Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Nita, That is disgusting! I don't understand how people can be like that with an animal's life. Some people just don't deserve to own horses. I wish there were a lisence!! :)
My horses are like family members. We may sell a horse from time to time, but are very careful about finding an appropriate home. We also generally buy horses planning that they will be with us long term.
I think that people who write off their horses like that, saying they are crazy are hopeless, need further education as horsepeople. Just because a person is not capable of understanding a horse, does not mean there is anything wrong with the horse.
I am sure your guy who used to be a barrel racer can't calm down in an arena, because he has a very strong association between arenas, and running his heart out full of adreniline. Barrel racing can be fun, but it is really hard on a lot of horses mentally. They are started pretty young, and expected to cope with the exteme mental excitement. Our 19 year old gelding was raised a barrel racer. He was injured (go figure) when he was 14, and hasn't raced since. We took him to a show playday last year, and were going to just lope him in some of the games...That old man was crazy :) It took everything I had to hold his speed in (he was like a lipizzaner hopping around, ready for take off)...it was very clear he had not forgotten how to do any of it, and was very excited to show that he still had it. It was pretty funny. By the way, his inury has been healed for years.