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post #1 of 6 Old 10-24-2011, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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How NOT to get attached to a horse?

How you don't get bonded with a project horse? I want to help horses in future (when I'll have enough money :P), but I can't imagine selling them...
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-24-2011, 09:22 AM
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By the time it becomes a business for you it will just happen.

It's easy to get attached to horses when you're not around them all the time, and you "love" them. Every teenager has been there.

I don't know when I stopped "loving" all horses but after a while I liked them, and cared for them, but that didn't been I was so attached that I couldn't let them go, they were just another horse. You don't have to own something to appreciate it.

It will come. Don't worry. Cross that bridge when you come to it.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-24-2011, 04:03 PM
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I usually attach to one horse,and that's the one I keep. The rest that I work with are usually other people's horses anyways, so I do not get attached, but just fix the problem and send them on their way.

I think you will find that you can get attached to a few, but then have others that just come and go. Finding a good home for those others makes the transition easier also.

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post #4 of 6 Old 10-24-2011, 04:05 PM
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I don't know but when you find out could you let me know? I am a serial offender in the project horse department. Training other people's horses is fine but the ones I own..... different story.

All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl.
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-24-2011, 10:21 PM
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Yep, been there Sarahver. Which is why there are two quick turnaround resale projects in the barn....who have been here five and seven years, with no ads online and no intention to put up any ads. So I'm doing really well in the money-making department. Oh, and then there's the gelding I took to sell on commission, but ended up paying thrice his value to purchase him. He's out there, too. Uh-huh.

I did flip a pony once, and make a tidy profit, but I was only co-owner him and therein may have lain the difference.

I've sold a lot of horses through work, too. Some of them I worked with over a long period of time, and I got quite attached. Lately I've gotten reports that a few of those aren't working out in their new homes. Honestly, it makes me physically ill to hear that. I hate it. Makes me a nervous wreck, even though a) it's not my fault and b) there's not really anything I can do about it. Gah.

I will say that it's a whole lot easier when you know they're going a good home. If there was someone I really knew and trusted, I'd more than likely sell or give away one or two of mine. So one key, I guess, is screening homes so you feel good about what you're doing. You'll make a lot less money that way, but I think it's worth it.
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-24-2011, 10:27 PM
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Look at that horse and see dollar signs. Project horses are business. If you think of them as business, it's easy to detach yourself. Beyond that, it's hard to explain. You just have to be in the proper mindset during training time with that horse. You aren't seeking out a "bond"; just fixing a problem in order to sell a horse. Be goal oriented.
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