Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay.

Monday, August 29, 2011

On a sad note (Joe's blog today)

I'm going to be up front with you... I have a horse from Joe, Quad.  Another blogger paid for Quad to come to me when I lost Beauty in a freak corral accident one night.  Apparently she got cast and hit her head on the metal railing trying to get up, but hit her poll and that was it.  I found her body the next morning.  I was heartbroken.  I wrote about this and I have a blog dedicated to her memory.  So, when I read Joe's blog this morning, I was heartbroken.  I have copied it here.  If you do not wish to read it, please move on to a happier blog.  I understand, like Joe, that people have money problems, BUT...he was going to pick this horse up and bring him back to his place.  Joe told me, "Should you ever need to return Quad, I will take him back".  I WOULD NOT do this to Quad and I would NOT DO THIS to Joe.  I respect Joe too much.  So, read the following, but have a box of kleenex handy.  As my husband would say, "It's an Irish tale."....that means, it's a sad one.  Here goes:  GRAB THE KLEENEX~I'm warning you.  Photos are of Raider.  I'm posting it here in my blog because tomorrow Joe will write another blog and have new photos.  I really want to think about this one long and hard and resolve to help Joe as much as I can.

Monday, August 29th... They didn't have to kill him. We already had a trailer scheduled to pick him up.

Madabouttheraiders (pronounced Mad About The Raiders) came to us from a race track in early 2007. He arrived with a badly bowed tendon and sore shoulder. We called him Raider.

(not to be confused with our little arab gelding Raider who came to us a few years later)

His tendon healed, his shoulder healed, and in the summer of 2008 Raider was adopted by a trainer and her client. Soon we were getting updates about how great Raider was doing. He had started jumping. There were trail rides and camping with a church group. Raider was even used for riding lessons with beginning youngsters.

On Friday the trainer phoned and said Raider needs a new home. The owner is broke and can no longer pay expenses.

I told the trainer I would be happy to take Raider back. I said I will call you when shipping arrangements are made.

Yesterday, Sunday, I phoned the trainer to tell her our friend Sheldon can pick up Raider on Wednesday, when he gets off work. Sheldon should be there around 6:30 p.m.

The trainer said forget it. Raider was euthanized Sunday morning. It was the owner's decision. The rendering truck was coming Monday for another horse, so they might as well kill Raider too. Save the rendering truck another trip.

I am not an idiot. I understand nice, well trained horses are being put to sleep because owners are broke and finding new homes is like looking for a needle in a haystack. As goes the economy, so goes the fate of horses.

At the beginning of August I found out about a well trained warmblood mare who was put to sleep by a fancy barn because the owner is filing for bankruptcy. The trainer said we didn't think to call you. Maybe you could have found the mare a home.


And I am not going to write about the final end for a recent group of fresh from the track horses. All dead now, because there are no new homes.

We had a deal. I was to make transportation plans for Raider, which I did. He would have been on our ranch before the new month, meaning his owner would not have owed a nickel of board.

A whole bunch of personal and emotional issues, but the main question is this: Why would a vet kill a young healthy horse when arrangements for a new home had already been made?

Raider loved people. He loved attention. When they came at him with a needle I am certain he was as surprised as I am. And probably just as pissed...


The first 3 pictures are Raider on March 21st, 2007. The day he came to our ranch.


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

That's just terrible :(


Anonymous said...

Very, very sad. I am unable to understand some people - they seem to regard horses as objects, not living, breathing beings with feelings and lives.

Mikey said...

That's so sad. I don't know how Joe does it, it must be absolutely heartbreaking.
I think it should be done when it's time, not before. I don't know a vet who will put down a healthy horse, you have to have a pretty good reason. I have one here who's probably a bit retarded and unsafe to ride, but I would never ask my vet to put her down just because of that.
Such a sad day at Joe's...

Anonymous said...

It makes me sick. But, I have to say it's better than putting them on a truck to Mexico.

TeresaT07 said...

Normally, I don't comment I just read and enjoy. But today I have to comment....and I'll try to be clean mouthed. But to do that to a young and healthy horse really makes my blood boil. It makes me wonder: where was the owner and why didn't the trainer try harder to thwart the euthanization? They could have called the SPCA, someone would have held him until your trailer got there. Sometimes, people do stupid things and sometimes people are just stupid.

Cheryl Ann said...

Teresa, I agree with you 100%. My blood was boiling and I posted a response on Facebook and made two new enemies (I guess!) :-) I mean, how STUPID can people be???????

Vickie said...

Oh my goodness - this is the most horrible thing that I've heard in a long, long time! How maddening to have a deal made and then this happen to this beautiful animal. I don't understand some people's ability to mistreat animals. It just sickens me...