Thursday, February 25, 2010

New Way To Eat Horse Meat... Breading!

For my second post, I searched high and low, and while I found a few ads that were okay to use... nothing really struck me as GREAT. 

Until I saw this one listed in todays Las Vegas list. 


Ok Here's the Text: 

"Horse For Sale.

10 yr Red Chestnut Horse (Um, this is like saying "its wet rain". Chestnut IS red. Pick one color word or the other, but not both. Its redundant and annoying.)
Stocky, broad chested breed with well-muscled hindquarters and a compact body. (Grrr, can't help myself here. this describes him as a stock horse. If he's a stock horse, than chances are he's either a quarter horse, OR a breeding stock paint. If he's not registered, he's grade. Your breed description, frankly, sucks.)

Great for Riding, Strong and Handsome! (So what has he accomplished under saddle? Is he trained? How much training? Inquiring minds want to know!)

Sound and healthy. 

(Are you ready for it?)

Great for breading!!! "

Oh 'cause I know we all just LOVE horse meat with some BREADING on it! Better grab a chunk of it, get it rolled in some herbs, a little flour, salt and pepper, oh - can't forget the breading - and fry it up southern style! 


Rant aside, I know perfectly well that 'breading' is spelled correctly. But come on here. If it just doesn't look right to you, then look it up! There are online dictionaries that can help. Or get someone ELSE to proofread. Authors do it, journalists do it, and these are people that eat, breathe, and live the English language.

What really concerns me here is even though they can't get the correct word for it, the current owners obviously have him as a stud. And they've probably been creating MORE of him. However, unless you were able to translate Breading into Breeding, most non-horsey folk wouldn't realize that just by the ad. NOT ONCE does it say this is a stallion. Which brings me to another point: the possibility exists that some unknowing person might just go see him not realizing he's got boy bits. Said possible buyer tries him out, and he decides to have a 'stallion moment' and tries to bite said possible buyer. Possible buyer then freaks out, and sues owner for not telling her he's a stud. There are a million variations on this possible scenario. A Child. An older person. Etc. This is not just annoying, its possibly dangerous. 

OR How bout this: Possible buyer goes to see him realizes that he IS a stallion and wishes to breed to a mare. All fine and good until she actually goes to have him do the deed live cover, he decides to go berzerk and ravish the mare. Mare goes insane having squealing, biting, angry stallion hovering over her, and she can't get away, so she does what any self respecting mare does and kicks him .... or rather tries to kick and gets the inexperienced new owner right in the legs, causing serious damage as well as a trip to the er. 

These may seem like 'what if' situations and some might say they'll never happen. Really? Ok. And keep searching for the end of the rainbow folks...

Doesn't seem like just a simple typo anymore, does it?

Here he is: 


Overall, not a bad horse. He's actually rather cute. IMO though, the ONLY picture that was worth the trouble of posting was the one taken of his profile, commonly known as a conformation shot. (For those non-horsey folk, its a picture taken from of the side to show how he/she is put together, their build, their conformation.) His isn't that bad, though some would say his backs a bit long, and his neck is thick as well as his throat latch. He appears to be cow-hocked, but as he's a quarter horse or quarter horse type, this is pretty common. I'd love a better shot of his front legs, as in the one picture from the front he's standing weird, and its hard to see if he's straight legged or not. 

I will credit the owner this: you can see very easily that he had been bathed before these pictures were taken, you can still see the water on the mats. One point for the owner.

Overall, I'm sure he's a very sweet, kind, and wonderful horse. Aside from the bath, this owner is just NOT really putting his 'best hoof forward' here. Leave out the three pictures that don't do him justice, leave in the one side shot, and for goodness sakes, please make sure your text is correct! 

Oh on a side note, and a personal pet peeve of mine.... WHY OH WHY is he still a stallion? We don't need anymore foals from stallions and mares that have accomplished NOTHING but eat hay and poop! As a stallion what has he done? Is he broke? Is he cowwy? Does he do well on trails? Does he do ANYTHING except be a testosterone ridden pasture puff that makes more unwanted horses to feed into the slaughter industry? The ad sure doesn't tell us, so we, as potential buyers, are left guessing. 

Geld him, THEN try and sell him. Bet someone would just fall head over heels with him, or at least give him half a chance to live long enough to be trained decently by someone that's willing to give him some miles and give this guy a job. Without his boy bits, whatever wonderful qualities he has as a stallion will just get that much better as a gelding. 

Note to owner/seller: This is a classic case of 1) Not nearly enough information about the horse and 2) Not having someone else look over the ad for stupid errors like this.

Lets compare.

This ad, from the Dallas area is a wonderful example of how to do it right. There is actually so much information on the horse being offered for sale that I honestly could not think of a single question I'd not already had answered. They, quite simply, covered everything.

(Psst, by the way, remember CL doesn't charge anything. You can type in a freaking novel and they don't care!)


Ad Text: 

2007 AQHA sorrel filly with a beautiful flaxen mane and tail - she is super flashy. This girl is well bred - she has over $677,000 NCHA money earners on her papers! Freckles Playboy, Doc's Oak, Justa Swinging Peppy, Lynx Star Lady, & Tenino Badger just to name a few. 10 of the 14 horses on her papers have won money at NCHA, and likely with other programs, but this is the only one I have checked. You can see her pedigree at:

She is green broke, but she has never bucked, kicked, and she has no vices... the only reason she is green is because she does not know a whole lot. She does not neck rein, but she stops and turns on a dime. She will do anything you ask her to, she will cross a muddy creek full of water, she will go into a tank, she will load into a trailer, stand quietly tied up, etc. She has been ridden in the pasture, in the round pen, and near the street and has never spooked. My 16 year old nephew is currently riding her to put some miles on her, and she will be ridden daily until sold.

She is just a three year old, but I would trust my 4 year old son on her she is so sweet. These pictures were from last fall, but the only difference is her winter coat.

We are asking $800 for her, please call Cecil at xxx or email with any questions.

This is how you sell a horse folks. See the difference?



This little mare, while having somewhat of a thinner neck and more upright shoulder, SHOULD sell for what they are asking for. She's cute, well fed, shiny, obviously rides fine on trails, goes through water, etc, etc. What more could you ask for? Kudos to the owner for taking the time to think out how best to present her for sale. It really only takes a few minutes, swear!

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