One big reason I see horses being dumped is that they're older and they haven't been ridden for some time, or they're not highly trained, and people think they are too old to bother with. I don't believe this at all. Many of you, long before I started doing this blog, read my story about Samantha, the 19 year old Thoroughbred broodmare I rescued many years ago who started a new career over fences. (I only wish I had taken before pictures. She looked like the walking dead when I got her.) Samantha isn't that unusual, but today's story is really exceptional!
I especially want you teenagers to take note. Many of you want a horse more than anything, but your parents have pointed at the family budget and there is no room for a $5,000+ hobby expenditure. If you can, however, come up with the money for board and care bills, the world is just full of old horses for free. Some of these Thoroughbred broodmares being dumped are 100% sound and absolutely can learn to jump or do dressage or whatever you would like. No, you may not look as cool as your friend with the unlimited budget whose folks bought her a $50,000 warmblood, but think how amusing it will be when you beat her because you worked your ass off and you earned it. I have seen it happen, many times. Look at old Billy up there - you think he's not beating horses who cost ten times what he did? Just condition them up slowly - remember they've had many years off and you can't plan on cantering and jumping the first week - and you'll be shocked at what a nice horse you can end up with. They are out there, and they will be so grateful for your time and attention.