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post #61 of 69 Old 06-25-2013, 01:55 PM
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I could be wrong here, but don't you need to "qualify" or something before being able to show FEI level dressage? I am fairly sure you can't just walk up and say "I am entering PSG" and then show.

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post #62 of 69 Old 06-25-2013, 01:59 PM
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I could be wrong here, but don't you need to "qualify" or something before being able to show FEI level dressage? I am fairly sure you can't just walk up and say "I am entering PSG" and then show.
The horse may have been trained and schooling at PSG levels, but I doubt that's where they'd make their show ring debut. There's a lot that doesn't add up here. I'm starting to suspect that this was just a vehicle to poke the hornet's nest and see what popped out, and a chance to "abuse" folks who agreed with the purported BO.
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post #63 of 69 Old 06-25-2013, 02:01 PM
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A horse like this is put down to protect innocents, like the OP and some of the posters in this thread, who refuse to acknowledge some of the more unpleasant sides to horses.

Could it be managed? Possibly. Is it worth losing your life over? Never. It's like riding an amusement park ride that flies off the track 1% of the time. It will happen eventually.

If the owner left the horse alive and then she passed, that horse could end up anywhere and the new owners could have no idea. How many hands would it have to pass through and damage to make it worth ending the horse's life?
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post #64 of 69 Old 06-25-2013, 02:06 PM
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The horse may have been trained and schooling at PSG levels, but I doubt that's where they'd make their show ring debut. There's a lot that doesn't add up here. I'm starting to suspect that this was just a vehicle to poke the hornet's nest and see what popped out, and a chance to "abuse" folks who agreed with the purported BO.
That is what I mean. Sure he may very well have been schooling that level. But you go to a show and sign up for PSG without and prior show record.

I am in agreement that this is likely fabricated, or at the very least exaggerated in a HUGE way.

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post #65 of 69 Old 06-25-2013, 02:12 PM
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I've noticed that the OP hasn't come back to offer any clarity on the subject, though s/he is reading this thread right now according to my "currently active" banner....
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post #66 of 69 Old 06-25-2013, 02:13 PM
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I've noticed that the OP hasn't come back to offer any clarity on the subject, though s/he is reading this thread right now according to my "currently active" banner....
Yep. So this keeps failing the "smell" test.
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post #67 of 69 Old 06-25-2013, 02:24 PM
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I guess since I've already subbed this topic by posting, I might as well offer my two cents, which is simple:

If a horse puts me or my family at a higher-than-normal risk, it goes. Hopefully, that will mean rehoming, but sometimes it doesn't.

I have my limit on behaviors - if it's something I don't feel confident handling, but could be safely fixed, I will pay the money for the horse to be trained by a professional trainer or re-home permanently with someone who can safely handle it and that I trust would not unload the horse on someone who would be in danger. This is not a horse that I would try to get money out of nor sell to just anyone.

I also have my limit on cost. I cannot afford a pasture pet at this point in my life. If I cannot re-home nor pay to fix the behavior, euthanasia is on the table and will only be chosen after much thought and consideration primarily for the horse and the ability for that horse to be cared for properly and not end up in a kill pen. If I cannot guarantee the horse a happy life here on earth, then it'll go be happy somewhere else where it won't be putting my family at risk.

I don't see this as being much different than my limit on vet bills either. I know that I can afford up to about $1000, maybe even $1500 in special circumstances, to take care of my baby. But should the estimated costs of treatment exceed that or the value of the horse (which is inflated, of course, my my own bias of how wonderful and amazing of a horse he is), then I'm prepared to take the less expensive option of euthanasia rather than put my family at financial risk.

I love horses enough to know when to have them PTS. It's a much kinder alternative to ending up in a kill pen, which is still kinder than becoming unloved and neglected.
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post #68 of 69 Old 06-25-2013, 02:55 PM
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Sounds like an envious teenager making a bit of an exaggeration on the 130k part, IMO.
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post #69 of 69 Old 06-29-2013, 04:18 AM
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I have been reading this post with great interest and I think the owner of this horse is trying to do the responsible thing by wanting to put the horse down. Two years ago this weekend I was out riding my new horse and from a dead standstill he suddenly reared up and flipped over on me. I suppose there must have been warning signs but I never seen them and being 50 years old and not the most agile I didn't escape unhurt. In fact I am very lucky to be alive. As I laid in the ICU ward of the hospital for weeks trying to heal my broken body and shattered confidence I had a lot of time to think about things like if I was going to walk out of that hospital or if I would be a burden on my family the rest of my life. When I got out of the hospital do you think I kept that horse and risked my life or anyone else's ? No I did not. Because he was registered I was able to trace his previous owners and do you know what I found out from his original owner?? She sold him because she was terrified of him, he was very aggressive toward her and he reared all the time. She said she sold him with full disclosure but a few owners later I got him (and he was advertised as a kid safe trail horse) and nearly died. Rearing and flipping is just about the most dangerous thing a horse can do in my opinion and I don't think they can really ever be cured. There are just too many good horses out there to deal with a horse with such a dangerous habit. I have 2 safe gentle horses now and I have worked really hard to heal physically and emotionally but I don't think I will ever completely get my confidence back. It really makes me angry to think someone would knowingly sell what is in essence a ticking time bomb to an innocent person just to make a few bucks.
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