23
Jun
10

Anybody want to buy a horse that will be unsound by the time he’s four? Bonus: Kill your kids!


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I NEED TO FIND A GOOD HOME FOR MY 2 YEARS OLD HORSE!
HE IS A GREAT HORSE!
HE WILL BE A GREAT HORSE FOR KIDS!
HE WAS TRAINED BUT JUST DOESNT GET RIDDEN SO HE WILL NEED SOME TUNING!
NEED TO FIND A GOOD HOME !
ASKING $450

Wait, WTF? Let’s break this down.

The horse is two now. Most horses are born in the spring. Presuming the best of the owner, let’s say the colt probably turned two in March, the earliest that it’s really likely anything but a racing Thoroughbred was born. If he was trained but doesn’t get ridden anymore and now needs tuning up, that means he’s probably not been ridden in at least two months. And for even an idiot to consider him “trained,” not “started,” he’d probably need at least 60 days under saddle. So even thinking magnanimously, we’re looking at a horse who likely was ridden before he turned two.

For the non-equestrians in the audience, horses’ joints don’t mature fully until at least age four. You can start a horse at two if you absolutely must, preferably with a vet’s approval. Some racehorses are started as “long yearlings” (almost two) with a very light rider, and they aren’t expected to stay sound for more than at most a couple years of racing. But from that dished face (see below) this horse looks like he might be part Arabian–a breed that most experienced trainers won’t start under saddle until at least age three.

Bottom line: Not only is this an immature horse with very little training being advertised as a horse for children, but he’s also been ridden at such a young age that it’s likely he will not remain sound for riding for very long, if he’s even sound now. He also looks slightly underweight.

Congratulations, anonymous Craigslist poster. I’m sure that whoever eventually eats your horses’s flesh after he’s auctioned off to a kill buyer is very glad that someone (probably you) bred this poorly built horse, rode the poor thing as a yearling, and then you sold it to some poor sap who thought a two year old (probably intact) colt would be safe for their kids. I just hope that a child isn’t seriously injured or killed along the way.

Poor horse:

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5 Responses to “Anybody want to buy a horse that will be unsound by the time he’s four? Bonus: Kill your kids!”


  1. 1 Lyn
    June 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Sad for the horse and for anyone potentially injured in the process. Let’s just hope kids aren’t involved. I don’t think anyone should ride this horse. But someone should definitely give him a loving home. 🙂

  2. June 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    It’s hard to see a 2 year old horse looking so weak. What they see as “quiet” looks to me to be “ill and hungry.” The (lack of) coat condition is consistent with malnutrition; another “unsound” practice in young horses.

    • June 24, 2010 at 1:07 am

      I agree. It’s hard to judge his weight in such poor photographs, and young Arabs/half-Arabs often have narrow chests and necks for a while until they start to build some muscle, but he looks malnourished and weak to me at first glance also. He also looks like he’s already got sore hocks, or hocks so poorly constructed that they’ll be very sore as soon as anyone tries to do anything with him.

  3. 4 cut-n-jump
    June 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I would almost offer to go look, but he would end up following me home…

    He looks like he is leaning back to take the wieght off the front end. Could be all sorts of problems there. May be in the best interestof the horse to end his suffering and put him down. It sucks, but that’s the cold hard reality sometimes.

    • June 25, 2010 at 11:39 am

      Hi CNJ! I know you from the CL Horse Ads blog comments, thanks for coming by and commenting!

      I agree, it looks like something is very sore, almost as if he’s foundered, but he is so thin! Maybe it’s just bad trimming and bad photography and he would be ok if he got an upgrade to a knowledgeable home? I can hope, right?


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