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        11-22-2010, 12:55 AM
      #21
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
    Anxiety. "Will she get sick? Will I be able to handle it? What if she I ruin her and she does crazy and becomes unrideable? What if she breaks a leg? What if she gets caught in a fence? What if she colics and I can't get the vet out in time? What if I come out one day and see her laying dead in the field? What if I don't train her right and her former owners hate me?"
    If I go to catch Samson and I can't see him immediately and he doesn't come I start to freak out that he is lying dead somewhere in the paddock. Then part of my wants to rush out and find him and help him, and the other part is terrified of what I might find. Then he'll walk out of a bushy area and I'll feel stupid for thinking all of that.
         
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        11-22-2010, 01:10 AM
      #22
    Banned
    ^^ Oh gosh when Kate wonders behind the barn, I'll freak out thinking she's escaped or something.
         
        11-22-2010, 01:38 AM
      #23
    Trained
    Having to make the decision to let one go and then having to actually carry it out and put him/her down.
         
        11-22-2010, 06:18 AM
      #24
    Green Broke
    Let's see, to me there isn't much that is a hard part of ownership. Yeah, the bills but that's a given. I chose to want and have horses, bills just come with the territory. I love the fact that I don't have to share my horse with anyone and the training I put into my horse will not be wrecked by someone elses hand. I love the fact that when they see me,, they see me and aren't interested in anyone else. They trust me. It is fun to go shopping for them and "dress" them in any color you want and it doesn't change unless YOU change it. I won't focus on the negative because sometimes it can bring you down or make owning your own horse feel overwhelming when it should be the great escape from the negativity! I wouldn't give it up for anything.
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        11-23-2010, 01:53 PM
      #25
    Foal
    I agree with mbender, Dreamcatcher Arabians, and Brighteyes and with putting them down.

    I've found it is challenging and rewarding. When you accomplish something with them, big or small, knowing it was your hardwork and time that made it happen, its a wonderful thing. Theres really nothing easy about it...unless you have those easy keepers that just eat and stand around and are easy to do anything and everything with. I always worry when im starting them if im going to make a wrong move and ruin them. Its also sometimes hard to know when to be loving, and when to be firm...thats probably my hardest part. My horses (and dogs) are my children. My horses have to do well in school...and the teacher (being me) has to let them know how it is, which can be frustrating. But I love the feeling when they 'get it'. I enjoy shopping for their things and taking care of them....hate doing it in snow, wind, and sometimes rain. But I enjoy having them and watching them grow and mature into the indivuals they become and then, if I sell them, know that the new owner should have little to no problems with them because of the work I did.
         

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