FREE TO ANYONE
Baby. Must go in two weeks or going to auction. I finally got a horse!
Sound crazy? I just paraphrased the Craiglist ad for this old fellow, his name is London.
Seems London’s owner has had a baby, so this 30 year old OTTB was free to ANYONE or headed to auction in two weeks. TWO WEEKS! I don’t know where to begin.
Babies don’t just appear in the spare room one day (thank the stars for that!), we get a bit of notice-like NINE MONTHS notice-that one is arriving. She had NINE MONTHS to rehome this old guy. Not that it still wouldn’t be traumatic for the poor old gent, but taking her time would likely ensure he got a GOOD home and did not end up “free to anyone”. Not even a “free to good home”…just anyone.
Personally I feel euthanasia would be kinder than dumping him in this manner. Kinder than having him picked up by a meat buyer, or having the last few dollars wrung out of him as a dude horse. Free to anyone with a two week placement window does not do much to ensure he finds that caring horseperson with a big soft spot, and the knowledge to care for, oldies.
I am hoping that before this woman conceived she KNEW that babies take time and money, like entirely too much time and money if you ask me 😉 Or did she intend on keeping the horse, then gave birth, then realized her barn time had been reduced to zero as Junior did not sleep cutely all the time as they do on the soap operas and Junior required diapers and all manner of expensive baby stuff?
Who knows. But to dump this gorgeous oldster in this fashion and put him severely at risk is inexcusable.
Thankfully there is a happy ending here, he landed softly at Angel Acres, after a concerned person alerted them to the ad. You can read the full story on their blog here:
Big kudos to Jo Deibel of Angel Acres for stepping in to help this wonderful old man!!!!