He is a few spot varnish roan Knabstrup. This photo was taken standing on the rise outside his stable, about a year after I bought him from a meat market for 50gns
He's 'ugly' to alot of people. but he certainly isnt to me.
There is a concave mark across his nose and cheekbones where his original rope halter had cut in. He also has a deep one across his poll which is a permanent scar. We had to have the halter actually cut out of his skin, and it left him with a complete mess. He has to have padded headcollars & headpieces to prevent pressure points as you can literally press your fingers into the hole it left in his neck
He also bears other ugly scar's on his body, especially a deep one around his right forleg. He was badly abused as a youngster and it has left deep scars physically as well as mentally
He was about 3 here, I've had him 10 years now (as of 2013). He's such a character, strong willed, highly intelligent and at times trying, but he is my complete world
He is beautiful. He has kind eyes, and lots of love to give and needs a lot of love as well. I hope you two form the trust and love needed to thrive. He reminds me of a few very white paint horses I've met. I want to totally scratch his nose and give him some treats
He is a lovely looking horse I like Cremellos ^^ (Mum doesn't, so she's one of the "many people" who'd think this gorgeous guy is ugly ._.)
I have a horse at my Training College who had been abused the same way as this guy, the teachers who looks after the horses also had to cut the halter off. But she's all lovely now (and incredibly reflective eyes o_o). Animal abuse is just seriously wrong ._.
I can completley understand, its kinda the sort of thing people hear about, but it doesnt really sink in because it just seems SO cruel, until you really see it in person, which is the worst part as then it dawn's that people really are that cruel!
It's left such a scar on him, it's taken this whole time to heal, but because it cut into the muscle, it wont fully heal, which leaves a gap of about an inch across and two inches deep, that you can actually put your fingers on and press into his head! Mean's he has thick padded headpieces on his headcollar and bridles ect, but its such a small price to make sure hes happy
I agree. I've worked with alot of horses coming from the same background's he has, and rescued alot of them. They all have such wonderful personalities, they just dont always show though, especially when the heart and trust is beaten out of them, like what happened to Spud.
I do the same. All mine but one were rescue cases. I love them so much. I really don't see how anyone could ever harm a horse. They're far to lovely of a creature, inside and out to be abused. But, I suppose some people are very cruel. If I had more room, I'd rescue a lot more. Here at auctions, because the economy is so bad, horses are selling for less than 25 USD. So, meat buyers are having a field day =/
Big problem i always had to consider is that no matter how many are "rescued" there's always going to be alot more. Dealer's can sell a horse at auction to be picked up for as cheap as possible [around £50 to 100 depending on the 'quality' of the sale property] and can get about £200-350 for the horse for meat, depending of the size, how much muscle, horses weight ect. But if they say to knowingly 'emotional' people, they can point out the horse is going for dog food, and there will often always be someone who jump's in to "save the horse from death" at twice the price, which only fund's the industry as then the dealer can buy another two horses for the price he sold one for.
At the same time, alot of people reckon that horses are seperate from the 'what should be on a human dinner plate' arguement, and say they shouldnt be eaten, and that there 'will always be' people in 'rescue centers' who will take them on. Sadly it's just utterly and completley untrue, and alot of horses would actually suffer that way. Even though its awful that they are truly amazing animal's and in a perfect world they wouldnt be eaten by animal nor person
I still try to see all those points, bu think, a life saved is a life saved. And often, they prove to be very good horses. Not always, but often.