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        06-29-2011, 11:25 PM
    Am I crazy?

    I'll try to keep this short.

    About 7 years ago, I was put in charge of training a 13 hand mutt pony. As it turned out, she was 17, completely wild and horribly abused. She was beaten with 2 by 4s over the head and has a scar on her neck from barbed wire wrapped a stick. I promised her nothing bad would ever happen to her again.

    After much work, she became a great beginner pony for children. She gave 6 years of her life to small children pulling on her. I kept her happy by jumping and going on trails.

    She is now 23. About 4 months ago something happened to her right stifle. She's essentially dead lame. I want her. I have offered to retire her but for some reason the barn owner keeps putting it off. She is only costing him money at this point.

    Am I crazy for wanting to buy this pony??? I love her... I do. She's the best mare in the world and she dealt with so much. I will probably never be able to ride her and life will never be the same for her. Am I nuts?

    Any input will be welcome. Thanks in advance!!
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        06-30-2011, 12:09 AM
    Not crazy you just love that horse!

    If you have the space, time, and resources to care for her to bring her back to health, or retire her as the case may be, then go for it!

    I would, of course, ensure that she's not in pain, or that managed pain is temporary. I don't know the extent or nature of her injury, but if it's something managable and she'll be comfortable, then I see no reason why you shouldn't hang on to this gal.

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