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        02-23-2012, 01:33 PM
    Green Broke
    I have had four of my horses die of old age, three of the four had been retired for YEARS before they passed away. Sure, I could have found them other homes and had four nice pretty new playthings in their stalls, but that thought never would have crossed my mind. Why? Because I valued them, their loyalty, their willingness to try for me even when their bodies were telling them they couldn't. I would have never cast them aside just so I could have something "younger and more fun" to play with. Shame on your mother, OP. And shame on you for just saying "oh well", and not doing all you can to give that older pony of yours a decent retirement after all her years of doing whatever you asked.
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        02-23-2012, 01:34 PM
    No they drop her off and never speak to her all the while robbing her of all her money...

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        02-23-2012, 01:42 PM
    I have a gelding who is estimated at about 41 years old, he was said to be 28 when we got him 14 years ago, he was sold as a 15/16 year old, but upon vet exam proved to be MUCH older. He gave me many many good riding years, only retired him because I got pregnant and couldn't ride(or didn't have energy to mostly lol) I rode him all the time until 2008. I did get 2 younger horses, but NEVER in a million years, even if someone offered me a large amount of money for him, would I ever dream of selling him! I will have him until the day he dies.
        02-23-2012, 02:01 PM
    I haven't seen a rude post on this thread. Brutal honesty =/= rudeness.

    It disturbs me that you agree with getting rid of this horse, but in the same breath claim to love her. That is not love. I understand that it's ultimately your mother's decision, but you have a voice. If you really do care about the horse as much as you say, speak up for her when she needs you the most.

    Furthermore, I don't care if she's served you or not. Bottom line is, she's an animal that depends 100% on her owner. She didn't choose the people in her life, and there is absolutely nothing she can do if her owner makes the wrong decision. When you are responsible for a life, you are obligated to do what's best for it. I hope your mother sees this thread and realizes how callous and selfish she appears to be.
        02-23-2012, 02:14 PM
    It's odd how different things affect different people..

    I obviously don't find posts that say this isn't right a problem, I have said so myself.

    There are people saying that the OP is young and not the decision maker, that is probably true, but I find myself becoming increasingly uneasy by people telling this kid that she has a rotten mother, because that is what it feels like.

    Once again, it's the internet, and it's a youngster, we don't know if we have the whole picture, we don't know what the parent said for sure, maybe it was "If you don't tidy your bedroom we'll get rid of the pony"

    There is a world of difference between saying this situation sucks, to saying you suck, to saying your parent sucks.

    Honest I'm not playing mod, just thinking out loud
        02-23-2012, 02:18 PM
    Man id hate to be an animal in that family. Poor dogs and cats and horses. I keep everything and everyone until its there time. I've never even sold a pet animal (even some of my cattle will never sell), I worry too much about what its next home will be. When I take in an animal it is for its life. It becomes family. When I need that animal (dog, cat, horse, cow etc) it is there for me. So when it needs me I am there for it. I couldnt imagine it any other way. I call that LOYALTY.
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        02-23-2012, 02:19 PM
    Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
    Once again, it's the internet, and it's a youngster, we don't know if we have the whole picture, we don't know what the parent said for sure, maybe it was "If you don't tidy your bedroom we'll get rid of the pony"
    Lol! That's very true.

    I'm not going to beat the dead horse (because many posters already said what I'd say myself). I just want to say that if the situation is indeed how it sounds in original (and following) posts, then I'd advise the OP to read and re-read the responses here and think why people said what they said. And show the thread to mom to read.

    With that being said I think it's time to close the thread that keeps going in circles and repeating same things over and over again.

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