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Moral issue. Update! She's mine - and with pics!

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  • Moral issue. Update! She's mine - and with pics!

    OK I need some insight. How many of you would do this?

    I posted a few weeks ago about an older broodmare who has been offered to me for free, the owners are in a rush to dump her, she's a bit underweight but gorgeous behind the rough exterior and has paid her dues with some very successful foals. Unfortunately I'm getting the vibe she'll be headed down auction road if I don't take her.

    My new job has afforded me more steady income than I expected and bills are not so tight as I once thought they were. However, I still don't need another retired mouth to feed nor does it make a whole lot of financial sense to feed another at this point in my life when I should be putting the extra income to paying off my truck faster.

    My bills are all paid and I will have a bit of income at the end of the month. I was thinking of taking this mare and giving her 90 days to fatten up, find out if she's rideable, and find her a forever home to someone who will love on her more than I can. If I can't find a home by then just humanely putting her to sleep. How many of you could/would do this?? I know I'll get attached and it will be rough, but she really does deserve it better. She pulled at my heart strings when I went to see her in person, a really incredible mare IMO, and it will ease my guilt about not knowing where she might end up.

    I know we can't rescue them all, and there are thousands in auction houses now that are younger/sound/etc but she is one of those that really has paid her debt to horse society and if anything, in my mind, deserves a peaceful retirement, even if it is crossing the bridge. Thoughts???

    I'm awaiting an OK from Mods for my post on Giveaways, and I've exhausted all my friends (begging and pleading! ) but everyone is trying to give and not take these days... well except me.
    Last edited by City Ponies; Feb. 18, 2009, 09:57 AM.
    Fourth N' Goal Training LLC.
    ~Specializing in Mom and Kid Approved Equitation and Jumper Horses

    *Horse Collector Status = Six Pack*

  • #2
    Kudos to you. Think of the starfish on the beach...Your making a difference to her.

    I see nothing wrong with what youve said. Im doing pretty much the same thing--improve em and buy more time. Sometimes thats all the needed. Just check out the home fully and ask if theyll give her back to you if/when they cant use her anymroe. Be prepared to follow thru with #2 if that happens.

    Lifes a gamble.
    “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker

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    • #3
      You'd be taking on the responsibility that nobody else did for this mare. It's a kind and noble thing to do as long as you can do whatever you decide to do-- feed her and love her until the end of her days many years from now, or kindly put her down.

      I don't know that I'd be strong enough to take one on specifically knowing this might be her outcome, but it's exactly what I'll be doing for my mare-- loving her and riding her until I cannot, then humanely putting her down.

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        #4
        I'll will be fully prepared to take her back if need be, even if it is to euthansize her due to circumstances. My parents are taking care of my 2 while I'm in school and thankfully paying most of their daily costs (they are insanely easy keepers) but it's only because I'm in school full-time plus work 45+ hours a week to pay my rent, truck, etc and keep my good grades up, so they don't mind throwing $75 a month to the "Reno & Indy Fund". However, because this mare needs lots of extra groceries and grass isn't good yet they won't take this mare as well as she is. And I can't logically spend every extra dollar I make on another horse with the economy the way it is, and the need to minimize what I have on my credit. Otherwise I probably would keep her forever.

        Like you said, I'm just trying to buy her a little more time.
        Fourth N' Goal Training LLC.
        ~Specializing in Mom and Kid Approved Equitation and Jumper Horses

        *Horse Collector Status = Six Pack*

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        • #5
          If you can afford it and handle it emotionally go for it!

          The only thing I would do is go into it prepared to keep her if I can't find a home for her. I would not want to take her on and then euthanize her just because I can't find a home. Just something I could not do.
          No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill

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            #6
            Not saying I can do that, but try! Yes, I know working a second job for the rest of my life may be a real possibility. But I also realize I'm not going to let myself go broke for this horse either, it's just not feasible for this stage in my life - just pulled myself out of serious debt and trying to get rid of bills to up credit to buy house. I can't say if she's had a good life thus far, but she seems quite happy and content despite the fact she could use some weight and maybe a trim. Her 3 yr old will likely be headed to World Show this year, be a shame in my mind if she ended up in Mexico 6 months earlier.
            Fourth N' Goal Training LLC.
            ~Specializing in Mom and Kid Approved Equitation and Jumper Horses

            *Horse Collector Status = Six Pack*

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            • #7
              Do it! If you find her a home, great. If not and you have to put her down,, it is a peaceful death and not a trip to the slaughterhouse.

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              • #8
                I'd go for it. Heck, if her baby does go to the show, contact the managment and put the word out that her mama is looking for a good home. What breed is she? I know sometimes other breeders will take in desprate cases. Good luck!
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                  #9
                  She's a TB, all her babies have been Appendix's. I made the call an hour ago and told them she was "sold" and they are fine with me keeping her there til I find a suitable affordable place (week or so) of course with the stipulation I pay feed costs.

                  I found a great possiblity for board that I'm going to check out Wednesday, and possibly two homes if she's rideable. She hasn't had anyone on her back in over 10 years, but I've broken enough babies I'm not afraid to try and get on her this week. I will try my hardest the next 2-3 months to find her the forever home she deserves, and I'm not opposed to other breeders b/c I'd love to breed her myself - she's NICE!

                  Once she is moved I will show pictures and what her babies have done. Don't want to put too much out there now. But maybe someone will see how nice she is...
                  Fourth N' Goal Training LLC.
                  ~Specializing in Mom and Kid Approved Equitation and Jumper Horses

                  *Horse Collector Status = Six Pack*

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                  • #10
                    Would I do it? No but I could find 100's just like her including some of my own when they no longer produce both equine and bovine. I sell them to pay bills and for the income as part of my business. If I put them down or gave them away I'd be tossing out about $2k a year. Plus I'd have 100's buried on this place.
                    Quality doesn\'t cost it pays.

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                    • #11
                      You don't have/(had) one or two "starfish" cluttering up the place, County?
                      Not ever?
                      I take your point and understand your position-Just curious. It's few and far between that haven't had some exceptions to prove the rule.
                      To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it. - GK Chesterton

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                      • #12
                        You mean pets? Oh sure I've had loits of pets of lots of different species. Pets and livestock are two totally different deals here.
                        Quality doesn\'t cost it pays.

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                        • #13
                          So what do you do with your aged producers, County? Ship 'em off to slaughter?
                          Horse Show Names Free name website with over 6200 names. Want to add? PM me!

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                          • #14
                            Sell them to who ever pays the most I know almost all the cows and sows go to slaughter. If the mares are broke to ride they go as riders other wise I'm sure they go to slaughter same as the other species. They could go as pasture puffs but not much market here for them that I see.
                            Quality doesn\'t cost it pays.

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                            • #15
                              CP, I would do something like that! That's a kind thing for you to do for this mare. If you sense she could be in trouble soon, she probably will be.

                              Old broodmares need love too!
                              "None of us can move forward if half of us are being held back." ~Anonymous~

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                                #16
                                Well I did it! Got the bill of sale today for a whole $1 and set up for her new coggins to be pulled, her shots are good til April. I've decided unless I know where's she's going she will be available for free lease as a broodie or someone that wants a pasture puff, with the stipulation she can always come back to me or if it turns out great I will sign over papers in a few years. (But even then she can still come back). She's quite enough as a walk along trail horse, and I'm going to try to get her inspected WB to help her chances for a home.

                                I'll post pics soon.

                                Luckily - thanks to COTH - I already have an interested temp-home for her to be a mommy which is only 2 hours away, plenty close for me to visit or if I'm needed to make a decision in an emergency. Fingers crossed this one works out!!
                                Fourth N' Goal Training LLC.
                                ~Specializing in Mom and Kid Approved Equitation and Jumper Horses

                                *Horse Collector Status = Six Pack*

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                                • #17
                                  Fingers crossed!
                                  www.specialhorses.org
                                  a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues

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                                  • #18
                                    I wish there were more like you city ponies than there are county's.
                                    save lives...spay/neuter/geld

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                                      #19
                                      I guess karma does roll around back at you. Last night I won the 50/50 raffle at work, won $140 so that is going towards her coggins, a pretty new halter, some brushes, feed for 2-3 weeks.. and of course.. yummy treats!

                                      BTW- Her JC name is Hope For Royalty. How fitting is that??

                                      Here are her pics
                                      http://pets.webshots.com/album/570154668qtFQdV
                                      Fourth N' Goal Training LLC.
                                      ~Specializing in Mom and Kid Approved Equitation and Jumper Horses

                                      *Horse Collector Status = Six Pack*

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                                      • #20
                                        She's lovely and you done good!

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