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post #1 of 34 Old 03-08-2016, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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You cannot make something this stupid up

I just have to relate a story or two.

We have a good friend here locally. [Actually, he is one of husband's coffee shop buddies.] He is a semi-retired small-time trader -- mostly of ponies and small mules but sometime big ones and about any other kind of 'junk' cheap horses, mules, burros and rescues he can find. He gets a lot of really thin ones off of Craigs List, deworms them, fattens them up, rides them if that is possible and takes them to a sale somewhere.

He gets husband to go with him once in a while and DH goes to his place often and tells me about what wretched creatures he has picked up recently.

He went with us to an auction a while back (I was looking for a big, older trail string prospect) and he bought an emaciated pony for $15.00. I was afraid it would die in our trailer on the way home so I made them put it in the front compartment. If it died, it would not block the horse I bought from getting out. That was 3 weeks ago and the poor little thing looks pretty good now.

Well, last year he bought a really nice big draft mule off of Craigs List. [Nicest thing I have seen him get.] He got her from a guy that had let her run for 2 years with a black stud horse wanting a big 1/2 mule colt for a trail horse. He explained that an 'all mule' was too difficult to train so he wanted a 1/2 mule. Obviously he got NO kind of mule. He was willing to sell this nice, big pretty mule for cheap since she obviously was not a good 'breeder'. You can't make stuff like this up. I don't how he kept a straight face.

That just could not happen twice --- could it? Well, last Saturday he bought an un-castrated 8 or 10 year old mule. He was pretty rank and barely halter-broke. The guy threw in several pony mares because he had been breeding them for several years and just has not had any colts born, so, he was getting rid of the whole bunch. He was tired of the feed bill. He said the mule was 'doing his job good' but either he or the mares were not good breeders. I asked him if he told the guy why his ponies did not have babies. He said "No, you can't fix stupid. I just loaded them up and brought them home."

He has dewormed them all, borrowed my emasculators to cut the mule and has them all broke to tie and lead.

It sure makes for good coffee shop conversation. Everyone always asks him what new stock he has in. It is like the best live show in town to go to his place.

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Those are great stories lol
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post #4 of 34 Old 03-08-2016, 01:44 PM
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Oh god. That's almost as good as a girl I worked with telling me, proudly, that she'd ridden a horse that was "half stallion". It took everything I had to just nod and say "Well, technically they're ALL half-stallion..."

I do see the "half mule" thing occasionally in rescue circles. It's always good for a chuckle.
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When someone goes out and buys the cheapest crap on Craigs List -- well, you never know what he is going to go home with. He's picked up llamas, sheep, goats, pigs, and a bunch of burros, but he likes mules best. It's like a circus comes to town every day.

He has also been known to go to yard sales and flea markets and picks up junk and critters. Somehow, he gets them all sold and makes money on most of them. He cleared a $1000.00 on the big draft mule. He cleaned her all up, gave her a haircut (nothing looks worse than a big mule with its mane flopping over both ways), found out she was broke to drive and a guy drove from Missouri to get her and was tickled to death with her.

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When someone goes out and buys the cheapest crap on Craigs List -- well, you never know what he is going to go home with. He's picked up llamas, sheep, goats, pigs, and a bunch of burros, but he likes mules best. It's like a circus comes to town every day.
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The fellow I worked for as a teenager was always buying and selling horses and cattle. I stayed there all week, and my parents would pick me up Saturday evening and bring me back Sunday evening.. One weekend, unbeknownst to me, he had swooped in when a small zoo lost it's lease. I came back to find a mountain lion in a big rabbit hutch out front. Monday morning, when I went to feed the stalled horses, a llama stuck its head out and spit at me. When I walked down to the field where our horses were kept, I noticed too many animals in there. He had turned out 3 camels with them.

Everything was gone by the next weekend. The guy kept his finances close to his vest, so I don't know if he made or lost money on the deal.
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Sounds like this guy. He would never have passed up a deal like that.

He has probably 'rescued' more animals than any 501.3c rescue. There is no telling how many emaciated animals he has 'saved' and sold them all for a profit. He has never called it that. He just says something like "Well, I gotta go hook up the trailer. There's a couple of mules down at such and such place that need a new Zip Code. Wanta come with me for the ride?"

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Me too!
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See I don't know why people get huffy when you say that are not a rescue, they are a flipper, just what this guy is, and there is nothing wrong with it.

Guy I worked for many years ago did the same with livestock, he would buy at the bottom end of the market, take the beasts home, feed them well, then importantly regroup them and put them back to the auction a couple of weeks later. Funny how some good food, and sending them in a matching bunch made a difference to the price.

He also used to disappear with my husband, they would take the truck and leave after supper for some local farm or other, then arrive back in the early hours with something, cows, sheep, goats, ponies, anything he thought he could turn a profit on.
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