I've just had an email from a friend of mine. She said that she's just found a daughter from my mare Lilly. (who is now dead )
The daughter is ten years old, a TB... and is in bad shape. Her owners are looking to sell. I'm so tempted to load up the trailer and go and get her. The purchase price is do-able, but I already have three horses.
Three was my hard limit- I can afford four, but if anything went wrong, the savings I have wouldn't last as long. Plus, there's the additional time- mornings are already tight.
What would you do?
Last edited by kookicat; Oct. 7, 2012 at 02:16 PM.
I had my first horse offered back to me when she was first diagnosed with navicular. She was still sound, and a great horse they just caught it on radiographs. At the time I already owned a horse and wasn't making great money, so I turned her down.
Now I wish everyday I had have just taken the chance and brought her home. I've spent years looking for her. I even paid to see her current owners on the AQHA website...And it was me (no one ever took the time to transfer her registration, which is such a mistake and a bummer). I worry all the time about her.
Go. Get her and then make the decisions about what to do.
Judging from what I've seen of you on this forum, you're going to fret about her forever if you don't go get her. I'm very practical and don't usually say things like this, but, for your own peace of mind, go get her and think about placing her, or one of your other three later.
She's very skinny and a bit beat up looking. She's been turned out with three geldings and they've been picking on her. She has some scrapes on her legs and a few bite marks. Feet aren't great either.
She is sweet and friendly though. Walked straight on the trailer and traveled well.
She was a bit nervous when we got home but she seems to have settled. I left her in with a pile of soaked hay. I'm going to offer her a bit of sugar beet in the morning. Vet is coming out tomorrow night to give her a check up.
I could have cried when I saw her. She was stood on her own in a corner and just looked so sad. I'm very glad that I got her.
The best of news for your new, sweet girl. Does she have a registered name? Can you do a tattoo search (not quite sure how it works in Great Britain)? But, the important thing is that she's home, and she's safe and you and she can move forward together.
You know, sometimes I think that's why some of us set absolute maximums --- because we know that there's a little wiggle room there, if we need it.
One other important thing, of course. We need pictures!
She has TB papers, but the seller refused to hand them over. Not sure if I can get a copy, but I'm going to try.
I keep wandering out and looking at her. Every time I do I find another scrape.
I'm really bloody furious at the seller for letting her get in this condition. The geldings were all in good weight. She was just the low girl in the pecking order and wasn't getting much hay, I think. (I'm hoping that's all it is and that she's not ill.)