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post #1 of 21 Old 02-20-2012, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Who has horses as pasture ornaments?

I've been around horses off and on my whole life and have spent a few of those years riding, but I'm thinking that I honestly get more enjoyment just grooming, loving on and watching my horses run and play than I do from riding. Just curious, who else owns horses solely as pasture pets? My husband and I are in the process of purchasing a new home on 7 wonderful, fenced acres - I sold my trail horse about a year and a half ago (had a baby!) but really considering meeting with a rescue and adopting a few horses in need of a nice home to live out their days
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post #2 of 21 Old 02-21-2012, 12:13 AM
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If that is what you like, then do it! There are far too many horses out there that for whatever reason are only suitable for that and very few people who want to care for a horse with no workable use. My field is full of retirees.
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post #3 of 21 Old 02-21-2012, 12:18 AM
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I have 2 young geldings that will be my show horses and then a 13 year old gelding that ive owned for 4 years that got injured a few years back and now i ride a few times a year but hes mostly in the pasture, or someone i take out to lead around, and teach to drive. but thats pretty much it. I also bought a '18'year old TB gelding that turned out to be in his 30s but he was sweet and lived out his days with my boys. i think it would be wonderful for you to get some horses to give a wonderful home to, Good luck.
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post #4 of 21 Old 02-21-2012, 12:18 AM
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Jester is retired now and is a "pasture ornament", as is Rebel going to be soon. I don't ever see anything wrong with it so long as they are cared for. Hell, most of my horses would love it if I'd stop messing with them except for grooming and feeding

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
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post #5 of 21 Old 02-21-2012, 12:21 AM
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Thats a great idea! Pet horses are awesome, specailly if you have the time and money for them. you are going to give a couple of needy horses a good home. Just dont forget that even pet horses need bounderies, and a strong leader or they can get bad habits and become difficult or dangerious.

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post #6 of 21 Old 02-21-2012, 12:34 AM
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If you have the resources, there is no reason you can't get a horse solely to be a big ol lovebug pet.
A few months out of the year Indie has a break to recoup from the long trails during the summer and early autumn riding seasons... I gain a lot of joy and companionship out of just caring for her and taking her on the occasional hand-walk.

I think it would be very sweet and kind hearted of you to take in some of the unridable horses that few people have the resources to simply have sitting around. I think you'd find they can be just as much of a joy as any other pet! And if you're a horse lover, more so ;) Post pictures if you get some, I'd love to see the cuddle-bugs.
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post #7 of 21 Old 02-21-2012, 09:06 AM
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if you have the money go for it :) i have 2 pasture ornaments and i love them dearly :)
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post #8 of 21 Old 02-21-2012, 09:10 AM
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I have 11 of them right now, starting to back Molly how ever. Most are Shetlands however.

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post #9 of 21 Old 02-21-2012, 09:50 AM
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Just a suggestion - something I started doing to train Mia but that I'll probably do for the rest of our lives is take her out for a walk on a lead line. It has helped her to calm down and be less reactive, but I also enjoy it. I like riding too, but walking her like a dog isn't bad.

The neighbors think I'm weird, and I do sometimes need to return with the pickup & a shovel, to clean up after her. But any horse that still has a life worth living can walk at the end of a lead rope, and they are surprisingly companionable doing it. Mia has a very unique & expressive personality. She makes me laugh. If an injury prevented her from being ridden, I wouldn't get rid of her.
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post #10 of 21 Old 02-21-2012, 10:40 AM
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I have 5 pasture ornaments. A retired IDx, My daughters first pony who is a shetland that is semi retired except for the odd lead rein ride, My two welsh cob youngsters and a few months ago i got given a little sec A who I plan on breaking to drive.

If you have the space, time and money I cannot see why not rescue some as pasture ornanments. you can always do NH with them its fun for you both to learn. I clicker train my ridden mare just to let her learn new stuff on the ground for fun.


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