Originally Posted by eventerdrew
When my old girl had to retire at the age of 15 due to a deep flexor tendon injury, she was completely depressed. My younger mare stepped in as my main horse and my old girl was horrified! Haha. She would mope around until I rode her and made her feel useful. She's now 17 and it's a bit better now but she still wants to be the center of attention over Uma.
To pass the time for her, I groom her all the time, give her extra treats, and make her feel like she's still my main girl. I ride her occasionally, but she has found a new passion for carrying around little ones. She LOVES the undivided attention she recieves from children and although she is a TB, she is the quietest animal on the planet. The kids love to dote over her and learn everything from picking up her hooves to how to post the trot. I have found that Ginisee is so much happier when she feels like she has a job!
That sounds just like my old guy! Im hoping that in a few years he will be able to tote my daughter around and that can put him back in the game...even if it is just leadline.
Goldi and Smrobs...donation is absolutely out of the question. He's not that upset with his life for me to get rid of him...I owe him a forever home. And his temperament is not suited for it at all. Im hoping he will work for my daughter but she is going to have to learn how to be around him. He's never been one of those "babysitter" horses and is an even bigger bully to other horses.