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Young girl from Maine rescues 2 slaughter-bound young horses in Washington State!

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    #21
    Originally posted by Lisa Cook View Post
    I read it as young girl obtains 2 horses she can't afford and is dependent upon discounted board, vet and farrier fees in addition to stranger donations in order to sustain them. This is good - how?
    this is how I read it as well.
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      #22
      I'm glad you all had similar thoughts, as my (non-horsey) mom sent the story to me and was surprised by my negative/cynical reaction.

      And to sound totally callous, it always surprises me when people whose only goal is to "rescue" a horse, any horse (and aren't giving much thought to suitability in terms of riding goals they might have for the horse) end up purchasing horses across the country from them. If you are looking for a nice pasture ornament, or even a sweet youngster to give a fresh start, aren't there likely options closer to home? I can seem more where folks who are coming from who like the idea of a "rescue" but would like the horse to be of a certain type/breed/skill set (driving in particular comes to mind here) who choose to ship a relative unknown a little or a lot farther.

      I guess I just worry what happens when the media attention dies down and the 12 year old stops receiving donations. What happens then?

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        #23
        REALITY BREAK!!

        Just for frame of reference, what were all of YOUR first horses? Any "pony for Christmas?" "Hissy fit at the Auction?" "Used-up much beloved Schoolie?" "He followed me home from Camp?" or, in my case, "No one else wants to ride this SOB, I'll sell him to you cheap!"

        Very few teens who weren't born with a silver spoon in their mouth start out with superior stock from reputable breeders . . . beaucoup many of us rode what we could get. Including MANY who became professionals having learned "on the job."

        Carry on . . .

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          #24
          Originally posted by CVPeg View Post
          Just found this article this morning. Hope it's not a duplicate post.

          http://bangordailynews.com/2013/09/0...rom-slaughter/

          Kudos to all who helped this girl - the transporter drove them cross country with no charge! And several others pitched in as well, and are continuing to do so.

          The young lady had saved $1400 from babysitting and odd jobs to lease a horse, then opted to save these two. And is determined to work hard enough to continue to pay their way.

          Reading this story is a great way to start a morning.
          I personally think it is a great thing to see a young person taking on this kind of responsibility and initiative, something we seldom see in kids today due to either the current mindset of society, the lack of opportunity due to an ever-increasingly litigious and prohibitive environment for children to take on large responsibilities, or both. I wish her the best of luck and I have no doubt that, should her endeavor fail, there will be someone willing to step up to the plate to take over due to the attention this has received.

          I think some of the equestrian facts in the article may not be entirely correct, such as the trims being so expensive, but I don't think it detracts from her effort here.

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            #25
            Originally posted by RiderInTheRain View Post
            I'm glad you all had similar thoughts, as my (non-horsey) mom sent the story to me and was surprised by my negative/cynical reaction.

            And to sound totally callous, it always surprises me when people whose only goal is to "rescue" a horse, any horse (and aren't giving much thought to suitability in terms of riding goals they might have for the horse) end up purchasing horses across the country from them. If you are looking for a nice pasture ornament, or even a sweet youngster to give a fresh start, aren't there likely options closer to home? I can seem more where folks who are coming from who like the idea of a "rescue" but would like the horse to be of a certain type/breed/skill set (driving in particular comes to mind here) who choose to ship a relative unknown a little or a lot farther.

            I guess I just worry what happens when the media attention dies down and the 12 year old stops receiving donations. What happens then?
            I guess her parents and she will have to deal with that occurrence when it happens, as many people do with their own situations.

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              #26
              Sort of a no-brainer that it could not have been done without her parents' approval, sanction, logistical support and financial backing, not to mention permission.

              When I was growing up this was called "a 4-H Project."

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                #27
                It's heartwarming because it featured a kid whose goal was to help two little raggedy horses that didn't have a future.

                If she wanted to be competitive, she should have forked over the money on a horse that could have taken her onwards and upwards, and would never, ever get sick. But what if she simply loves horses and has a kind heart? Is that not a valid reason?

                Did whatshername who ran CBER ever go to jail?

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                  #28
                  Originally posted by Lady Eboshi View Post
                  REALITY BREAK!!

                  Just for frame of reference, what were all of YOUR first horses? Any "pony for Christmas?" "Hissy fit at the Auction?" "Used-up much beloved Schoolie?" "He followed me home from Camp?" or, in my case, "No one else wants to ride this SOB, I'll sell him to you cheap!"

                  Very few teens who weren't born with a silver spoon in their mouth start out with superior stock from reputable breeders . . . beaucoup many of us rode what we could get. Including MANY who became professionals having learned "on the job."

                  Carry on . . .
                  Did you ship it in from the other freaking side of the continent?
                  Did you expect that people would donate goods, services, and money for it?
                  Kid could have copped an auction special locally. Likely cheaper, too.

                  My first horse cost the princely sum of $85.
                  The second one was 20 cents/pound.
                  "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                  ...just settin' on the Group W bench.

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                    #29
                    Originally posted by Lady Eboshi View Post
                    Sort of a no-brainer that it could not have been done without her parents' approval, sanction, logistical support and financial backing, not to mention permission.

                    When I was growing up this was called "a 4-H Project."
                    when I was growing up it was called stupid....and the distances from market to barn where much shorter....

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                      #30
                      Originally posted by Ghazzu View Post
                      Did you ship it in from the other freaking side of the continent?
                      Did you expect that people would donate goods, services, and money for it?
                      Kid could have copped an auction special locally. Likely cheaper, too.

                      My first horse cost the princely sum of $85.
                      The second one was 20 cents/pound.
                      I guess we should start throwing stones now at everyone on here who has rescued CL horses from all over the country and those who send them "dribbles" too now, huh? Or can all of them be accounted for as fully capable horsemen who have endless resources once the "rescues" are made?

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                        #31
                        Those looking for reliable shippers might want to check out the one who helped this kid, IMO.

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                          #32
                          Originally posted by Lady Eboshi View Post
                          Sort of a no-brainer that it could not have been done without her parents' approval, sanction, logistical support and financial backing, not to mention permission.

                          When I was growing up this was called "a 4-H Project."
                          Sounds like the original plan was to lease a horse, presumably one that was broke. I'd have a whole lot more respect for her parents if they had allowed her to do that rather than buy two weanlings that had to be shipped cross country on someone else's dime.

                          New Holland is a heck of a lot closer if she had to have to horses unsuitable for a kid.

                          BTW, there have been plenty of COTH stones thrown at cross-country rescues and the ability of those begging for funds to ship said rescue has also been questioned. Those questions should be asked.
                          Last edited by red mares; Sep. 4, 2013, 10:05 PM. Reason: typos
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                            #33
                            Originally posted by RubyTuesday View Post
                            I guess we should start throwing stones now at everyone on here who has rescued CL horses from all over the country and those who send them "dribbles" too now, huh? Or can all of them be accounted for as fully capable horsemen who have endless resources once the "rescues" are made?
                            There are enough hardworking kids out there who do not rely or depend on strangers to make their dreams come true.

                            Yeah, nice feel-good piece.
                            Save the horses from slaughter....too bad two other horses went instead.
                            it's not like there is no broker closer to home dealing in slaughter bound horses.
                            and it had to be two, not one, bit two horses...double the fun, right.
                            two unbroke critters...

                            I am glad that the follow up won't be national news...when the first vet bill comes due, the novelty wore off and money comes in slower than expected.

                            Strange, some of the more vocal advocates are the same people who will tell a grown person that if they do not have the money/credit for major medical plus euthanasia and burial, they have no business owning a horse...
                            In a month or two, the gal will be right on that point.
                            Another month from that?

                            Great that she saved this much money.
                            Too bad nobody stepped in talking her out of this insane project.

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                              #34
                              Originally posted by RubyTuesday View Post
                              I guess we should start throwing stones now at everyone on here who has rescued CL horses from all over the country and those who send them "dribbles" too now, huh? Or can all of them be accounted for as fully capable horsemen who have endless resources once the "rescues" are made?
                              IMHO, someone who "rescues" an animal should have the wherewithal to care for it.
                              Otherwise, it runs a real risk of having to be "rescued" again.
                              There's a big gulf between "endless resources" and adequate resources.
                              "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                              ...just settin' on the Group W bench.

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                                #35
                                Originally posted by Alagirl View Post
                                T.
                                and it had to be two, not one, bit two horses...double the fun, right.
                                two unbroke critters....
                                Oh, I think she was totally suckered into the 2nd one. Whoever she was dealing with for the first horse totally picked her as a chugging the Disney Kool-Aid mark and made up the story of "well, that there horse you bought, he won't load unless we put this other little fella (who'll get the axe in 90 minutes) on the trailer with him. Your horse sure did take that little fella under his wing, all protective-like." Really - that 2nd horse was dumped on her with about as much subtly as a baseball bat between the eyes. I could see a starry-eyed, Walter Farley brainwashed 12 year old falling for that spiel, but is there no adult with a functioning IQ in her life?

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                                  #36
                                  Grreeaatt... So everyone is ready to pile on about a kid who made a poor choice...with her heart, and her hard earned $ , and without much guidance.
                                  I find it really sad that the much vaunted "wisdom of COTH" that is ready to join forces and pass the hat for every sad Craigslist horse that is shared here can't mention even once the possibilty of finding some local COTH folk who would be willing to lend some hands on wisdom to a girl who's likely over her head.
                                  But then it's easier to criticize and snark than to offer a hand.
                                  Or perhaps there is no Coth contingent in Maine.

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                                    #37
                                    I'm not "piling on the kid" so much as on the supposed adults who facilitated it.

                                    The kid's enthusiasm could and should have been tempered with some common sense.
                                    "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                                    ...just settin' on the Group W bench.

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                                      #38
                                      Originally posted by Lisa Cook View Post
                                      Oh, I think she was totally suckered into the 2nd one. Whoever she was dealing with for the first horse totally picked her as a chugging the Disney Kool-Aid mark and made up the story of "well, that there horse you bought, he won't load unless we put this other little fella (who'll get the axe in 90 minutes) on the trailer with him. Your horse sure did take that little fella under his wing, all protective-like." Really - that 2nd horse was dumped on her with about as much subtly as a baseball bat between the eyes. I could see a starry-eyed, Walter Farley brainwashed 12 year old falling for that spiel, but is there no adult with a functioning IQ in her life?
                                      Precisely the point.

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                                        #39
                                        Yep. It's the adults in her life who are the idiots. It's good for kids to have dreams and ambitions. *Love* her compassion and willingness to work hard. Rare attributes, indeed in a 12 year old. So a responsible parent would gently guide her towards a less financially ruinous route of perhaps volunteering at a rescue.

                                        She is *1 month* into an already heavily subsidized ownership (free shipping, reduced board) and is begging for charity from strangers. What is that teaching her?

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                                          #40
                                          Originally posted by Hinderella View Post
                                          Grreeaatt... So everyone is ready to pile on about a kid who made a poor choice...with her heart, and her hard earned $ , and without much guidance.
                                          I find it really sad that the much vaunted "wisdom of COTH" that is ready to join forces and pass the hat for every sad Craigslist horse that is shared here can't mention even once the possibilty of finding some local COTH folk who would be willing to lend some hands on wisdom to a girl who's likely over her head.
                                          But then it's easier to criticize and snark than to offer a hand.
                                          Or perhaps there is no Coth contingent in Maine.
                                          I'm sayin'. I'm sure some hands capable of helping with training would be an asset for the girl and the horses.

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