Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I think its a pretty big ask to expect people to keep their horse for 20+ years. I don't know what's going to be happening next week, much less a year from now, 10 years from now. You can make all the plans that you want but you never know what the future has in store.
The second thing is, while I like horses a lot, the bond I have with them isn't like I have with my dog or an animal that is in my home, in my everyday life. Sure I see Rosie everyday but her "family" is the herd. She spends what, 22 hours with them a day, an hour or two with me. There is no real comparison.
I do think each owner has the responsibility to sell the horse to an appropriate home, but not guarantee its forever.
And as far as buying and selling, as long as they care for and sell the horse responsibly then I don't really have a problem with it.