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        02-23-2012, 03:32 AM
      #21
    Yearling
    Foxhunter has it right: If she is misbehaving, old, and sick as you claim, she will be a very tough sell, especially in this economy. IMO it is morally wrong to sell her, after all she has done for you. What I am really curious about is why she has to be the one to go, and not one of the other 5?
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        02-23-2012, 06:13 AM
      #22
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Horseygirlsmith    
    My little ponies don't give love and attention as horses do. PLEASE GIVE ME KIND Comments!!!!!!
    No. But they are a lot easier to throw away when they are old and worn out. And they give all the love that people who are considering dumping a 30 year old horse instead of responsibly retiring or euthanizing her, deserves.
         
        02-23-2012, 06:27 AM
      #23
    Green Broke
    Wow guys, once again I'm shocked at this forum's behaviour.

    There are ways and means of telling people things without having to be so darn rude. Speak to people how you expect to be spoken too. If you're feeling so bad for this horse, go pick it up and move it to your farm, pay for the treatment and let her live out her days with you.

    OP, there is truth in what most people are saying in their replies, however they have worded it.

    At age 30, the mare maybe responding in the way she does for people trying her out because she is in discomfort, or should not be ridden any longer at this age. I personally don't know any horses age 30 who are still being worked.

    Vets bills are vets bills, and they are incurred with any animal, any age. Have you looked in to other vet practises, or other makes of the medication you are giving her to see if there are any cheaper? What are you doing to help combat her asthma? Are you soaking her hay, keeping her pasture moist, keeping her bedding dust free etc? Things like that can severly drop the symptoms of ashtma, or COPD, and help for a happier horse.

    Your mum has to also sit down and figure things out. In all honesty, this horse may be better off being pts, at age 30, you won't find much interest in a horse that is incurring vets bills and may not be able to be ridden, on top of that (sorry to say it) may not have much life left in her.

    You also have to think about the stress of moving her away from the herd, at that age, she'll take it harder. Will she survive it?

    There are many things to consider when selling an ill horse of this age.
         
        02-23-2012, 10:23 AM
      #24
    Foal
    I agree with Duffy, doubt she'd survive the move and the sudden changes. I have 6 horses OVER 28 years old and every single one of them has been mine since they were foals and they have earned there retirement and care with over 25 years of hard hard hard cattle working and rodeos. I still put plenty of money into vet bills and feed and special attention to each and every one of them. They are family. I couldnt imagine forcing them into a strange home at that age just because they can't cut a cow anymore (though i'm sure some still can, I don't ask it anymore).

    That really irritates me because a thirty year old horse that you have had for along time has been a loyal loving good horse to you when you needed her, now that she needs you, you shuck her. That's sad. Morally sad.

    You said you didnt want Breyer horses because of the love and affection....er uh getting rid of her at 30 because she is retired is NOT love and affection to her! You get what you give in the animal kingdom.
         
        02-23-2012, 10:25 AM
      #25
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
    Wow guys, once again I'm shocked at this forum's behaviour.

    There are ways and means of telling people things without having to be so darn rude. Speak to people how you expect to be spoken too. If you're feeling so bad for this horse, go pick it up and move it to your farm, pay for the treatment and let her live out her days with you.
    If my horse became ill and incurring large vet bills and 30 years old and I was trying to dump her because I didn't want to do the right thing and euthanize her, or provide her with needed treatment.. so I could go out and get a new pony to ride that isn't all used up, I would want someone to point out how stupid, thoughtless and irresponsible it is.

    Actually, no.. I'd want someone to hit me upside the head with a 2x4. But as this is the internet, that isn't possible.
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        02-23-2012, 10:35 AM
      #26
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tapperjockey    
    If my horse became ill and incurring large vet bills and 30 years old and I was trying to dump her because I didn't want to do the right thing and euthanize her, or provide her with needed treatment.. so I could go out and get a new pony to ride that isn't all used up, I would want someone to point out how stupid, thoughtless and irresponsible it is.

    Actually, no.. I'd want someone to hit me upside the head with a 2x4. But as this is the internet, that isn't possible.

    Despite the situation and how you personally feel, you can construct an answer that is helpful, with a tone of your true feelings without being outright rude. There are aspects that are out of the OPs control- like her mother being the driving force behind the sale.

    There is no need to be rude and unhelpful when this site is used every day, by a huge range of people. Keep it a nice place to be!!!
         
        02-23-2012, 10:37 AM
      #27
    Foal
    I'm sticking to my morals on this one. When you needed her, she was there for you, now that she needs you, its your turn to be there for her!
         
        02-23-2012, 10:39 AM
      #28
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PaintCowgirl    
    i'm sticking to my morals on this one. When you needed her, she was there for you, now that she needs you, its your turn to be there for her!

    I don't disagree with you, I think the mare should be kept where she is until she lives out her days, or euthed.

    I just do not agree with the tone that certain individuals decide to take on, playing mother nature. Like I said, if you're all so concerned about the mare, trailer her to your own places.
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        02-23-2012, 11:27 AM
      #29
    Weanling
    Ugh. Such a disgusting thought. I can't imagine doing that to one of my pets. My dog is getting up there in years. She's fat and her legs hurt her sometimes. At no point in time will I give her to a different home. The shock alone and the sense of abandonment would kill her. She is a good girl who deserves all the love and affection I can give her up to her last day.
    The same should happen to this poor old horse. She is still capable of being loved on and giving love in return. If you can't afford to pay for an animal's bills then you don't need to have animals at all. They are unpredictable and a single accident could run a bill higher then what the meds for the rest of this mare's life will cost.
    {sigh} Another thing to make me loose more faith in humanity. So cruel.
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        02-23-2012, 11:57 AM
      #30
    Banned
    Duffy, in three posts now you have commented on the tone of others. Please can you use the report function to report it to the mods and stop appointing yourself as the tone police.


    It sounds as if you have a bunch of other horses in your household, which very much suggests that you are wanting to get rid of an older no longer useful horse.
    As new potential owners are riding this horse, it also doesn't sound like you are trying to rehome her to a retirement home.

    I realize that it's not your decision, but maybe you could have your mom read this conversation.
         

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