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  • Retired Horse Needs Home

    Hi, any ideas about placing a retired horse in safe, happy, healthy environment in southeastern US? Horse needs home immediately, but must also find home where he can be companion horse as $$ currently unavailble to keep him. This is for a good friend who takes excellent care of her horses. I am researching as she is busy at work and at home. Thanks!

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    Originally posted by BarleyTwist View Post
    Hi, any ideas about placing a retired horse in safe, happy, healthy environment in southeastern US? Horse needs home immediately, but must also find home where he can be companion horse as $$ currently unavailble to keep him. This is for a good friend who takes excellent care of her horses. I am researching as she is busy at work and at home. Thanks!
    No offense, but giving a way a retired horse so someone else can support him is not, IMO, taking excellent care of her horses.
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    • #3
      I have to disagree with you, big time. Things happen, all the time, that prevent you from being able to afford your horse that you have always been able to afford. Finding a good home for the horse, when you can no longer provide it, is the most responsable thing any owner could do.
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      • #4
        I agree that instead of unintentionally starving your horse because you cannot feed it, try and find it a home that can. What's wrong with that?

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        • #5
          Give horse away with little-to-no-leadtime and expect someone else to pick up the tab versus starve horse to death.

          False alternative. Other possibilities include- planning ahead a retirement budget (maybe skip 3-4 shows/year and put that money in savings instead). Finding a very low cost pasture boarding barn where you can work off the board. Finding a friend who might like to lease the horse for up/down lessons (if he;s capable).

          Barring that, you can put your horse down if you can't afford to keep him anymore.

          There are always CHOICES. Just because you prefer one choice (someone else ponies up the $$$ to support the horse you used and enjoyed) does not mean that the only alternative is to abandon the horse entirely.
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          • #6
            It would help if you could provide more details. Age, temperment, can horse still do light riding?, if not sound- what is the issue causing unsoundness?

            Finding a straight up retirement home for nothing- pretty hard to find. Homes can be found though that need a sane light riding horse. Please make sure your friend does a diligent check on potential homes though- there are many wolves dressed in sheep's clothing.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BarleyTwist View Post
              Hi, any ideas about placing a retired horse in safe, happy, healthy environment in southeastern US? Horse needs home immediately, but must also find home where he can be companion horse as $$ currently unavailble to keep him. This is for a good friend who takes excellent care of her horses. I am researching as she is busy at work and at home. Thanks!
              maybe paring down # of horses would be appropriate
              Nothing says "I love you" like a tractor. (Clydejumper)

              The reports states, “Elizabeth reported that she accidently put down this pony, ........, at the show.”

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              • #8
                I don't see it as looking for someone else to foot the bill for a useless animal. OP said friend is hoping to find someone in need of a buddy/companion. Plenty of people in this world enjoy horsekeeping, even for ones with no use as riding horses.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SGray View Post
                  maybe paring down # of horses would be appropriate
                  Amen — if you can't afford to keep your retired friend turned out in a pasture, it's time to rethink your entire horse budget, IMHO.

                  OP, it might help if we had more info on the horse: Is he sound? Special needs? Suitable for light trail riding and/or equine therapy?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
                    Give horse away with little-to-no-leadtime and expect someone else to pick up the tab versus starve horse to death.

                    False alternative. Other possibilities include- planning ahead a retirement budget (maybe skip 3-4 shows/year and put that money in savings instead). Finding a very low cost pasture boarding barn where you can work off the board. Finding a friend who might like to lease the horse for up/down lessons (if he;s capable).

                    Barring that, you can put your horse down if you can't afford to keep him anymore.

                    There are always CHOICES. Just because you prefer one choice (someone else ponies up the $$$ to support the horse you used and enjoyed) does not mean that the only alternative is to abandon the horse entirely.
                    THANK YOU. i am so @#*&^$@# sick of threads here and elsewhere about people giving away their retirees bc they "can't afford them" anymore. funny how these same people are never trying to give away their show horses.
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                    • #11
                      These types of threads burn me up. Although the OP is not forthcoming about the entire situation, we can assume she has other horses and doesn't want the old guy. But I truly hope that isn't the case.
                      And yes things happen. But your first responsibility is to the horse who took care of you for many years. Sell the other ones first if you have to.
                      At our trainers barn, the old school horses are loved and treasured. Both well into their twenties and doing well. Our trainer would never think of dumping them even though they no longer can carry a rider. Every time I see them I know my kids are learning a lesson much more valuable than how to ride.

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                      • #12
                        One of the horses that I'm going to look at this week is for sale due to owner's finances. She's keeping her difficult horse and selling the nicer one because she's afraid the difficult one would end up in a bad place whereas she feels confidant that she can find a good home for the nicer one.

                        Seems like a very wrenching, difficult choice no matter what.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
                          Give horse away with little-to-no-leadtime and expect someone else to pick up the tab versus starve horse to death.

                          False alternative. Other possibilities include- planning ahead a retirement budget (maybe skip 3-4 shows/year and put that money in savings instead). Finding a very low cost pasture boarding barn where you can work off the board. Finding a friend who might like to lease the horse for up/down lessons (if he;s capable).

                          Barring that, you can put your horse down if you can't afford to keep him anymore.

                          There are always CHOICES. Just because you prefer one choice (someone else ponies up the $$$ to support the horse you used and enjoyed) does not mean that the only alternative is to abandon the horse entirely.
                          This is so right. I just absolutely hate ads/posts like this. The horse gives you (almost) its whole life, and then you want to throw it away "to a good home" at the end? How many people out there are happy to cough up hundreds of dollars a month for board, special shoeing, senior feed, supplements, meds, etc, on a horse they can't do anything with and have no history with? Not many. If finances are really that bad, euthanize the poor horse in the home it's familiar with, around people it loves, before it has to go be frightened and uncertain in some giveaway home.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Poniesofmydreams View Post
                            But your first responsibility is to the horse who took care of you for many years. Sell the other ones first if you have to.
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                            THIS.

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                            • #15
                              There are SOOOOOO many pasture board places around all parts of the country that only cost 100 or 200 a month. What is so wrong with putting a horse out to pasture and paying the pittance it takes to let it live out its life happily in a herd?

                              You'd be amazed at how you can take nearly any horse and put it in a pasture and it will be very happy with its new life. For the cost of 2 lessons a month, you could just let it live out it's years in a field.
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                              • #16
                                I can see that for people who own multiple horses. But I think in a one-horse situation, expecting someone to keep a horse who's no longer suitable for them (old, injured, just doesn't do what they wanted) is a bit unreasonble. Doesn't sound like that's the case here, but would the people saying "sell the young ones" say the same thing if it wasn't a question of selling off other horses, but "keep the unrideable horse for the rest of its life even if that means your riding goes on hold for a year/two years/five years/however long it takes for this horse to die or reach a low enough quality of life a vet will euthanize it?"
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                                • #17
                                  There is currently a post on EMG (Canadian Board) which "offers" a 19 year old double registered Hanoverian mare. "Retired from breeding and want moved as soon as possible to make room." In this case, they are asking $1K. So, this mare has been a broodmare for them, can no longer do that job, and down the road you go. This makes me crazy.

                                  In this situation, even if finances are tight, there should have been far more preparation than just "horse needs home immediately." Where do you think these horses go? Do you think there are people lined up to take on someone else's responsibility???? I have two on retirement board. One is 19 and the other is 31. I pay $265.00/month for each plus vet, plus farrier, worming etc. Can I afford it? Not really but it would be kinder for me to euthanise them than to have either in a questionable situation. They are MY responsibility and as such, their care will looked after.

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                                  • #18
                                    But there is also no guarantee that the cheap pasture board places will take great care of the horse either. Either way, whether it be to a freebie home or a cheaply boarded home, the person giving the horse up still needs to do routine site visits to make sure.

                                    I have a dream to one day be able to afford a nice place to keep old and retired show horses to live out their days at a reasonable rate. All my old show horses were free leased to a friend who lived down the street and had foster kids. So they just got brushed all day. And ate. What a life. It's a shame they can't all have that!

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                                    • #19
                                      Sorry, OP, I don't mean to slam you or your friend but...

                                      I also think it's unreasonable to ask a total stranger with that oh so elusive "good home" to take on an older horse as a companion "immediately".
                                      I totally understand feeling the need to place such horse(s) in loving home(s), but I have come to believe that it IS the responsibility of the owner (especially the one said horse gave many years of service to) to provide that good and forever home.

                                      I have a pasture full of companion horses and I have one whose people pay for his retirement. He gave his girl a few years at the top, then he had colic surgery. They gave him much love and care and a chance to recover. When he didn't make it back to the top of his game and the girl went off to college, they leased him out (for free) at a lower level. When he needed surgery not once, but twice, for different reasons they stepped up, even though he was too old for insurance and no longer out competing. When he was ready to retire, they left him with me and have been as involved as owners from another part of the country can be (even coming to visit). They pay for all his expenses. These are not wealthy people. They live in a big city, not the country. Only the daughter is even 'horsey'. This horse has been leased out or retired for many more years than he was doing his job for these people, but they still feel they owe him!! I can't help but feel that's the way it should be.....
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                                      • #20
                                        I don't like posts like this any better than anyone else, but sadly I recognize that life can change in ways that people don't anticipate, and I try not to judge.

                                        Ideally everyone would always keep their horses for life, regardless of what their circumstances were. In reality, this is not even the case for a lot of children, much less horses. When I see something like this where the horse immediately needs another home, I tend to assume the owner has been suddenly faced with some hardship... an unanticipated job loss, divorce, illness, etc. Dunno if that is the case here but given the savings rate of our country generally and the desperate straights a lot of folks are in these days, it is at least a possiblity.

                                        Maybe the person in the OP just no longer wants to pay to keep a horse that has served them well and IS trying to pawn him off on others while continuing to enjoy their other, younger, rideable animals.

                                        I have no way of knowing and frankly, just hope the horse finds somewhere safe to land.
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