Another thing regarding horse ownership, that, other than my own post, I have yet to find anything about
: PLEASE, if you have a horse and suddenly can not afford to pay for it's care and keeping for ANY reason, be responsible, and if you have to, GIVE your horse away to someone who you KNOW will take care of it. Have a gameplan for the unfortunate event that you can no longer afford your horse or no longer want it!
(NO, I'm not saying give it to the first idiot who calls, or to your neighbor who will take as good of care of the horse as you are able to do at the point you should be re-homing). 5 horses have come through our barn with owners who paid initially then over time started paying late, then not paying at all. Apparently they figured their horse would be taken care of since they brought it to a boarding facility. :::rantrantrant::: One of the people was a new horse owner (if you read my other thread, the "newb" owner was the person who sent their friend out with the horse's registration papers and a note handing over ownership).
As a barn owner, the HORSES WE OWN are horses we CHOSE to own for a SPECIAL, SPECIFIC, PERSONAL reason (like you said, Barry - a relationship, matching personality, etc), and the horses we own by choice are the number of horses we can afford. Unfortunately, we have had to suffer when people leave their horses here because we feed the animals before we feed ourselves. Sooooo... just something else to consider before you get a horse. You can afford it now: what is your game plan in something happens that makes it so you can't afford it, OR you decide you do not really want to own a horse anymore?
It is selfish and irresponsible to say "well, I don't care" - if you are boarding it isn't just your horse whom you are doing a great injustice, it is a huge injustice for the people who care for it as well.
Sorry guys... rantrantrant