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post #1 of 23 Old 02-24-2009, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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DEBATE-What do you think about horse owners who..

Who don't ever take care of there horse,leave them in boarding and abandon them or who just don't take the time to form a bond with them?

I think that this should be open for a little debate.I absolutely hate people like that.of course,maybe if you have an injury that's one thing,but leaving your horse at a stable and never seeing it again? No,I don't think so!
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post #2 of 23 Old 02-24-2009, 10:25 AM
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So long as they pay, I don't have a problem with people who just want the title of "Owner". I have known many people who own a horse, have no contact with it whatsoever, pay their bills, and will occasionally go see it perform at shows. There is no harm in that... so long as they pay the bills.

If they are not reliable bill payers, then that is another matter.
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post #3 of 23 Old 02-24-2009, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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I still don't know why people buy horses to never ride them or take care of them.It doesnt make sense.There was a girl at the barn I worked at.Kept her horse there and never paid the bills.That wasnt right either.
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If you aren't willing to pay the bills then no, you don't need a horse. Or any animal for that matter.

If you are financially stable enough to have this on going expense, and feel pleasure at having a horse in your name, in training, in competition or whatever else they fund, then I feel it should be very right. Think of how much better the horse industry wouldbe if we had more people with readily expendible income to just be "owners". People to say, "Sir, I want you to take care of this horse. Ride this horse for me. Feed it for me. Show it if it is good enough(it had better be good enough if I am spending money on it). Anything this horse needs I will provide at whatever rate you suggest."

And if the horse IS good enough, the owner will have the benefits of prize money should the horse be shown and win.

*sigh* We need many more people like that in this world.

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post #5 of 23 Old 02-24-2009, 11:19 AM
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I don't see the point of getting a horse and not enjoying it. But as long as they pay the bills,and the horse is not completely ignored, then whatever.

There was a horse for sale near me. The owner failed to pay board, and so the BO put the horse up for sale. Under $500 and it seemed like it would be worth far more.
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As long as the horse is taken care of by the owner (vet, farrier, board, feed, etc), I don't care if they come out and see it or not. Obviously, I want to see mt horse as much as possible. But some people just want to have a horse and that's fine by me as long as one day they don't decide to come out for the first time and ride their horse for 5 hours or something.

As long as they are responsible owners, they are okay in my book.
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The barn I used to be a working student at - was a Fox Hunting/Eventing barn. Well, it still is...lol.

Anyways - many wealthy boarders there. Many of the horses care and board were paid for, the responsibillity rested on the managers shoulders - she was entrusted with what grain they got and suppliments and care - where the owners would just show up once in a while to ride.

So what? The horses are cared for. The horses are happy and in a great environment.

So what if the owner showed up once in a while to ride. Their perrogative.

I would rather see that, than a horse being abandoned in some pasture or some back lot. Or left to fend for themselves until someone finds them, in time - or too late.
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lots of factors...

Some people buy them and ride them in the beginning and then as life go's on they get jobs, get married have kids... still want the horse hoping time will come.... If they are paying the bills and the horse is cared for... it's not like it isnt loved because I can garantee someone, somewhere is loving that horse (a stablehand, trainer, rider, etc)...

The problem is ... you never actually no the circumstances... my issue is when they have the horse and choose not to provide care for it... that's when I get angry.

My mom has 3 horses... I provide all of the care and excersize, I actually have 2 teenagers that help me out with the riding since I have 3 of my own as well. But she loves them even though she only sees them once or twice a week... and she pays all of their bills no questions asked...

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post #9 of 23 Old 02-24-2009, 12:43 PM
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Its wrong to abandoned them and not pay their bills so that they are cared for. That is part of the responsibility of owning an animal.

However, those that own them and pay everything on them and have people caring for them - then I see no problem. The horse is taken care of and anything beyond that its their horse, their choice.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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As long as the horse is being cared for, I have no problem with it.
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