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DISCLAIMER: I know how a lot of you feel about kill pens and kill buyers and the people who buy from them, but what is done is done.
So. On Saturday, I was contacted by the sweet lady that helped me get Calypso, with a photo and a plea: a young mare that had a home offer and full bail had abruptly lost the home offer, with only 20 minutes until then deadline. Could I do anything?
I am a TOTAL SUCKER. I contacted the woman who quarantined and hauled Calypso, and said sure, fine, I would be the home offer and pay them last remaining bit. ($200, plus 30 for a health paper) I looked at the pictures and video, and despite being dark and blurry, nothing horrible jumped out at me--she walked, trotted and cantered (briefly ) under saddle, seemed sound, although hard to tell. Whatever, no big deal.
My original plan was to get her into quarantine, and then have them woman quarantining her rehome her. But, then she sent some photos.
She is listed as five years old, 15 hands. Lady that...
Nurse mares, why we need them, and how to stop the production of nurse mare foals: A rebuttal to Last Chance Corral
From above link.
And I have already urged many donors to this organization as well as others to truly investigate what they are donating to. The definition of fraud is “wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial and personal gain” and fraud is what this organization is committing. Their taxes speak volumes into where the money they are raising actually goes. The nursemare foals with which they are “rescuing” are actually bought from a provider that was neither killing the foals nor neglecting them.
I totally lied when I said I would stop spamming.
He is doing great, he is teething and everything is going in his mouth. Farrier is coming today, for the first time, and he is going to have his feet handled and looked at, maybe filed a tad if needed.
Pnemonia completely gone!
He is out 24/7 except for meals, and wears a jacket from dusk to dawn.
It is worth clicking on the two that didn't load, I promise.
Ove is a coming three year old, black gelding. He's suspected of being a twh, but I think he's a cross. He's gaited, but trots naturally ( never seen him pace) He's 14/14.1 ( last measured about a month ago, he could be taller now)
His back story: in January I found him On Craigslist. The listing showed a black 18month old colt with a big worm belly and a heavy winter coat, from quite a distance away. The woman selling him wanted 150. He was unhandled. That's all I knew. But he was one of those horses that just stick in your head. I kept finding myself stareing at his add. She told me if I could pick him up by that weekend I could have him for 50$. So that Sunday, my awesome dad picked up me and my horse trailer and we drove 4.5 hours to get him.
What I picked up was a 12.2, 475 lb wormy, skinny, terrified little thing with long feet, fungus all over, but a very kind eye, and absolutely zero malice.
Come to find out, in October of 2015, he had been in a kill pen in la, sold to...
Had to take Bonanza over to vet, possible mild case of colic...so better safe than sorry and took him over.
They have a new partner...they oiled Bonanza, made nose bleed, a lot, as well as she told me "he didn't need to vomit so that was good" as well as told me tubing one commonly caused nose bleeds.
Never have seen one bleed from tubing, and when she said that about the "vomiting" I just looked at her.
Horses don't vomit...period.
Suffice to say, I am not impressed. This vet is about an hour away or little more by time I go out and get my horse/s to haul.
Next one is over 2 hours one way.
I left him overnight, in case something does happen...but seriously wondering about what schools are turning out.
Yes, THAT Rio.
For those who don't know, Rio's previous owner was a regular here, so it's sad to see that he appears to have ended up in a rescue.
I came across a CL ad today that was using RD's old avatar (Rio).
At first I thought this must be a scam (and it might). But I contacted the rescue and they claim it's real. They have videos of him on their Facebook.
Oregon Animal Rescue | Facebook
The rescue said that Rio (possibly going by the name Rosco now) and his companion (a bay mare) were purchased from a feedlot. The woman who purchased them found them to be too much to handle, so she dropped them off at the rescue. They appear to be in decent condition.
As for the photo, I'm guessing that whoever sold him to the feedlot provided the photo (or maybe this was a horse trader who simply purchased Rio), and then they used the same photo to advertise him so the woman got the photo, and then also provided it to rescue? I know it's a stretch.
Is this actually Rio?...
You hear it preached to beginners all the time: breed and color do not matter when picking out a first horse. A horse that has the experience, patience, and disposition suited to teaching new riders is what's important in those early stages of learning.
But as we get more advanced in our riding, many of us split off and begin to specialize in different disciplines and breeds. Some of us own many breeds throughout our lifetime, and some of us settle down with just one.
I've solely been riding Saddlebreds for quite a few months now and love, love, LOVE the 'bouncy' rhythm of their gaits, particularly in the walk and jog. They are built and bred to have so much natural vertical motion that you always feel like you are on top of a show horse who loves to dance, even if they are only going out on the trail as slow as a turtle. I love how absolutely bold, point-and-shoot they are and how you see the whole world over their neck and between their ears.
I don't love how...
I don't like flashy horses. I never have. The colours that everyone else like do nothing for me. I don't like pinto patterns, appaloosa spots, palomino, buckskin, or gray.
I have a gorgeous palomino. (She's a dark palomino but it's her mind and body that attract me... not the wrapping paper) I'd rather her be sorrel. My other two are sorrel and bay.
Facebook is full of sale ads for coloured horses. And 80% of them are not put together well at all... yet people are asking outrageous prices. They get them too... and it makes me shake my head.
I'll buy a good horse no matter the colour. ( Evidenced by me owning a palomino ) but I just don't understand how people overlook serious conformation problems and just see the colour.
I know this will never change. But it's my rant for the day.
Horses can use symbols to talk to us
By Virginia MorellSep. 21, 2016 , 5:30 PM
There will never be a horse like Mr. Ed, the talking equine TV star. But scientists have discovered that the animals can learn to use another human tool for communicating: pointing to symbols. They join a short list of other species, including some primates, dolphins, and pigeons, with this talent. Scientists taught 23 riding horses of various breeds to look at a display board with three icons, representing wearing or not wearing a blanket. Horses could choose between a “no change” symbol or symbols for “blanket on” or “blanket off.” Previously, their owners made this decision for them. Horses are adept at learning and following signals people give them, and it took these equines an average of 10 days to learn to approach and touch the board and to understand the meaning of the symbols. All 23 horses learned the entire...
Now, this makes me extremely sad and disgusted. What. The. DUCK? Dude had a stalled vehicle and was unarmed with his hands up. This is a straight up execution and I hope the cop that killed him is charged with murder.
Captured From Above: Chopper footage shows Tulsa police kill unarmed man
Hello all. Finally took some photos of Miss Maddy that would be good for a critique. Mind you, she was in the budget bin coming in at under $500.
We are working to get some more weight on her. Just recently went to a new feed at a higher amount/better quality and more forage.
Edited for typos.
Not sure what everyone's opinion is on ground tying, but I like to do it just to work on patients and respect from my horse. I never really use ground tying but I like for them to know it for other purposes.
Here is Breezy girl. She did great all but for thinking she could eat. Finally after about 10 to 15 minutes on working with her on keeping her head up and not eating, she finally got it. She's a very smart horse and I am proud of how well her and I are doing together.
Picture of her and her "I'm over this already" face.
I'd been against ponies, but thinking logically, Chloe is my gentlest horse, but she's a show horse and may become a broodie when she's retired, and she's just too danged far from the ground. So, I've been thinking of a pony. I don't want a miniature horse, likely don't want a Shetland. I want something my DD can grow into without having to buy another down the road.
I had eyes on one, but he's 6.5 hours away and rear fetlocks scare me. Sounded perfect though!!!
I'd like to stay relatively close to me, maybe 2.5 hours away, 4 max. Zip code 31201 for reference
I'd like a Welsh sized pony, bomb proof, kid safe. Price reasonable based on how great the pony is.
I've fallen off horses in dozens of interesting ways, some at great speed, some over fences. I've been hurt on the ground or had near misses. But the most frightening experience I ever had was on my 30-year-old Morgan gelding of all horses!
He was a bit of a nut. Great horse and had been a champion show hunter in his day. I began foxhunting him when he was 26 and he loved it - to the point that he was close to out of control and we were finally asked to retire after we nearly passed the fieldmaster one too many times. Fair enough.
I was riding along a dirt road one day and we went past a house with a pen full of turkeys. He spooked lightly and began to trot. I began easing him back and he broke into a canter. I became more firm in my seat and hands and he grabbed the bit and broke into a gallop.
It was so unexpected - because he hadn't really been scared, just startled - that I was slow to react and by the time I realized he was running away with me we'd reached the top of a...
This is May Belle. She is my daughter's new horse. She's twelve year old red dun by Dual Peppy x MS Continental King. She had a year of reining training as a youngster and then did nothing. She's very green. Plans are to chase cans.... tentatively.
Peppys Dun Dualin Quarter Horse
Not the best critique pics. More hoping for a pedigree critique than anything else. If I get better pics I'll post them
@JStorry @Zimalia @GotaDunQH @OhSoAppy @Dream27 @CowCatcher
I dreamed last night that Super Step killed @BluemoonOKy last night. Without going into too much detail of my dream, I figured we'd have a little fun with it, kind of like a game of Clue.
Why did @Super Step kill her? In what room? With what weapon?
Have fun with it!!
Today, Keita gave me wings.
You may be thinking, "Oh, how sweet! They went over some jumps together!"
He bucked me off! What the heck!! He gave me wings because I was flying through the air!
It took me completely by surprise. I never knew he would do anything like that. I hadn't the slightest suspicion. I completely trusted him... He's the sweetest, soundest horse I've ever met with the most laid back personality.
Here's what happened. I was trying to canter him, and the first time, he did it but he kind of bolted in one direction and it wasn't hard to get him back in control. That should've been my warning sign... But of course, I wanted to show him who's boss and I wanted him to listen.
So basically, I cue him to canter, and he just flips out and bucks. I think it freaked him out when I hit the ground and he galloped across the arena. Luckily my mom, her friend, and two boarders were nearby so they caught him then helped me.
I'm okay... my head hit the ground...
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