We got our mini, and a friend who is interested in horses but intimidated thought it would be rewarding to get a mini. We called a breeder who had advertised online, just to go see (intentionally decided NO buying before going because the woman just seemed off on the phone, but I wanted my friend to see the "variety" of different situations out there before making a decision).
We got there, and this woman had about 8 minis tied like dogs in her yard (apparently she tied them knowing we were coming? but one mare, the one we came to look at, had a 20 meter circle of chowed grass around her stake). So, we walked around appalled as she said "I'm getting out of it, I just want to find them good homes... but I can't let any go for under $600." We asked her about the boys standing tied, and she said they were all stallions. One was supposedly a champion show horse... and then in the corner was a cremello dwarf. Bulging head, dwarf legs, big body: very out of proportion. The woman proceeded to tell us that "You have to be careful and look out for dwarfism in minis"... and then, when she was telling us about the 4 month old palomino colt who was tied, she said "All of my babies are out of cremello stud..." Um, yes, the dwarf one. Not the supposed champion stud. As we were hightailing it to the car she said "I could let that one go for $250, he is taller than I like..." (he was pushing class B), so I go over (keep in mind, she had no geldings, only stallions) and know something is up with him, so I bend over and peek under this poor guy (who is nearly 3), and, I admit, I felt up a horse for the first time, and he had half a testicle. I wanted to scream. I wanted to call animal control... the problem was that really, other than breeding poor quality animals, I don't think she could really get in trouble for tying them in her yard or anything... they were all a good weight and actually quite healthy looking despite being poorly bred.
But the woman was just infuriating. When I asked about the beautiful crypt orchid, she tried to tell me that he still had more time to drop, they don't recommend vet checks on colts till they are 3 ("they" being the AMHA, apparently), and that her horses were worth much more than what she was asking. I asked if she knew the surgery to geld a crypt orchid was well over $1000... she seemed dumbfounded for a moment. Poor horses...
Last edited by leonalee; 09-14-2010 at 04:27 PM.