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    02-23-2012, 01:13 AM
Whether or not it is or isnt Harsh it is a reality this family is living and the horses. If the owner decides to rehome her then it is her choice all we can do is give our opinion and help steer them in the right direction. Most would agree that giving/ selling our elderly horse is not the way to go, neither is mindlessly putting this animal down. However, if it is their choice it is their choice. All I have to say is that elderly horses need more care and if you sell/give this animal to the wrong person/family you could be putting her in a life threatening situation, but if you choose correctly you could find this lil horse a wonderful home were she will be appreciated and loved.
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    02-23-2012, 01:50 AM
Originally Posted by Horseygirlsmith    
My mom says it is time to get rid of our beloved 30 year old POA mare Shawnee. She is just not what she used to be, and my Mom says she wants a younger well trained pony to replace her. We have been trying to sell her, but she acts up when people come to see her and they don't want her. I am heartbroken and don't want to sell her, but I unterstand it is time we do. What should we do with her? Nobody wants to buy her, and we need to find differant horse. Please give me some good ways to find her a new home.
Your mom needs to realize that you can't throw away an animal that is
Old, the reason the horse acted up was because she loves her home and your
Mom. Its not fair to the horse
Just buy a different horse which your mom to ride lol
    02-23-2012, 02:05 AM
Originally Posted by Tapperjockey    
She's 30. If you are going to ditch an animal because it's no longer useful, instead of ponying up the money to care for it, or have it euthanized, I suggest getting Breyers or My Little Ponies. Those are the kind of horses you can throw away when you no longer want them.
I just wanted a KIND awnser, my Dad might be losing his job soon and we will be low on money in a short time. We can't afford the treatment that would need to be done with her. I LOVE this horse and want what is best for her. She is develping artharidis in her back legs and has also developed very bad asma and the medicine for that is quite expencive in my town. I don't understand what you are saying when you said I am throwing her away. We can afford a younger horse with less vet bills, although we might not get an replacement. She has served our family very well. Maybe a Retirement home where she will be used lightly? What I am saying is that we can't afford her bills, and YOU NEED TO be kinder!! My little ponies don't give love and attention as horses do. PLEASE GIVE ME KIND Comments!!!!!!
    02-23-2012, 02:25 AM
So let me get this straight. You think that by getting rid of an older horse who is "developing" arthritis and getting a younger one you will be saving money. In case you haven't noticed by now, horses are NOT predictable creatures. You could get a new younger one and it could run through a fence the first 5 minutes you get it home and cost you a huge vet bill.

I'm sorry to hear your dad has lost his job, but maybe at this point it would be smarter to not get another horse. Maybe look into a riding facility where you can take lessons when you have the money to? That way its more fair to the horse and your parents so they don't feel financially burdened.
    02-23-2012, 02:53 AM
If your dad does loses his job maybe sell the younger horses
Why do you have so many horses anyways
We just want what is best for your older home
Its like when your parents get older are you going to throw them away
    02-23-2012, 02:55 AM
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This is something that really peeves me off. The horse is too old now, too expensive, she needs to be somebody else's problem. Disgusting.

I understand that your family is in a tough spot financially, however things can't be too bad if you are considering rehoming this poor mare and then REPLACING her.

Hate to break it to you, younger horses can be just as expensive as older ones, sometimes more so. I have an arthritic old gelding who costs me practically nothing (hay, farrier, worming). On the other hand we have a 6 year old mare who just colicked the other night which will cost us $700-$800. The same mare who had blocked tear ducts a couple of months ago that cost us $400, also the same mare who tore up her legs a couple of months before that and cost us $300.

If money is that tight that you can't afford to care for the horses you have and you will not keep the old mare than euthanise her. It is not fair to expect a horse of that age and with "issues" to find a home that will treat her the way she deserves to be treated, especially when you are not willing to do so yourself.

Also, don't get another horse.
    02-23-2012, 03:00 AM
I agree with this poster
    02-23-2012, 03:00 AM
You've got 6 horses. SIX, so why don't you sell one of the other ones to give your loyal old girl the retirement she deserves? Please don't tell me you ride every one of those five other horses every day. You (or your parents) need to make a choice that is right for the horse. A young, problem free horse is much more likely to end up with a good home.
I hate to be blunt, but if you sell your old mare there's a 90% chance she'll end up as dog meat.
    02-23-2012, 03:09 AM
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Originally Posted by LovesMyDunnBoy    
I agree with giving her away to someone who WILL put the money into letting her live out the rest of her days happy and healthy. If I had the extra money I would, but I can barley support the ones I have now.
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Why would anyone want to take on a 30 year old pony that misbehaves?

If it cannot be sold then it should be euthanised.
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    02-23-2012, 03:12 AM
If you can't afford the treatment put her to sleep and do not get a replacement.
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