Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Canadensis, Pennsylvania
Venting about a decision
So, I've been leasing this mare for four years
She had started being a little off and then it got to the point where she couldn't even walk.
We thought it was her stifle acting up, so I called the vet out. Vet came Monday and this is the news.
Blew an abscess in the front left, still has one in the right hind.
She also has very sore back muscles. She'll be on stall/indoor turn out to keep her feet dry.
She's been barefoot for her whole life. The vet says that gravel is causing the abscesses.
One the abscesses are gone and healed up, she HAS to have all four feet shod...
That's almost 140 dollars for shoes every 6 weeks, on top of 300 dollar board, and her 40 dollar supplement.
I'm 16, with a younger sister of 11. My mom is 62. She's planning to retire and move to Missouri once I turn 18
(some of you may have read my previous thread about this)
Land is way cheap out there and she couldn't afford to stay up here.
Anyway, I have the option to keep leasing this mare
I almost feel obligated to as I know her owner can't afford her shoes and supplement (which isn't really necessary. Just for her joints)
But also because I love her so much, and it would break my heart to have to not have her. I've bonded with her so much over the short period I've had with her.
But I would feel like such a selfish piece of crap if I kept on leasing her. My mom should be saving her money for when she retires, not spending it on something that's just keeping me happy.
I have another lease option, an OTTB at my barn. He's around 9 and he's a good boy, fun to ride. He's just not as trustworthy as Alibi (mare I'm leasing) is. I've taken her to shows, out on trails, ect, and she would be prancy, but she could control herself and she could trust me
He's a little too high strung to be relaxed. I love his energy, but I'd like him to be calm too. He's very picky and spooky.
If I were to lease him, it would only be 300 a month
I just don't feel for him the way I do with Alibi. The instant I sat on her I knew I wanted her.
I just don't want to give her up yet, you know? ):
Thanks for reading my whining, hahah!
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