And you know this HOW? I happen to have one I free lease to a therapy program and honestly, I resent your implication. My guy needed a new job-he loves it and is good at it. AND, when he is done working there, he will come back to me and live out his days. These programs often benefit all parties involved, including the horse and are not simply for "throw away" auction/meat bound horses. My guy has actually been in 2 different programs, and in neither one did I pay for farrier work, so that is not typically an expense the owner pays for. I do supply his supplements, because I want to specify what he gets. I know what works. You are also wrong about the amount of time spent in arenas-typically they have MAYBE 2 hour long sessions a day, 4-5 days a week. As far as what he is fed-I told them how much when I took him there 18 months ago-they are responsible for him and have fed him to keep him optimum weight, etc. I do not second guess them, as long as he looks good when I go visit, or my friend, who is a local humane officer does the same.
Although I am a believer in barefoot, I do recognize that ALL horses cannot go barefoot, and to imply that a farrier is no good because they say that is a bit ignorant. Unless you personally know this horse, you cannot say what this horse needs.
Oh-and BTW-My horses are not barefoot "to save money".
I probably should have done my own thinking outside the box instead of commenting based on what someone I have known for years did with her Paint horse that would not stay sound.
That was after she spent a lot of $$$ money on vets and farriers, pooh-poohed everything I tried to suggest, then GAVE away $3,000 to a Therapy School because she at least wanted to save him from the local slaughter auction if possible. But he'd've gone there if the school wouldn't have taken him
And no, I have no clue what happened to him after that. We haven't lived in the same state for 15 years. I was more *issed at her than you are at me, and didn't talk to her for nearly a year; by then she had already bought another horse and e-mailed me his picture without saying anything.
As is usual with our 40-year+ friendship and occasional knock-down-drag-outs, that was pretty much how we got back speaking again. She is pretty much the sister I never had; she has carried me thru the loss of my son and I have carried her non-listening-I-know-everything-hind end thru cancer
Meaning, this too shall pass - not a whole lot on this forum should be taken as a personal assault unless it's specifically pointed at someone