I just read an article in Horse Illustrated a few months ago that said in this economy horses going to kill pens are increasing. I have also worked rescue and could quote you some facts there too, Dressage. The rescues are all full (a lot due to people who quit on horses), and even horses rescued by the state from bad places end up put down because there is no place for them to go. Have seen this too. Don't say I am playing emotions. These are facts. You sell a horse, especially one who is steadily acquiring a bad reputation, and you are probably selling him off to death. And frankly, I think we need a little more emotion. "I outgrew my horse, so I am selling him." "My horse can't work or win me ribbons anymore, so I am selling him." "I don't want to make the effort with a less than a dream horse, so I am selling him." Bah. These are not lawn mowers. They are sentient, feeling beings. Stick with it, and get the help you need and get yourself in shape to deal with this horse. Don't bail on your committment just because it got hard. No one is saying "be a hero" or do something stupid and get hurt. But there is always something that can be done. And if you made the committment only on the terms that the horse be just right for you right away, you need to stay completely out of horses. In the end, all horses are difficult at times and potentially dangerous. Anyone not confident or competent enough to deal with that needs to get a lap dog.
Last edited by DSJ46; 06-25-2011 at 03:35 AM.