Gentle Giants: Luke
Today’s our last feature from February’s rescue, Gentle Giants. Parting is such sweet sorrow!
What can you get for 5 bucks? You can get a Starbucks, you can get a sub sandwich, and you can get a gallon or so of gas…
…or you could get a Luke.
Luke here is a friendly fellow, and at just 2 years old he’s into everything. The grooming box, his herd mates tails, your pockets, and anything else that looks interesting. Who doesn’t want a warm, cuddly, mischievous gelding of unknown breeding? Oh wait… that’s right. NO ONE WANTS ONE.
That’s how we ended up with Luke and his buddy Rain. About 18 months ago, not one person in the packed sale barn -NOT ONE- would bid on these quarter-type babies. The auctioneer isn’t dumb though… he knows how to work the crowd. He turned that microphone right over to my direction and said “NO ONE will bid on these cute babies? NO ONE? Don’t we even have a RESCUE here who will take them home? Not even for FIVE DOLLARS?”
And that’s how Gentle Giants got into the Quarter Horse business. How can you say no?
Considering their conformation, they aren’t even trash. They might not go on to have their name in lights, but they are far from frankenhorses. In fact, Luke is pretty damn cute! To me, he screams “Make me a Hunter pony!!!” Even so, there were no takers for some pretty cute little quarter babies with lots of chrome.
So, if the market is so bad that the seller actually PAID OUT $7.50 to sell me each weanling for $5 a head…. why in God’s name is anyone still breeding horses for which there is no demand?
I can’t believe the breeder of these horses had anticipated that paying to sell these foals at auction would be the outcome of their breeding program, even if their “breeding program” is a barbed wire mud pit with a lean-to and a frisky stallion and his Mom. Maryland doesn’t have a nurse mare industry or any other such source for unwanted foals… so someone somewhere intentionally created, or allowed for the creation of, these foals. I don’t understand why the Breeder Mentality is so hard to change, even in the face of a desperately depressed equine market.
But regardless… Luke is here, and he wants to know:
Who will skip their Caramel Macchiatos so they can spare 5 bucks for him?
He’s even ready to walk himself home!