I was taught something a LONG time ago that seems to get more true the longer I have horses.
Sometimes in order to 'win' in horses you have to 'lose' first. Lose the feed bill, lose the vet bill, lose the farrier bill, lose the board bill (for those that board). In some situations the only way to 'make' money is to lose some first, then you can make it up in what you save.
Not real cheery advice but everytime I pretty much give away a horse for a lot less than I wanted, I remind myself that feed for one horse is about $2000/year, the farrier is $300, the vet around $250 if I have no accidents, if the horse is at a trainer's barn then that's about $9600/year with no showing......and on and on and on. I generally feel better after I'm done running the numbers in my head.
Well, he loaded like I big boy. It's the first time he has ever been loaded..she told me I can come see him any time I want, she didn't even have to be there just let her know. The only glitch we had was him kicking my puppy in the face, she's fine. They are also going to pick up a five year old gelding after they drop him off. Posted via Mobile Device
While I usually agree with this statement I would have to disagree with it in this situation.
It's not like she knew the mare was in foal when she bought it (to my understanding). Things happen and money gets tight. Heck, if the rule was that all horse owners must be rich to own horses I'm sure a majority of us wouldn't be able to own one. There is no such thing as having money AND horses but I'm sure we all know that.
I pay for my own horses, I'm 18, and I make Barely $250 a week ....when my one horse colicked we found the money to treat him...but I'm sure her horses are fat, happy, and healthy so I really wouldn't apply that statement in this type of situation. She clearly cares about this horse or else she wouldn't have posted something on here. Posted via Mobile Device
because she wasn't expecting an extra course that is even more reason to get rid of it
Your story is sad but as you say it is also bittersweet. It's good to hear you can always go and see him in the future. Hugs to you as it's hard to let him go but hopefully his new owners will care for him as well as you and he turns into the horse you know he can be.