This started out as another color breed feature, on chocolate palominos, but when I found this farm's web site, I was left gaping in horror.
Folks, nothing should be this fat. Nothing. This is the equine version of a resident of the "Brookhaven Obesity Clinic." If this critter isn't foundered yet, it is a miracle. To me, the way this stallion is being maintained is every bit as negligent as that mother who let her 10 year old girl reach 600 lbs and the kid then died (remember that one?). This isn't pretty. This is gross.
You people who own this horse should be ashamed of yourselves. NOT HEALTHY!
I sent this to a friend and her first comment was "is he pregnant?" Pregnancy is probably the only thing that would explain this belly, though even a full term mare shouldn't have a butt like that. Who knows what the feet look like, since we can't see them under all the hair.
They brag that he is "super, super gentle." Of course he is. He's morbidly obese and he can't see an inch in front of his nose! I'd be gentle too.
Seriously, WTF is this animal supposed to be good for? Maybe they can spray the feathers and the mane with Lemon Pledge and use him to dust the barn!
But hey, if a disgustingly obese equine with more hair than a 1980's rock star is what you crave, never fear - you can for sure afford it! They take credit cards! No money down! They give discounts to "non-feathered" mares! You don't need any money, just come and breed or buy! We won't worry about how you are going to take care of the resulting foal or pay vet bills. Just come on down and get a brand spanking new Hairy Obese Cob of your very own!
Send y'alls friends and neighbors down too and we'll pay you a $50 referral fee for every breeding they buy! The more the merrier, 'cause you know the embryo transfer foals out of that chocolate behemoth are just $12,000! Ye gods, and some of us go to work every day... *insert massive eye rolling*
One final comment...it's hard to see but is that the kind of fence I think it is behind the baby? If so, there ya go. $12,000 baby in front of horse-eating fence. Only in Missouri...
By the way, if you're going to photoshop your pictures, learn how to do it so it doesn't look so fake.
OK, getting back on what I meant my topic to be, here's a nice chocolate palomino stallion. I know the halter horses aren't everybody's cup of tea, so here's something different and equally excellent as the last golden palomino stud I posted. This AQHA stallion was bred to barrel race, and that is indeed what he is doing at the moment. Again, we see the elements of an athlete here - a compact build, a perfectly sloped shoulder, a powerful hip, correct legs and nicely sloped pasterns. He isn't as highly muscled as the halter type, and he doesn't have as cute of a head, but he is still an excellent example of a Quarter Horse stallion.
He'd be just as excellent if he were plain bay - the fancy color is as it should be - an extra bonus!
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 12:10 PM
Monday, July 30, 2007
Had to pass this one along. Check out today's Craigslist asshat. In a previous posting, he noted that little kids can ride her but that is it because "her feet are too sore." Lovely.
25 yo mare needs retirement home NOW!
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.orgDate: 2007-07-30, 10:45AM PDT FREE!!! My mare needs somewhere to go where she can retire! She is registered, so you could try to breed her, but no guarantees that she will take with her age. If I had a big pasture to put her out on, I would keep her, but I dont.. and I dont wanna feed her through the winter.. I have too many young horses who need the extra feed. I am donating her to the local Tiger Park if no one comes to get her by the weekend. Shes a sweet mare, and I dont wanna do that.. but I dont really have a choice! Thanks! SHE IS FREE!
I posted in response and told him he was an asshole and he then e-mailed me and said "why are you sending me this, I don't even own a horse." Um, no one sent YOU anything. I posted on Craigslist. You are responding to my posting because you do, in fact, own a horse - one which you are going to send to the Tiger Park because you are a cheap asshole who has too many horses and did not plan for winter, and are upset I called you on your evil, irresponsible behavior. Will Romaine at email@example.com, you are not one of this century's great thinkers.
If any of the rest of you agree with my thoughts on Mr. Romaine, feel free to let him know your thoughts on his posting!
And if anybody in the Grants Pass, Oregon area has space for this poor mare, who sounds absolutely crippled and I suspect may even be an actionable neglect case, please head on over with a trailer - and take a lot of pictures.
$100 says he's got at least one baby out of this mare...
Backyard breeders, you suck.
(Back to our regularly scheduled programming later today)
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 11:57 AM
Sunday, July 29, 2007
As I search around for snark fodder, occasionally I find pictures of horses and ponies that seem to be sending out one simple message "Please buy me and get me out of here!" Today I'm going to share some of these for your amusement.
Hi there! I am a perfectly nice Arabian. I have a lovely flat croup like I am supposed to. I have a beautiful head and neck and a terrific shoulder. I cannot, however, jump my way out of a paper bag and this lady doesn't get it. And her death grip on my face is not helping me do better.
So could you please buy me and put me to work doing something I can actually do? This is kinda scary.
Maybe if I take a big enough jump, they will fall off and hit their head on a rock and then I will be freeeeee! Freeeeee! Freeeeee! I will go live with the mustangs. At least they won't have this death grip on my mouth and be sitting on my kidneys like a sack of potatoes while I try in vain to navigate terrain that you couldn't get through with a 4wd.
Can you just buy a freakin' ATV and leave me alone?
I am a nice pony. Truly I am. I am not a freakin' couch. You, your girlfriend and the dog are all TOO old and TOO big to be sitting on me.
Aren't you supposed to be at the mall hunting for boys by this age? I'll sit here and eat grass until your kids are old enough to start riding. Capische? I didn't realize this was so difficult, but y'all are blonde so I guess I have to spell it out.
I am a Thoroughbred. I am totally humiliated by this. Look at the long-suffering look on my face. Please buy me and take me to your nice hunter/jumper or dressage barn. I am supposed to have color coded blankets based upon what temperature it is, a chiropractor and someone needs to pull my shaggy mane. I swear I can be beautiful. Please get me away from these people and their silver ferrule 1970's western show tack. Those boys are going to get older and think they can make me barrel race or goat tie or something, I just know it. I am a princess. I do not belong here.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 10:07 AM
Friday, July 27, 2007
Check this out - it was written by a vet.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 11:32 AM
A good horse is never a bad color, but a bad horse can be a good color - Part II, Palomino Quarter Horses
Palomino is such a pretty color. Ever since Roy Rogers rode Trigger, generations of American horsepeople have wanted a golden horse of their very own with a flowing mane and tail - and this stallion does not disappoint. Unfortunately, most Breyer models are better put together than this guy. He's downhill, even though he's a mature stallion - he's not going to level up.
He's as long as a 1979 Lincoln Town Car, and those back legs are posty as posty can be! Like the horses we looked at a few days ago, this one is in excellent condition and weight and presented nicely - but structurally, he's just not stallion quality.
This colt is still a yearling, so I can both hope that he'll become more level and that he'll become a gelding. Wow, check out how that neck attaches! Won't have to worry about this one picking up his head too high in the show ring. He can't. Unfortunately, that thick necked look is not what they want to see in the pleasure ring, either.
He's calf kneed, straight in the shoulder and there's no wither there to hold a saddle in place. But hey, all he needs is time and a "brain surgery" and I'm sure he'll be the pretty colored horse of some 11 year old 4-Her's dreams. He'll never be stallion quality.
OK, here's what they are supposed to look like. Yes, this is a world champion and I know not everything can be a world champion, but you can get a whole lot closer to the ideal than the two above!
Look how compact this stallion is. Compact is good. It allows a horse to stop and turn quickly, a skill that is needed in a wide variety of disciplines. Although his hocks are obscured by his tail, I can still see that his hock is where it belongs and not located weirdly underneath him like the Okapi-like halter horse I posted previously. He has withers - the saddle will not roll off his back. His shoulder angle is exactly where it should be, at a 45 degree slant. He has a well defined throatlatch and an attractive and classic QH head. By the way, he's 91% foundation bred so those of you who think I just don't like foundation QH's, take note. I like them when they look like this. I just don't like them when they look like the one above this.
I'm going to do something I don't normally do and post a link, because quite frankly, I find this too appalling not to. You know, I'm pretty open minded. I'm not even opposed to rescues also having a breeding operation - IF they're breeding quality individuals that aren't going to wind up as rescues. Not the case here. Hey, I'm glad you folks are rescuing, but when you advertise this colt as "stallion material," that tells me you need to stay out of the breeding business, because clearly you do not possess even a passing acquaintance with the AQHA breed standard and market. And yes, that colt is in crappy condition but he won't look a whole lot better when he's not. He will make a nice GELDING. Please GELD him. Immediately.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 2:24 AM
Thursday, July 26, 2007
A good horse is never a bad color, but a bad horse can be a good color - Part I, Sabino Thoroughbreds
I like exotic colored horses as much as the next person. Truly I do. But like any horse, they must also have correct conformation, athletic ability and a good disposition. Let's look at Trendy Color #1 today. These are two sabino Thoroughbreds...but what a difference.
This is a 2004 stallion (we will hope and assume this is not a 2007 picture) that is a red roan sabino Thoroughbred. A friend of mine likes to say that a true stallion prospect screams at you that he's a stallion when you look at him. All I get from this colt is the high-pitched nicker of the wimpy gelding who gets his ass kicked by the mares in the pasture. You know the one I mean!
Here we have a scrawny upside-down neck (he's scrawny in general, again, I hope this is a yearling picture), hocks that are camped waaaay out there, possibly in a different zip code, and what exactly is going on below the hock on this side? This isn't an awful colt. I like his shoulder and that he's compact. But when I look at him, the only thing he is screaming is GELD ME! at the top of his lungs.
Ah, here we go. Here is colored AND drop-dead gorgeous for you. This is also a 2004, a buckskin sabino Thoroughbred filly. I love this filly. What is not to love? Beautifully balanced, exemplary shoulder, gorgeous neck, defined throatlatch, compact build, pretty head, cute ears, good legs with good pasterns. The feet are somewhat obscured by being in sandy footing - they do look smallish but I suspect they look fine on solid ground.
I can see this filly excelling at a variety of disciplines. If she can do that and be a cool color, I am all for the cool color! It is just the icing on the cake with this filly, who is absolutely broodmare quality when her show career is finished.
I'll do more of these. I have some great examples coming up of palominos, paints, grullas, and more! Again, thanks for all the e-mail, yes, I'm behind reading it. Lots to do in the real world lately!
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 9:28 AM
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 12:41 PM
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Update: see Monday for Monday's "new" post. I started writing it on Monday and it posted as Monday even though I published it today. Sorry, a Blogger genius I am not.
The promised "real" post is in progress, but in the meantime here's today's detour into the land of crazy, irresponsible horse breeding. Can I go put banners in front of their farms saying "The National Kill Buyer's Association Thanks You For Doing Your Part To Keep Up Our Supply!" ???
$200 and up Herd Reduction - 17 horses Vernal, UT 84078 - Jul 23, 2007 My husband passed away and now I just have too many horses to care for alone. These are good horses at excellent prices - some are grade and some are registered. The moms are pretty skinny right now. (in JULY? wtf? What, are they on a 1 acre dirt lot?) Daisy - beautiful 4 year old palomino mare, grade pasofino/thoroughbred/quarter, broke to ride, but hasn't been ridden in several year (when the hell did you break her? Oh, of course, 16 months, right?) = $200 Tawny – registered sorrel overo paint filly, coming 2 year old, blue eyes, should mature at about 15.2 hands, halter broke - $350 Nyla – Unregistered Spanish Barb mare, exposed to SMR/AIHR dun stallion for 2007 foal, 15.1 hands – big sturdy mare with a gentle, loving personality, halter broke - $300 OBO dun filly on side - $100 with mom Cappacino – Spanish mustang/appaloosa cross long yearling filly, bay, may color as she gets older, sweet disposition, – should mature at 14 to 14.1 hands – $200 OBO Sierra – Registerable Spanish mustang mare, 14 hands, sweet but a little shy, has not been halter broke - $200 OBO Peaches – Registerable AIHR zebra dun yearling filly, should mature at 15 to 15.2 hands, she is already a big beautiful girl with a great mind and wonderful disposition, ready to start (yearling, ready to start? Bing, bing, I guessed right about their training philosophy!) - $300 Midnight - yearling registered black and white varnish Appaloosa colt; sweet disposition; halter-broke - $200 Snowman - Pure white long yearling Mustang stud colt; amber eyes; should mature about 14-14.2 hands; personality plus; loves his behind scratched, ready to start - $500 Dash - registered 2 year old Appaloosa gelding; he's a pocket pony; loves attention - $400 Trixie - Registered AIHR 6 year old blood bay Mustang mare; bred to SMR/AIHR zebra dun stallion for 2007 foal, she was an orphan foal that my husband raised and loves men - $300 dun filly on side - $100 with mom Clover - 4 year old Sulphur Spanish Mustang Mare - Dark grullo - Not bred (Thank you, Jesus!) - $200 Shasta - Mustang filly- Black with Chrome - 9 months - $200 Bonnie - Registered Appaloosa filly - 4 year old - broke to ride - loves to go $900 Smokin' - Registered AQHA black gelding - 4 years old - broke to ride - very gentle - probably make a great kid's horse as he matures - $500 Star - weanling stud colt, zebra dun, may go grullo (what do you have there, the Harry Potter Magikal Color Changing Sword? He's either a dun or a grulla, the two colors are totally different) , ready to go end of August - $200 Celine - weanling filly, zebra dun, may go grullo, ready to go end of September - $200 Hopscotch - weanling filly, zebra dun, ready to go end of August - $200
Got a migraine yet? It gets better.
Beautiful Egyptian Arabian mare 12 years 14 1/2 hands - $250
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org : 2007-07-21, 10:25PM PDTHorse for sale (Egyptian Arabian , mare)Beautiful Egyptian Arabian horse for sale. She is about 12 years old and has never had a halter on her, though she has been in a trailer at least once. ('cause we know she wasn't born here, hell if we know how someone got her here. She come with the farm when me and Maw bought it.) She has mainly been a pasture ornament for the last four years. (Mainly? She's not even halter broke. WTF else has she been, unless of course you bred her, which I suspect with GREAT horror from looking at her that you did.) She has a beautiful gate (I'm sure she has a beautiful fence, too, otherwise she would have left and found better owners by now) and is certainly show quality. (Are you on crack?) She is so pretty when she runs. (They don't have a show class for "bolting in fear at the sight of humans.") Perfect for someone who has time to train her. (And excellent health insurance!) She is friendly and loves attention. (As long as you are carrying food and don't try to touch her)
All joking aside, I feel awful for these horses.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 6:36 AM
Monday, July 23, 2007
I would love to believe this AQHA stallion was standing on a huge slope, and I do believe he's standing on a bit of a downgrade...but not nearly enough to explain the position of his hip in relation to his shoulder. A classic FrankenHorse, his hind end seems to have been removed from an entirely different horse and attached to his incredibly weak loin. His pasterns are painfully upright and his shoulder is nearly vertical. He's sickle hocked and stands like he's in pain. (I bet his back hurts. Doesn't it look like it would be sore?) He's in good condition - a bit ribby but reasonable for a teenage stallion at the end of breeding season, his coat is beautiful and he's got a gorgeous tail and a cute head. Again, you can't fault these people for their horse care - but you can beat them over the head about the fact that this creature still has his testicles!
This old girl is 30 and she looks every minute of it. However, I would bet money this is a very well bred mare and that she was a hell of a horse in her day. She is very deep through the heart and I will bet she could run like the wind. Although her tail is high, the hip itself is long and powerful in appearance. She has an elegant neck, her front legs are still straight and her pastern angle is ideal. Those back legs look like they have been through a war and she is standing as though they barely hold her up, which I will bet is the case. She is definitely standing "funky" - that is not her hind end conformation but an attempt to keep her hind legs underneath her enough to hold her up. She's very thin and she's swaybacked but at her age that's not even an issue. It looks to me like she is someone's old broodmare (who was good enough to be a broodmare) that someone dropped the ball with. I am pleased to say this mare is in the care of a rescue that is giving her exactly what she needs. With that round bale in front of her, she will be back looking great (for her age) in no time.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 10:48 AM
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 2:46 PM
Friday, July 20, 2007
Welcome to the world of Designer Horses. Today, weird mixes of completely unrelated breeds are not only deliberately produced (in my day, they were more likely to result from someone's stallion jumping out of the round pen), they are also enthusiastically marketed via the creation of high-falutin' names that make them sound like they actually are something other than weird mixes of completely unrelated breeds. I thought I was going to talk about some of those today, but this is going to veer off into Designer Horse-Donkey crosses since I found pictures that had my mouth hanging open in horror (a common, if not daily, event).
I was checking out the "Spanish Jennet Tiger Horse." I pointed out yesterday that a jennet is a mule, and I am right, by the way (well sort of, it's a donkey) although the term was used in literature to refer to a small Spanish horse. Now, the folks breeding these animals seem to be equally confused - they are breeding Spanish Jennet Tiger Horses, Walkaloosas, and - apparently - mules. From their sale page, this is a "Spanish Jennet Paso Mule." Good God, it's homely. Look at that head! Looks like Ashlee Simpson before she had her nose done. Yes, mules can be cute but this one got beaten with the fugly stick. Hard.
I guess the fancy schmancy marketing b.s. works though, as this one was apparently sold in utero - clearly a fantastic marketing technique as it meant the money changed hands before the prospective owner saw what it was going to look like. But hey, it's got tiger stripes on its legs so I'm sure it is still worth a lot of money.
I am also amused because they have posted both parents and I want to point out that this is a great example of a baby getting the worst characteristics of the sire and dam, not having them magically draw just the ones you want from the available DNA. Check it out -instead of getting Mom's elegant neck and head, we got the donkey head and fat upside-down neck on the baby! Both parents have straight shoulders, so we had pretty much a 100% chance of a straight shoulder and that is exactly what we got. I will say that he does seem to have daddy's bone, which is a good thing, but they have a lot of pictures posted and he shows potential to be every bit as narrow as Mom. Ack. I am not an expert on Paso Finos, but are their legs supposed to be that close together??? She looks like if she tried to trot, her knees would bang into each other and the weight of her belly would tip her over on her side, leaving her flailing around on the ground like a fish out of water.
Editorial comment: How many here have tried to train a mule? It is not like training a horse! I see mules being marketed left and right because they're so surefooted and such great trail mounts and have such good feet and nobody ever bothers to note that mules do not have the same disposition as a horse and do not think/respond the same way. There are people who love mules but many more who do not understand them and will get frustrated. I have seen a lot of mules at the auctions over the years and I suspect this is why.
Yes, I know the part about the mule actually killing the mountain lion is an internet rumor; however, the picture is verified as not fake. The lion was already dead. I ask you, how many of you own horses who would beat the shit out of a dead mountain lion? Again...the mule personality is not the same and you need to know what you are doing or get professional help from someone with mule experience when you take on owning and training a mule.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 8:45 AM
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Do you like a colored horse?
Of course I like a colored horse!
I like it with a great big head!
I like it better gold than red!
I like it with a neck that's short!
I like the most post-legged sort!
I like it with a fluffy tail!
We'll look so pretty down the trail!
Do you want a horse with some panache?
Better bring a lot of cash!
I like it fat, I like it bony!
The last horse was sent in to me to be featured by someone who was kind enough to rescue him, geld him, and make him a riding horse. Two thumbs up to her for both removing him from the gene pool and giving him a good home where he can be useful!
Tomorrow: An alert reader sent me the web site of someone who is breeding Paso Finos to Appaloosas. Yay, it's the Passaloosa! No, actually, she has a fancy schmancy name for them and is calling them - are ya ready? - Spanish Jennet Tiger Horses. The last time I checked, a Jennet was a mule. This is going to be entertaining.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 8:24 AM
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
This creature is not being marketed as a breeding animal, I just thought it was one of the best examples ever of a severe swayback! While swayback is not a condition that keeps a horse from being pleasure ridden, it does make it difficult to find a saddle that fits the horse comfortably, leading to an increased likelihood of back soreness and related problems. Therefore, it's a fault we should attempt to avoid breeding on. If a horse only develops this fault at an advanced age, it is understandable, but I've seen young stock that already have a back shaped like a big U. Not good.
(See, you all thought I was going to make a crack about the rider but I am taking the high road...for the moment...)
Now this one, alas, is being marketed as a potential "sporthorse broodmare" and they brag that "She produces foals with size, great temperment and athletic ablility." Dear sweet Jesus, look at that back! I have seen ladybugs that are less convex. Hey, I guess you'd save money on not having to buy riser pads, since she has one built in! Seriously, though, a roach back is a severe defect. It makes is hard to fit a saddle properly and restricts the horse from being able to bring her hind legs under herself and use them effectively. It is a much more serious defect than swayback, in my opinion, as it is always there and is not something that merely develops with age and may not appear until the horse has been retired anyway. Obviously if you are choosing a broodmare, you want a horse that has neither flaw. There are plenty of them out there!
The gray mare is probably a nice sweet mare but not breeding quality. What is so wrong with marketing a mare like this as a nice, low-level youth horse or Pony Club horse? Why MUST we try to throw in that "you can breed her!" as an additional selling point when that is totally and completely inappropriate?
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 9:34 AM
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 9:04 AM
Monday, July 16, 2007
When you get to the web site for a breeder, and there is a painting of a blue unicorn on the main page, you are put on alert that this is a person who may perhaps live in the world of fantasy, romanticize their horses, and refuse to apply any logical reasoning to their breeding program, or, well, anything else. The blue unicorn smiled at me from the main page before I got to the "homozygous Perlino tobiano stallion" within. Alas, the unicorn had better conformation.
The picture on the left is proudly hailed as the stallion's first ride. Although this stallion does nothing for me as a stallion, I must say he is a saint to have tolerated the riding seen at left. Unfortunately, the overall effect is "shaggy mixed breed beginner friendly pony" as opposed to "APHA stallion I would want to breed my mares to." I don't care if he's double dilute, homozygous and can walk and chew gum at the same time. Not breeding quality.
I know some of you will say I am picking on him because he is poorly presented. OK, let's look at some of the foals he has sired!
I have never seen a baby before that looks like it should come complete with a lifetime supply of Pergoglide. This truly is the most hideous neck I've ever seen on a baby in all these years. Definitely a case of "nest" but weirdly topped off by a huge thick crest normally only seen in Cushing's horses and elderly ponies. *shakes head in wonder*
Think that was a fluke? Want to give the breeder the benefit of the doubt? Believe they are breeding for something other than color? Here's another!
Yes, another hideously ugly thick, short neck flowing into yet another nonexistant set of withers. But hey! It has spots! Because when you breed to Mr. Homozygous Perlino Double Dilute, you can only get things with spots that are colored. This is a grulla! Isn't that just the most exciting thing ever?
This breeder is my classic example of Everything That Is Wrong With People Who Breed ONLY For Color. They have 2 stallions with totally undistinguished bloodlines, no show records, and significant conformation faults that should have turned them into nice geldings. I counted 22 mares on their broodmare pages. They have a dozen or more foals for sale. And now the announcement comes, and I quote "Unfortunetly due to circumstances out of my control, I am forced to sell a large portion of my herd as quik as possible." No! Really? I can't believe it, a backyard breeder of crappy horses getting into money trouble and having to dump a ton of horses quik-ly? All sarcasm aside, this happens all the time. They will desperately try to sell horses. They will sell some, but not enough, and not at the prices they had thought they would sell them for. They will learn that people who have $3000 to spend on a baby can buy a baby out of parents who are proven show horses. Fall will approach, and with it, the cost of expensive hay. And sure as shooting, some of those babies are going to the auction. This is the kind of thing I've seen happen a lot, and it's why this blog exists.
To review: If you don't have excellent conformation, excellent disposition and proven athletic ability, don't breed it and I don't care if it's a double dilute purple stripped leopard print with irridescent streaks! Breeding animals merely to get a trendy color with no thought to any other consideration of responsible animal breeding is as irresponsible as it gets.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 5:49 AM
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Here we have two 2-year old sorrel registered AQHA fillies. They are both AQHA breed show halter quality. In fact, the one on the left has already proven herself by qualifying for the World Show and earning 40 points. The one of the right is just a prospect but I do agree she'd probably do well if someone got out there and showed her. Their bloodlines are actually quite similar. Both are advertised as prospective broodmares.
Here's the difference:
To make this long story shorter. The Vet never made it in time. About a minute after getting off the phone, his eyes went glassy, and the muscles stopped. I will also never forget the look on the faces of the parents and the kids who were there. I won’t go into details into how they had to get the horse out of the stall."
Fugly can be on the inside, too. Fugly is a horse that is a ticking time bomb. Yes, some positive horses live to a ripe old age. Some never have an attack. But others suffocate alive and aware, unable to move, unable to be helped. And this is something breeders could completely eliminate in the next 20 or 30 years. We could ensure it never happens again to another horse. People are choosing to continue to breed carriers of this defect, as well as others I could name. This is irresponsible breeding at its finest and it is not helped by a breed organization that is too much of a bunch of pussies to do what they should do and refuse to register any offspring of a N/H or H/H horse.
For those of you who prefer the humor, sorry about today's moment of seriousness, but now that everybody and their brother seems to be reading this blog, I felt the need to take advantage of the soapbox. Back to your regularly scheduled snark tomorrow!
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 3:18 PM
Emotion is what makes you have an immediate reaction like "What a beautiful horse!" No matter how much you know, you may continue to have this reaction to a horse who appeals to you on some intangible level.
It is also what makes us look at our own horses and think they are beautiful no matter where they would place in a halter class. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the reason is that we're all susceptible to falling in love. Other qualities like a good disposition may make us see beauty where another person would not.
Reason is what makes you take a step back, and realize that the object of your affections has ears like a mule, isn't built to stay sound for anything more strenuous than weekend trail rides, and is so thick-necked that if he tried to set his head properly, he'd suffocate.
Believe me, I have a collection of fugly to rival anybody's living at my house. But they will not be bred. Ever. They have a good home, they are loved and spoiled, but they are not breeding quality. Fugly horses can be great horses but it is much more of a crap shoot for them. Half of what I own was headed to slaughter when I intervened. Beautiful horses with great conformation may wind up in bad situations, but folks, it just doesn't happen anywhere near as often. Please go to your local low end horse auction and see for yourself if you doubt me.
If you can't separate your emotions from your reason, and you are not confident you will remain so wealthy that you can care for every horse you produce until its natural death, then you should not be breeding. If you think I'm just doing this blog merely for the sake of being a big meanie, you totally do not get it. Yes, I'm trying to entertain - but I'm also trying to educate. There is a real problem here, and it exists in most domesticated animals. I could do this blog on dogs just as easily. Plenty of you are willy-nilly breeding those.
Hmm, maybe I'll do that next.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 12:09 PM
Friday, July 13, 2007
Here is a grade mare for sale with the following description. I just had to emphasize some statements in particular:
XXX is a grade mare I purchased from the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice herd (see Texas brands). She came in a two for one deal with a filly by her side. My neighbor owns the filly - pictured. XXX is a very healthy, stout, solid horse with hooves like rocks, easy going, gets along with other horses, and dogs. She has been pasture kept, barefoot, and is an easy keeper. She was sold to me as ''good broke - anyone can ride'' but she had not been ridden much as she had foaled 7 years running, and I have not put much time in on her. I would put only an experienced rider on her after some groundwork. She could certainly throw another foal or two. She's a good momma. With her temperment, she would be an excellent pasture companion. I have limited time and a young son I want to have ride, so I need a good starter horse. This gal walks around nice and calm, leads like a puppy dog, but she can still get up and go with the best of them. Just needs a good home.
OK everybody, start your engines! Comment and give me your evaluation of this mare's conformation and whether or not it is a good idea that she has had seven foals in a row. Comments on the content of the ad are likewise welcome. It is probably not a good idea to make actual threats against the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, so perhaps use a bit of restraint. Have fun and happy Friday!
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 8:24 AM
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Be very quiet! We have a rare opportunity to get a picture of a Spotted Snow Yak with one of its young. Observe the incredibly long unattractive head and the awful mutton withers, not to mention the classic "nest" on the mare, who does not look as if she could raise her head from that position if her life depended upon it. Wonderful shoulder, too. It's practically vertical! Bet she's quite the special mover.
And sure, lots of babies are not born with perfectly straight legs, but the ones that wind up with them are usually over at the knee at first, not waaay back at it as though their knees were double jointed.
But hey, it has spots. Maybe it can be in the circus!
I am not sure if this filly is trying to count up to how many thousands of dollars they are trying to sell her for, or if she is simply being a brat. This little wonder is described as a "Spotted Draft/Sport Horse of Color." Who came up with that term, the National Association for The Advancement of Colored Horses? Well, as long as we are being p.c., this filly has some, shall we say, challenges. Her neck is about the same width at the top as at the base. Her croup is super short - look how high that tail attaches. She will probably become less downhill over time but her back end does not have the look of an athlete.
Behind the silly faux breed names is allegedly a 1/2 Standardbred, 1/2 Quarter Horse filly (but where the heck did the spots come from?). Also, the alleged Standardbred sire does not come up in the USTA database. I don't know, is that database incomplete or is this person confused about what exactly they have bred? Sure looks like it could be a Clydesdale/QH which would explain the spots as well as the designation of being a Spotted DRAFT. Hey, breeder lady? Neither Standardbreds nor Quarter Horses are drafts. Do you really not know what it is you bred together, past that "it had spots?" You scare me. A lot.
This picture makes me ask the question "What Would George Morris Do?" I mean, if he survived the aneurysm looking at this picture would bring on.
C'mon folks, if you don't have a better jumping picture than this, just give up and post a flat shot. He looks like he skidded into the base of the jump, went "oh shit" and snatched up his knees. They are practically tucked all the way under his body. This is pretty scary to look at and makes me think "good thing she is wearing a helmet."
This isn't a fugly horse but if this is the best it can do, and they didn't just select the worst picture ever to try to sell it with, it has a seriously fugly jump!
Yeah, yeah I know, I am picking on spotted horses. But why do spotted horse people just post the worst pictures? Y'all are like Britney going out in public without her panties on. You're just providing me with an endless sea of content.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 9:52 AM
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Sad little filly with legs that will never be good for anything...dumped at a killer lot, "rescued," now fattened up and on a sale site as an "All-Around Prospect."
This is so sad. So much dropping of the ball here. I don't know what percentage of this is bad genetics and which percentage is feed-related, but you can't fix those legs.
Again, it is not cute to breed horses or have babies around when you do not know what you are doing. Someone should be very, very ashamed of themselves with regard to this filly. She has no future. The only thing she can do is hang out "all around" the barn until she gets too crippled to walk.
I know it's not exactly going to have to go over x-country fences. I know it is a mini. But again, why breed anything if you aren't going to try to breed an excellent quality animal? What is the purpose? When I look at this, I can only imagine that some high school dropout was trying to make fast money breeding miniature horses. (Next they will try alpacas.)
This animal's got four super crooked legs and has anybody trimmed those front hooves ever? I would be ashamed to put this picture on the Internet, but one thing the Internet teaches us (and without even going to the "amateur" sites) is that some people have no shame. Good grief.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 8:48 AM