My neighbor has two 11-12ish ponies that he is looking to find a good home for. I think he wants them kept together.
First is a pal. mare about 16yrs. I was told she used to be ridden by his grandkids but was cold backed (would buck when first ridden but was fine afterwards). Looks to be a easy keeper.
Second is a six year old stallion that is out of the mare. He is a sabino/black with four white stockings and cute blanket on his butt. Not broke and I'm not sure that he is really halter broke. Very friendly and very cute cute mover. Has not produced any foals with his dam so one of them has issues in that department (good thing too..this is not a good foal situation..barb wire eveywhere).
A person visiting my neighbor left the gates open and I helped get them back to their home. First time I've really been around the mare. When the owner first put the mare on a leadline he let her walk in front of hun and she was taking advantage of it so I kinda butted in/took over and put a chain over her nose. After a few quick reminders of her manners she behaved very well going back to her place. At some point of her life she's had some basics at least. The stallion though didn't have a halter on and would not let anyone put anything around his neck so I while I've seen him have a halter on I doubt he's been really halter broke. He followed his mare/dam back to my neighbor's property. These horses REALLY need a good home with someone that can work with them. Owner has kept them as a hobby so he can watch them run around the pasture. Located in Hampton Va.
Not great pictures but these were taken a couple of weeks ago.
Wow, I LOVE the stallion. He is beautiful and would make a great little dressage pony. But not even halter broke and wouldnt let you put anything around his neck? Thats hard to swallow. If I had my own place, I'd consider him, but I couldnt board him somewhere when he isnt halter broke. Not many BOs will let someone bring a horse like that to board.
Well I will ask him the next time I see the owner (a nice older guy..the animals on this property are his hobby..goats, chickens, and the two ponies) if they have to go together but if someone takes the mare and leaves the stallion..well I can't see that being a good situation (especially for me since I'm moving my mare next door in a few weeks..). I have horseguard going across the top of my fence so that should keep him out should he decide to jump his low fence but I would rather he stay put lol.
I just don't see how the horses have not coliced but I guess the care that they are getting isn't that bad. They don't get water in their stalls overnight at all (no water on property so I guess he's using rain barrels or bringing water from his house),somedays they don't go out. We have a high water table and everytime it rains there is standing water. I see them drinking out of the puddles alot. I just feel bad for them (their stall are tiny..dirt with no shavings the one time I snuck over there and peeked) but I can't take them myself.
A neighbor down the street says that mare could be anywhere between 16-20yrs old. So I thought I would mention that even though it doesn't help her out :0(
Talked to the neighbor and he said he wants them to go together if possible. I think he doesn't want one pony taken and the other just left behind without a companion.
Also he said the stallion is halter broke..meaning he can get the halter on the stallion and grab him by the halter and lead him in his stall or out the gate..but not broke to lead on a leadrope.
I don't think he has really pushed to get the horses gone though he has had a few people look at them...and I'm not sure if he really cares (or not much as I do lol) that they don't go to someone who won't just turn around and dump them at a meat auction.
It's a BEAUTIFUL day outside 2:20pm. 76degrees with a breeze. Poor ponies next door are in their stall with no food, no water, dirty stall, since yesterday evening. I would give them water except I don't have buckets for them as they don't have water buckets in their stall (they have a sink that he puts grain in). I feel bad for them and have offered to turn them out for him before but it seems he didn't really want me to help out.
update: AS I was typing this he's here. Yay the horses will get out :0) Sorry for no updated pictures but I've been really busy with kids birthdays and stuff. Will try to get some soon.
Animal control doesn't do anything around here. They look well fed and taken care of ..food on the property..rain water barrels. No starving looking animals. There isn't mounds of poo in their stalls..they are just dirty churned up dirt floors that are sometimes dirty (a day or two at a time).
Animal Control came out to another barn that I was where the horse had hooves so overgrown misshapen it was backwards and the horse wouldn't put any weight on it. Horse looked starved. Owner told them that the horse was fine and had a stroke and they wouldn't do anything. Vet did finally manage to convince the owner to put the horse down instead of floating the hroses teeth. That's when the horse was lame on the other three legs as well and couldn't hardly get up. Animal control did nothing to the horse that had it's head tied to it's saddle overnight either. It's pretty sad but they don't really care.