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post #21 of 36 Old 01-25-2015, 05:12 PM
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Sad for the horses here, and the others that aren't in a position to know/do things differently. ESP those volunteers that are there to learn from these dills! But yes, sounds like disaster in the making & time to move on & I'd also tell them why. Sounds like you have a lot of sense - make the most of it & use it where it can help!
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I'm in SD too Mark! Maybe try Falcon Ridge in Valley Center or Horses of Tir Na Ng in Alpine?
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Also HiCaliber in Valley Center :)
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Too bad Mark. I hope you find somewhere else to volunteer at that would appreciate your efforts.
It seems that in some rescues feeling sorry for the horse due to it's past takes the place of common sense and helping the horse(training wise) which would help them get placed into a new home. How fast is a horse that kicks your head off at feeding time going to get adopted?
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post #25 of 36 Old 01-26-2015, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Sigh. I just discussed this with her and the owner's strategy for dealing with this is to have the feeders timidly slide his food under the fence rather than fixing his behavior once and for all. Imo this is just going to escalate him into a truly dangerous horse and she's going to have no choice but to have him pts.

I can't help but think this is all going to end badly.
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Sigh. I just discussed this with her and the owner's strategy for dealing with this is to have the feeders timidly slide his food under the fence rather than fixing his behavior once and for all. Imo this is just going to escalate him into a truly dangerous horse and she's going to have no choice but to have him pts.

I can't help but think this is all going to end badly.
It does not have to end badly for YOU. And at this point, she's made it clear that your safety is not her primary concern.
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post #27 of 36 Old 01-26-2015, 01:23 AM
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Wow. The RO sounds as clueless as the volunteers. I would not be surprised if you are the only one there with common sense and experience.

I'm curious as to how many of those poor mannerless horses were adopted during your time there.
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During my time here, which admittedly is not very long, about 4 months, we've had -1 horses adopted out. I.e., the horse that kicked at me was returned after having been placed. I don't know the specifics of why but I heard it was more related to lameness than behavior.

The owner was able to intervene in a situation and get two horses she had ended up caring for off the main property adopted. I only interacted with those two a few times and they were well mannered if a little loopy from spending so much time in their small pens. So you might say this is +2 leaving a balance of 1.

She certainly has been able to get horses adopted off in the past. Some of the horses in residence now are sanctuary horses, they aren't going anywhere, but there are at least 2 that should be able to be adopted out. A third could be but at the cost of depriving one of the sanctuary horses of his constant companion so she's not going anywhere. The rescue has thus entered a phase of more caring for the sanctuary horses versus actively acquiring and re-homing.

To be fair people around here wanting horses want top quality ones that can be shown and competed on. They don't really want rescue horses. Even $5000 is just change to the horse set around here and that buys a pretty decent horse. I'm told that there are $100k horses stabled at the facility across the street from the rescue. So it's quite difficult re-homing rescues in this area.
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post #29 of 36 Old 01-26-2015, 04:14 AM
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Sounds like they lost a good helper. Is it the hunter and jumper barns down there ?
There are a lot of diff breed barns down in your area compared to my area , mainly cow horse or public boarding, one dressage trainer here that I know of, and a couple of the hunter jumper barns.
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post #30 of 36 Old 01-26-2015, 09:12 AM
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We feed 3 of my horses in their stall and one in the aisle way as she has no stall. When I walk into their stall they know that when I say "Back" they back and stand quietly while I pour the grain in their feeders. I have stood there and if they move a hoof I either grunt or say "no!" and they will move back and wait. Only when I move and go out of the door are they allowed to go and eat.

My husband was great when we got our other Percheron mare, Trixie as she would literally shove you out of the way with her head to get to the grain. She has gotten whacked a few times with a crop in the chest and told NO and BACK then made to wait patiently till we let her eat. Now, she will stand there salivating but knows she cannot touch it till we say so.

I too liked that video and it made sense to drive the horse away and show them they are not the alpha when it comes to dinner time. Thanks for posting it.
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