That's how I needed another horse. My husband has been out of work for almost a year and a half. I am about to lose my job. No lesson business to speak of. Book sales are non-existent. So why did I click on the "free tb gelding" ad on craigslist? Because I sold a tb gelding to someone from the town in the ad. And sure enough, it's my horse. Looking awful. Easily 500 pounds underweight and covered in scars. Didn't look like that when I sold him a year and a half ago. Turns out the girl that bought him from me fell on hard times due to job loss and sold him for less than she paid for him to a younger kid who wanted to event. Their "trainer" tried to cram this sensitive soft mouthed thoroughbred (he raced in a rubber snaffle) into a "dressage" frame and he started rearing. Kid gave him back to original buyer in horrible shape, underweight, scared, with huge scars on his withers from an ill fitting saddle.
My daughter took off work and spent the day cleaning out our spare stall and we hitched up the trailer when I got home from work. Went and got our Hammy. No idea what we are going to do with him, other than feed him up and start him over. He's in a pen by himself until I can go get him a powerpac (just did my whole herd with powerpacs last week!) We're keeping a full slow feed haynet in front of him at all times. Trying not to cry, and wondering how I can ever sell another horse.
You're good people, 4cornersfarm. I'm sorry this is hitting you at such a bad time, but, often, selfless acts like this have their own reward. I hope that things turn around for you quickly and thank you for not hesitating in going to get Hammy.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past - let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Oregon, sitting on my couch looking out the window at a mountain
What a relief for him that you found him and have brought him home. What a blessing in his life that he gets to return to your love and kindness. What a blessing to you that you found him and are able to nurse him back to health and happiness.
Happy horse, happy you. I don't believe in Karma, yet... every time I've done something really good it has somehow enriched me. I hope this is your experience in this stressful time. You've done a wonderful thing.
Thank you all for your kind thoughts. Bedazzle, we are okay for now, living off our tax refund at the moment, and I am still bringing home a paycheck until the end of the school year. Hubby had a phone interview yesterday. Hammy already looks better, not sure how that's possible, but I think he was dehydrated and stressed from living out with no shelter and lots of bugs. He's a typical thoroughbred, happiest indoors, although he loves his stall with attached paddock so he can go out when he wants.
Anyone who would like to help, you can buy my book. It's out of print, but the electronic version is still available.