Buy­ing and sell­ing

EQUUS - - Eq Letters -

My one ques­tion af­ter read­ing “How Not to Buy a Horse” (EQUUS 474) is, “What is go­ing to hap­pen to this Ap­paloosa geld­ing?” The bad habits and vices that caused the author to re­turn this horse so quickly are the re­sult of ev­ery hu­man he has ever had con­tact with. His be­hav­ior no doubt stems from fear, in­se­cu­rity and lack of trust.

I my­self have fallen in love with th­ese “throw­away” horses who have never had a chance. Pa­tience and love can work mir­a­cles. What joy to see the soul look­ing out of once-wary eyes. I am no arm­chair theorist: I do res­cue work in cen­tral Wy­oming.

Nine months ago, I re­ceived a horse who was de­scribed as “100 per­cent won­der­ful”---but the com­plete op­po­site proved to be true. And yet to send him back was, for me, to­tally un­think­able.

He would have died from ne­glect, or worse---and out here I think every­one knows what that means. Nine months later, af­ter enor­mous ex­pense and end­less amounts of time, he is be­ing adopted out as a ther­apy horse. Was it worth it? Oh yes. Giv­ing him the chance he de­serves can never be wrong. Mar­gareth Ruesch River­ton, Wy­oming

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