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post #11 of 18 Old 08-08-2013, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Palomine View Post
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.

Are they free? The dog clinics I worked (and cat for that matter) were free. In fact, one of them we actually went around to houses, picked dogs up and fixed them, then returned them. To get the job done that I am dreaming of, we would have to go around to houses/ farms and geld the horses. I know not everyone has the means, but... they keep the horses studs and pretty soon they have a whole crop of babies that now need homes too. It is that that I wish I could prevent. So many horses, so few good homes. It seems to be the way of life for so many animals.
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post #12 of 18 Old 08-08-2013, 08:53 AM
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I definitely have these thoughts. I'm "friends" with a local rescue on Facebook, and they do frequently find horses at Northeastern auctions that clean up really nice and go on to be good, usable riding horses- there are plenty that I watch over a period of several months on Facebook that I'd love to adopt. I'd also love to be in a position to eventually take on an OTTB. However, I have one horse who's boarded, and that's logistically all I can handle right now.
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post #13 of 18 Old 08-08-2013, 09:02 AM
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Oh yes.

2011, looking for a new horse. Stumble across an advert. Love Donnerhall lines so I go and look.

18hh mare stood in a pony box. She is let out for 30 mins a day to eat 'grass' and is stood in such filthy straw she wouldn't even touch it.

Hooves had old nails in. Coat was dull and nothing in her eyes.

Brought her out groomed her, and sat on her for a few rounds. I am not an expert enough rider to buy a horse without feel for them.

I brought her home the next day. €4000 it cost me, but I had an amazing year learning how to build up a horse. I sold her to a young girl who now competes her.

The pictures are the morning after I brought her home and four weeks later.
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post #14 of 18 Old 08-08-2013, 09:04 AM
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That's how I got my mare, Alahna. I had no intentions of buying a mare, at all. I was looking for a project horse that I'd have no issue selling (a gelding, as I'd much prefer a mare, lol), but her ad was linked to me by a friend and I just had to look at her, just to see. I honestly didn't think I'd want to keep her.
I bought a skinny little thing with terrible manners that loved to cowkick and had absolutely no idea about personal space. I had her trailered that day to the barn I was boarding at and paid $525 for her. I think I'll be keeping her until I'm ready for another horse and I can find her a good home with someone that she'll be more useful to than myself.

I'd love to get another TB..but I'd have to buy, I will NOT adopt one from one of the rescues that forbids me to sell should I be done with the horse and come across a good home for it.
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post #15 of 18 Old 08-08-2013, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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The Saddlebred stallion that I saw is not a horse I would ever be interested in. He is just not what I want in a horse, too small for one but... I would love to get him out of that home. It isn't even that they are not feeding him, I just hate the idea of a horse like that reproducing. I don't know why I even look at things like Craigslist etc... It is like a train wreck, you just can't look away but it causes you nothing but grief. ha ha

DuffyDuck, that mare is lovely. Isn't it amazing to think a horse so nice in such horrid conditions yet they still think nothing of throwing a $4,000 price tag on her. I mean, if she is worth something, take care of her like she is for Pete's sake. All horses are worth something, obviously. It seems that some folks just don't think if the horse is show quality or a champion, that it deserves proper care. To me, whether it is a free horse or a million dollar horse, it should be cared for the same way. Good food, good vet care, hoof care, love, exercise etc... Like I say, "It's my dream, let me have it."

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post #16 of 18 Old 08-08-2013, 10:57 AM
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I just bought a mare from a man up the road a bit. $125, out of date everything, hooves not trimmed in over a year, and obese from being over fed and not worked at all. They would tie her out by the side of the road to graze. The people I got her from are elderly and both disabled, and really unable to afford or manage a horse.

She's a good horse, green broke and with impeccable ground manners. She's really twitchy so I'm focusing on sacking her out before I climb up on her. I figure once I've floated her teeth, gotten her shots, and put a few months worth of wet saddle pads on her I MIGHT be able to resell her at a profit. If not oh well, she'll get the training she needs to have a chance at a better life and I'll get some hands on expirence.
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post #17 of 18 Old 08-08-2013, 11:01 AM
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I have yet to hear of a gelding clinic in PA. I would gladly recommend a few people to it! I feel the same, but with a herd of 4 and a possibility of moving now, i don't need another horse....(keep telling yourself that ). I hate going on craigslist and seeing horses free to good home, and most have problems because they weren't handled or used much.
Actually my cousin and a friend of mine, both have TWH mares free to good homes, the one my cousin has is 12, cataract in her right eye, and difficult to ride, and nasty with other horses, and knows no boundaries.
The one my friend has is a 3yo virtually untouched, but lovable and affectionate, it was his sisters but she got pregnant and has no time for her now. She would make a lovely trial horse. From what i know she was a rescue. I'd be glad to take them in, but i can't, i can't possibly be allowed any more horses on the property, along with 30 head of beef grazing too. I do hope they go to good homes. Its just sad.
Not only that i'm rather infuriated with another cousin of mine who has 7 horses on 1 acre of ground, i can only imagine what is going to happen to those poor creatures in the winter, and all of them were free to good home!! Many of which have serious training issues and should see a professional. But like you said we have no control over what others do, and we can't save them all (even though it would be great) <sigh>

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post #18 of 18 Old 08-08-2013, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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I have all the compassion in the world for good people who have fallen on hard times and are doing their very best to take care of their animals. I do not have so much for the people (like a girl I know) who use the "I can't afford it" excuse when you see them buying other things. It is all about priorities. If you can't afford to have your horses feet done every 8 weeks, can you really afford another big screen tv?

The girl that I know that has 75 bales of hay in the barn but almost 20 head of horses. She hasn't had their feet done in 6 months and says "I can't afford to do 20 horses every 8 months and they wear their own feet down" but then she goes out and buys not one but two English Bulldog puppies at $2,000 EACH. You could have trimmed all your horses up and filled the barn up with hay for the winter with the money spent on 2 more mouths to feed.

I guess I am a nervous wreck of an animal owner, I always have to have far more food then they can eat put up ahead of time to assure they won't go hungry. Even my dogs food I buy 10+ large bags at a time and NEVER run out. What if something happens and you can't just go out and buy it at the last minute? What if you can't find anyone selling good quality hay in January/February and you have 20 mouths to feed? In that past I helped that person out but now, I can't. I can't even go look anymore as it breaks my heart every single time.

Now... if I could keep from clicking on Craigslist, or equine clicks etc... If I look the other way, it isn't happening, right? ha ha
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