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    09-28-2012, 01:13 PM
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Foal
Your Opinions on Pasture Pets Please...

Yet another comment today on horses being "wasted" by owners who buy / keep them as pasture pets only, made me start this thread to get everyone's thoughts and opinions on owning horses for no other reason except to love and care for them as pets... I am not talking about seniors, retired, injured horses... I am asking about healthy, ridable horses, that spend their lives as lawn mowers.... how many of you think this is ok? And how many of you think this is "wasting" a horse? And why?
Thanks in advance for your responses... looking forward to reading them !!
     
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    09-28-2012, 01:21 PM
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Showing
As long as the animal is being cared for properly, I don't have an issue with it.
     
    09-28-2012, 01:29 PM
  #3
Yearling
If you can afford it, and the horse is happy and healthy, then by all means have at it. Unless you have that horse that wants to be worked, they're more than happy to mow and fertilize the land for you.

How relaxing is it to go out on a cool evening with a soft brush and just groom your horse til the sun barely fades behind the horizon? Sound good doesn't it?
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    09-28-2012, 01:29 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by ljazwinski    
... I am asking about healthy, ridable horses, that spend their lives as lawn mowers.... how many of you think this is ok? And how many of you think this is "wasting" a horse? And why?
Thanks in advance for your responses... looking forward to reading them !!
Oh Gosh, have you opened up a Pandora's Box

Speaking as the Pasture Ornament Queen, now that my old injuries have evolved into Grade III Spondolothesis (sp?) and I can't ride anymore:

As long as the horses have plenty of pasture space to BE horses and they get plenty of positive/hands-on attention from the owner, I think it's fine.

I have four horses, all of whom have evolved into pasture pets

Only one of them was intended to be a pasture pet after I rescued him. Two of the other three have evolved into pasture pets thanks to metabolic issues, lipomas in the GI tract in one and founder in the other.

The fourth one is very ridable unless you count his mental issues which, believe me he's got proggums<--- that's Problems conjugated to the second power - lol lol. He's 18, has been with 16 years and isn't going anywhere but six feet under, on this farm, when the time comes.

They have 22 acres of hills to exercise, play and be horses the way horses are meant to be when we're not asking them to do something for us.

I handle them a minimum of three hours every day; for which their vet, chiropractor, farrier, and everyone else thanks me profusely

So yes, under the right living conditions and with an owner that actually knows something about owning/caring for horses, I don't see the harm in turning a perfectly good horse Out To Pasture. Look at the psychological benefits it may also have for the human
     
    09-28-2012, 01:31 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Agreed. So what as long as they're cared for.

How many hunting dogs are there out there that haven't hunted a day in their life. Are they wasted too?

I don't ride ours very often or on a regular basis or compete with them. So they're wasting away? No. They also are our therapist and psychiatrist that help get thru the mundane days at work.
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    09-28-2012, 01:39 PM
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Weanling
As long as these people are taking good care of their animals and the animals are healthy and happy, then who are we to say that the activities they do or do not do with them are good enough? If we argue that putting a healthy horse in a field to just sit is a waste, how much farther do we have to jump to say if you have a warmblood its a waste to just trail ride them when you could be eventing? Or if you have an arab you should be endurance riding, its a waste to take them in the show ring?

Yes, it would be nice if people who just wanted pasture pets sought out horses that were healthy but unrideable for whatever reason and gave those horses a nice home just based on the fact that those horses aren't likely to find a better situation whereas a rideable horse has a better chance.

On the other hand there are people who know absolutely nothing about horses and they just want that pretty pet in their field, so the horse sits there unhandled, no farrier visits, no vet visits etc. I know a couple of horses like that right now, they're absolutely obese becuase they're easy keepers and they've just been in a grassy field eating non stop with no exercise. They both look like they might be having foot issues and they have both developed rock hard crests. Sad thing is, the owner DOES know enough about horses that she should be able to see these things, she's just not paying attention.

So basically, as long as the horse is well taken care of it doesn't matter to me what you do with them.
     
    09-28-2012, 01:59 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
Oh Gosh, have you opened up a Pandora's Box
That's what I was thinking
     
    09-28-2012, 02:12 PM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by usandpets    
How many hunting dogs are there out there that haven't hunted a day in their life. Are they wasted too?
I might have to say yes to this one?

I do not know anything about hunting dogs, other than my neighbors have about 20 of them, that I feel are mistreated. They live 24 hours a day in kennels, probably 12 ft runs with dog houses... and receive NO ATTENTION !!! Other than their nightly feedings and weekly cleanings... these dogs do nothing all day except bark and howl.... once in a while the owner comes out and shoots off his gun (which terrifies my horses!!) to shut them up?

So, as I said, I know nothing about hunting dogs, but if this is "normal" treatment for them, then YES they are being wasted....
     
    09-28-2012, 02:19 PM
  #9
Showing
Those animals aren't being wasted or abused, but they are being neglected. Dogs crave human companionship, and are bred for it.
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    09-28-2012, 02:26 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by ljazwinski    
I might have to say yes to this one?

I do not know anything about hunting dogs, other than my neighbors have about 20 of them, that I feel are mistreated. They live 24 hours a day in kennels, probably 12 ft runs with dog houses... and receive NO ATTENTION !!! Other than their nightly feedings and weekly cleanings... these dogs do nothing all day except bark and howl.... once in a while the owner comes out and shoots off his gun (which terrifies my horses!!) to shut them up?

So, as I said, I know nothing about hunting dogs, but if this is "normal" treatment for them, then YES they are being wasted....
What I was meaning was the ones kept as a house dog. We have a golden retriever. He's never gone hunting. We only got him because we were going to house train him for someone. When time came for him to go back, they decided they didn't want him. Now, he's become part of our "pack".

I know of many other people that have a hunting breed dog that don't hunt. They have the dog as a companion. Is that wrong? Why can't horses just be companions too?
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