Join Date: Dec 2019
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Have a vet come out and have this horse euthanized.
You have worked with Daisy for over a year and she has severely injured both you and your sister. You were encouraged to take this horse on by people who already knew you weren't the most confident rider, this horse has a difficult past on an already challenging personality.
You do not have the knowledge or know how to deal with this horse any longer. She is going to either hurt you or one of your family members, if not outright kill someone at some point. You likely do not have the time or the money to figure out what the exact issue is (If there even is one!). Her prospects for resale are incredibly poor- Most likely she'll end up going for a long trip down to Mexico and that will almost certainly be after being shuffled from person to person, from bleeding-heart to do-gooder over and over again until something tragic happens.
Don't do that to her, put your big girl pants on and call the vet to schedule the appointment. There are far worse fates than death and no one loses sleep over a dead horse. Which you will if you pass her onto someone else.
If you insist on keeping her alive and selling her, than for the love of god, please sell her to someone who at least has experience dealing with dangerous horses. Someone who can handle them without getting killed and has the experience, time and money to totally rehabilitate them. Do not sugarcoat her to whoever expresses interest in buying her- Her behaviors aren't "cute and quirky", they're dangerous! Tell them how she's already put two riders in the hospital. Tell them about the sad situation you pulled her from. And keep in contact and reserve the first right of refusal if you can.
If you can't sell her and still want to keep her alive, then look into placing her at a horse "retirement" home. Those places are hard to find, expensive as hell and Daisy could easily live for another 15 years, but assuming she can at least be handled on the ground safely, keeping her at such a place would at least ensure she could live out the rest of her natural life in a manner that's safest for everyone involved.
I wouldn't put much faith in surrendering her to a rescue. Nearly every one I've encountered is already filled to capacity, operates on a shoestring budget and is staffed by volunteers... who usually aren't the most experienced with horses. Most of the founders seem to have more heart than commonsense imho too. I'd be worried that Daisy would still end up being harmed or harming someone in such a situation.
I'm genuinely sorry that you've found yourself in this situation, but mostly I feel sadness for poor Daisy. Clearly someone failed her early on in her life and if they hadn't, perhaps she would've been a lovely horse for you. But as it stands, there's too many nice, reasonably well-behaved horses in the world to have to deal with a dangerous one.
Humane horse slaughter is possible.
Last edited by QtrBel; 12-28-2019 at 08:27 PM.
Reason: Bring into line with policy