... 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