Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Breinigsville, PA
• Horses: 0
Should you OWN a horse?
I may get bashed for this, possibly even kicked off the forum, but I am sick and tired of reading all the posts about people who can't afford to call the vet, can't afford to hire a trainer, or any of the other hundreds of things a horse requires. Domesticated horses are 100% dependant on us, as their owners. They require a healthy diet, routine farrier visits, annual shots, dentals, clean shelters, safe pastures, fresh water, and YES, they can and WILL require emergency veterinary care. Owning a horse is not akin to owning a dog that can share your home, be a good pet, and sustain fairly easily. Horses are creatures that have not evolved to integrate themselves into human lives. We must integrate into theirs.
Do you really understand the responsibility you are taking on when buying that $100 horse, or taking that unwanted horse from your friend? I fear that many of those owners who dream of going on trail rides and having an equine best friend, have absolutely no clue what level of care their new family member requires. When you run into a problem, who will you call for help? If you don't have enough money in the bank to pay the vet at 2:00 am when your horse is colicking, or hire a trainer when your best friend has learned to take total advantage of you, then you have ABSOLUTELY NO BUSINESS OWNING A HORSE!
Everyone on this forum loves horses. We all started with fantasies when we were kids about having our own horse. We took lessons, spent countless mornings waking up at 5:00 am to work at the barn, just to have extra time with the horses! We fed, cleaned up after, and cared for numerous horses under the supervision of people who knew what they were doing. THEN it's time to contemplate owning your own horse. Only after we understand their needs, understand how to handle them, diagnose them (or at least know when to call the vet), know if your farrier is a good one or not, and knowing when your horse's training issues' require the help of a professional, can we even consider taking on the priviledge of owning our own horse.
Think you're ready?? You'd better be sure, because you're best friend's life depends on it.
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