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        04-15-2010, 04:11 PM
    This is a great thread
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        04-15-2010, 04:17 PM
    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    kmd, I consider you a responsible owner. You get the vet out when and if it's necessary, and keep up with their dental and farrier care. You don't cheap out if the animals really need it.

    I have a very loonnnggg list of threads in my head where I just want to reach through the computer and slap someone stupid, but I think that would be redundant since it's apparent they're stupid enough.

    Most of the time I don't even bother to answer those threads anymore, because they don't want to hear reason, they just want someone to tell them they're a good person and how to fix their problems without involving an outlay of money or time. Threads like this:

    Oh bother! My horse impaled himself on a spike and now he's bleeding all over, and his intestines are oozing from the wound. I don't have time for this, stupid horse! How do I fix it? And don't say a vet, 'cause I ain't got no money!

    Yeah, where's my flamethrower?
    SpeedRacer, you read my mind!!! Isn't EVERYTHING always the horse's fault?

    I also now ignore most threads that would fall under this category. I end up getting pissed off and the OPs never want any real advice anyway... I quickly learn which threads I don't want to read by looking at the usernames!
        04-15-2010, 04:27 PM
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    Originally Posted by luvmyperch    
    Farmpony, I love your story... I think a lot of people have those types of intentions when getting into this, but those intentions often quickly fade. I'm really not trying to say that people without money shouldn't have horses, it's more about the mentality of it. You can be broke and still do everything for your horse (you may just have to live on rice and water in the mean time). You can have limited experience and seek out every opportunity to learn from those around you. It's the new owners who do not have the knowledge and do not have any interest in acquiring the knowledge. Owners who don't have a clue (for lack of a better term) and would prefer to stick with the fantasy of horse ownership than come to terms with the reality of horse ownership.
    I agree with your thoughts in this thread in many ways. I get so mad sometimes when I read threads I just want to post something obnoxious. I've actually screamed at the computer before "You stupid selfish dumb dumb dumb girl!" And then I've typed something like "remember the conscientious ettiquette policy" instead. Not quite as self indulgent.
        04-15-2010, 04:36 PM
    Our riding instructor has this policy for kids who want a horse. She wants them to lease from her first, AFTER they are old enough to work off part of the lease so they have to earn it. She has chores around the farm that the kids can do to help pay for their lease, and they have to learn about all the responsibilities involved in owning a horse. Then she really encourages the parents to be taking lessons or helping out also so they also know the needs of horses. She feels very strongly about not buying a horse for a kid until the kid can help take care of it (both with a time commitment and financial help).

    Even for her adult students who want to buy a horse, she asks them to do a 2 week barn duty to see just how much barn cleaning is involved, not to mention everything else.

    Granted, all of this is for people who want a new horse, and don't already own one. She's also shares her ledger for one horse as far as bills go. That's a scary experience! It's a tally of a years worth of expenses, minus hay which they grow and harvest themselves. It includes her lessons on the horse, vet, farrier, and vaccines, blankets, supplements, grain, etc. She just hands you a copy and lets you look at it.

    I love that she has my daughter convinced that she has to wait a few more years because she has to be able to help out financially and with her time. She knows we will get a horse, but we're in no rush.
        04-15-2010, 04:45 PM
    Originally Posted by luvmyperch    
    Isn't EVERYTHING always the horse's fault?
    Yes, yes it is. Can't possibly be because they're neglectful, ignorant owners, now can it? You're a meanie doodie head for even suggesting that they're not the bestest owner evah!

    Originally Posted by luvmyperch    
    I also now ignore most threads that would fall under this category. I end up getting pissed off and the OPs never want any real advice anyway... I quickly learn which threads I don't want to read by looking at the usernames!
    You and me both, sister. Why should I get a pounding migraine and raise my blood pressure for someone who obviously doesn't give a rat's patootie for their horse, other than how it's affecting them.
        04-15-2010, 04:48 PM
    I do believe this thread is turning out to be quite therapeutic for some of us!!!
        04-15-2010, 06:28 PM
    Somebody please PM dantexeventer with a link to this thread.

    In a classic one-of-these-threads; she just posted that people posted for critiques, opinions or advice should just put on their big girl panties and deal.

    I'm getting a horse!!

    I think she needs this thread,
        04-15-2010, 06:37 PM
    Originally Posted by maura    

    No one is talking about unnecessary vet calls for sniffles and a cough.

    Would you call the vet for a colic or a non-weight bearing lameness?

    There was a poster here months ago who had a horse that was down and couldn't rise, and posted asking for advice on what he could do to help the horse, and got defensive and then nasty when every response was "Call the vet."

    THAT'S the kind of poster this is about.
    Now THAT is terrible.
        04-15-2010, 06:43 PM
    Originally Posted by luvmyperch    
    SpeedRacer, you read my mind!!! Isn't EVERYTHING always the horse's fault?

    I also now ignore most threads that would fall under this category. I end up getting pissed off and the OPs never want any real advice anyway... I quickly learn which threads I don't want to read by looking at the usernames!
    Ditto. If your horse cut himself on a nail, it's obviously the owners fault for having a nail within reach of the horse! And when you give some people advice, they start playing with your sympathy with the whole "vet's too favorite horse please please help me....she's dying what do I do??" *headdesk*:roll:

    Ughhh with the thread of "Im getting a horse!!!" post #38 is REALLY irking me:

    "don't worry about having a 3 year old because they're too jumpy and whatnot. When I bought trigger, he was 2 and a half. Everybody and their mother told me not to. We're buddies now, but it took a lot of work and a lot of help from a trainer."
        04-15-2010, 07:00 PM
    I tend to post in far less threads than I used to for this very reason. If I get involved, I get heated, and it is very hard to stay impartial once i've started. So many times recently I've got half a response typed up and then I just delete and exit.

    Maybe i'm mellowing :]

    There are 5 or 6 threads active at the moment that are making my blood pressure rise.

    Surely people are smart enough to realise that 20 odd people saying the same thing has to mean the idea has some merit? Or is that too much to ask?

    I'm one of those who started out with the bare basics of knowledge - I took lessons for 5 years and was a junior staff for 2, but really, having non-horsey parents, we were very unprepared for horse ownership. The first time we tried to load my pony on a float it took three hours and I was in tears. Actually, I was in tears most rides. I was riding an 11h pony in a saddle sized for a 15h stock horse. But the key is that we LEARNT. We went to pony club and soaked everything in like a sponge. We went to competitions and listened to everything. We sorted the good information from the bad, and now, we are ok. That pony survived our inexperience and went on to have a foal who was a royal show champion. We have since gone on to produce a few quiet, sane and happy horses who are all in good homes.

    There is no limit to what you can achieve with the right attitude - It's a shame that the right attitude is so rare.

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