I love Craigslist. My comments in blue, as usual!
"Extremely gentle, 12 hand, gelding, 9-10 years old. Used for pony parties but to big for me to put kids up on him. Had back surgery. (You or the pony? Keep riding him and I'm sure he'll need it!) Wonderful gate (is it metal or panel and are the latch and mounting hardware included?), loves to be petted. Prefers children and women to men. (Can't IMAGINE why.) Can take up to 170lbs. (Didn't fall down, anyway. Tough lil shit!) I jumped on just to make sure he wouldn't buck with heavier people. (Because it is easier to buck with more weight on your back!) Used to small children. Doesn't buck, kick or bite. Learning to kiss, takes food out of my mouth. (Come here so I can whap you upside the head) Will take $1,000 rehoming fee. Want someone who will let a child grow up on him and keep him forever. Call if you can give him a good home. Has had West Nile, Influenze combo, regular hoove care, wormed, and current coggins. "
Now, before someone gets their panties in a bunch and says I'm picking on anybody who's overweight, no, I'm not. I'm picking on people who ride equines that are inappropriately sized for them. If you do pony parties, one would think you could have found a conveniently located child to put on the pony for your marketing pictures.
P.S. I think that halter fringey whatsit is just about blinding the pony, also. He might prefer you didn't sell that with him!
Monday, March 31, 2008
I love Craigslist. My comments in blue, as usual!
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 1:19 PM
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Wow. 30 days broke and you are putting 1-3 year olds on him? Awesome. Would it be wrong to pray for the Lord to smite you with sterility at this point?
"THIS IS OUR LITTLE LUCY LOU,SHE IS A TEACUP SHIH-TZU. SHE IS ALMOST 4 MONTHS OLD AND ONLY WEIGH'S 3 3/4 POUNDS.BLACK IN WHITE,IN THE FUTURE WE WILL BE BREEDING LUCY AND OUR YORKSHIRE TOGETHER AND MAKING DESIGNER PUPS,NONE OF THESE DOGS OR ANIMALS ON THIS PAGE ARE FOR SALE!!! THANKS"
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 2:09 PM
"This is not a thoroughbred farm. We don't have millions of dollars," Maness quoted Sharon Clagett as telling animal control officers.
THEN DON'T HAVE SEVENTY GODDAMN HORSES, YOU MORON!
Instead of seizing animals and bringing charges, the government should help people by finding and providing hay, Maness said.
OMFG! Isn't it bad enough we've created a gazillion welfare witches in this country by handing out paychecks for breeding children you cannot afford to care for? Now you'd like to do the same for irresponsible horse breeders?
I hope both Clagetts rot in jail. Maybe they will actually learn something from the experience, though I am not holding my breath.
Repeat after me:
Horses are a luxury.
You do not have to own horses.
You certainly do not have to breed horses, and should not even consider it if you are financially unstable.
You do not have a RIGHT to own horses. Check the Bill of Rights. Horse ownership - not in there.
Acting like someone else's tax dollars should be helping feed your SEVENTY horses is ludicrous. There's a reason we have criminal penalties for neglect. Look in the mirror, you're it.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 11:17 AM
I just want to say I am so glad that everyone raised so much awareness with this. I just went out yesterday afternoon, and there had already been more than 50 (!) people out there helping out. Feeding, mucking, grooming, tracking markings, making notes on personality, etc.
As for the horses, they are doing a completely 360. When most arrived here, they were sorry looking things. Ribs everywhere, wormy bellies, bald patches from lice, matted manes and tails, runny noses... It was hard to imagine what they would look like after some care. Some looked in real bad shape. Unfortunately, they've lost two to date now, but it could have been far worse.
Most of the colts got their balls cut off just the past day and they are working on getting the rest done. Of course, the boys still think they are hot stuff and keep trying to show off to the mares on the opposite side of the fenceline. Silly boys.
Everyone has been putting on weight, and most noticably have been the full grown mares. My jaw just dropped the other day. All but about four of the mares still had ribs showing when I went out just this past Monday (March 24). After having their feet done many of them have shown a major attitude improvement as well. They were also de-wormed when they had their feet done. Now, I can only see about 8-10 that DO have ribs showing. The rest have really bulked up. Some of the bloated looking bellies are gone now too.
So many great people are coming out and just being with the horses, which has further improved their attitudes. Several horses will now willingly approach people, and the other younger ones are learning from these brave ones and coming up closer and closer each day. Some that were too wild to even think about getting an identification collar on them (to record their number. Each are assigned numbers) are now pocket ponies. The sad eyes seen all around are gone now, and they are eagerly starting to play. Just yesterday the whole herd spooked and went for a nice run around the paddock. Many of the horses were kicking up their heels and looked so great.
Here is a picture of the worst case of hooves that was on the property. She had to be tranq'ed slightly to get them off, since they had grown out so far that the blood supply had also gone further out into the hoof. She is doing much better now, although still tender. She's currently housed up in the indoors with the miniature horse that was with these horses as well.
The adoption process is still far off on the horizon, but all the help pouring in is doing great good for such a bad situation. The horses are much happier now (who wouldn't be?!) and their personalities are really starting to shine. So many are sweet and gentle despite what they've been through... I would not hesitate for a moment to adopt one. The oldest mare out there (by the vets guess) is only 16 years. They look far older than they are. Many of them will likely return to being sound with some more care and attention. They are a little smallish, but they are well put together. Not great, but not all are as fugly as you might guess.
Just wanted to keep you updated!
Here is the website set-up by Susan Fyfe
www.rescue100.com Details will be announced here once the horses get closer to being adopted out.
First few days after arriving:
The herd yesterday:
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 9:47 AM
Saturday, March 29, 2008
An alert Fugly reader found this gem posted to her local classifieds:
Hi everyone,I am looking for a very cheap horse or foal! I would preferably like to bring up my own horse and train it (so nothing over 9 thats not trained) but am willing to look at something that is trained and for sale for cheap!! my price range is from free lease - $150 - $500 at max!(and a payment plan would be great as well!!) I can offer this horse a great home and lots of attention!! please no horses with lameness issues! I don't have a proffered sex,breed, or color just something that I can love and spoil!! If you think you have what im looking for please send me an e-mail as I would really like a horse before summer comes!! Thank you
You know, even if she had all of the money in the world, just reading this, there is no way any horse of mine would go there. I doubt I need to detail all of the potential problems revealed in one simple paragraph (folks, really, you are what you write...this is a classic example)...you know exactly what I'm objecting to here. And, as with many things, it makes for a good discussion.
For those of you who buy/sell or have sold personal horses in the past, have you turned down a sale because you did not feel comfortable with the home? I'm not talking about rescues where all homes have to pass muster. I'm talking about those of you who are in it to make money - where do you draw the line? Do you draw a line? Tell me specifically what you've seen someone do/heard someone say that made you say, I don't need the money that badly...they are just not getting my horse.
P.S. For those of you also in the PNW...OK what is with the weather? We had hail today. I got a lot done anyway but I am tired, look like something the cat dragged in and my hair is sticking straight up. I got through the Old Broodmare Deworming Rodeo (why are they all so darn beastly about it? Seriously, is it because nobody ever deworms their broodmares or what? My 23 year old was just a nitwit about it.) and tried to work with my three year old, but he had the attention span of a gnat due to the weather outside, and while hunt seat pads and polo saddles are fine, we determined that western saddle pads are vicious and will eat him. *sigh* Horses, gotta love 'em...
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 8:36 PM
Friday, March 28, 2008
Enough serious stuff! Spring is here, the weather is getting better and I'm guessing most of you have some horse-related weekend plans. What will you and your horses be doing this weekend?
Have a great weekend, everybody!
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 7:25 AM
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I have mentioned the TB Friends blog here before. I don't know Joe personally, but he has been doing a very good job educating the public about horse slaughter and the perils of giving away horses for free since long before I came up with the Fugly blog. His blog is G-rated and suitable for kids, unlike this one, and his readership is full of people who aren't so sure they wanted to be educated - which is all the more reason the education is needed!
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 8:42 AM
Monday, March 24, 2008
A ban on selling animals to a meat processor will "drive another nail in the coffin" of her business, Harmon says.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 5:43 PM
Looking for a good spoonin' horse
Reply to: email@example.com
Date: 2008-03-21, 1:34PM PDT
I'd like to rent a horse for a couple of hours this weekend.
I won't need a saddle or anything, I really just want to spoon with it.
I'm not even sure if horses lay down, but if they do, I'd like to pencil in some stabel time for some horse spooning. Please let me know if this is possible. I just want to take a nap with it for a couple of hours.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 4:11 PM
For those of you who hate it when I diverge into discussions on training and ethics and that kind of thing...today's blog is for you. An alert reader has found a veritable warehouse of Fugly Horses for our viewing, um, pleasure? And of course - you guessed it! - there is a "partial dispersal" sale going on with prices starting at just $450! FORTY HEAD are available. Forty head just like these...
*sigh* Another day, another forty or fifty head of completely unremarkable horses being dumped...
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 11:09 AM
Sunday, March 23, 2008
This was forwarded around the Internet last week:
People! Your horses do not belong turned out with all kinds of crap that they can get hurt on.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 8:40 PM
An alert reader sent me this actual Darwin Award nominee. I wonder what happened to the poor horse?
I really think a minimum of two years of regular riding lessons that include instruction on safe horse handling and horse care in general should be mandatory before owning a horse - both for the sake of the prospective owner and the horse they will buy!
(8 March 2000, Nevada) On Thursday afternoon, 29-year-old Andrea was working with her young and spirited Arabian horse, which she had won in a lottery the previous year. The animal was only partially trained, and still a bit spooky. Every time Andrea tried to don its bridle, the horse threw back its head and frustrated her efforts.
Then Andrea had the brilliant idea of tying a rope around the Arabian's head, and fastening the other end around her waist to keep the horse from throwing its head back. That way, she would have both hands free to fasten the bridle.
But horses are 500 times stronger than people, according to Deputy Sheriff Lance Modispacher, who reported that the horse spooked again, threw Andrea off her feet, and began running around its paddock, dragging its erstwhile trainer by the rope around her waist. And the rope was short, so she was trampled right under the horse's feet as it ran.
Her father noticed the commotion and ran to help. Unfortunately his two dogs came with him, and started chasing the horse, nipping at its heels. This did not improve Andrea's situation. He finally managed to lock the dogs away and fetch a knife from the house. With the help of a neighbor, he chased the horse down and cut the rope, freeing the lacerated lass.
But Andrea had already spent ten minutes under the hooves of her horse, and she died a few hours later at a local hospital, a victim of internal injuries and head trauma, the result of her lamentable decision to tie herself to a skittish horse.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 8:32 PM
Friday, March 21, 2008
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 9:20 AM
For those of you who need a laugh this Friday morning, this was sent to me and I think it's a hoot! I do not know who wrote it, but you rock, whoever you are!
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 8:40 AM
Thursday, March 20, 2008
1) 9 yr old Jack donkey NS at $450
2) Ginny donkey NS at $300
3) Paint jenny mule 12 yr old well broke NS at $1200
4) Bay TB – type stud, bad tendon, NS
5) 3 or 4 yr old Dun mare, 15h, NS at $375
6) 1995 AQHA mare, rode quiet, NS at $1000
7) 3 yearling colts, $130 for all (FHOTD in: whoever bred these, I hate you.)
8) 2007 AQHA colt, HYPP N/H, NS
9) 6 yr old Palomino, big, NS at $900
10) 1985 Chestnut AQHA mare, $100
11) 2002 red roan AQHA mare, rode nice $185 12) Yearling colt, broke to ride, NS (pictured here)
13) 1986 AQHA mare $175 (pictured here)
14) 15.3h Chestnut gelding $200
15) 10 yr old buckskin gelding, 15.2, looked lame $650
16) 1986 Chestnut AQHA mare, $210
17) 5 yr old 15.2h Palomino AQHA gelding, pony horse at track, NS at $1600, owner wanted $2500 *this was a NICE horse*
18) 2007 AQHA yearling bay colt .. very homely looking
19) 2007 AQHA yearling bay colt, NS at $150, owner wanted $450
20) Lot of 3 AQHA pending yearling colts, all 3 sold for $180 each (FHOTD in: Yeah, you suck too, AQHA breeder asshat)
21) Blk/wht kid gentle APHA mare, 2003, 15h, cute and sweet $900 *also very nice*
22) Chestnut/white APHA paint mare, 1990, wind broke and bitchy, tried to buck, NS, owner wanted $500
23) 1985 AQHA chestnut mare $100
24) 2005 chestnut TB gelding, JC papers, 16h … really cute, and I think I heard he was a polo pony?? Would have bought him. $170 *polo pony*
25) 7 yr old AQHA gelding, 15h $700
26) Mini chestnut stud, rides/drives, 2005, $195
27) 2005 dun AQHA mare, $385
28) Bay yearling TB colt, JC papers, $175
29) 1985 AQHA roan mare, missing one eye, $160
30) Jack donkey $20
31) 2 yr old Half Arab tobiano filly, very small $160
32) 2001 AQHA and Foundation dappled grey gelding, 15.2h, very cute, NS at $750, owner wanted $1500 *gorgeous horse*
33) 20 yr old grade bay mare, beginner friendly $220
34) Grade bay mare, 2 yr old, $225
35) 2006 AQHA Palomino filly, small, NS, owner wanted $1000
38) Chestnut AQHA yearling filly, daughter of 1983 mare, homely $150
39) Grey TB filly, saddled but not ridden, about 15.2h, seemed very quiet and cute $375
40) Chestnut gelding.. no info, raffled off, ugly
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 3:23 PM
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 4:22 PM
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 8:54 AM
Monday, March 17, 2008
"Registerd 6 YO Appendix QH mare. 16 hands.. Very sweet horse. This is a real pocket pony. She will follow you any where. I saved this horse from going to the action. (And now the poor thing is bored to death!) The person I purchased her form just could not afford to keep her. She is so sweet and a very pretty horse. I just could not let her go to action. (You sound like a nice person but just FYI, it's aUction.) So I need to find her a really good home. She was ridden by a 13 you girl (a you girl? Is that like a yes man?). Very calm horse. She has done trail riding and was ridden in the sand dunes in Mosses Lake. Not too much seams to bother her. (Don't you HATE when horses have those seams that rub you when you ride? Despite the FrankenHorse conformation, this one is guaranteed to have no seams anywhere! I think they used SuperGlue.) Help me find her a good home. I had my vet check her out and she is sound and healthy. But she is a little under weight. I can not keep her. She would make any one a great horse. I think an Intermitted rider would be best for her. (I'm sure many horses would like an intermittent rider. I know I would like an intermittent job - just as long as the pay kept on coming!) She has no bad hobbits. (She only has sweet, cheerful, friendly singing hobbits! That clean the bathroom at 3 AM! And bake cookies! She used to have evil hobbits but I had them exorcised by the animal communicator.) I am selling her for the price I paid for her. $1,200 firm Sire Raz Hug Bug Tonto Dam Plano Miss "
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 11:29 AM
Just because I saw someone do this the other day and just about died...
It's spring. In many parts of the world, the grass is greening up and the horses are staring longingly from their sacrifice areas waiting for the moment when you'll open that gate.
If you don't want a foundered horse, you have to introduce grass gradually. You can't just throw them out there on long, green, new spring grass all day the first day! Especially if it's a horse with a history of founder (like the one I saw).
Good advice on how to gradually start your spring turnout here.
C'mon everybody - I know it is a PITA to bring them in after 15 minutes, but you want them sound, don't you? Nobody wants to spend their evening packing hooves in ice and praying no permanent damage has been done, right? So take it easy on the grass!
(And no, if they've been tearing up the one pasture you own all winter and a few sprigs of green are starting to come through the mud, this isn't about you. This is for people who keep their horses off the pastures until the pastures are lush.)
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 9:57 AM
Just in case anybody is looking for a free horse! (C'mon, you know how it goes...some of you have space and are looking for a new money pit, I just know it!)
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 7:22 AM