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post #51 of 56 Old 03-01-2020, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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OTTB seem to have a pretty good outcome, and are popular. Not sure how many TB wind up in a kill pen directly off the track, but it does happen.

Friends of mine purchased three TB from a lady out in Arizona. She would go to the local tract and speak to the owners about selling cheaply for a good home. She would find horses for people that were good natured and sound for riding. The horses would leave the track at age seven, and the lucky ones that had new homes to go to sometimes left right after winning a race.

My friends only paid $800/horse, and she delivered them for another $200.

She couldn't save them all, but rehomed a lot of them. Most of the owners were ok with the low prices to find them a home.
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post #52 of 56 Old 03-06-2020, 08:10 AM
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What an ugly term, it would be great if there was no need for "Kill Buyers."

Through perseverance and persistence, we educate and engage all Americans to help resolve this heartwrenching and unnecessary cruelty.

My vote, if you have the means yes, save them.
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What an ugly term, it would be great if there was no need for "Kill Buyers."

Through perseverance and persistence, we educate and engage all Americans to help resolve this heartwrenching and unnecessary cruelty.

My vote, if you have the means yes, save them.
Thank you, but it is too late for these fillies. They are gone Only have a few days to rescue from kill buyers...

Right now there is a 7 yr old TWH for $700 that belonged to friends of his, he said the wife couldn't ride anymore (some health condition) so sent the horse to him! So very sad. A nice riding horse in his Prime, sent to a kill buyer! Heartbreaking
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Coming from an area that is predominately QH and Paint, it shocks me that broke gaited horses end up at the KB. It is very hard to find cheap, well broke gaited horses here. That said, we also do not have a huge market for gaited horses either, and our market is just as over saturated in Canada as it is in the States. When people call me looking for gaited horses, they want seasoned, well broke, and smooth. A walker with 90 days on it just doesn't turn around for these buyers.

We receive quite a few horses that were purchased at auction, where the client bid against the KB. The newest batch includes 3 well broke horses and one halter broke registered morgan.
Previously the client has sent a registered, well bred walker that was not broke, as well as a 15 year old gorgeous appaloosa mare who was incredibly well broke. These are the tip of the ice burg, most have little to no education at all.

The worst part of this whole process was learning how many babies are run through auction only to be bid on by the KB.
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There are just too many horses being bred and not enough homes for them.

Horrible, I agree to see the babies go to the KB. Or really any of them. The TWH was described as white, and hooves need shoes. I suspect that was the real reason the horse was sold; because he had soft, white feet. He might have been a cream, but anyway light colored gaited horses are not very popular. I nearly called about him, but I am full with the three I have. I could fit a forth horse, but time and money for 4 I can't do.

He was very smooth looking. His ad went down the next night, so hopefully is in a better home now. Also were two QH, both very well trained, came from same home. A 25 yr old buckskin and a 15 yr old chestnut. Their ads went down earlier than the deadline too, hopefully someone bought both of them, as they were bonded.
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Anytime I hear someone say they can't afford to pts an animal, I say you can't afford to have an animal if you can't afford the medical bills.


Which brings me to the issue that medical costs for 5 equines could get really high.
Yes. People try to give me horses all the time. I have taken a couple free horses and could have had dozens more over the years.

People also offer me low cost pasture boarding, so I can have more horses. People I know look for lower cost boarding so they can put a horse or two out to pasture and have more horses.

What limits me personally is that I know horses don't stay in a static state. You can buy a healthy horse, even a young one, and they can have a major injury, sever a tendon or something and require expensive vet care. They can get Lyme disease, Cushing's, Laminitis, PSSM. They can lose all their teeth and need an expensive soaked diet.

A friend of mine wants me to put my mare "out to pasture" on her farm so I can afford another riding horse. My mare is 29 with Cushing's. I need to watch her closely for white line disease and infections so I can catch them early. I need to make sure she takes her Prascend every day. I need to soak her pelleted vitamins so she doesn't get choke since her teeth are not good. If she begins losing weight, I will need to adjust her diet as she ages more.

A person might think a young horse will not have problems, but although there is less risk, there are no guarantees. I personally won't take on more horses than I can care for if they become injured or ill. A person might think they could sell the horse to a good home if their finances changed, but an injured young horse is no more sellable than an old horse. Especially if the condition is permanent. And it's not always a good decision to put down a young horse with a permanent issue. Sometimes they can't be ridden but still are pain free and having a good life. Or they need expensive shoeing that keeps them sound, but makes them difficult to find a home for.

My opinion is that we can all do our part by taking the best care we can of the horses we have. If everyone did that, there would not be a kill buyer problem. At some point in your life, you will probably be ready for a new horse, as I have been at times, and then you can take on a needy horse with all their expenses and feel great about it.
That doesn't mean we should feel like we ought to save all the needy horses we see. If you looked around your own community, you could probably find a new one every day.

Many well meaning people "rescue" horses that end up needing to be rescued from them. Taking on more horses than you can care for and then being unable to give them the best care might be a worse feeling than knowing you can't help all the others out there. These ones are your responsibility, after all.
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