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post #21 of 31 Old 09-29-2012, 01:46 AM
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Hmm.. This an interesting topic.
I really think my opinion depends on the situation.

For example:
I had a friend that used to let me ride their horse, before I got mine. He was an 8 year old gelding, I'm still not quite sure what breed he was. He was a GIANT horse, between 16-17 hands if my guesstimation is correct. Well anyways, two years ago, I used to go out and ride him about every 2 weeks or when I had time. He was kept in a small pen in their backyard, a bit more than 1/2 of an acre. He was in this pen all year round, so naturally, it was eaten down to dirt. The fences were chain link, but he had leaned on them enough so they weren't really fences anymore, but they did have an electric fence installed. He well taken care of for the most part, but sometimes his hooves where longer they hey really should've been. I wouldn't say he was happy, I would say he was melancholy. He wasn't being mistreated, but looking back (now that I know more about horses) I can tell he was bored. Most horses, when they hit the age of 5-7 years old, need a job. They need something to do, some kind of challenge to keep them busy. He was well trained I'm sure, at one point, but I think that sitting in that pen made him forget most of it. He really just needed attention and some stimulation.

My point with this story is that it really depends on the situation. In this case, I didn't necessarily think that them having this pasture pet was a bad thing, because they did take good care of him. I just think he was very bored, and needed to have something to do. It just bugs me that in that situation, that horse could be so much more than what he was. :/

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post #22 of 31 Old 09-29-2012, 10:18 AM
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I have a few, albeit they are either lame, or old.

People who pay for horses will and can do whatever they want. That js their right.
MY biggest concern is what happens when that horse is now 15-20 years old and you can no longer take care of them. Broke, they have a chance. Unbroke... Well, you basically raised a meat horse. They cost too much and there isn't many people looking to finance a horse for sh*ts and giggles.
And I know they "I'll have him forever!" will come out. Been a victim of that myself. It doesn't always happen. As owners, I think it is our responsibility to ensure that our horses have the best chance at a long, productive life and not training them to be what they can will hinder that.

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post #23 of 31 Old 09-29-2012, 11:24 AM
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Why have a herding dog if you have no sheep?
Why not? We have a border collie/aussie shepherd cross. Definitely likes to try to herd the horse and the cats. Should be interesting if I ever get chickens again. We got him because he needed a home, he was young and friendly. I didn't think I had to own sheep to get him.

Pasture pets -- sure! Agree with most of the above posters. Heck mine have spent more time as pasture ornaments than riding - but I love looking out there and seeing animals play and just "be." It gives me peace.

I do think they should be handled regularly -- if not, then they are not able to be cared for properly.
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MY biggest concern is what happens when that horse is now 15-20 years old and you can no longer take care of them. Broke, they have a chance. Unbroke... Well, you basically raised a meat horse. They cost too much and there isn't many people looking to finance a horse for sh*ts and giggles.
And I know they "I'll have him forever!" will come out. Been a victim of that myself. It doesn't always happen. As owners, I think it is our responsibility to ensure that our horses have the best chance at a long, productive life and not training them to be what they can will hinder that.
That's exactly what I was trying to express back on Page 2. But you were able to say it in a much tidier fashion.
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post #25 of 31 Old 09-29-2012, 12:27 PM
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Do I think it's a waste for a rideable horse to be a pasture puff? Absolutely! However it's none of my business as I don't own the horse.
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a bit more than 1/2 of an acre.
I think that comes down to the acceptable care argument. I personally wouldn't have horses on a lack of land like that.



As far as the forever home argument. If I had my horse at home, and I was in a terrible accident and unable to ride, I'd keep him as a pasture pet. If further down the road I was unable to afford him, I'd very likely consider a bullet.

As it is, I board, so it's not possible for me to have a pasture pet anyway.
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Some horses can be nothing but pasture pets, actually. Some older horses, horses with screws loose, horses who are not sound to ride (but okay otherwise), etc.

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Some horses can be nothing but pasture pets, actually. Some older horses, horses with screws loose, horses who are not sound to ride (but okay otherwise), etc.
I think the question here is more about the horses who are sound and sane and are only pasture puffs because the owner wants a pet that weights half a ton.
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post #29 of 31 Old 09-29-2012, 02:58 PM
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Why not? We have a border collie/aussie shepherd cross. Definitely likes to try to herd the horse and the cats. Should be interesting if I ever get chickens again. We got him because he needed a home, he was young and friendly. I didn't think I had to own sheep to get him.

Pasture pets -- sure! Agree with most of the above posters. Heck mine have spent more time as pasture ornaments than riding - but I love looking out there and seeing animals play and just "be." It gives me peace.

I do think they should be handled regularly -- if not, then they are not able to be cared for properly.
That was my point. It is kind of the same question. Why have this without that. Why have a horse without a job? Why have a sheepdog with no sheep?

I have both pasture pets and herding dogs. Lol. Why? 'Cause I want them. Do I need a better reason? :)
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post #30 of 31 Old 09-29-2012, 03:36 PM
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I definately think its a good thing.

If someone wants to take good care of a sound, healthy horse, to pamper it and make sure it is happy, but just never ride it, Whats the problem with that? Not everyone is comfortable riding horses. My grandmother keeps a very well handled, well trained little pony who is her *pasture pet*. Could that horse be ridden? Sure! Its broke, I've ridden it a few times. Does it have to be ridden? Nope. Does it have to be cared for, brushed, trained, have hooves done, vet visits and all the rest? Heck yeah. Nothing wrong with it. I actually think its good because it provides a nice home for a horse and in this economy, with all the problems with people over breeding horses dumping horses, neglecting horses- we need as much nice homes as we can get!
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