Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Buffalo, New York
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I need someone to listen to my rant...
As some of you may know, I don't have a horse although I want one desperately. My dream horse is an OTTB gelding, 16hh+ and chestnut.
Today, well technically yesterday, my boyfriend and I went to this guy's house that he's been doing some side work for for a 4th of July party. My boyfriend has been telling me how they guy has a couple horses, but not very much about them. So I finally got the opportunity to talk to the guy myself about them today.
The reason my boyfriend is doing side work for the guy is that he is moving and has a LOT of heavy machinery and odds and ends he needs to move but the livestock can't come to the new house. I asked they guy about the horses in a joking way, because I can be pretty awkward at times, so when he asked me if I could go let his dog off of the leash I said "Sure, if you let me have one of your horses." A bit forward perhaps, but I just wanted to get down to business. The guy responded with "You want him? I have a Thoroughbred." My boyfriend and I exchanged a look, we are in no position to have a horse right now...but my boyfriend knows how much I love Thoroughbreds. Out of curiosity, and because I apparently enjoy torturing myself, I asked how old is he? How tall? What color? The answers were as follows 4yrs, 15.6hh and chestnut. I had to try very hard to contain myself, and lets face it I didn't do a very good job of it. AND because I like to go the extra mile on my self torturing expeditions I said "but what about the other horse? I thought you had two." He responded with "yeah I do he's an arabian paint stallion, I just bought him like a month ago for $1200, but I really need to get rid of this thoroughbred otherwise I'm just going to have to send him to auction for meat" AHHHH!!!! I wanted to pull my hair out! Now if my dream horse (in appearances) being at my fingertips for likely free was not enough, when you add in that my bofriend also rides and his favorite horse is an arabian and then top it off with my dream horse being thrown away and sent to slaughter....it's enough to make me scream!!
I stopped asking more questions about his abilities and such after I heard that he was 15.6hh....which doesn't exist unless he meant 16.2hh, but in either case I gathered the sense that he wasn't a very horse savvy person. He did however go on to say how he thought the horse was abused, he had a sizable scar on his leg and when he first got the TB his halter was starting to grow into his neck. Not completely unreasonable, who am I to judge that? I hadn't even seen a picture of the horse at this point. He also said that the horse was still able to be ridden , they just didn't.
Then the wife comes along and hears our discussion and offers to show me a picture of them and, continuing with my self torture pattern, I said of course. It revealed a decent looking chestnut thoroughbred, who was thin but not emaciated with little muscling which the woman proudly proclaimed was her "Brown horsie"...*non-horse savvy bells ringing*... I could only see the head of the arabian which was cute but I couldn't tell you more than that...*more bells ringing* Why is the stallion turned out with the gelding?
I struck up a bit of conversation about my own experience with horses, partly so I didn't rudely correct her about her "brown horsie" being a "ginger horsie". After my short explanation, she said "You know..he chews on the wood after he eats...I think he's trying to burp." So I said "is he just chewing or is he tensing up and making a gasping/gulpy noise?" "yeah yeah! he does that!" I told her he was a cribber and she need to get him a cribbing strap, and she could also try smearing very hot hot sauce all over the wood he has access to do this on...a suggestion that my trainer gave me for cribbers. She says it stops them after only 1-2 times after you put the hot sauce on, if you catch them when they're just starting the naughty habit. But then...something clicked...the husband had told me his halter was starting to grow into his neck when he got him, but in the picture there was no scarring or discolored hair on his neck...I have a feeling he was wearing a cribbing collar which they didn't know what it was for and assumed it was not intended to be as tight as it was.
And all of this comes down to..Why? why!?!? Why does it seem that so many people that have horses don't know a thing about them? Yet they act like they do and they own STALLIONS for heavens sake...I can't think of something much more dangerous than someone who knows virtually nothing about horses owning a stallion. The least you could do when you own a horse would be to know what common problems there are with horses and keep them in good weight.
Yet you find, more often than not, people like myself who are horse enthusiasts and would give virtually anything to have a horse of their own but are not capable of that for quite some time later in their lives. And for others still, it will never be possible for them to have their own. But these people, seemingly have horses just to have them "because they can". It is so unbelievably frustrating to me!! I literally have put hours, possibly weeks or months (total hours added up) into researching all aspects of the horse. I have spent years working on my horse care and riding skills. I have put so much effort and preparation into making sure I am ready for my horse for whenever I get him, and for what?? So these people can just own horses without having a clue about them and throw them away like trash? I'm sure if he looked this guy could find a home for the OTTB..he looks like a nice prospect. And as far as the arab goes, why buy him when you know you're going to be moving in a month?? Then complain that you just spent $1200 on him whe you have to sell? I'm being a bit bitter and harsh, I know but I find this so frustrating...so many true horse lovers can't have what they know and want more than anything else, yet people who have no clue or seemly interest in them other than "they're pretty" are allowed to have these wonderful creatures!! GAH!! Hopefully someone has something that can help me cope with this insanity.