Thursday, July 31, 2008
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 4:02 PM
Please do not contact the seller. Someone is working on getting this mare rescued.
(Click on the image to see it larger)
Doesn't it just seem like we're running a special on stupid this week? Here we have a $150 solid APHA mare. She's got "a crooked hock bone on her left front leg (say WHAT?)and so cannot be ridden very much and cannot walk in circles." In fact, she is SO f'ed up that "She also will need to be stalled and have a small pasture area." And then you suggest she be used for BREEDING! Are you completely out of your gourd?
You know, if you're gonna sell your totally crippled, six year old mare for $150 including 60 bales of hay, why don't you just call the kill buyer direct and not piss off the rest of us posting this on the Internet? He will be thrilled to get the 60 bales of hay. This deal is a real money-maker for him because you're too much of a spineless twit to do the right thing and euth this poor mare!
Let me guess, you loooove her and just want her to have a good home and that's why you posted...and I am a horrible person for suggesting euthanasia, right?
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 9:54 AM
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 12:50 PM
1. Name your farm based upon your sickening and disgusting irresponsibility toward animals.
No wait. You think running over your cats is cute. OK, never mind...I guess I get it now.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 7:22 AM
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Original ad - posted on the KLS site. It has been pulled. For those of you not familiar with HERDA, here's my previous blog entry on the topic.
Spanish fork, UT 84660 - Jul 17, 2008
She is a sweet little 4 year old mare that has been on our ranch since she was a baby. Unfortunately she was never broke to ride.
She is a granddaughter of Peppy San Badger. arguably the great cutting horse sire ever. She has something wrong with her skin where it breaks easily. She has a skin disease called Herda which is commonly found in cutting horse lines. She has about a 25% chance of passing it on to the foal. The foal once it's born, even if it has it, the disease may remain dormant all it's life. There is a good chance the foal will be just fine. See her pedigree here at www.allbreedpedigree.com/badger+san+hollywood
Right now she's being exposed to our bay roan stud Doc Hancock Seven. She's been exposed for about 3 months. See his pedigree at www.allbreedpedigree.com/doc+hancock+seven
It gets better. Response sent to a FHOTD poster who tried to POLITELY educate them about everything that is wrong with breeding a mare with HERDA:
"I can't stand when faggots like you use the internet to make themselves seems like God's crusaders. You think you're such a bad-ass. You fucking coward. The truth is you're some red-neck butt fucker who's just jealous that you couldn't breed the mare yourself. Kiss my ass douche bag. Go back to Alabama. Aisforasshole."
He pulled the ad, but fortunately it was not too difficult to find his identity. I love Google. So, just FYI, the homophobic HERDA-breeding ASSHAT's name is Jared Neves of Neves Quarter Horses in Spanish Fork, Utah. Here's a list he's got linked to all of his horses - you can see that mare is on it (and if you can't and he's edited it by now, I saved it. Just like someone else saved his ad for the mare with the skin peeling off her like an onion!)
Jared (or some member of his family entrusted with answering mail on sale horses) is too busy gay-bashing on the Internet to educate himself about why responsible breeders shouldn't breed horses with life-threatening, horrifically painful genetic defects! Hey, Jared, you know what it usually means when you're, like, obsessed with bashing on gay people, right? Two words: Brokeback Mountain.
Poor little mare. Poor little genetically defective foal-to-be. It really is long past time we instituted that IQ test for horse ownership...
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 9:13 AM
Monday, July 28, 2008
- Nobody wants to lease your horse that has three rides on it. Nobody wants to be the free trainer.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 2:53 PM
So the latest news is that the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, which runs a "boys ranch," got busted selling most of the horses donated to it to slaughter. This is not exactly surprising to me. I learned pretty early that the therapeutic riding center the barn I learned to ride at gave its old lesson horses did the same. This was, however, genuinely shocking to people who had donated horses to the ranch after being promised they'd get a good home. Click here for the video of the news story. Click here for the print story.
From the news article: "Patti Deiter, who owns a Tuttle horse breeding farm, said two horses she donated to the ranch were sold at auction after she was told the animals would be given a good home. She said she determined at least one went to a buyer who planned to take the animal to Mexico for slaughter. She managed to locate the buyer and retrieve the horse, and complained about the ranch's policy."
First of all, Patti, you go girl! Thank you for making the effort to find out what happened and buying your horse back, it's far more than many people would bother to do and I am SO glad you were able to save his life! The horse, FYI, is a Thoroughbred named Tricky Jazz.
Tony Kennedy is the president of the Oklahoma Baptist Homes and he's more full of shit than your average outhouse. Check out his explanation: "We do not sell to slaughter houses,” he said. "We sell to individuals, and we sell at public auctions.” OK, Tony? Anybody with an IQ over 75 knows that selling your unsound or behaviorally challenged horse at public auction MEANS they are going to slaughter. Don't even TRY that lame excuse. If you truly knew so little about horses that you didn't know this, you shouldn't be running a horse program!
As Kennedy admits, they sold horses to make money to run their program. I'm one of those people who says, if the service you're providing isn't worth enough money to people to keep it running, YOU FAILED. Your business failed, and fraudulently taking in horses so you can ship them to slaughter and keep your cushy little non-profit job is despicable.
Of course, Mr. Asshat swiftly reimbursed Deiter for all of her expenses incurred in rescuing the horse, hoping to shush up the embarrassing story about his organization. Zzzzzt, you lose. Didn't work!
The web site brags "Boys learn to accept responsibility by working with the animals which are dependent on them for care. Taking care of the animals helps the boys develop patience and fosters caring, compassionate attitudes towards others and themselves. " Um, again, the blind can't lead the blind. You asshats who ditch horses to the kill buyers can no more teach caring and compassion than my mathematically-challenged self can teach college Calculus. What the HELL kind of message does your behavior send? Do you REALLY think none of these kids are going to find out what happened to the horses?
The whole story makes me sick. It's not just about the horses. You guys lied through your teeth and betrayed the trust of who knows how many humans who loved those horses. You have caused immeasurable suffering while you claim to be Christians. Give me a break. All you are is hypocrites, and I'm glad that's been exposed for the world to see.
They're not accepting further donations of horses. You don't say...
And again, I do not care HOW nice someone appears, or how Christian, or how well-meaning. If you must place a horse for free, background check them like you were going to send your child off with them, get a contract, and FOLLOW UP. (FYI, criminal searches, now free online - check out the people you adopt to!)
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 7:25 AM
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Don't send your kid to Rocky River Stables if you would like to see them live to graduate elementary school!
Should we just play that old game of trying to see how many things are wrong with a picture? Who would like to start?
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 9:43 AM
My readers send me stuff like this all the time, and I am always shocked. Not just by the animal's condition but by the fact that the owners took it out in public and somehow did not expect other people to be horrified.
If you don't have the money to feed/vet/figure out WHY the horse is so thin AND FIX IT, you don't have the money to compete! Though from the looks of that rig, these folks ain't hurtin' for cash.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 9:10 AM
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I originally wrote this several years ago, and I didn't write it in Toronto so apparently someone co-opted it and changed a few details, but that's okay. It came back to me via an e-mail forward and I thought it looked familiar, and then I realized I was reading my own material, LOL!
I actually wrote it about a cat I pulled out of the West Los Angeles shelter. I can't remember the name she came with, but the wonderful lady who adopted her from me renamed her Gossip because she was always talkative. She went to live in a three story, incredible beach house in Malibu where she lies and looks at the ocean and enjoys a standard of living that I am sure the asshat who dumped her will never experience. Heh heh heh...
It's not about horses but the same issues apply to horses. I am upset every day about the old horses being thrown out like the trash. I can't clean up any more messes. I can't afford to. There is a red chestnut 22 year old TB mare screaming my name from Craigslist right now, and I just can't do it. It's a frustrating world for those of us who care about animals. I just wish their owners cared half as much as we do.
You decided that you wanted to move to an apartment that didn't allow pets (and by the way, landlords are forbidden to do this in Toronto). I don't know what lured you. Maybe it was a boyfriend or a girlfriend. Maybe it was a great view. Maybe you liked the woodwork.
At any rate, it was more important to you than she was. So you took her down to the shelter, still wearing her cute little pink leopard collar with a bow, and you cheerfully wrote on the card that she was very healthy for her age and friendly and just likes to sleep in the sun! I guess you knew her pretty well - you put her birthday down on the card, too, making me believe you've probably had her for her entire life. Then you left, secure in your rationalization that somehow, in the midst of kitten season, your seventeen year old cat would find a home. The shelter took a picture of her scared face and big eyes and put it on the web.
For two weeks, I looked at that picture. I hoped someone else would see her fear and feel compelled to help her, but the public wasn't seeing her. She was back in isolation, getting vitamin B shots and subcutaneous fluids. The tech wrote "depressed" on her card. I'm not surprised. I'd be depressed too if I went from "sleeping in the sun" to a metal cage with a thin layer of newspaper.
Finally today, I couldn't stand it anymore. I felt too guilty thinking about her sitting in that cage at her age. So I went down and I got her, and now she's curled up on a fleece baby blanket in a cat tree in my bathroom. When I go in there, she rubs her head on my hand.
Today, I cleaned up your mess. I felt worse for your cat than you did. And all over the city, other rescuers did the same. They rescued your abandoned cats and dogs and bunnies and exotics. And we all wondered the same thing as we did it: How could you create this situation? How is it that you feel no remorse? How is it that you were you able to walk away from an animal you shared your home with for a year, ten years, fifteen years, knowing that they might die because of your actions?
I'll never meet you to ask you those questions. I just hope I meet the person who will be good enough to give your baby that sunny spot to sleep for the rest of her life (however long that is). She deserves it, and it's a crying shame you didn't have the decency to give it to her.
(I'll add a picture of the cat if I ever get my domain straightened out. I let it expire, oops, and now my nameservers were wrong and blahblahblah and that's why my e-mail is bouncing so don't freak out, it'll be fixed soon!)
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 10:30 AM
Friday, July 25, 2008
"Shamrock is a great horse for an intermediate to advanced rider. She wants to run and needs an experienced rider that can "show her who the boss is." She is slightly underweight but with the proper diet can stay at her expected size. She has no health issues and has undergone 10+ hours of training. A great horse for a child learning to ride or a smaller adult looking for a pleasure riding horse."
Shamrock doesn't need to be shown who's boss. Shamrock needs to be shown some damn hay! WTF, Mr. Jeff Seale who has this horse for sale, if you think this is slightly underweight then I'm willing to consider you might be only slightly an asshat. The horse looks like shit. And I don't think she's an Arabian, or at least not a purebred. And from the looks of that swayback, I'll be very surprised if she's not old enough to vote and then some. And if you think she can stay at her "expected" size, why isn't she there now? And while we're at it, how can you say she needs an intermediate to experienced rider who can "show her who the boss is" in one line and only three sentences later claim she'd be a great horse for a child learning to ride? Contradict yourself much, Jeff? AND on top of ALL of this, you want $1500 for your skinny grade hard-to-ride horse who is approximately 17 years old. Hey, I want to have an affair with Chris Noth but at least I know I'm not gonna get that!
OOOOH it gets better. I googled Mr. Seale's phone number and guess what? He is the barn manager at this lovely facility. Damn, you'd think they could afford feed, wouldn't you? And if she'd be a great horse for a child learning to ride, YOU'D BE KEEPING HER because that's what your barn DOES!
From their site:
"Our facilities and personnel are “top notch.” At Academy Stables, our singular goal is to present the professionalism, knowledge and safety to thus create an environment in which the horse and rider can maximize the benefits of the collective experience. "
What, exactly, about the ad above, would make you think your barn manager is "top notch" or has any clue what professionalism, knowledge or safety are? Hell, the contradiction between the description of what the mare is like to ride pretty much knocks out all three of those.
Here's Jeffy boy, by the way. He's the trainer! Of course, he's another Natural Horsemanship Wacko who brags about taking his techniques from Pat Parelli. (Maybe we'll just call them NHW's from now on) You can read all about his training techniques (if you actually care). Too bad they failed miserably on the 17 year old skinny grade horse above and she still needs someone to "show her who's boss."
'Course here's their hunter/jumper trainer. Uh-huh. George Morris would have a field day.
And don't miss their sale horses. For only $3000 you can have a QH gelding (not sure if it even has papers, as it is referred to only by a barn name) that "follows both direct and indirect reigning" One wonders which nation he is reigning over! I guess that is kind of a good price for a horse with that kind of political savvy.
OK, you MUST follow the sale horses link. For only $8000 you can have, BAR NONE, the MOST hideously fugly Appendix QH gelding I have EVER seen. And what is it this week with scary jumping on very tolerant palomino horses? That's like our theme for the week on FHOTD!
For future reference: The horse will not jump better if you jump higher than it does. Really. That doesn't help.
(I truly don't understand. Why, in these days of digital cameras, don't you just take 50 or 100 pictures til you get one that looks good and use that on your web site? The only possible explanation is you don't know what good is. And that frightens me.)
Hey, if you're sick of your kid, you can send them to a 5 day horse camp here where on the last day, they show off their skills doing barrels and poles. 'Cause THAT'S what you should be doing 5 days into your riding career! Gooooood idea.
It really is a lovely facility. They just need to upgrade their hiring standards, and not try to dump inexplicably scrawny horses on DreamHorse for all to see.
(Cue legal threats from Jeffy boy. I just have a feeling about this one...)
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 10:01 PM
For those of you who love positive posts...
Or trainers? Who did you send a horse to and you got what you paid for and were super happy with the results? And they were kind to your horses and the horse came back happier than it left?
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 9:11 AM
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Remember when I featured Snuggles, of Saddlebred Rescue, as a Friday Featured Rescue?
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 3:02 PM
"Just before we left for KY, Vicky started braking Peaches she got her saddled and rode her the second day The little mare did not buck once She is a very carm girl Peaches is doing very well The pic is their 3rd ride together."
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 8:16 AM
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Someone is using the email@example.com e-mail via form submission on the web to send hate mail to sellers and pretend they are me.
I do not ever do this.
If you receive e-mail directly FROM firstname.lastname@example.org, not from a form on the web, then it is most likely me (unless someone fakes the send-from address, which is possible)
However, unless you initiate contact, I do not EVER normally make direct contact with a target of the blog. I say what I have to say on the blog.
Any e-mails received via form mail using my e-mail address are not me. Just as anyone can post to the blog and say they are fuglyhorseoftheday, and the only way to check is to click on the name and see that it's the real me, registered May 2007, anyone can submit a form using my e-mail address.
If it doesn't sound like me, it's probably not me.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 9:50 AM
Now I got this one, from someone named Christy Jackson. The subject line is "Horse." (Wow. Thanks. That gives me a BIG clue. If it was "Yak," at least I could narrow it down a bit!)
"It wasn't her, it was her sire, you JERK! Are you going to give the owner of the sire the $3000 dollars it takes for a 3 yr old to be nominated? As that's when she acquired the stallion. Not that idiots like you deserve an explanation."
Christy, dear? This blog has over 500 posts. I have no idea what you are talking about. Nominated for what? An Oscar? A Nobel Peace Prize? The Breeders' Cup? WTF costs $3000? I have no idea and nothing in your angry little e-mail is giving me even half a clue.
Perhaps I should publish a guide to writing effective hate mail to the Fugly blog?
1. Identify what it is you are pissed about - preferably by date and post title.
2. Identify who you are (the breeder? the trainer? the breeder's best friend from her Harlequin Romance Reading Group? a fan of HYPP H/H halter horses?)
3. Try to avoid any of the following, which tend to weaken your defense:
(a) hideous spelling
(b) hideous grammar
(c) pretending to be a lawyer
(d) pretending you have a lawyer on retainer (esp. when I can Zillow your property and see that you live in a mobile home in Missouri valued at $36,214.)
(e) saying that you can do whatever you want, this is America (really does just make you look like an asshat and embarrasses the rest of us)
Just some tips that I hope will prove helpful!
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 9:06 AM
Don't get me wrong, I love all the nice fan mail I get too...but you positive folks simply cannot match the level of humor provided by the people who don't like me!
Today's offering, from email@example.com
"For your information I did not bred this horse keep to your own business. I'm an attorney so keep it up and see what happens because I have already reported you.
Have a Nice Day!!"
Why, S. Seidel, whoever you are, and your e-mail has given me no clue, I am having a nice day. It's even nicer since I had my morning giggle thanks to your ludicrous e-mail!
1. You would think that at some point in the 17 years of education you'd have to acquire prior to entering law school that someone would have taught you the difference between "bred" and "breed."
2. As I always, sadly, have to point out to you people - this blog would not be possible if I minded my own business. Not minding my own business, and commenting on other people's practices and poor breeding decisions, is the purpose of the blog. Perhaps this is confusing to you?
3. I hope you are an attorney. If so, bring it on! I would love to do battle with someone of your intellectual capacity in court. That would be way fun.
4. Who have you reported me to? Miss Manners? I am dying to know. Kindly elaborate.
I still have no idea which horse was S. Seidel's but, really, who cares? The e-mail is funny enough even without knowing!
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 7:12 AM
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Pricing sale horses correctly has always been a challenge. I remember years ago seeing a well broke but not finished, pretty AQHA mare sit and sit and sit at $2500. The owner finally got the idea to up her price to $3500. I bet she was sold in two weeks. Whoever bought her was looking to spend $3500, that's what they searched for, and that's what they got. Go figure.
In the last year, I've seen horses who sold for $5000 just a few years ago go for under $1000. I've also seen a pony purchased for $500 get resold with some training and showing for $8000. That's kind of obvious - training and showing successfully will up the price on any horse, but there's more to it. A lot was presentation. The pony at $8000 was clipped, shiny, and living in an A circuit barn. He was a long way from the feedlot he'd come off of less than a year earlier.
But, you know, it's just a weird time to sell horses. Like I said, I can get you a free Thoroughbred any day of the week and I know of quite a few free Quarter Horses right now. The Thoroughbreds are just track broke, they may need some lay up, but still, free is pretty cool.
Here's what I've observed in the past few years about selling horses:
1) If there's any kind of a major flaw or what people perceive as a major flaw - cribbing, not tying, swayback, a maintenance issue - you are screwed. You are looking at $1000 or under with one exception - if the horse is in a Big Name Trainer's barn and the BNT can talk some amateur into the sale.
2) Much of the general horse-buying public still thinks anything over 12 is old, and that they shouldn't have to pay very much for it.
3) Most people don't want to train their own. They absolutely will pay $5000 for a trained TB instead of picking up one for free that is fresh off the track and paying someone to train it or doing it themselves. I think this has to do with risk. They just don't want to gamble. They want to see the finished product even if that costs them more money. They are making not just a financial, but an emotional investment in a horse, and they don't want to have to go back to the drawing board and try again.
Like I say, I have a list a mile long of free horses I can get you. Some are giveaways, some are care leases, but if you want a horse, I can get you one. Most need training, some need rehabbing. But for those who have sound, trained horses for sale - how do you price them these days? I think a lot of people are completely baffled at what the values really are in today's market, where so many excellent horses are going cheap or free because of an inability to provide for them.
Let's discuss this a bit. Name your part of the country and tell me what the following would sell for or what you've actually sold the following for this year. My answers are below for the categories of horses I've sold or friends have sold in the past year. I'm in the PNW.
a) well broke trail horse, safe for a beginner, either grade or unremarkably-bred registered horse (free to $700)
b) too young to ride, but with breed/rated show potential ($1500 - $5000)
c) too young to ride, 4-H/open show potential (free to $1000)
d) green broke, with breed/rated show potential ($2500)
e) green broke, 4-H/open show potential ($800)
f) OTTB, ready to be retrained (free to $1000)
g) OTTB, retrained and ready to compete or been to a few shows ($5000)
This should be interesting, and informative. I think we all agree that the way to sell them these days is training, training, training (and a competition record is even better), but now I want to talk about what they are actually selling for. I think the other big factor is presentation (is the horse clipped? shiny? good weight? is the handler/rider/seller professional? is the horse at a nice facility?) What else do you think makes the difference between selling the same horse for $5000 or $1000? (We know it happens all the time!)
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 8:54 AM
Forwarded by a friend - this farm owner was severely kicked by a colicking mare he was trying to help and has incurred major medical bills. He must disperse. Prices are right on the horses, and there are several terrific-sounding horse trailers as well. There are a few AQHA horses also. These horses are in Eastern Washington.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 8:39 AM
Monday, July 21, 2008
I snorked my diet coke at this:
Disclaimer: Love SJP. Love SATC. Still haven't seen the damn movie as I'm too busy. Think it's great that she hasn't fixed her nose. But it's still funny!
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 11:01 PM
Although the Fugly blog is not exactly a formal rescue (and I am not looking to make it one), we have managed to upgrade some horses in the past year through our readership. Today I want to give some updates on how those horses are doing! I am sure I am missing some, so please post to the comments if you rescued/upgraded a horse featured on the blog and have new pics and stories to share. I did not deliberately forget you, but it is early and the coffee is still kicking in.
Of course, no one will ever forget the drama of Colin, aka Petersburg Knight, who was given to a lady promising a good home in 4-H and immediately taken to the Enumclaw Auction where he was sold to kill. It was only some very good luck that saved him. I got an e-mail on Monday morning and the rest is history. He was quickly adopted by blog reader La Mexicana, who knew him back when he was at faux rescue Pacific Equestrian Center. He has his own web site too, so you can see how he's coming along. (Note the pictures of him happily and calmly grazing with others - this horse has NEVER shown any aggression, MeSue, you are SO full of shit.) The hoof rehab is particularly interesting to read. I am thrilled he got such a great home!
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 7:17 AM
Sunday, July 20, 2008
So you're getting a little bit of this and a little bit of that!
First off - seriously, people, I am not being a meanie when I suggest that you need to be able to walk, trot and canter without your stirrups before you start jumping. I truly DO NOT want to see you get hurt. This woman IS going to get hurt. She is extremely loose and precariously perched up there. She does not even know how to hold English reins. I am glad she is wearing a helmet and boots but all the safety equipment in the world cannot protect you when this is how you ride. You are just not ready to jump. Please, please, please, for the love of God, back to flatwork! Now!
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 9:41 AM
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Nope, it's just an Andalusian show. But WTF is this? It looks like he is a lion tamer.
The video is way longer than it needs to be, and it does kind of smack of personal vendetta, but it's worth watching. You gotta see this rank piece of spotted shit that got named National Champion because this Gareth Selwood dude, who looks remarkably like an extra from a Lord of the Rings movie, is hot shit in the Andalusian world. The horse looks like it wants to kill him and I'm guessing he's given it damn good reason.
I'm so sick of people saying their horse is showing the wonderful "spirit" of its breed when it acts like this. No, your horse is showing that it's a rank piece of shit. I don't care if it's an Arab, a Saddlebred, an Andalusian, or a fire-breathing dragon, it ought to be able to trot next to you in a controlled fashion and, for the most part, stand where you set it up in a halter class. It can trot next to you with its neck arched and its tail in the air, truly it can. Of course I guess it would help if some of you guys didn't train them at home by chasing them with fire extinguishers...
Anyway, any Andalusian people here? What do you think? Are the shows that crooked? Why is this strange, troll like man such a big shot? Why hasn't he been kicked in the head by one of these pissed off horses yet? What about a horse striking at your head is supposed to be appealing?
And do you think if we mailed him a chair so that his show ring equipment would be complete, that he would get the hint?
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 12:33 PM
Friday, July 18, 2008
All of you who show horses need to start educating yourselves and not just accepting it blindly when your trainer says something is okay. It is your responsibility. This is really sad.
Everybody does not do this crap. Vote with your dollars and take your horse and your money to barns that don't.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 10:51 PM
OK, I really do have something happy to report!
Thanks to our friend Laurie who is providing some interim boarding for her until Jess moves to her new barn. Laurie has just rescued a nine million year old Arabian mare and she and Footy are keeping each other company! (That is her big ol' tail in the pic) Yay Laurie! The nine million year old Arabian mare is looking for a forever home, so if you're in the Portland, Oregon area, e-mail Laurie for info.
Have a GREAT weekend everybody and good luck on your shows/trail rides/training!
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 7:59 AM
Thursday, July 17, 2008
An elderly horse at the barn where one of my friends boards became suddenly ill and showed severe neurological symptoms the other day. The horse was basically lurching around the stall and repeatedly falling. The vet came out and quickly determined it was time for the old horse to say goodbye. Unfortunately it took several hours to convince the horse's owner of this fact, while the horse struggled and suffered.
But what I want to share is my friend's account of what transpired with the rest of the boarders while this was happening. You know how I keep saying Americans are all psychotically death-phobic? And that is why so many horses go to slaughter - because we are a nation of spineless ninnies who cannot watch while the vet puts a horse to sleep and therefore we (not us, you know what I mean) prefer to simply send it to the auction where it will - lalala, sunshine and butterflies! - find a "good home?" Well, here you go. My friend's comments are in blue.
Here are some of the asinine statements I heard…I kept my mouth shut, but this is how I felt.
"Wait for the blood work to come back before you make any decisions” Okay dumbass…..it’s 8:30 at night, the lab has already picked up today’s samples. If we’re lucky we MAY get results two days from now.
“She looks tired, maybe she just needs a nap” The horse is in complete neurological failure….she can’t stand….look, I tap her eyes, no reflex…the Vet whacked her hard in the middle of her forehead and she never flinched. She’s not tired….trust me….
“She stretched out funny, I think she’s colicking” She’s stretched out because she can’t stand, if I wasn’t holding her head in her halter with the lead rope stretched over a solid object, she would fall down.
“I think she should go to the horse hospital” Okay, where were you the rocket scientist three hours ago, she can’t stand in her stall, what makes you think she can stand for the hour if there is absolutely no traffic in a trailer to get to the horse hospital?
“I think if you just hand walk her, she’ll get her balance back” Uh okay, does anyone want to volunteer??? I sure as hell want this horse to get better, but I certainly don’t want to pick up a large horse off your sorry ass.
“I think she’s just dehydrated, she must have had heat stroke, I think her halter is on too tight” The vet and I just stared at each other…..speechless…….
“Huh, you can’t save her, do you have to put her to sleep? Won’t she just go on her own?” The vet and I just stared at each other…..speechless…….
“Can’t you give her into the morning to see if she snaps out of it.?” This is where the Vet drew the line in the sand. She said that she needed round the clock care ALL night. Just one person couldn’t do it alone that everyone there would need to be there, the horse was too dangerous to herself and everyone around her. That person quickly disappeared about 9:00 pm.
And the winner……….After the horse had been deceased for about an hour, we were waiting for the “pick up” and someone walked up and asked what was wrong with the horse in the front stall. It wasn’t moving…was it sick? (She had a blanket covering her face, she was lying on the floor half out of her stall half in the breezeway, and there was blood on the ground)
FHOTD in: OMG! It is not a reality show! If another boarder's horse is sick or dying, and you are going to do anything other than merely offer comfort to the grieving owner, JUST GO HOME! The vet is not a meanie for thinking that a completely unresponsive horse that can't stand on its feet should go to the big pasture in the sky.
Posted by fuglyhorseoftheday at 2:15 PM