Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern California
If it's broken, buy a new one!
There is something quite strange going on at my barn. I feel like i need to say it out loud here on the forum, in an effort to gain some insight, and maybe just to say what i need to say about it and go on with my life. haha!
So here's the interesting thing... there's an epidemic of horses that are coming up lame. Mainly pulled, strained, bruised suspensories. None of which seem to have a prognosis of less than 4-6 months before being brought back in to work. While people are entitled to do whatever they chose with their horses, these particular folks have decided that, since the horse is "broken", they're just going to go out and buy a new one.
This confuses me. I've had my horse for a little over a year and nearly 3 months in, he wrecked his right front. I thought it was career ending. But i took the time, spent the money, and brought him back the way the vet saw fit. He's my heart. He's my teammate. I cannot imagine him getting injured and just buying a new one.
Anyone out there seen this sort of thing go on at your barn? Or anyone bought a new horse cause the old one is broken?? Would you take the time to bring the injured one back? Or just give up on him/her?
Life seems mighty precious, when there's less of it to waste.