A reader forwarded me this response she got to her note cautioning a "free horse" seller about the dangers the horse might encounter and offering help.
Reader's very polite note (this was all forwarded from Dreamhorse so I can assure you, nothing was edited. I got the original as it was sent back and forth)
"I am a volunteer for (rescue name), and so many times I see horses for free or at such a low price that I am afraid a killbuyer will get them. There are so Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered and alot of people don't know about it. To keep your horse safe, make sure whomever you give him to signs a transfer of ownership contract. This will give your horse more protection! Here is a link to the one we use at the rescue (link) Please get references.If you want more information about slaughter and what can happen, please feel free to go to our website. We also provide free horse ads for $0 fee horses to keep them out of auction that get taken and then shipped to ."
That was nice, right? Nothing offensive there. She didn't come out swinging. She was simply being informative and trying to help. Here is what she got back:
To: (name redacted)
Subject: Re: DreamHorse Ad Response: 1303986 (MANNY)
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 21:30:07 -0500
Tracey, the next time you want to see trash, look in the nearest mirror. It'll be right there, every time! Sorry to hear that you're such an incompetent horseperson that you can't successfully cure a habit like kicking and have to blame the animal and spitefully send it to slaughter. And I guess it is those racehorses' fault for breaking down on the track, too, and not being horses you can resell at a profit. How very trashy of them!
I'll give Tracey this - she's consistent. I love this ad she posted in August. Take my lame pony or I'll take her to New Holland. Of course you will...
I AM OFFERING ONE OF MY PUREBRED CHINCOTEAGUE PONY BROODMARES FREE TO ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN HER. PATTY IS A 5 Y/O 13 HAND BAY AND WHITE PINTO. SHE DOES HAVE STIFLE ISSUES, WHICH MAKES HER UNSUITABLE FOR RIDING PURPOSES, BUT SHE IS FINE TO LEAD THE LITTLE ONES AROUND FOR THE OCCASIONAL PONY RIDE. SHE IS KID SAFE AND KID FRIENDLY. SHE DOES BEST TURNED OUT, WITH HER STIFLE PROBLEM. SHE IS UTD ON SHOTS AND FARRIER, BUT DOES NOT HAVE A CURRENT COGGINS. THIS IS A FREE PONY, SO IF YOU WANT A COGGINS IT WILL BE AT YOUR EXPENSE. SHE BE AVAILABLE TO THE FIRST PERSON WHO SHOWS UP WITH A TRAILER OR UNTIL I MAKE MY NEXT NEW HOLLAND RUN.
PLEASE CALL ME ON MY CELL FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: 609 217 1812
And for you racehorse trainers who are giving Tracey horses, KNOCK IT OFF! There are plenty of reputable racehorse rehoming facilities that will work with you. Your horses deserve better than this (insert epithet of your choice, I know what I am thinking) deciding they are "trash" to be thrown out with the garbage.
Tracey, I suggest you get out of horses and do something else with your spare time. Like learning how to use lower case!