1 of 6 Old 03-06-2010, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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need advice about buying neglected horse

First of all, I am very ignorant when it comes to horses. I have owned a miniature horse for about 2 years and that is it. There is a pasture down the road from me that has a 3 year old tennesee walker stallion and a 5 or so year old pony in separate stalls. The problem is, they are never out of their stalls. They are only being fed about every couple of days and everytime I go down there they have no water. I am not tall enough to see over the stall door to see what kind of shape the pony is in, but the walker has chewed his stall door down really low and has also chewed a hole in the side of his stall. When i was giving him carrots I was able to look in and his hooves are so long it is heartbreaking. I have fallen in love with this horse and the owner said she wanted to sell them because she cannot take care of them. The only thing is, she wants $1400.00 for them both. I would be keeping them in the same place as she is because the owner of the land said I could. I don't really want the pony and I don't have that kind of money. Neighbors have called everyone they can think of about these poor animals and nobody wants to step in. What should I do? I can't stand to see them like this but I don't have that kind of money. Any advice would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-07-2010, 12:47 AM
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ican you provide them with the care they need? if so show her that and try talking her in to signing over her rights cause she is neglecting them and its in the animals best intrest.. most owners that truely care bout the animals will thing this threw .. or offer what you can for the walker and tell her that you will take the pony and find him a good home and give her updates on both them
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Yes, I can provide for them. My neighbor also offered to help me with training and farrier work. He's been around horses his whole life. I will try to talk to her tomorrow. I don't know her very well and I know one of my neighbors has gotten into an arguement with her. I hope I can stay on her good side. thanks for the advice.
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post #4 of 6 Old 03-07-2010, 01:13 AM
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No Problem .. I use to see people like that alot when i volenteered at the local humane society i hope it goes well for you i know some people are like some horses you just have to make them think its their idea and they may go with the plan good luck though keep me posted

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I would be very, very careful. A perfectly healthy, well-mannered horse will be a mile away from your minatures - A malnourished, neglected, who-knows-what-handling, stallion - Now that will be about as far from your miniature as you can get. Even experienced horsepeople get injured by horses such as these.

Also, as horses put on weight and get healthy, they often have drastic personality changes - They start feeling GOOD, so start challenging authority.

Is it possible to call Animal Control, or a local rescue? If you have the money to buy them, you could by them and ask a rescue to take them on while they are rehabilitated, and do an assessment on their personality and suitability for you - then you could take them/it home, or find a more suitable home. They have the resources and the experience for this sort of horse.

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post #6 of 6 Old 03-07-2010, 08:20 AM
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Do not pay $1400. for neglected animals you know nothing about, or take on the responsibility for caring for these animals before you know if they're capable of being useful.

I would either take them as is where is and then do as wild_spot suggested, or insist that the owner get them trimmed and in some sort of shape to show you as a purchase.

I'm assuming that the 3 yo walker is unbroken? I just want to point out that by the time you get him gelded, rehabiliated and trained, you'll have a lot of money and time in him, enough money to buy a nice, well broken pleasure horse that will be rideable on day one.

It must be very hard to drive by neglected horses everyday, and I understand that you want to do something to help these animals out but there is huge potential here for you to get into more trouble than you know how to get out of.
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