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post #1 of 18 Old 08-07-2013, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Ever buy a horse just to save it from the situation it is in?

I was looking at the horse classified and came across a Saddlebred stallion for sale. The horse was NOT stallion material and yet, they claimed to have used him for breeding several time already. The horse was cute, but nothing special and not a high quality horse. All I could think was... I should buy this horse and geld him just to keep anyone else from using him for breeding.

I see so often horses that are not anything I would really want for myself other then the fact that they shouldn't be in the situation they are in and for that reason, attractive to me. I wish I could buy them all and give them a good life but as we all know, we can't save them all.

I have been part of several "spay/neuter clinics" for dogs and wish that we could organize a "gelding clinic" to get more of the NOT stallion quality stallions fixed before they make more poorly put together horses that will be looking for a home down the road.

I have also found about 1000 ponies I would love to save from their owners also. Either they are so fat that they can barely walk or they are just so rough looking all together they pull at my heartstrings. I can't stand to think of anyone or anything being miserable and having no control to help themselves. Guess that makes me a bleeding heart but I willingly wear that title if it means I care about the underdog.
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I feel the same way about mistreated horses.. I don't need another horse right now since mine boards. I don't really have time for another horse but I'd likely get one just to bring it up to snuff and find it a good home.

But that's just me.
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post #3 of 18 Old 08-07-2013, 08:53 PM
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Buy a horse to save them from what? Starvation? Neglect? Death? Or in the case the of horse you found in the ad, reproducing itself? Or do you mean buy the horse to give it a better home and a better position in life?
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Buy a horse to save them from what? Starvation? Neglect? Death? Or in the case the of horse you found in the ad, reproducing itself? Or do you mean buy the horse to give it a better home and a better position in life?
All of the above depending on the situation of the individual horse.
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post #5 of 18 Old 08-07-2013, 09:08 PM
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Then yes I have. A horse I used to show and work with as a stallion was retired from breeding & gelded. He was supposed to be used for trails, but he sat in a pasture and got pretty fat. I antied up the purchase price (it was way up there) and bought him to save him from wasting away, not being used. He has been with me 4 years now and he is used, ridden and will be until he can't go anymore.
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Looby was about to be bounced back into a sale when I bought her - we were pretty much her last chance as she had so many issues no one wanted her
We saw this 3 year old mare at a farm next to the Dairy farm my DH was doing a relief milking for when we calling in to deliver a message from that farmer. She'd been stuck in a stable since he'd sold all the others he'd had, not mucked out for weeks - we had to dig the bed down to get her out of the door when we went back with our trailer to get her. We didn't need another horse but couldn't leave her there. She'd never been touched but was soon as easy to handle as any horse could be
We had to sedate her to get a halter on her and safely load her
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I took in two Arabians, one is my avatar, the other is her half sister. They were still at the breeders, the person stopped breeding and showing. These guys were virtually untouched, except for a very stressful move from one part of the farm to another when new trainer wanted all the prime spots, and once when the workers got the bright idea to rope them, pull them to the ground and trim their feet. My mare has scars on her fetlocks, the other mare in addition to those scars had a scar on her neck. They were 4 almost 5 when I met them. The sister was going to be put down if we didn't buy her for a buck, so we bought her and sent her to a rescue that was better equipped to deal with her needs. The other I started working with, and decided to buy, put a bit of work into, then sell, as we really couldn't afford the time and money. 3 years later, I finally found her a great home. If circumstances had worked out differently, I would have kept her, crazy because I was really keeping an eye out for a nice dressage horse preferably warmblood, but fell in love with an Arab. Their feet were horrible when I saw them, their manes and tails were horribly matted, they didn't want any human contact, and were a bit skinny. Not horribly, but they were only getting fed 2 flakes of alfalfa a day, nothing else. My avatar grew almost a whole hand after I got her, and really beefed up. Nicest horse I've had, and I miss her dearly. I'm a sucker for horses in crappy situations.
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FYI: some places DO have gelding clinics :) I know Oregon and California for sure. I'll try to find some links. The problem is awareness needs to be spread about them.
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post #10 of 18 Old 08-08-2013, 07:34 AM
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There are gelding clinics in every state that I can think of. May not be advertised well, but I run across them through the rescue groups I know.

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