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Horses That Don’t Turn Out ‘Right’

Published by • Mar 8th, 2008 • Category: Junior Blogger Archives, Take a Stand

Take a Stand

by Syd, age 12

We’ve all seen, heard, or read about them. The racers who never lift a hoof, jumpers who never leave the ground and ropers who never come close to catching a calf. So what becomes of them? Most go to auctions where they’re probably sold to killer buyers who take them to slaughter. A few lucky ones may wind up in loving homes but that is a one in a million chance for these poor horses. There is nothing wrong with them; they just didn’t excel at what they were bred for. But you can help!

First of all, if your lesson barn is looking for a few new horses tell them about a local auction. There are probably plenty of ex-racers or ex-show horses that would make WONDERFUL lesson horses. But be aware sometimes there is something wrong with a horse so make sure the trainers or barn owners check the horse(s) out before buying them.

Now if you don’t believe me let me name a few lesson horses at my barn that have come from the track, show ring or auctions.

Rhett – This ex-racer gelding was actually not a bad racer, but something ended his career and the Bagby’s (my barn’s owners) bought him for their daughter to event. Now he is a school horse for the more advanced jumping student.

Louie – Another ex-racer who was a total dud! Very clumsy sometimes, but good for the novice adult.

Bear – A hunter whose owners lost interest when he grew older. Now a great littler kid and western horse!

Coco – One of my personal favorites who was an excellent jumper, but then her owners sold her to someone who greatly abused her. She’s still quite skittish in bad weather, dark places or around other skittish horses, but usually a sweetheart!

Santana – A trail horse that turned bored and sour. My barn adopted him and now he’s a great beginner horse!

I could go on and on but I think you get the point! Just because a horse wasn’t a great racer or hunter or barrel horse doesn’t mean it can’t be a great lesson horse.

Another way you can help horses who don’t turn out ‘right’ is if you are looking for your own horse or know somebody who is! Don’t immediately go check out expensive breeders or high-class show stables. Try the humane society adoption center or local auctions. Sure some of these horses may be too skinny, sad faced, older, or not great looking, but with a little TLC, a few vet visits, a decent home and better food they could make a great horse for you!

And last but not least, you could foster a horse! There are plenty of adoption centers and organizations that are over populated that need some horses to go to good homes. Even if you can’t adopt one right now you or your barn could foster a horse. Now this means the horse will live at your barn until someone wants to adopt him/her. This is good for the horse because it will be in a safe stable home, getting good food, and maybe some training on things that will make it more adoptable. This is also good for another horse that the rescue center didn’t have room for until your foster horse came to live with you.

Now that you’ve learned all about horses that don’t turn out ‘right’, you know that there is no such thing. There is no perfect horse out there. Maybe a horse’s owner decided that her horse wasn’t right for HER. That definitely does not mean that horse is a bad one. It could work out for another rider.

So what are you waiting for? Go help these horses! Tell your barn about a rescue center who might have a good lesson horse. Ask your parents about fostering or adopting. DO SOMETHING PLEASE! Or the growing population of horses who don’t turn out ‘right’ will continue to grow.

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  1. Oh my gosh Syd, first of all, this is an amazing blog! Secondly, you have probably saved all my troubles. {:D}The stables I ride at a thinking of getting a few new horses, and they are looking for one that is probably a retired dressage horse. Maybe it’s waiting for us at a rescue centre. I’ll look in on that, but you’ve done a great part of my “mission” to find new lesson horses. :D

  2. I really understand that some horse aren’t good for certain things/ people. like my show jumper was bred by a dressage trainer, from dressage parents, for dressage. but he does WAYYY better in show jumping, i mean she he can do a few flying changes, piffales, half passes and other dressage movments, but he does them just coz he was told not coz he wants to, and when he does do them thers no spark, yer he looks good, but you don’t feel any magic, then you get anywhere near something jumpable and he stars to get excited and he starts looking like a champion! I really connected to this blog! I understood EVERY bit of it! wonderful job Syd

  3. thanx everyone. i really took this one to heart to because a lot of our lesson horses came from these backgrounds and some of my personal favorites have to. so i just thought i would inform everyone about this issue so many more horses can have the same chance as my lesson horses and tash’s horse. also madelaina i’m glad your barn might consider adopting a horse!

  4. Syd: This is a great blog, and it reminds me of Gypso, the last horse I rode when I got hurt. NOT A COW PONY…