Re-homing horses (or any animal) is such a stressful time for those who really care about their pets.
Sometimes, there is just no other way…
I have re-homed or sold a few of my horses over the years. Sigh.
I do know where most of them are – I know they are OK and thriving.
But not all.
To be brutally honest, I don’t know about them all…
And I suffer that.
HOW TO RE-HOME A HORSE
I was trying to figure out a way to express this without sounding like Debbie Downer.
But truly, there are never any guarantees. Even with contracts.
Unless you can see the horse often, you really don’t know.
There are no guarantees.
So, my best advice is to do your very best research (call up the local vets and farriers, clubs, riding associations and inquire) and then follow your instincts.
I guess that may sound frivolous to “follow your instincts” but it is how I feel.
Sometimes something perfect on paper just doesn’t feel right…
And other times, certain situations just feel right.
For me, I’ve sold horses under contract, I’ve leased horses, I’ve let friends borrow, I’ve donated a horse, I’ve sold horses through trainers…
And there is no pattern to the results except: my gut feeling at the time was usually right.
You see, although I know about most of my previous horses, the ‘best situations’ didn’t always pan out.
I know how it feels to regret a sales decision.
So, I guess I am posting this so that all of you who are re-homing can think it through so you don’t suffer the pain of the owner noted below (and myself) …
And for all of you who are looking for a horse, well, you understand why the owner may ask so many ‘silly’ questions.
Click on the below photo to be brought to the story.
If any of you have seen this horse, you would be an angel to this very sorry and regretful owner who thought she was doing the best thing for this mare.
I’m sure we can all understand…
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Cindy: This isn’t my horse… I posted this for a reader.
I hope you find her, but if you don’t, just remember all the good you have done and are doing for equines everywhere. Sometimes good hearted people are in abusive relationships and it may not have been the new owner’s choice…per se. But that person owes you an explanation. I hope you get one. Keep us posted.