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    09-28-2012, 02:34 PM
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    09-28-2012, 03:07 PM
  #12
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100% ok for horses to be pasture pets as long as they are well cared for.

If it were a GP level horse who was healthy and sound, I might be a bit jealous - but it's their horse, they can do with it as they please as long as quality of care is good.
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    09-28-2012, 03:32 PM
  #13
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100% ok for horses to be pasture pets as long as they are well cared for.

If it were a GP level horse who was healthy and sound, I might be a bit jealous - but it's their horse, they can do with it as they please as long as quality of care is good.
You might have something there. It might be a jealousy thing. I was watching a show about a rancher. They had about 100 horses out in pasture, like hundreds of acres. I remember thinking that it was not right for them to have so many, on so much land, and many were untouched. I wished it was me that owned them and the land! LOL
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    09-28-2012, 03:36 PM
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What I was meaning was the ones kept as a house dog.
Oh, sorry I thought you meant actual "hunting dogs"... I understand the need for trained hunting dogs... just never understood why they can't be loved all week? And used for hunting on the weekends?
     
    09-28-2012, 03:49 PM
  #15
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Many people believe that a dog that is treated like a pet won't do their job properly or another thought is many people buy dogd for a purpose and don't believe in loving on them like pets. It isn't always true as many police dogs are brought home with their partners as are drug dogs and they do their hob buut it is just how some people think.
I own a lab, a. Doberman and a beagle/ border collie all are simply pets/ family. The lab will retrieve a person from a lake and catch a bird from mid air but ge isnt trained for it its simply instinct.

Horses I do believe can be kept as just pasture pets but only if they are cared for properly. If I had the space/ money you bet id ve willing to do that haha.
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    09-28-2012, 11:46 PM
  #16
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I have no problem with horses as pasture pets, I think people tend to forget that horses werent put on this earth for humans to ride - its just the way things have evolved. As others have said, as long as the horses get proper care, company and space to just be horses then I think its great.
     
    09-28-2012, 11:57 PM
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Why have a herding dog if you have no sheep?

If having healthy horses with no jobs makes you happy, then they are fulfilling their purpose. There is nothing wrong with having a display animal. People ask me all time why I keep tarantulas. I can't play with them, or teach them tricks. They will never love me or show me any affection. They still make me immeasurably happy just because they are what they are. I usually reply simply with: why would anyone ever take care of a houseplant?

Horses fulfill many roles in our lives. It is not up to anyone else to decide what role they will play in your life. It doesn't matter what the horse can do, so long as you are happy with what he is doing.
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    09-29-2012, 12:06 AM
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I think it comes down to the mentality of the horse. I have been around some that are quite content to be pasture puffs and I have been around some who come alive when they are given a job to do.

My first horse would have been happy if saddles, halters, bridles and even brushes did not exist and I was only cool to have around at dawn and dusk (feeding times). The filly I have now gets almost mopey acting when she goes a few weeks without being groomed and tacked up and played with.

So I guess my answer is the same as everyone else's in that as long as they are being well cared for, go for it, but I think that extends to their mental well being, too.
     
    09-29-2012, 01:00 AM
  #19
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Well, maybe it IS jealousy on my part, but yes, I have known great horses that the owners didn't ride or spend time with and thought "what a waste."

I think it goes back to my childhood when I wanted a horse more than anything else in the world. And now I have horses and STILL feel that way. So if I see a nice horse that is rideable and the owners don't use it, yes, I do think "what a waste" because someone like me could really be enjoying that horse.

I do sort of think that if someone isn't going to ride them anyway and just wants a horse to decorate a pasture (and that IS a great life for a horse!) why not pick a horse that is old or lame and deserves a good home? It would be a win-win for the horse and owner. You are giving a horse that may not otherwise find a home a chance at a great life.

I DO think there is a downside to not using a perfectly healthy horse and letting it "sit." What if you had to sell that horse? Not even for money but just because you couldn't care for it anymore? It will have a lot less chance of finding a good home if it's only job in years has been "pasture puff." There are a ton of those out there. Any horse can accomplish that. But a horse that is usable and doesn't require remedial training because he's been pasture puffing for the last 10 years, he will be more likely to get a good home, don't you think?

If you were in the market for a horse, which would you buy (or even take for free)? The pasture puff that never does anything (and who knows if he's even trained) or the horse that has been ridden regularly a couple times a week? Which one is ready-to-ride and which one may or may not be spoiled and need more training? The ridden horse is more of a sure thing. You know what you have. The pasture puff, well, he may or may not be a useful animal. He will be harder to find a home for.

Now I don't feel you have to ride to enjoy horses. Of course not. And horses LOVE the life of pasture puff. But you may be putting his future in jeopardy if you have to re-home him and his biggest claim to fame is eating grass.

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    09-29-2012, 01:11 AM
  #20
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PS. I think my Fox Trotter is a good example. She's a nice horse and registered, but nothing noteworthy. She's been passed from home to home, having babies as she's went, to the tune of 10 foals. I finally bought her for a song from a guy that said he was sending her to auction. Why? Why would someone who trail rides buy an ex-broodmare? Because she is sweet, the right price, and above all TRAINED.

I would hate to think where all the ex-broodies with no training end up when their broodmare days are over. But for my mare, because someone somewhere along the line took the time to saddle break her, she found (what I would like to think) is a good home that loves her and plans to keep her until the end. I really think training (along with good disposition and soundness) can really be a horse's saving grace.

And for heavens sake, if all you want is a pasture pet (which is GREAT by the way!) consider adopting a horse that may not get a home otherwise due to soundness or other defect. You will be saving a life and the horse will do just as good a job mowing the grass.

Heck, if I ever come into fortune, I will open an old-horse retirement farm. They deserve a beautiful place to live out their lives.
     

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