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    03-07-2012, 12:11 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Flicagirl    
I always hear people saying how they have four horses and they are the only one that rides them? Or someone posts "GOT A NEW HORSE" a month after they posted about their OTHER horse don't get me wrong I understand you love horses.......but I have had the same little 21 year old American paint for about 5 years now and she acts like she's 4 lol I wouldn't trade her for the world! I am constantly training her and teaching her new things to make her the best she can be I don't understand why I would get two other horses and abuse my mares training?
I am really trying to understand what you are getting at. How would having another horse equal "abusing your mare's training"?
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    03-07-2012, 12:12 PM
I own one horse, but my boyfriend has two and I ride one of them frequently. Although they're all TWHs, they have their strengths and weaknesses and I like having that variety to work with.
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    03-07-2012, 12:13 PM
Honestly Mac, I think she believes you can't love or bond with more than one horse at a time, so feels sorry for horses whose owners have more than one. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It's like having children; you don't love a second one less, your heart expands to love each one of them in their own right.
    03-07-2012, 12:14 PM
Ummmm, abuse their training? Not sure how you came to that conclusion. If you feel that having or riding more than one horse is a bad thing, that's OK...for you. If you're just learning or haven't had horses before, having only one is a GREAT idea! But for others (me included) who've been riding for a looong time, and have ridden more horses than they can count, riding only one horse seems to dull your skills, like if you don't use it you lose it. For a very long time I only owned one, but rode countless others since financially I could only afford one. Each one taught me different skills that I could mix and match with each horse. Now that I have 2 horses, I'm sooo glad I never stuck to just one in the past!

May I ask, at this point with only riding 1 horse, would you feel confident enough in your skills to be able to handle any type of horse?
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    03-07-2012, 12:14 PM
Green Broke
Excellent analogy, SR!
    03-07-2012, 12:15 PM
I keep my horses at home. I will always have at least 2 as a herd is necessary. Before I sold my mare I rode them both. They were each different and offered me different things.
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    03-07-2012, 12:26 PM
Originally Posted by Flicagirl    
I have 2 horses on my property. I needed a companion for my first mare, and rather than getting a donkey or mini (that I can't even use) I decided to give a home to the other horse in bad situation. I ride both of them. Some people have a retired horse and need a younger one to ride, some want to have extra-mount for guests, etc. Billion of reasons why.
    03-07-2012, 12:29 PM
I have to say that I find the statement that owning more than one is abusive to training a bit offensive.

Owning more than one is not abusing the training of one to ride another. I have 11 myself. Aside from the 2 that aren't old enough to ride and my mare that is 9 months in foal, they all get worked on a regular basis. My seniors only get me once a week and lesson students for 4-6 hours a week, everyone else gets worked 6 days a week. My youngsters get groundwork 6 days a week, my broodie I just stopped riding a few weeks ago because she is getting big and grumpy. I spend several hours a day riding just my own, plus several hours a day riding for others. I don't think in any way that is abusing their training. I love them all and they each get their fair share of my time.
    03-07-2012, 12:31 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
I think she believes you can't love or bond with more than one horse at a time.
LOL! I have 2 horses + 2 dogs + 3(!) cats. I guess I have to give up some of them...

As for "abusing a training". Wow! Both my mares go to the very good dressage trainer for lessons. I hope to start taking one of them (with jumping potential) to eventing trainer next year. And what I learn during a lesson on one I always transfer on other one. Plus (as already mentioned) both are VERY different in their attitude, smartness, style of riding, gaits, you name it. So riding each gives me different experience and insights on training.
    03-07-2012, 12:44 PM
Ouch op... I am very confused by your post to say the least...

I have 4 one retired, one blind and semi retired and 1 go to horse/work in project, and 1 plain project...

Its not about who has more horses or how many someone has but what you plan on doing with them... its not abuse in anyway to have more than one, as your last sentence hinted to that... if anything its abuse to keep them isolated and alone with no herd other than its human... but then that's is assuming your horse is not boarded with other horses..

Plus if an individual has the funds and the resources to have 1000+ horses just as pasture puffs what does it matter... me you and others are not involved with that one person and can't make judgement on what they feel is good for those horses whether they are being handled or not

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