Many of the online advertisements make me feel wary and I'm reminded of this icon from my childhood:
A couple weeks ago I came upon an ad that didn't conjure up images of the Lost in Space robot. My trainer and I went to see the horse and ride him. We both liked him and the seller suggested I take him on trial. The ideal situation was to take him to the training stable where my trainer could evaluate him and give me lessons on him. But the training stable required a rabies vaccination, which this horse did not have. I offered to pay for the vaccination and the seller agreed to get the vaccination and draw up a pre-purchase trial contract. A couple of days went by. I left a voice message for the seller. Then at 8:30 that night the seller called in a panic, in need of money because of an ugly divorce situation, and said I had to buy the horse tomorrow or the horse would be sold to a cattle rancher with cash in hand. Wow! I was stunned. I was disappointed. But I will not be pressured into a rapid purchase like that.
I summoned up some courage and looked at more ads today and it was sickening. I saw ads placed by desperate people trying to unload their horses "ASAP". I feel sorry for the horses because the most likely person to respond to these ads is the kill-buyer.
Let me tell you about a couple I just read. I don't want to copy and paste them here, so I'll just give you the gist of them.
Ad #1 offered a "FREE" 2 year old "Polomino" quarter horse stallion. The seller pleaded, "Please rehome him ASAP...he is FREE." While the horse is free, his tack costs $300.00 and has to go with him. The free "Polomino" horse and tack is $300.00 today only. If you wait until tomorrow "the re-homing fee becomes $500.00" for horse and tack.
What the heck is a "re-homing fee" on a FREE horse? Now, doesn't that make you want to rush out to the nearest ATM?
Ad #2 offered another free horse. A 16 year old, "broke to ride" quarter horse that is "not a push button horse, but is a good horse." The horse "hasn't been ridden in awhile", but the seller put her kids on it and they
Too bad my horse trailer is in the shop for repairs right now. I lose again.
Times are tough and I feel badly for people who are in difficult & desperate situations.
I feel most sorry for the horses who are the innocent victims. Those two "free" horses probably ended up on a truck bound for a slaughter plant south of the boarder.
I don't think I'll look at any more ads today.