Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Hoarding is one thing, a mental disorder.
What the OP describes in her first post though is not really hoarding to me. That's just ignorance
We have a culture of jumping at bargains and free stuff. Advertisements of "free ... with your purchase" work, even though 99% of the time whatever you get "free" is totally useless junk. We also have a culture that implies constantly getting new stuff is a good thing. Nobody mends clothes anymore, or fixes a broken radio, as long as new stuff is available for so cheap.
It's easier to say "I need a new horse" than to put effort into fixing what's wrong with the one you have (e.g. Behavioral or medical). It's also more exciting to bring a new $50 auction horse home, with all the hopes and dreams attached to it, than to pay yet more vet bills for your horse that has been lame for half a year.
In the end, it doesn't really matter if the purchase price of a horse is $50, or $500, or $5000, if you want to keep and maintain it for a lifetime, it will end up costing you much more than that anyways.
There was a "hoarding" case in our area a while back, where a couple had the starving dogs living in their own urine and feces in the back of the house, while they had three "new" ones in the front (where they lived) that were well fed and taken care of. That's not really hoarding or cluelessness to me, since they clearly seemed to know what the animals needed and were capable to provide it to some of them, but not the others. To me, that's probably a result of the old ones getting "boring", and the new ones were still exciting and worth taking care of.
I have one horse and two dogs, and no desire to have any more. My horse and one of the dogs cost me about $6G in vet bills this year alone already. My horse is currently unrideable and won't be for at least a few more months to come. In the times when my horse is well, he needs to be ridden 4-6 times a week to maintain his training level, preferrably with a trainer at least once a week. True, it's not as "sexy" as bringing home two new horses every year, and starting colts on the side, but it's plenty of work and financial burden for me.