I have started to write this post four times know... I've been trying to stay out of this topic, because I am one who has dropped $10K
on colic surgery...for my $1000 26 year old horse. Was it realistic? No. Was it necessary to save his life? Yep.
Did I have the money? (heck no!)
If it were any other horse, I might have been able to say no...but (selfishly) I am not ready to let this one go yet (first horse, bought him when I was 11...long history...longer story). Since surgery, he looks and feels better than he ever has - and I don't care if it takes me 10 YEARS to pay the money back...it was 100% worth it.
I try my absolute hardest to provide the best I can to my guys (as I will to my kids and hubby when that happens). I'm definitely not rich, and it will take me time to pay the money back. I am very thankful that "financing" was an option for Justin.
I guess I am of the mindset that I owe it to the horse to give it my best shot. In my case, Justin has given me over 11 years of service. Do I not owe it to him to at least try everything I feasibly can to make his retirement years long and happy? It might be just me, but I just can't rationalize me saying "Well bud, it was good while it lasted, but now it's your time to go" without even attempting to fix it. That said, I didn't grow up on a farm...and am definitely not "hardened to the facts of life".
I realize that my option of financing may not be an option or route all people will want to take or be able to take. I don't think any less of anyone who chooses not to go the route I took - but I do not agree in any case that the animal should "just die"... take care of them properly yourself or get someone out there who can! I know that all of the members here strive to be the best horse owners out there...that's why we are here afterall
Sorry for the long post