Imperfect Can Be Perfect!
You Help Us Find Their Futures
People in the show and pleasure world are often not as knowledgeable about health and soundness issues associated with horses. Many tend to look for a “perfect” horse because they really don’t understand or are afraid of any issue that a horse may have. Oftentimes, this “imperfection” would not hinder or effect the purpose for which they are seeking the horse.
In reality, most horses have some sort of “hole” or imperfection. Some issues are much easier to spot than others, but if you look long enough, take enough radiographs, do enough scans and perform enough tests, you are bound to find something.
Will the fact that Stormy was a bleeder while racing prevent him from being a good jumper? Will those osselets keep Flicka from doing dressage? The answer is no, but if the adopter has no idea what these conditions entail, they will run, not walk the other way.
Consequently, many retired race horses that might have some sort of blemish, take more time and resources to rehome.
The answer to this problem is mult-faceted. In many cases if the horse is actually performing at the level the person is seeking, they may be swayed to “take a chance.” There is also the approach of educating the person on exactly what bleeding is, for instance. However today it has become ever more difficult. You only have to “google” EIPH to see that the worst case scenario of most conditions is displayed prominently.
Just the same, because of your dollars, TPR is extremely effective in placing these, “hard to place” horses. We take special pride in finding horses like That’s What I Mint, Wooden Match, WaChaCha and many others, the perfect home.
They may have imperfections, but their new owners think they are just perfect the way they are!