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post #1 of 15 Old 04-26-2014, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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How Many Horses do you have?

I am facing a dilemma here guys. Need some horse people to weigh in on this situation for me. I currently own 5 equines. Two are minis and 3 are riding horses. Needless to say between the 5 of them they keep me busy. Well recently a horse I raised and then rehomed has stepped back into the picture. I can't help by want to break him and either keep him or find him a forever home. My friend who has offered him to me free with a 1 ton bale and they will even load it for me.

However I can't help but feel torn, part of me says "yea you need another horse like a hole in the head. You already take care of 5 and it takes 2 part time jobs for that." Yet my heart steps in and says " you raised that little bugger and put him threw so much shouldn't you finish it out?" Did he come back within my reach for a reason? I raised him from a colt rehomed him to an unknown neglectful owner. Who then gave him to my friend. It's a connumdrum Iv been thinking over & trying to figure out the past week or so.

In one hand my mom is trying to come up with ways for me to go get him and keep him. Then her bf is offering to help build a pen and everything for him. But I am looking at having alittle more time on my hands next fall/year if I get hired on at the school district as planned. But in the other hand I have technically "5" already even though two are shrimps. I am really scared to feed 6 through the winter.

So I am curious how many horses do you guys have and how do you find time for all of them? I work two jobs, have a house to keep clean, a boyfriend, 2 dogs and 2 cats to also tend too. My moms boyfriend cleverly pointed out "What is really one more?" This would absolutely be my very last horse. I wouldn't consider this in a million years if I didn't have a special spot in my heart for this little Arab horse. Thoughts, comments, advice, all is welcome!
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-26-2014, 01:19 AM
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I say your mom is a saint and she chooses her BFs quite well. I think you already know what you should do and that is to concentrate your energies on the ones you have. I know many who would love to have a horse and though they can afford to buy one, they know that they can't afford any expenses beyond the norm. If anything unpredictable arose, they would find themselves in a very difficult situation. Even knowing this they are tempted to take the plunge (foolish though it may be).

I am one of those people. I love to ride, I love the horses, i love the stables, I love the smell, I love the hair and I love the release it gives me. The very best part of my week.
I would love to own my own horse and I consider you extremely lucky. I readily confess that I envy your situation.

My very best to you !
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post #3 of 15 Old 04-26-2014, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you BK! Yes after a long track record of not so nice men she has finally found one heck of a BF. He has helped me out a ton with my horses and words can't express how much I appreciate all he has helped with. My boyfriend agrees that I already have plenty. I fully admit I'm biased in this situation. If I could just see him go to a home where he is loved, appreciated, and has a job I would be happy.
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post #4 of 15 Old 04-26-2014, 02:03 AM
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I have 12, 3 minis & 9 full size.

If caring for another horse would take time or money that you don't have, pass on the opportunity.

If you could easily care for him, since he is special to you, I'd probably take him back, put some training in on him and then rehome. That way you'd have some control over the kind of home he went to.

Just curious since you say your mom's bf will build him a he still a stallion? If so you're looking at way more challenges in taking him in than if he is a gelding. Not only in handling but would also be harder to find him a new home.
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post #5 of 15 Old 04-26-2014, 08:51 AM
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I have 3 horses currently because we had to put two down �������� but we might be getting another horse
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post #6 of 15 Old 04-26-2014, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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I just don't know. I might have more time for him next year if I get the job I want this spring. Which should mean more money too. I struggle a little to afford the ones I have now but it was a hard winter with less work than I liked this year. My mom and her bf currently help me with my horses as they are kept out at my grandmothers place which is why they told me, what's one more? Lol

No he is not a stallion. I took him to the vet to be gelding when he was a long yearling. He just offered to build another pen because all of my other geldings have there own pens. My friend reassured me that she is ok with feeding him for now so I can take my time with a decision. If it comes down to it I will just take him in. I do not want to see him go to another neglectful owner, be passed around or end up in the kill pen. He has been through hell. The person who I have him to slarved him, let someone beat on him & spur the day lights out of him. I will not let that happen again.
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post #7 of 15 Old 04-26-2014, 10:43 AM
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I'm a poor college student with two horses. I wouldn't even consider taking on another one. I'm at my limit with cats, too. I turn down every one that people try to give me (they know I'm a bleeding heart), even if they're facing euthanasia. I just can't do it.

That's a tough position to be in, but you'll have to set your emotions aside. If you're going to be pinching for every penny, I wouldn't do it. It sounds like you'd be stretching your resources to the limit, and one more horse really is a lot to take on, no matter what your mom's boyfriend says.

Maybe you could help your friend find a home for him?

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post #8 of 15 Old 04-26-2014, 12:54 PM
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It's wonderful that your family is so supportive, but keep in mind the work level, you already have 5 and that's a lot to spread your time over. Too many horses often means a lot of work caring for them and never enough time to enjoy them. I know I've been there. I only have one horse right now but I keep her at my sister's so there are 2 horses and 2 ponies. I find it hard to find enough time to do everything with my horse that I want because I also like working with the ponies and that takes a certain amount of time away from my own horse (but I enjoy doing it) Need more hours in the day.
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post #9 of 15 Old 04-26-2014, 04:20 PM
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I have only one horse. I am the only horse person in my family and am fortunate to have my mare at my home. I get pressured all the time to take in a companion horse but I feel that I am able to give her the attention she needs. I praise others that can financially keep more horses and are able to give the horses what they need.
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post #10 of 15 Old 04-26-2014, 06:55 PM
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I have 31 with 4 more due in the next month or two. 8 are for sale. I keep them on my property in Collin county and at the farm in Lamar county. I do have a few hands to help me. Shalom
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