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post #1 of 8 Old 09-11-2010, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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just ranting

not only do I see this on the horse forum a lot but see it every day around me, my point. Why own a horse when you can not aford the basics for them.
I have had friends get out of horses because it got to exspensive, some were smart do to that, i've had friends who have had horses dumped in there pasture because people couldn't aford them any more. But why make a horse suffer if you can't aford the basic?

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-11-2010, 09:32 PM
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I totally agree.
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-11-2010, 09:49 PM
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Most people don't realize the expenses of owning horses until after they purchase.
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-11-2010, 10:22 PM
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Well basics to some could mean totally different things for others....basic could mean food and hoof trimmings.... to others it can mean a large emergency savings account.....I understand that horses sometimes suffer at the hands of inexperience, but at the same time, those that really love their horses I am thinking find a way to make it work..... those that don't find ways to make it work, I am guessing they do not love horses as much as the rest of us.

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I spent $ 1000,00 on getting my daughters horse ready for the local 4-h fair, Luna needed to have a sourcois (sp) (oh who care I can't spell any ways) tumor removed from her ear, hooves trimed, bought my daughter a new tack box with things she wanted and needed. My daughter is the underdog in most things in 4-h so I really wanted her to "SHINE" this year and she did....she has more purple ribbins then she know what to do with, and is one her way to the state fair this week...oops didn't mean to boast about the kid.....
I went food shopping today and ran in to friend, I know she has a horse out behind her house because she is always asking to borrow my tack, trailers, and so forth, I got in to line behind her and was amaized that she started to pile things in to diffrent spots...then pulled out a vission card and wic pappers. I cut this womans horse out when it got tangled in barb wire and was cut up pretty badly, told her to call the vet out to take a look at it. Did she ? Nope!.
it's like that banner on facebook, people who can aford to smoke shouldn't be on food stamps .... or some thing like that.....it just urks me that people can do this and not care about the horse real well being

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Not starting an argument but maybe she is on wic and such so that she can keep the horse?

Poor people have horses too. While I just recently sold my one and only horse due to finances...had I had the opportunity to keep him I would have. We live hand to mouth...for sure! I do what I can for my horses and if that means getting a vet bill that I have to make payments on, then so be it. I cut off as much fat on a horse budget that I can. When my horse didn't need grained, grain was gone...Saved $20 for something that was probably going to make him fat anyways. I buy used tack instead of new. I only buy what I need, when I need it. I sell the excess on ebay. I keep 2 bits. One curb, one snaffle. If I am working with someone elses horse, they better either fit my curb or snaffle or come to me with a bit. I kept my last horse barefoot and this saved me a bundle. I was able to keep him rounded and balanced with a rasp so he only needed a good trim every 10 weeks.

There is a way to keep horses when your broke. As long as you are willing to sacrifice. The people that bug me just as much as your friend are the ones who have all the money and all the time in the world but ride twice a month and complain that their horse needs to go back to that stupid trainer. Its the trainers fault that they buy a 5 year old and ride it twice a month, right? Sorry about my own personal rant! LOL
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My kids have State Insurance right now because my husband's insurance through the company is about $480 a month for our family. That is no including the $2500 per person co-pay. As opposed to the last company which was $215 with a $1200 per family co-pay and they payed more. Does that mean I shouldn't own a horse?

Would the approximately $80 I spend a month on my horses really make that much of a difference in me being able to pay for the insurance?

I totally understand where you are coming from on the subject. I used to drive by and see horses in the crappiest situations and think "THEY have a horse and I don't?". BUT I also know every situation is different. I couldn't dish out $1000 for one of my children to win at 4H. If I were your daughter I'd be really grateful for that. I'll be lucky to get everything the kids want for Christmas this year. BUT I'll make sure my horses (and kids) don't go hungry and have a roof over their heads and if anything came up then I'd find a way to make sure it was taken care of.

I know certain people should NOT own anything as certain people should NOT have kids. BUT I'm not one to judge unless I know the facts.
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oh trust me.....i'm the best bargin shopper in the county....my husband works for a sheriff dept and I run a home daycare, some times money can be tight....DON'T HURT ME but I use to be one of those rich spoiled bratz.....i got over it when I got married and had a family. My husband and I have 3 kids and they always come first, horses come second but never skimped on both.
I buy used tack all the time at the auctions we go to and if I do not like it I resale it. I have 4 english saddles and 5 western saddles and only 4 horses....but I pick them up at great deals, my hay I buy in bulk and make payments on it so that's save big bucks.....grain we only give out in the end of fall and winter. Mare and foal to luna and bell all the time. But my vet bills are always paid in full.
my grandmother died in january so I got a inheradence from her so that's how I was able to splurged on my daughter.
there's a poor horse in the next town over that the sheriff is always the family because they never feed it, it just eats weeds. Stand in a junk yard all day and is thrown a round bale in every few months when ever the sheriff threatens them. There is other ways of being around a horse if you can not aford them. With me if you can ride and show me that you can i'll let you ride one of mine for free, my guys are getting to fat and need to be worked. Sorry if the rant sounded bad but it just bugs me.....

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