Friday, July 16, 2010

FFFS: What....?! OH NO You Didn't...

Gak. Its 1 am Friday morning, I have to be at work in ...... 7 hours? Such is the life of an insomniac. 

Ok. Friday. Friday Stallion time! 

You'll all just LOVE this one! Especially those of you that rescue horses...

Haflinger Stallion for Sale 500$ - $500 (Clayton Ny)

Tony was a rescue and he was severly underweight when I got him. I was told that he had come off a 600 horse breeding operation. After much TLC and groceries he is in perfect health. Tony is 17 years old and a proven breeder. He has breed both my mares and the one is due in a few short months. He is pastured with my mares and cows of all ages at the moment. He shows no aggressive tendancies and when he breeds he is very gentle. (no biting or kicking) My younger sister can walk up to him. He is a beautiful horse and very sweet. When I got him I was told that he was broke to drive. I do not know how to drive so I have not testeed him in that area. I know that when I put someone up on his back he had no idea what was happening so I am assuming he is either not broke to ride or has not been ridden in a very long time. I have gone off to college and cant expect my mother to be taking care of both of my mares and foals, along with a stallion so a good home is what I am asking for. If you have any questions or want more pictures just email me at IMATOTALMORON@IDIOT.COM

Don't you just want to go up to that person, and to borrow a very fun phrase - whack-a-moron-with-a-clue-bat? 


I know Halfies aren't supposed to be draft horse heavy, and if this guy needed some serious groceries then I WILL give her props for getting him back to a normal weight. He still looks a bit beat up around the edges, but thats pasture condition for you. 

What I want to know is why the HELL are they breeding a RESCUE HORSE?????

Does that make a LICK of sense to anyone out there? 

Generally as a rule legit 501(c) horse rescues will NOT EVER adopt out a whole male horse. Boy Bits get removed as soon as the horse can handle the surgery. 

So that is telling us that this person did not get this horse from a legit rescue org, but instead privately. 

We need more people rescuing horses. I'm not against that. 


For $500 I would be ALL over this guy if he wasn't on the other side of the country from me. Another $300 for the snip snip, and for less than a grand I'm in with an awesome project gelding who already drives? HOLY COW. Throw him into a refresher course with someone that knows what they are doing, retrain/refresh with some basic under saddle lessons, and you'll have yourself a heck of a horse! 

(P.S. - Halfies are some of the hardiest trail horses you'll ever find - and most of them are absolutely AWESOME with kids too!)


Oh, and by the way, who the hell nowadays has a 600!!!!! horse breeding operation that starves their horses, and why hasn't THAT been in the horsey interwebz news gossip rounds????

{EDIT: You know, I had to come back in to add this - if they are that close to the Canadian border, would the PMU farms use Halflinger stallions as crosses on the draft mares? I thought they were using higher quality Quarter Horse, Warmblood, a Thoroughbred stallions to improve the quality of the foals they were producing? Was just a thought. A PMU farm would produce that many animals per year, but I doubt they would starve the horses that badly? Am I wrong there? Ok, this is going into an entirely different topic.}

I also have a friday bonus for everyone. Yea! This is something for everyone to really ponder the absolute asinine moronic senseless dangerous kid killing mind numbing (ok, running out of appropriate adjectives here...) stupidity. 

Yes, I blew it up as big as blogger will let me {Edit: had to reduce the size down to the Large, not X-Large, it didn't all fit} because I think this needs to be a HUGE MASSIVE GIANT ENORMOUS poster with a huge red circle/slash for why some people should NEVER EVER OWN MINIATURE HORSES OR ANY HORSES EVER AT ALL. NEVER. We can roll it up and use it as our own 'clue bat', yes?

Do you see the lead rope and where it goes? Tied to the fence, 10+ feet long, running UNDER the belly between the legs and attached to the halter. When I saved this picture, I actually named it 'lets kill our kid today' because thats exactly what I see happening here. 

I don't care how big or small your horse is. This is an accident waiting to happen. Even a mini of this small stature can seriously harm or kill this kid if he makes the wrong step, gets caught up in that lead rope, and freaks out. There is a fence behind him that can easily trap that kid, and even a mini's small hooves, when driven into a child's skull, can kill, or at the least, disable the child to a vegetable fed by tubes the rest of his miserable bed ridden life. 

Let us also throw out the fun fact that I happen to know this miniature is..... wait for it ........ A STUD! I know, I know, total shocker, right?

I"m going to make an educated guess and say that the guy with the three spare tires is either dad, granddad, or an uncle. I doubt it would be anyone else - I certainly HOPE its not the owner/manager of whatever property this happens to be because DAMN. Talk about a total and complete lack of common sense. Well, actually, let's rephrase that.

The guy is a complete air headed idiot if he doesn't see the danger in this situation.

Do I really even have to say that this should have never been taken to begin with, because anyone with 2 salt shakers worth of intelligence would see the inherent danger here and not just yank that child off of this animals back, then carefully un-tangle the lead from under the barrel, and shorten that lead up about 16,656,572 feet. 

The very, very,VERY first rule I ever learned about tying a horse up is you never ever let the lead rope go beyond the length of your arm. That was the very first thing I ever got drilled into my head when it came to safety on the ground. That was even before the slip knot - because us beginner kids weren't actually tying the horses leads to the hitching posts, the adults did it. The knots came after a few lessons, and only if the kid/student showed common sense in actually retaining the safety lessons being drilled in mentally. The second rule was always tie at eye level or higher. (Those of you with chronic pullers/set back-ers (?) will understand that one very well!) Third was the slip knot. Fourth was never tie on slick, untextured surfaces if you can help it, etc. There were ten altogether.

My childhood riding instructor was a professional level 3 Day Eventer who was extremely strict about safety both on the ground and mounted. I have no regrets whatsoever being started out by her, because she created a foundation of safe handling practices that to this day, I will never forget - but more importantly, STILL FOLLOW.

I sincerely hope that anyone out there that sees this, and thinks I'm being too harsh/this is just a cute photo opportunity picture, please speak up in the comments. I'd love to discuss the topic of child / horse safety with you and find out why this situation is "OK" to have happen. 

I will come back with evidence after evidence of accidents that happen from situation just like this one where the kid ended up a permanent disabled person, or six feet under. As will several other people that read regularly. 

This picture came in an ad, the mini is for sale: 

We have a miniature paint horse in need of a good home. We do not have the time for him that he needs and deserves. He is a stud but he is very sweet. He is cart trained and broke to ride. The price is not firm. If interested let me know ASAP. $300 OBO 
This picture is one of the biggest examples of the words YOU FAIL I have ever seen!
On that so joyous note... I'm off to bed! 
(The Halflinger stallion from today as well as yesterday's ad were picked out of  rescueahorse's daily email. She picks out ads from all over the country and puts them in one long email - I know she doesn't do this just for me but WOW, thank you very much for adding me to your list! Makes my work so much easier here :). Thats also how I knew the city mentioned was in or around NY, it was in series of emails of ads from NY that took several different posts to get out completely. Thank you very much Lynn for your hard work, and I hope you don't mind me ripping some of them apart here. :) 
The miniature stallion picture was provided by Boyfriend Chant du Coeur.)


  1. Thank you. I actually compile them for Brandi at and a few web groups I belong to in the New England/New York area.

    If you check out Brandis' web site she has listings from all across the country -Horses Looking For Homes, Kid Safe Horses, Minis, Mules and Donkeys, etc. (I usually on do the New England and New York craigslist)

    Some of these ads blow my mind, and I'm so glad to hear you say the same things I'm thinking as I gather them.

    Glad I could share and thanks for plugging my blog on your blog!!!

    Lynn :)

  2. Wow...The rescue stallion would make a great gelding if THEY ACTUALLY GELDED HIM AND GOT PROPER TRAINING! He is such a cutie! And as for the pic of the kid on the mini....Don't these guys watch untamed and uncut? There was an episode on there of an "adult" (more like an idiot to me) that was riding a mini stallion and the mini threw him off and then BIT THE SH*T OUT OF HIM AND DID SOME MAJOR DAMAGE! Are these parents brain dead or something? And the scary thing is that he's a STALLION! Mini horses shouldn't been ridden at all! Especially by a kid that size. The least they could do is have someone hold the lead rope and put a helmet on the kid (that still wouldn't be ok) and they don't even do that! People blow my mind these days, especially parents.

  3. It looks like there is a bunch of crap on the other side of the pony too. He goes sideways and the kid falls in all that junk. At least move him and get the kid off.

    Totally off subject but some gal sent me some pictures of ponies she had for sale with a ginormous kid on them in every damn picture! The ponies were only like 11 to 12 hands and she has some 6 foot kid on them. Totally pissed me off cuz I'd rather see the pony with out someone on him. I told her too. And guess what? It was a craigslist ad!

  4. CL Queen, the Hafies of the breeding from lines S, St, and W, tend to be the stockier, drafty looking of the breed. The further up the alphabet you get- the lighter, more refined you find. He is a cute enough horse, but why breed him? Aren't there enough unregistered, half breed horses on the planet?

    And if Mom can't care for the horses with a stallion in the mix, who says she will be able to care for the her with two more foals? Why should she be the one caring for them, anyways?

    The photo of the kid on the mini- sooo many things to go wrong there. I just hope nobody (meaning the kid or the mini) got hurt. Is this like one of those photos of how many things can you find wrong with this picture?