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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It's All About Brego

~A gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do.~ 
~Minnie Cody 1901~

October 6-8 was the "Kiger Kraze" wild horse extravaganza and adoption at the Burns Wild Horse Corrals here in SE Oregon. With my crazy schedule of clinics, hay, Pendleton, moving cows...blah, blah, blah...the adoption took me by surprise. It was my intention to be there with a pile of fliers of Brego...he really needs to go to his new home...wherever that may be.

Brego the Kiger Mustang
Probably my fav photo of Brego.

Well, I'd just got back from my week-long clinic with Colt and was committed to help move cows for Rancher, there I sat the day after the adoption weekend with Brego grazing quietly on the hill...not down the road like I had intended.

Then came the results of the adoption via email to me:

-       Total people in attendance: 200
-       Total number of competitive bidders: 69
-       Number of Kiger/Riddle horses offered: 117
-       Number of Kiger/Riddle horses adopted: 88
-       Total adoption fees from Kiger/Riddle horses: $76,550
-       Highest bid: $8,750 (for a 2 year old dark bronze/dun stallion from the Riddle HMA)
-       Average adoption fee for Kiger/Riddle horses: $869
-       Number of horses from other HMAs adopted: 5

Notice the highest bid horse? Well, some guy bought this stud colt and a bunch of prospective young brood mares (to the tune of $30K) to breed them in captivity...which I think is the stupidest thing with the poor shape of our horse industry right now.

IMHO...shame on the BLM to allow stud horses be adopted out without being gelded...any HMA studs should be gelded...even the Kiger/Riddle. But, then the BLM would not be making the $$$ they did at this adoption. They say these Kiger's are "special" special that they're considered a breed...not in my book. They're just another wild horse...then after being gentled they're just another horse.

And, if you're a horse person at all, you know that in today's economy, you can't give a horse away...but let's breed some more of them!

Yep, see the soap box I'm standin' on...shouting at the top of my lungs!!!

I've been trying to sell Brego for 4 years...and not ONE "Kiger person" has showed any interest in purchasing him. My friend Andi made a statement the other day on FaceBook that pretty much hit the nail on the head "Because Brego is a gelding, he is of no use to any of the Kiger people." So much for these "Kiger Krazed" people taking care of their own.

Yes, I'm pretty miffed to say the least. I have $1200 invested into Brego (not including feed and care for the last 4 years)...I'm talking cash. I'm down to asking $500 for him...have still yet to see much more than a bunch of tire kickers from FaceBook and CraigsList. Thanks to all my friends on FB, he is getting a lot of hits...something is going to come of this.

So, with this trail of events, I've been on a rant for the past week...vowing the Brego will be gone, one way or another, before winter sets in.

This is Brego in mid-April of 2007...the day he was gelded,
and the day he arrived here at the Rough String.
He was wild...couldn't touch him. I suspect that
the vet put the halter on him when he was
under sedation from the gelding procedure.
Pretty pathetic looking~

Here he is in mid-July just 90 days later. I put a lot of hard
work and hours into this horse.

The owners who had hired me to train him realized after 30 days that he was not going to make a "family horse" for their pre-school children...I knew that before he ever arrived, but I did the best I could for both them and Brego.

After trying to sell him for the next 60 days, there were no takers. I put him out to pasture with another gelding and he got to be a horse again for the first time since he roamed the range with him dam.

I brought him back to the barn and into training again to prepare him for the 2007 Kiger adoption (yes, they had gathered that HMA again that year). I took him and did demos and advertised him as for sale at $ guessed takers. But, the highest selling horse that year was $7000...I've got a gentled, under saddle Kiger for $1200 and some idiot person paid $7000 for a mare...well, of course they were going to breed her *rolling my eyes into the back of my head.*

The owners only option for a place for him to go was to a boarding stable in Portland Oregon, where his sister boarded her horses...where no one knew a thing about him or how to help him if he got fearful...

So I bought him for $1200...stupidly thinking that I could sell him in the spring for $1200...what's a lil' bit of hay through the winter.

Time marches it's October 2011...and Brego still lives here...

The photos and video below are from 3 of Brego back into 2 of riding after being off for about a year. All I've been doing with him is worm him and trim his feet.

I'm on a I said before, he's going to be gone before winter sets in!

I like to take the rein from the opposite side of the horse, put
it around the back of the cantle, pull to arc the horse and double
him back around, and pull him through to face me again.
It's an exercise I use all the time with young colts before I mount.
I do it both directions.

Mounting from both left and right hand sides.

So, this is where all my energy is going these days!!! Feel free to pass this along to anyone that might be interested!!!

But, it's supposed to be 68 degrees today and my apple tree is loaded with nice apples this year. I've got to get out there and pick a bunch of them...I think My Man will like a nice apple cobbler!

Then, I'm going to go ride Brego again~


Mikey said...

He looks very nice, especially since he's sat for a while. I don't understand why he doesn't sell. Someone ought to love him. I swear, if you were closer I'd be wanting to buy him for Wade.

Cowgirl Rae said...

I feel for you....

OOOOH! don't get me started.

(puts soap box away)

I hope you find him a new home. Videos speak volumes, keep it up.

Allison at Novice Life said...

What a good boy!!!

And I couldn't agree with you more on your soap box. Seriously, what the hell is the BLM thinking!? Why round up all these wild horses and try to find them homes, if you are only letting them go to homes that will create more 'wild horses'.

I did intense rescue work for the past 5 years and hearing all this is just SAD.

Crystal said...

Thats crazy! I cant see why anyone wouldnt want him, he so nice and calm. I guess noone actually wants to ride a Kiger, they just want to own one, sad.

Mary said...

The first time I saw photos of him I fell in love with him. I don't understand why he won't sell. I would give my right arm to have him. I'm sure you will be able to find him a home soon with all of the facebook activity that you've got going. Damn Damn Damn, I really want him.

That whole BLM thing makes no sense at all. Mind boggling, I feel your frustration.

gtyyup said...

LMAO...Mary...I don't want your right arm. Just send the money and a trailer to pick him up ;~)

Annette said...

Good luck! He is a beauty. How tall is he? He looks taller than most mustangs I've seen. I wish we needed another horse. I'd be tempted.

lisa said...

The difference is just unbelievable! My hat is off to you for doing a great job so far!

Shirley said...

Persistence and perseverance pays off. Hopefully, with cash and a new home.

Mary said...

I guess I wouldn't be much good without the right arm...I just don't have the cash. Well I have the cash to get him, just not the cash to keep him, it's terrible.

Rhonda said...

I don't keep up with the wild horse situation, but I do see where you're coming from with your concerns. I hope you can find just the right place for Brego, that the right person/s will come along and have a good home for him. Looks like you've done great work with him!

Stacy said...

I'll take him - just can't come get him. I'll pay the $500 and he will be a great trail horse for us. We have 4 horses, a nice hillside pasture and ride in the sierras.

gtyyup said...

Well, Stacy, you didn't leave any way for me to contact you. If you are interested, please email me at gtyyup at wildblue dot net

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