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    03-05-2011, 07:54 PM
  #1
Yearling
When I can no longer ride him....

I was thinking today of what I will or will not do when I am unable to ride Citrus any more. He is my one horse I will keep forever... the first two I did not and regret it terribly. But I see many people giving away their 30 year old horses as companions..... I wonder what your plans are for when you can no longer ride your horse... will you keep it?
     
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    03-05-2011, 07:58 PM
  #2
Yearling
I wish I could keep mine. But sadly he's my college fund :( my dream is to become an oncologist and buy him back when I make a lot of money haha. I would love to teach my kids how to ride him and let him live his life on my property.. Sadly I think that's just a dream.
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    03-05-2011, 08:06 PM
  #3
Showing
I do think about this often as of late (recent chronic autoimmune disease diagnosis). I feel myself getting weaker and know that someday I won't be able to physically/safely ride. I want to keep my horses as pasture pets until the end of their or my life. I think my husband feels the same way and has said we will keep them.
     
    03-05-2011, 08:10 PM
  #4
Weanling
I know when I grow up I want to professionally ride and open up a barn in Kentucky or Virginia or South Carolina and I want Bandera to be the old mare in the pasture that really made my career. I want her to be the old horse the little kids learn on and I want her to be in old pictures around the barn, pictures taken at our peak moments. I love my horse to death and we have come through a lot so I don't think I will ever let her go. Also I want to breed her to Landkonig :) lol
     
    03-05-2011, 08:14 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Like Vida, I have given this much thought especially this past year. If it's within my power my horses will remain here and be buried on my land. If I could I'd also have my ashes spread with them when my time comes too.

I think when I can no longer ride, I'd like to see mine still be ridden by a friend who is only seventeen now. She's wonderful with my T, and I know she'd be great with my Walka. But if that isn't a possibility, they will be happy appy's in the pasture grazing and enjoying the sun and breezes. And I will love watching them and remembering our past adventures.
     
    03-05-2011, 08:24 PM
  #6
Yearling
This thread makes me sad:(
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    03-05-2011, 08:38 PM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by justjump    
This thread makes me sad:(
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I agree but I feel as a responsible horse owner, I must think of these things ahead of time... there may be a time when Citrus is no longer rideable or I may be unable to ride.... to me, this means I won't just give my horse up. Not this one. He is ours forever regardless of my ability or his ability.
     
    03-05-2011, 09:17 PM
  #8
Started
My oldest horse is in his mid-late 30's and he is mostly retired with the exception of a few bareback rides around the pasture, i've had him for 13 years and I will have him until his time comes, if I have the money I will have him cremated, i'd love to bury him on the property, but it's illegal here so I probably won't be able to do that
     
    03-05-2011, 09:25 PM
  #9
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Rachel1786    
my oldest horse is in his mid-late 30's and he is mostly retired with the exception of a few bareback rides around the pasture, i've had him for 13 years and I will have him until his time comes, if I have the money I will have him cremated, i'd love to bury him on the property, but it's illegal here so I probably won't be able to do that
How is it illegal if you own your property????
     
    03-05-2011, 09:33 PM
  #10
Weanling
Molly is still only 9, turning 10 this year, so this is looking at 10-15 years in the future, but of course, I'll be keeping her forever, until the day she dies. She's my first horse and has taught me so much, I honestly don't think I could let her go anyways.
     

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