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Terra Nova 11-30-2009 06:44 PM

Where has all my money gone?
So when I first became a member on this forum I didn't have a horse, though I longed for it. Well shortly after I ended up joining a rescue effort to find homes for over 100 young horses that had been shipped up from the States to be slaughtered, weren't be cared for, had ringworm, worm infestation which some died of shortly after being rescued, open wounds, deformed legs, lame... the man admitted some starved to death, kept claiming they had all had medical treatment and spouted of lie after lie to the point he couldn't even keep up with them. Anyways, I picked out a skinny bay filly on that September day.

The man handed out coggins to some people and told the rest of us he didn't have any papers at all on any of the horses. Another lie seeing as they required them to get across the boarder, several fillies turned up pregnant as there were several stud colts and crypts in the herd even though they are required by law to be gelded. He now has another herd up here not far from where these guys were and they to are in a sad state but the man won't stop all we can do is call the OSPCA and hope they do something.

As of now she still can't be handled, is still nervous and unsure of people. But she's curious and it gets the better of her sometimes. She'll come over sniff your hand, lip at you. When she thinks your not paying attention she'll come up behind you and just stand there or follow you.

I moved her to a new barn today so I can visit her more often and these are the pictures I managed to take. Hopefully she'll come alot faster with her being much closer now.

This little snot is eating away my money. I do have her up for sale but I'm not expecting much seeing as she's unhandled. I'm not sure I even really want to sell her but if the right people come along I suppose I would. Until then she'll keeping nomming away on my bank account. ;)

western walking horse 11-30-2009 06:48 PM

keep it up

7Ponies 11-30-2009 07:09 PM

She looks wonderful. Thanks for rescuing her.

equus717 11-30-2009 07:15 PM

Thanks for rescuing her!!!! Is there a reason why you are wanting to sell her?

ShutUpJoe 11-30-2009 07:23 PM

Awww I love bays!

Terra Nova 11-30-2009 07:34 PM

Mainly due to me worrying she won't get tall enough and because of money.

justsambam08 12-01-2009 12:37 AM

She's a gorgeous girl--shame I can't afford another! I know of a few people who would love to get their hands on her....but times are tough. Do you plan on doing some kind of training with her if she doesn't get any hits?

Terra Nova 12-01-2009 09:15 AM

I'll keep working with her, get her to understand the basic things a yearling should be able to do, lead, stand for the farrier, bath, load in a trailer etc. If I do keep her she'll just be my trail horse, possibly driving horse but no showing.

sillybunny11486 12-01-2009 09:42 AM

You usually never make your money back on a horse, board and feed/care is a sunk cost. Think about fund raisers or donations to help more horses, or at least your bank account?

I got a great deal on boarding my horses with a friend of a friend. I can keep both my horses for the cost of one horse at most stables around here. I just help out with the work (3-4 times a week.) It probably costs only a few dollars a day to actually feed a horse. But it really depends on how much you get hay for. If you have to board, well thats pretty expensive. (Usually)

She looks alot better. What are you doing with her training wise? My weanling took about two months to friendly up to people. He was never handled except to get a halter on him when he was born. He got used to me being there because I fed him myself. It looks me three weeks to introduce him to a brush and touch his legs and a about a month to get a new, bigger halter on him. It took about 3 months for him to understand the idea of picking feet. I got him in July. Now hes like my dog, he follows me around everywere. But it could take alot longer then this if she was abused.

xxBarry Godden 12-01-2009 01:10 PM

Be careful how you feed her. Not too much too soon.

Get some advice from the vet.
Then check for worms.
Then ask about a flue jab

Then ask the farrier to check the feet.

Then spend most of your money on 'tender loving care'. It can come at a bargain price with minimal impact upon your bank account.

Well done.


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