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post #81 of 303 Old 04-30-2016, 10:43 AM
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He is cute! I guess the other people not returning your calls is a sign.
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I gotta say, his chubby little butt is my kinda color,lol

He has a good eye. If these are older pictures, I hope he is still in good condition, even though yes he could stand to shed a pound or two, lol

Regarding the horse ad that won't answer you back, it is possible:

1. Parents put the ad up to scare the child who wasn't doing its share of horse care.

2. Maybe there was some sort of family emergency and answering the ad became no priority.

3. Maybe the seller had to leave on a business trip and doesn't have time to answer the ad - and hopefully someone is watching the horse.

4. Maybe in the interim, the horse went out the drive and they aren't respectful enough to let you know that.

5. Maybe it was a scam ad and you didn't fit the criteria for being scammed?
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post #83 of 303 Old 04-30-2016, 12:53 PM
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Latest horse looks better
Obviously any horse can die prematurely or develop soundness issues that mean euthanasia has to happen but the older they get the more likely it is that either can occur and some children don't always find that loss as easy to accept as adults - and actually its never easy
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The 18 year old QH adoption fee is a mere 1000$. So assuming he passes a PPE and is a good, solid mount, he would be a candidate.

I hear what you're saying about his age Jaydee, but we've always had animals, ever since the kids were little. They've lost quite a few pets in their lifetime so it's not new to them. We've never tried to shield them from the inevitability of death - whether it was their grandfather passing away or a loved pet. It's sad, we bury them, and we take the time we need to grieve, then we move on. My daughter is particularly adaptable that way. Animals dying is just a fact of having them.

If we had even 7 years with this horse, my daughter would be 18 and would most likely be ready for a more challenging horse anyway. She needs a quiet horse now, but it probably won't be like that forever.

But I'm not sending this person a cheque just yet... we don't know how he is as a saddle horse and we don't know what health issues he may have that haven't showed up yet.
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A horse at the end of his career might be ideal--as you said, by the time he's ready to retire, your daughter would be ready to move on, too. Can't wait to hear more about him.
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I love that horses FACE!
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^^^ me too. He looks sane and honest.
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You seem to have the death thing weighed up - though the cost of a horse dying/euthanasia here is way more expensive than it was in the UK and harder to organize too but might not be the same where you are
I also add in the costs of keeping a senior horse which can be higher as they get older, something I know from my own experience and a UK friend who is currently finding that her senior companion pony is now costing her more than double to keep because of his extra needs than her younger riding mare is.
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You seem to have the death thing weighed up - though the cost of a horse dying/euthanasia here is way more expensive than it was in the UK and harder to organize too but might not be the same where you are
I also add in the costs of keeping a senior horse which can be higher as they get older, something I know from my own experience and a UK friend who is currently finding that her senior companion pony is now costing her more than double to keep because of his extra needs than her younger riding mare is.
Yes, I know there might be additional needs that could easily add up. Those are very good points. Euthanasia here is not very expensive, especially if you can dispose of the body yourself (which we can). But you're right to emphasize the aging issue. I would have to see what a vet thinks of the overall condition of the horse. I know a horse that's 38 and isn't costing the owner much to keep. They even still ride him on occasion. And I know some young ones that are costing an arm and a leg to keep.

Will have to meet the horse, find out more about its history and get a very thorough exam.
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What bugs me is how does a horse like this end up in a rescue? He used to be a lesson and trail horse. Then he was with the owner who took these pictures of him and appears to be in good health (if a little chunky). Then he ends up in a rescue, not having been ridden in two years and overweight. I need to know more pieces of the puzzle to understand how this happened if he is such a good horse. People who run lesson programs around here do not sell good, beginner safe horses. They are worth their weight in gold.
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