To Fancychooklady, Rodney Rooster and Teila. ..... re OTT thoroughbreds etc.
I think it is absolutely wonderful that you Fancy, and others elsewhere and here, give homes to former racehorses, with so much love, care and excellent attention - and with work to do and learn.
How I wish I could do the same, but lack of property size, and medical problems on my part, precludes me from doing much with horses now. I so adored my time with them, when I was able to ride, teach, lunge and exercise, groom and feed - generally look after them like they were Dresden china. I can still groom properly, ... .breaks my heart that I am no longer able to ride, due to physical limitations.
Agree - there are some horrid situations still happening in the racing horse ( and dog ) world. What so called 'lovers of animals' do with the beautiful greyhounds who do not make the cut, is something I won't go into here. Suffice to say it is utterly gross. And those that send their horses, willy-nilly to the knackery, don't give a true tuppenny dam ( with an 'n' ) about them. They are just a mobile, flesh and blood investment, and if it doesn't work out to the connections monetary advantage, they don't give two hoots. It is vile and disgusting.
For some reason, horses - more than any other loved pet - seem to get themselves into some awful trouble at times. Have many stories on that score, which I won't go into here. No-ones' fault - it is just something that 'happens' - in the stall / stable, in a paddock, out riding, or during a storm ( bad story that ) wherever. .... And for the horse lover, owning or rescuing horses is costly, but worth every penny.
Re : Red Cadeaux, who broke down in the Melbourne Cup. Thank God he is ok, and apparently the break in the fetlock was not severe enough for the worst outcome. There is so much that can go wrong in that area ( so much intricate bone structure ) ... he was very very fortunate. And is in the very best care possible - at Werribee Veterinary ( equine specialty ) Clinic.
Here in Victoria, we have a wonderful home for former champion geldings ... called Living Legends. http://www.livinglegends.org.au/ .... The owners of Red Cadeaux, have decided to let him stay in Victoria, and I do so hope he joins the other champs out there. They look after them so superbly. The horses have their many duties, attending race meetings as attractions, visiting aged nursing homes, charitable events, and children outdoors, in hospitals or cancer care - all over Australia. Among the many out on this property, are Better Loosen Up, Might and Power, Apache Cat ( my favourite boy ), Rogan Josh, Silent Witness, Efficient ... to name a few. I cannot wait to get back out there, and visit them.
I now actively protest jumps races, and believe as Rodney Rooster agreed ... that races with too many horses in the field is absolutely wrong. Had a real ding-dong go at the former Victorian Premier, Denis Napthine - who happens to be a Veterinarian, and who also happens to be a major big wig in racing circles, especially for the Warrnambool horror they hold every year - the Annual Steeplechase - the longest, and most jumps to be negotiated race, in the world. - A ghastly event.
He is Chairman or some big time bod on that WRC board. I knew that he would know, that I knew what I was talking about when I challenged him - on field sizes, jumps structures, approach, necessary balance for jumping, etc. At least he had the courtesy to reply a 1.5 pages long letter, in which he defended the industry, but agreed in principle with some of my suggestions. The Government changed soon after, but he was instrumental in re-introducing jumps races ( at the time ). The previous government had been on the brink of banning them - and then an election happened again, ( all a few years back now ).
Neighbours next door have now 4 rescued horses agisted about 2 miles away - 3 of which they ride, and 1 that is still being 'whispered' into good manners under saddle.
Well - so much for chat about chickens here ?? I think it's time for me to ..... .
Darling boy - my own photograph of " Apache Cat " ... one of the all time greatest sprinters.
Edited by Anniebee - 11/4/15 at 4:35am
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Aussie chook enthusiast !!!