Wow Barry. Great post! I 100% agree. Horses are a huge commitment and sometimes people have more money than brains. We have an OTTB who broke her withers and her hip bone in the starting gate. Her scars, mental and physical, are hard to look at. She must have really been something on the track because they saved her life to keep her as a broodmare. It probably cost them in excess of 15K to put her back together. Dani lives on bute and still limps. While she is a special horse and truely one of my favorite girls, if it had been my call, Dani wouldnt be here. As fate turns out, she was bred 3 times, the last to a Percheron...the foal was too big and ripped her wide open. She almost bled to death but again, was saved. Now she is a broken horse with no real 'job' or quality of life. While that alone shouldn't be a life sentence, if you find someone who can take care of her for life other than a rescue like ours, you must know some dedicated people.
It has been a long 20 years of picking up knowledge along the way. I am still far from a polished rider or owner but I hope my experience makes up for my lack of funds!