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post #11 of 18 Old 11-03-2013, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, and I said rescue, or adopt, because I wasn't quite sure of the difference.

As for why I am selling my gelding, I bought him as a resale project, and so I could own a horse I could ride too (because Breeze is not broke). I am keeping him for a year, so in about April or May I will be putting him up for sale, and hopefully he sells by summer.

And what I am looking for in a new horse is young filly, good conformation, good attitude and a trainable mind.

Is there anything I should look for specifically in a horse, other then what I just said?
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post #12 of 18 Old 11-03-2013, 08:20 PM
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What do you wish to do with the new horse? That will dictate what conformation you look for. What is your price point as that will also dictate where you get a horse. Even when adopting/rescuing/taking one form auction there are horses that are over priced.
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post #13 of 18 Old 11-03-2013, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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I will pay up to $1000 for a horse, and I do not need it to be registered. There is one filly I found, a palomino quarter horse born in 2012 (so a yearling now) that I was looking at conformation wise, and I think she has fairly good conformation.

What would I like to do with it, you may ask? Well... I would like to trail ride, maybe bring it to an open show for fun every now and again, and just have fun with it. At least for the first few years of riding, then I may progress into something that it seems to enjoy, whether it be ranch work, cowy, or barrels. I like to do everything, so it will most likely be an all around horse.

Here is a picture of her I got online, what do you guys think of her conformation, although she is only a yearling (pic might have been taken a while ago:
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post #14 of 18 Old 11-04-2013, 12:38 AM
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I disagree with the opinion on rescues. I'm familiar with rescue groups in my region that rehab horses taken from abusive or neglectful homes and adopt them out. Adopting from them absolutely is rescuing because that frees a stall for them to pull another horse out of a bad situation or work with animal welfare agencies who wouldn't put a horse directly into the hands of an adopter.

Granted I don't say I rescued my dog — I say I adopted her — but she's a rescue. She is from a rescue organization, and my adoption allowed them to go help another dog. Terms don't matter; you're wondering about getting your horse from an animal welfare organization, and I think it would be a really positive thing to do if it fits your needs and you can commit to making sure that horse doesn't end up back at a rescue.

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post #15 of 18 Old 11-04-2013, 12:53 AM
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There are no mustangs in Canada. I believe there are a handful of wild horses in Alberta but I don't know who manages them, if anyone. In BC there are lots of "feral" horses which you don't even want to consider- they are mangy, poorly bred, half starved and very unsociable. I would look at a pmu foal or a legitimate rescue organization.
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post #16 of 18 Old 11-04-2013, 12:54 AM
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Granted I don't say I rescued my dog — I say I adopted her — but she's a rescue. She is from a rescue organization,
This was exactly my point. You didn't rescue the dog, you adopted her. Yes, the rescue ORGANIZATION rescued her, but when you adopted her, she was safe. I understand that it freed up a kennel so they could go get another dog. My big beef is people adopting from a rescue and claiming the rescue. The horse was in no danger, they didn't rescue they adopted.

I have a problem with rescues going to auctions and buying horses and claiming a rescue. They didn't rescue, they bought the horse just like anyone else could have, took it home fed it up and are now sending it on with a sob story. I can do the same thing every other Monday night at our local auction. I can go in, buy by the pound, bring the animal home and feed it and train it and sell it or give it away. That's not a rescue, that's a purchase. The horse may be skin and bone, but I outbid the other buyers to get that horse.

One of the last 2 horses I bought was a skinny, stunted 2 y.o. that was ridden into the ring and it made me so mad I paid $1000 for that sorry excuse of a filly. I didn't care what happened, she was coming home with me to get fed up, time to grow and THEN in a year or so, put back under saddle and we'll see what we got. I bought her, I didn't rescue her. She's not skinny anymore and she's growing. She's also as sweet as pie. The 2nd horse I bought that day was in good flesh, had been well cared for and handled, she just had the worst case of juvenile warts I've ever seen. I paid about half of what I paid for the first one. Go figure.

To me, a true rescue is because you saw someone beating the animal and stepped in to stop it, or you saw that a horse was starving and you stepped in and got it away from the folks who weren't feeding, or Animal Control or a Rescue Organization gets called in on a seizure of animals from a cruelty investigation. Those animals are all in danger IN THE MOMENT and a person or organization steps in to stop the danger. Once the animal has been brought to a facility, vetted, fed up, dewormed, had the farrier out to do teeth and has been receiving training, that animal is no longer a rescue but an adoption.

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post #17 of 18 Old 11-04-2013, 01:32 AM
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Dreamcatcher, I agree with you on the phrasing, I just wanted to tell OP I think it's a good thing regardless of the difference in terminology, which doesn't seem important in this context.

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post #18 of 18 Old 11-04-2013, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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There are no mustangs in Canada. I believe there are a handful of wild horses in Alberta but I don't know who manages them, if anyone. In BC there are lots of "feral" horses which you don't even want to consider- they are mangy, poorly bred, half starved and very unsociable. I would look at a pmu foal or a legitimate rescue organization.
There are mustangs in Canada, but they are suffield mustangs, bred by people and registered. So they are not wild. Canada use to have over 2 million mustangs in Western Canada, and now are down to 750 in Alberta, and just over that amount in B.C. Most of them are domesticated horses turned 'wild', like you said, but some of them are actual mustangs. But the number of mustangs are little and diminishing due to natural causes and causes of being killed by farmers and other people who want them off their land.

Either way, I have looked all over to find a place like the BLM, but in Canada, but haven't found any, so adopting a wild horse, or mustang is out of the picture.
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