Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
I only read the first and last page, but....
Horses are not dogs. If you are talking about dogs, then fine I agree. I see people who rehome dogs all the time, because they don't put the training and time into them. Then get another and expect magical results.
I've never rehomed a dog in my life. Dogs come to me, and they are with me, at my side until they die.
Horses come and go. Sorry if you don't like that, but maybe you need to understand why.
My board is $375 a month. My farrier is $200 every 6-8 weeks - that's an average of $500 a month, about 50% of my mortgage. As I obviously don't live in any kind of mansion based on my mortgage, you can bet your bottom dollar that I don't have the money to spend that kind of amount on a horse that is not suited to me. That's just not going to happen any time soon.
Before I got my current horse, I went through 3 in a year, because the horses just weren't going to work out for my needs. You are darn right I will move them along. I just don't have the income to keep a whole herd of useless to me horses.
For sure, I'd like to think I could always keep my current guy, I've had him 3 years and he means a lot to me. But I can't make that guarantee. Heck with half of all marriages ending in divorce, even that commitment doesn't work out anymore. There's no way I can commit to $500 a month without any vets bills, and make that promise. Just no way.
Maybe your income is such that you can always afford to keep your horses, good for you. Don't look down on the rest of us please.