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post #1 of 82 Old 11-30-2011, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Does this make anyone else cringe?

This may be silly of me, but I absolutely, positively cannot STAND it when someone refers to me as Shamrock's "mom".

I'm 18 and even though he's only a horse, I cringe at the thought of being anyone/anything's mother. I would much rather our relationship be described as being best friends.

Does anyone else feel that way? Haha.
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post #2 of 82 Old 11-30-2011, 03:11 PM
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Aw idk why you feel this way :o I love being Cowboy's mom haha :) he's my baby <3 but also my best friend
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post #3 of 82 Old 11-30-2011, 03:15 PM
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I agree with Lubylol, Oliver is my 900 pound baby makes me proud too! Always has been that way for me and all my house pets and horses! They are family!
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post #4 of 82 Old 11-30-2011, 03:15 PM
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It doesn't make me cringe, but as a mother of 2 human children, I don't need to be a mom to anything else. Others have walked down a different path and do consider their animals to be their children. Fine by me. We all march to a different drum.
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post #5 of 82 Old 11-30-2011, 03:18 PM
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Border is my husband & my child, is that wrong? ;)

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post #6 of 82 Old 11-30-2011, 03:21 PM
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I don't like being referred to as Lacey's "mom"... But that might have more to do with the fact that she's 5 years older than me than anything else. And, I think of how a mom is definitely supposed to be "dominant" (while being snuggly and comforting) in a mother/child relationship, and my relationship with Lacey is more of a partnership.

I don't mind being my cat's "mom" though! But he is much younger than me and he definitely needs the snuggly comforting "mom aspect". haha!
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post #7 of 82 Old 11-30-2011, 03:23 PM
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I dont't mind but I'm not a fan either. When I talk to the horses I refer to their owners as their 'humans'.
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post #8 of 82 Old 11-30-2011, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Haha, I guess I'm the lone ranger then. :)

I absolutely LOVE Shamrock, but he's not my son.. and I'm certainly not his mother. I don't like to be referred to as any of my animals' mother either. It's always been a pet peeve of mine. I guess it stems from the fact that, even though I love children (I want to be in children's ministry as my career), I don't ever want to have kids of my own. I just refuse to see myself as a motherly figure, I suppose. :P
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post #9 of 82 Old 11-30-2011, 04:43 PM
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Well, let's are responsible for providing food and shelter for him, you take care of him when he is sick, you clean up after him, if you can afford it you send him to school, you pick out his clothes, you yell at him when he is bad and reward him when he is good, and you brag about him and show everyone his picture.

What does that remind me of? Hmmm...
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post #10 of 82 Old 11-30-2011, 04:47 PM
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Add me to the 'Mum' camp. Both for my cat and my horse.

Just to play Devil's Advocate, this would make me cringe:

Originally Posted by sarahkgamble View Post
I would much rather our relationship be described as being best friends.
For the reason that 'best friend' has the connotation of two individuals being on equal terms, something I do not associate with my horse-human relationships, as much as I love the little tackers.

To each his own
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