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post #1 of 90 Old 11-25-2012, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Why bother owning a horse

Before everyone jumps down my throat I don't know if I'm the only person who feels this way or what. But anyway this lady keeps her horse at my families stable doesn't pay for board or anything and rides maybe once every month ( maybe). Any time anyone asks her to ride she's always busy and only works like 3 days a week. But the thing that gets me is she'll buy this expensive food for the horse like its some kind of performance horse or something, and it gets like 8 pounds a day. This horse never eats its hay whether its first or second cut. The owner thinks he can tell the difference but whenever your the one cleaning the stall every day it gets a little ridiculous considering we split the cost of hay. Correct me if I'm wrong but I feel that this horse is a pet more than a companion.
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post #2 of 90 Old 11-25-2012, 04:46 PM
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Before everyone jumps down my throat I don't know if I'm the only person who feels this way or what. But anyway this lady keeps her horse at my families stable doesn't pay for board or anything and rides maybe once every month ( maybe). Any time anyone asks her to ride she's always busy and only works like 3 days a week. But the thing that gets me is she'll buy this expensive food for the horse like its some kind of performance horse or something, and it gets like 8 pounds a day. This horse never eats its hay whether its first or second cut. The owner thinks he can tell the difference but whenever your the one cleaning the stall every day it gets a little ridiculous considering we split the cost of hay. Correct me if I'm wrong but I feel that this horse is a pet more than a companion.
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post #3 of 90 Old 11-25-2012, 04:48 PM
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I dont see the problem....its her horse she can do what she wants
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post #4 of 90 Old 11-25-2012, 04:50 PM
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Because you don't agree with the way this particular owner deals with its horse doesn't mean it's wrong. The owner obviously cares, even if not in the same way you would. If the horse is happy, healthy, well cared for and supplied with any routine or emergency medical attention it needs, mind your own business.

I'm sure you'd say something similar about me, maybe worse. I'm rarely able to make it to the barn right now, my horses are rarely ridden, and mostly just hang out in the pasture and graze or stand in the barn and eat hay. But they are of good weight, healthy, feet are trimmed every 4 weeks for my mare with soundness issues and every 8 weeks for my other horse. The vet is called in an emergency, and they are subjected to routine vet care as well.

Just because you would do it different doesn't make the other person wrong. There are far worse things a horse could be than a pampered, expensive pet.
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Why bother having a 'pet' horse?

Hmm...why bother having a 'pet' dog if it's not going to be in the showring, working, or a guardian?

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post #6 of 90 Old 11-25-2012, 04:52 PM
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Part of me says, if the horse is happy & healthy, who cares? It could be off in someone's back yard starving to death.... But the other part of me sees the super duper cute gelding that's boarded at my barn, who gets turnout every day and fed properly, but is filthy dirty & is extremely depressed because he has no job and nobody to love him. It breaks my heart, but everytime someone asks his owners if they can groom and/or exercise him they FREAK OUT and start screaming at EVERYONE in the aisles. Complete psychos!

So I can see where you're coming from. I have seen plenty of horses who are physically healthy but extremely depressed because don't have anything to look forward to but afternoon feedings. It's such a waste :'(
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post #7 of 90 Old 11-25-2012, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Well whenever I'm the one cleaning the stall every day it gets annoying a horse is a heck of a lot more work than a dog or cat a lot more expensive too
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Part of me says, if the horse is happy & healthy, who cares? It could be off in someone's back yard starving to death.... But the other part of me sees the super duper cute gelding that's boarded at my barn, who gets turnout every day and fed properly, but is filthy dirty & is extremely depressed because he has no job and nobody to love him. It breaks my heart, but everytime someone asks his owners if they can groom and/or exercise him they FREAK OUT and start screaming at EVERYONE in the aisles. Complete psychos!

So I can see where you're coming from. I have seen plenty of horses who are physically healthy but extremely depressed because don't have anything to look forward to but afternoon feedings. It's such a waste :'(
Oh no, not another horse with nothing to do all day but, um, be a horse.....what is this world coming to? Maybe the owner "freaks out" because they are tired of having everyone else trying to force their own ideals of how the horse should be cared for onto them.
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Part of me says, if the horse is happy & healthy, who cares? It could be off in someone's back yard starving to death.... But the other part of me sees the super duper cute gelding that's boarded at my barn, who gets turnout every day and fed properly, but is filthy dirty & is extremely depressed because he has no job and nobody to love him. It breaks my heart, but everytime someone asks his owners if they can groom and/or exercise him they FREAK OUT and start screaming at EVERYONE in the aisles. Complete psychos!

So I can see where you're coming from. I have seen plenty of horses who are physically healthy but extremely depressed because don't have anything to look forward to but afternoon feedings. It's such a waste :'(
Yeah I have done the same thing an asked if I could ride him and she says I'm giving him a break and all I cod ask myself was a break from what? The horse eats 8 pounds a day and doesn't get ridden I don't care what the rest of you think but if I'm taking care of your horse and you don't do anything with it I can't help but ask why bother?
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Well whenever I'm the one cleaning the stall every day it gets annoying a horse is a heck of a lot more work than a dog or cat a lot more expensive too
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If you only view horses as a means to an end or simply working animals, that's fine. But you would absolutely hate it if I boarded at the place you work. Ricci is retired. I DON'T ride her. She hangs out, gets brushed occasionally, gets fed quality stuff, and poops just as much as any other horse.

If your job is to clean stalls, then shut up, grow up and do your job. Whether you get a paycheck or you are working off your own board, it doesn't matter.
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