The "free" horse is never free. I do not say this as a negative thing, but as a word of caution to equestrians who find free or cheap horses. -- This summer I rescued a 4 year old Gelding from the track. The only issue disclosed was his "knee" hurt and they needed him gone ASAP or they were going to send him to auction. The financial adventure started by bringing him home: $175 -- X-rays to determine his injury (splint fracture) : $550 -- bute and banamine for pain management: $100 -- follow up vet visit for colic & gastric ulcer symptoms: $100 -- 2nd major vet visit for abscesses in both front hooves which required minor surgery: $500. -- In only three months the "free" horse has needed $1475 in veterianary care. That doesn't include farrier visits or food costs.
So, the next time someone balks at an adoption fee being over $1000 for a healthy animal, please gently remind them that the non-profit likely spent over double what they are asking for the re-homing fee. Sincerely, the little horse that keeps fighting to live & his very stressed out rescuer. #ottb#horsesofinstagram#tbs#racehorse#rescue#thehaven