I agree with you! There are way too many people, and it seems to be growing, who don't really grasp what is needed to own a horse, and do it properly.
You can't buy a few books, watch a few videos on youtube and read some posts/articles on the internet and be knowledgeable on horses - let alone training or breeding them!
This pretty much describes me 7 years ago. My wife wanted to just go look at a horse for sale. She couldn't believe it was so cheap. I finally agreed knowing when I said yes to JUST go look, we would be owning a horse. Niether of us knew a thing about horses. I found a stable to take him since he was still a stallion and that's where we got our second, she was being given to us if we took care of the needed vet bills.
Seven years later, we now have 10. So one could say we are hoarders. We think of ourselves as animal lovers. Besides the horses, we have 6 dogs and 5 cats, hence the name usandpets (us and pets).
Copper was $400. Lucy was free but vet bills ended up being around $1500. Ghost was $75. Sheba was $800. We wouldn't have bought Harley except we loan a fried money to get him out of a bad barn. Then he decided to sell him and we were sceptic of getting our money back. We paid $3300 for him which was way too much. Chloe was for $400, again helping out a different friend. Jackson was bought for $60 at an auction raising money to fight cancer. Star was bought for $1, basically given to us but paid that to make it an actual sale. He was being sold for $2200 but didn't get any takers because he bucked a few people off. We knew the trainer selling him and she knew he would be well cared for. The last two were rescues set up by the same trainer. One does happen to be pregnant possibly due in about a month.
Like I said we had no horse knowledge at first. I did get books and magazines, watched YouTube, and watched shows on RFDTV. I did ask a trainer for help only twice that I can remember. I have already started two horses on my own with no help. I have trained other people's horses to fix problems.
I do agree that for the general public, you can't learn what you need to know by reading books and watching videos. BUT, it is possible for some. I have been told that I'm a natural with horses, so maybe that's why it worked for me. I won't say I know it all because I don't think anyone could. There's always more to learn. Posted via Mobile Device