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Old 28th November 2016, 3:16 PM   #1
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Hi, I have a horse I can no longer look after.

Long story, my ex-wife was horsey, she bought many, got rid of a few, and left. I am not a horse person and although I live on acreage, cannot easily look after a fully grown horse. I have a full time job and kids, and it is just not working.

Unfortunately the horse is lame with laminitis and despite significant care (and thousands of $) will not recover. He seems happy and is otherwise healthy but the ongoing care is beyond me. Spring is difficult as he is not allowed to over-eat.

I have tried giving him away and although he is fully trained and well mannered (he lives in my backyard a lot and is good with kids, dogs etc) he cannot be ridden by an adult due to his feet. He also is a pain to shoe as his feet are sensitive. He is a good lawn mower and is as safe as any good horse (quarter horse).

Any ideas of organisations that might take him? I realise problem horses are pretty common but I would prefer not to put him down. I live in SE suburbs of Melbourne.

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Old 28th November 2016, 3:18 PM   #2
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maybe talk to a local pony club - plenty of horse lovers will have better ideas than OCAURers.
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Old 28th November 2016, 3:53 PM   #3
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where are you based theres lost of rescue groups around
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Old 28th November 2016, 3:58 PM   #4
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Pretty easy really:

http://www.australianhorserescue.com...elated-issues/
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Old 28th November 2016, 4:04 PM   #5
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If the local pony club can't advise their is RSPCA as a last resort.

ebay au?

gumtree.com.au?
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Old 28th November 2016, 4:25 PM   #6
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Or maybe get an equine vet out to have a look.

If the horse is lame then the humane thing to do would be to have it euthanised.
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Old 28th November 2016, 4:52 PM   #7
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If the local pony club can't advise their is RSPCA as a last resort.

ebay au?

gumtree.com.au?
yeah anything but RSPCA.
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Old 28th November 2016, 5:54 PM   #8
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Seems a shame to put him down if he's happy enough just grazing, surely someone on acreage would be happy to take it.

Definitely try Gumtree and some local horse clubs.
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Old 28th November 2016, 7:37 PM   #9
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Try googling Horse shelter *insert your state*?
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but I would prefer not to put him down.
How old is he? What about your wife's contacts? If she left him, he's her responsibility.

If he is on a restricted diet, it may be harder to get somewhere he can just free-feed. I'd advertise and ask around, but ultimately euthanasia might be the decision you have to make. I'm an animal lover, but taking on an animal with a known (and potentially expensive) condition needs somebody with money who is prepared to use it on an "unproductive" animal, it's a "big ask" (or at least a bigger ask than taking on an animal that doesn't have health issues). It's all very well to think he can just wander about, but any animal lover will not let him go without maintenance care and that costs.
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Old 28th November 2016, 8:34 PM   #11
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You're bound to find a paddock for him to live out his days don't give up.
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How old is he? What about your wife's contacts? If she left him, he's her responsibility.
Clearly you have never been divorced. She has disavowed any responsibility to pretty much everything.

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If he is on a restricted diet, it may be harder to get somewhere he can just free-feed. I'd advertise and ask around, but ultimately euthanasia might be the decision you have to make. I'm an animal lover, but taking on an animal with a known (and potentially expensive) condition needs somebody with money who is prepared to use it on an "unproductive" animal, it's a "big ask" (or at least a bigger ask than taking on an animal that doesn't have health issues). It's all very well to think he can just wander about, but any animal lover will not let him go without maintenance care and that costs.
Yep and what do you expect euthanasia to cost? Vet visit, drugs, then I have 350kg of dead animal to deal with. It is not like burying a dog. I would need a front end loader which I don't have. I have already asked around and I live in a horsey area but no-one wants to take it on, although everyone who meets him thinks he is fine. I am trying not to put him down as i am also an animal lover and have several other animals. But you need to own appropriate animals otherwise both parties suffer.

He has no real ongoing issues except he should be on hay rather than spring grass. But being a horse he needs regular care. Owning a horse is probably a $1000+ p.a deal and a couple of hours a week just to have them sit in a paddock, but can easily cost many times that. I can't care for a horse with work and kids. I am happy to pay someone to take him if he goes to a good home, otherwise there are some dodgy looking people on gumtree who may take him. I suspect he would end up as dog food, which I would prefer didn't happen.
I googled horse rescue places in Vic but the ones out my way won't take any more, as there are too many unwanted ones out there. I will try the local pony club.

Oh and you can't eat most horses a they have been pumped full of drugs over their life. Especially race horses.
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Clearly you have never been divorced. She has disavowed any responsibility to pretty much everything.
How did you forget about a horse during the divorce proceedings?
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Yep and what do you expect euthanasia to cost? Vet visit, drugs, then I have 350kg of dead animal to deal with.
I understand, but it's a one-off. It may be your only option if you can't find a home.

Do you have any spare accommodation at your place? Another option might be to offer a room/board (or reduced rate) to somebody to look after him. Do you live somewhere that qualifies as "rural" for the second-year visas? You could get an international visitor?

I understand the issues. The issues you are facing are the same problems that affect people taking him on.
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Old 29th November 2016, 3:01 PM   #15
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Doesn't sound like cause to put the dude down ..

$25 a week to look after him isn't much... Maybe OCAU can crowdfund and have its own (ex) racehorse.

Sadly I don't know anyone in Melb/Vic who could take him.

I know of some people in Sydney on acerage (one a horse trainer), but they already have a few.
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