It never stops, does it?

And the ad text:

Turning 4 year old Arabian + Quarter Horse Colt standing 15 hh he is a sorrel with a flaxen mane and tail an a blaze running down his face. He has his ground work done he has good ground manners always been bare foot never shod has strong feet. Hasn’t been backed yet but It wouldn’t take much to get him going under saddle…
He has sired two foals to date that are also for sale and is a very calm… stud and with gelding should be a very nice horse for riding or cattle work.
Will include gelding in purchase price but not delivery it is an additional cost… I want him gone as soon as possible I have too many and due to financial issues I’m forced to sell him…..
Is it just me or does it seem some people just want to keep those slaughter trucks filled?  WHY would you breed this guy?  He’s grade, with no record of doing anything other than mounting mares…which is not a skill.  If he is indeed 15hh that is one huge saddle and pad.
He is not brutally fugly or anything, but he is also not anything special, he is a cute little grade horse who would likely make a cute little gelding for someone.  And has two foals on the ground already, that are also for sale.
Can’t afford the horse-so make two more, seems logical to me *head desk*.
The same people are also listing this one for sell.  Oh sorry SALE…I have been reading too many ads today and it is rubbing off on me 🙂

Yet another unremarkable grade stallion.  Here is his write up:

Coming 4 year old Arabian + Quarter Horse Colt standing 15 hh just started under saddle and doing great no buck nor bolt he dose not bite or kick. He isn’t gelded yet I would like him to be though I think he would be better suited as a gelding. He has strong hooves always been bare foot never shod, and has been around children screaming and running around like kids do, and he has a puppy dog tempe…rament. His dam was a registered Arabian mare 14.3 hh Chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail and his sire is a Un Registered Creamlello Quarter Horse Stallion standing 15 hh
So unless they are referring to the first stallion as a “creamlello” they have yet another grade stallion on the property making babies.  Of COURSE they do!
It is no wonder people end up with “financial difficulties” and “have too many”.   Exactly what were they trying to achieve here with this breeding program (if you can call it that)?  Horses aren’t like dandylions, they don’t randomly pop up in the paddocks until you have too many.  What is the market for these guys?  Well schooled-there would likely be a niche for them somewhere.  Unbroke and barely green broke, small, grade, not presented well or groomed, and “have to go”….not so much.  Frankly they are a dime a dozen.
While I am on my ad-induced rant here is another thing that gets my goat (I personally like this little fellow):
2 yrs old Stud Dad is a throughbred standing 16.2 Mom is a Quaterhorse standing 15.1 Will be a big boy. … Purchased as a rescue horse. Has had nothing down with him Would be a good project to start from scratch. Need gone before winter 500$ or trade for saddle
Rescue implies that you did something to ensure his safety, and the FIRST thing a rescuer would do is geld him, in addition to whatever other healthcare he may be needing.  The second thing they would do is HANDLE him, give him some job skills!  Rescue is not buying a cheap horse and throwing him out in a field!!!  That is only delaying the inevitable, unless a REAL rescuer comes along and does what you did not do, ensuring him a good chance at finding a job in a good home.  If you rescue a horse you do not have a timeline like “needs gone by winter”.
Or….some bonehead buys him because he is a stud and makes a whole bunch more of him…..
I get really tired of reading ads where the people want to be seen as a rescuer, but have done nothing to rescue the horse from an uncertain fate.  If they have millions of dollars, and will keep all their unbroken horses for forever, then yes they have rescued.  If they are moving him on in the same state they have gotten him in they have done nothing but buy him a bit of time.
Nope, it never stops….:-(

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I'm a happy camper 95% of the time, I love animals and kids....and some adults. I believe in Karma and am a spiritual and moral person. Bad people may gain in this world but they are still bad.... I have many interests, including horses, birds, growing my own food, art, writing, the Runes....yes, it is all over the map. I feel some of us are here to care for those who are not cared for by those who should care for them-if that makes any sense ;-)
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6 Responses to It never stops, does it?

  1. trailrider20 says:

    I totally agree, and I actually like all 3 horses, but as green stallions, there is not much hope for them. That little sorrel is cute, cute cute!

    On a side note, someone on CL was advertising a “stallion” that looked a lot like a gelding to me. Thin neck, lack of muscling, hang dog expression, and since he wasn’t really thin, I got the impression from the ad that the seller was not to horse savvy, and seeing the horse had a penis, decided it was a stallion.

  2. CHV says:

    I know an instructor with many years experience who keeps insisting that a 13.2 Welsh type pony is 15 hands. Over and over. Despite being told that 15 hands is five feet.

    It’s rampant in the American horse world and a lot of the time it’s otherwise perfectly knowledgable people. People just *can’t judge horse heights*.

  3. trailrider20 says:

    CHV, the way I learned to measure a horse, you removed the shoes and trimmed. You measured from the top of the withers an imaginary line to the ground, so the best way to get it right is with a measuring stick that has a small piece with a leveler that reaches over to the withers. Then you move the horse forward, remeasure, move forward, remeasure and take the average of your 3 numbers. It’s just a personal thing, but I have always enjoyed measuring my horses this way.

  4. 217hz says:

    You know you’re in for crazy when an American (I’m assuming it’s American, since other countries don’t have so many random QH to cross on things) horse ad talks about a horse being “backed.” Most of the ads, like this one, end up saying that the horse hasn’t been “backed,” meaning that the owners have had it for several years and haven’t done anything but groundwork but still like to think of themselves as trainers. There is a less-than-impressive rescue in my very Midwestern state that always uses the term. Unsurprisingly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them trying to adopt out a horse that is actually broke.

  5. ruth hoezee says:

    AHHH, nothing like an ad on craigslist to bring reality to the surface !! always horses way to young to be ridden, starving, or a picture that looks nothing like the ad reads, cant have enough un-registered stallions around to breed equally undesirable grade mares to create more than enough fodder for the slaughter trucks

  6. CHV says:

    If you know what you’re doing you can estimate a horse’s height. I’m seldom more than an inch off, but I was drilled on it as a kid with prizes for the most accurate guesses. (Why don’t more barns teach stuff like that?)

    So, somebody who tries to pass off a 14.1 pony as a 16 hand horse isn’t going to get past me ;).

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