I know we closed the craigslist thread but, is anyone else noticing the mass increase of free horses on craigslist? I called one lady on a quarter pony that I plan on taking in simply because I can resell it fast. I'm about to email about this stallion but has anyone else noticed?
So I'm probably going to be smacked on the hand but....
Dappled Grey Stallion - $1 (Auburn) Date: 2009-10-17, 4:21PM PDT Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
Free Dappled Grey Stallion. He needs to leave today. Exxtra Perception is his name. We call him "CASH" We took him on awhile back and he had issues. He had a halter on for many years and we have given him the trust he needed to get it off. He is a little head shy but definately not aggressive. He is a big and I mean BIG love bug. Cash is a proven stallion, He is almost to the point where I can get a halter on and off of him, once its on he leads great (he is a little ansy at first) but so are alot of stallions, and he does lunge. He is not broke. I just had a baby and I feel I wont have the time for him. I have been working with him daily and when I first got him he wouldnt let ANYONE around him or touch him or anything. Now he lets me brush him and his main and comes running up to me.... He is an outstanding horse with alot of still to come potential. Even with his age. Just looking for a good home. He does load in the horse trailer. He just needs love and to know its ok to have a friend. If you come out to see him you will know what Im talking about. He is registered and I have his papers.::: Raffles* and Bask** are in his bloodlines. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. He is gorgeous. Thank you for your interest He is thin right now but is gorgeous when at weight. You will be very happy. Please take this prize home today. I have had many e-mails that go nowhere, but need someone serious to come get this boy. 206-854-3935
He's not broke and he's antsy. But I'm about to sign a huge farm liquidation consignment contract or I'd bring him home, geld him and train him. He's on all breed pedigree. She's threatening putting him down, not taking him to the auction. If I had space.
Edit: I'm trying to work him in but if someone else can take him, even if it's just temporary I'm willing to do his training.
Last Edit: Oct 19, 2009 0:09:54 GMT -5 by glapaints
Yeah, I think there are more people realizing that they can't sell their less-than-desirable horses, so they're giving them away.
Not everyone has realized it yet though; I recently went to check out a boarding place near Scatter Creek in Rochester where there were three horses and one pony that the owners have been trying to sell. They are all young, green horses that were bought by inexperienced riders that found themselves with more horse than they can handle.
They're all going to the auction in December if they haven't found homes by then.
Side note: one of them was an appy cross, 4 years old, green broke, blue roan. I know someone here was looking for an auction horse that was a roan appy.
A bad-tempered man will never make a good-tempered horse. - Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
Post by winterlakesfarm on Oct 19, 2009 12:00:14 GMT -5
The crappy thing about this horse is he is older, unbroke and 14.2hh. No one, and I mean even the people who love his breeding, is breeding studs that small anymore.
This Horse is actually stallion quality. He is stunning.
However- he has not been shown, his babies have not been campaigned and there is nothing appealing about taking this guy on when you can get horses 1/2 his age, already showing A circuit and not in need of stallion fencing for under $1000.
They have been trying to sell him for a long time- about a year. I am happy she is hanging on to him and not dragging him to the auction- that alone deserves a Kudo in light of what was at Enumclaw this last month.
I wish I had stallion proof fencing and a million dollars and I would geld him and let him hang out with the geldings on my front pasture but I don't.
If someone wants a beautiful horse- and I do not say that lightly, he is light gray with black mane and tail, smooth bodied, swan neck with a stunning head, and they have the resources- this horse is worth taking on.
My total vet bill for gelding Basil was about $250 I think....including farm call.
I've heard it can be done for $150 - $200
...that said...I would have to express my thoughts that this is something the owner should have considered before offering him up for free. We've seen recently that Stallions have a really hard time finding new homes...and an Arab Stallion...well I think the auction spoke loudly for "hot" breeds.
We need to teach people to be responsible for THEIR Horses...and to TRAIN & MAINTAIN (health/care) in case some day they are no longer in a position to continue caring for that horse.
I noticed someone posted some auction sales results on CL a couple weeks ago...I'm guessing in an attempt to show these folks that they can't expect top dollar for their horses. (and I suspect it was one of us ) but I have to wonder if that's not a reason we're seeing so many free ones.
Perhaps someone should post about gelding too!!
And along the lines of the Euth-Clinic idea...perhaps a vet or group of vets would consider a haul in gelding clinic.
I know we're getting a 17 month old colt at our barn in the next month or so and he's coming on the condition that the owners geld him. At least my Barn Owner knows his limits/liability in regards to Studs! His answer is hands down NO!!!
...and I'm going to add this: I'm pretty sure it was my vet that told me that for every year a stud stays in tact, it takes about one month each for that horse to come out of the stud-brain mentality. 6 years....6 months to come down... That may not be true for all horses and of course there are some nice/calm studs but this one doesn't sound like one of those Puppy Dog types...I may have missed it but I don't think I saw an age on this guy. It's going to take a HUGE commitment to take him on even if someone has the place/enough cash to deal with his issues/patience. It's still an unknown....a pretty unknown...but still unknown!
Last Edit: Oct 19, 2009 15:26:13 GMT -5 by coconut
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