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    03-07-2012, 01:07 PM
  #21
Green Broke
Rly?

I had one horse for 5 years, and have owned since birth. Due to conformation problems in her legs, she's spent the better half of the last 3 years off due to repetitive tendon sheath injuries. She's my baby and I could never sell her, so she lives in a blissful state of partial retirement and I bought a 2 year old three years ago to be my main riding horse.

"Abuse" the training? That has to be the most ridiculous statement I have ever heard. The very idea that a horse is "upset" by not being ridden makes me almost hysterical. Yes, SOME horses prefer a job, but the vast majority of horses are PLENTY happy being allowed to wallow in knee high grass with their friends, and only being brought in for some treats and a brushing.

I had a friend recently ask me if I thought she "neglected" her horse because she's so busy with work and school, she can only ride a couple times a week now. This horse is SO pampered and spoiled, the very idea that you could POSSIBLY "abuse or neglect" a horse just because you don't ride him is absolutely ludicrous.

With all the ACTUALLY abused and neglected horse in this world, I tip my hat to ANY kind soul who fills their pastures with pampered pets who are given absolutely every basic necessity and aren't asked for anything more then a kiss every now and then. I'm pretty sure that's just about any horse's version of equine heaven.
     
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    03-07-2012, 01:29 PM
  #22
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
Rly?

I had one horse for 5 years, and have owned since birth. Due to conformation problems in her legs, she's spent the better half of the last 3 years off due to repetitive tendon sheath injuries. She's my baby and I could never sell her, so she lives in a blissful state of partial retirement and I bought a 2 year old three years ago to be my main riding horse.

"Abuse" the training? That has to be the most ridiculous statement I have ever heard. The very idea that a horse is "upset" by not being ridden makes me almost hysterical. Yes, SOME horses prefer a job, but the vast majority of horses are PLENTY happy being allowed to wallow in knee high grass with their friends, and only being brought in for some treats and a brushing.

I had a friend recently ask me if I thought she "neglected" her horse because she's so busy with work and school, she can only ride a couple times a week now. This horse is SO pampered and spoiled, the very idea that you could POSSIBLY "abuse or neglect" a horse just because you don't ride him is absolutely ludicrous.

With all the ACTUALLY abused and neglected horse in this world, I tip my hat to ANY kind soul who fills their pastures with pampered pets who are given absolutely every basic necessity and aren't asked for anything more then a kiss every now and then. I'm pretty sure that's just about any horse's version of equine heaven.
Thank you.
     
    03-07-2012, 01:51 PM
  #23
Yearling
Oh..wow. I may not have any horses but when I do have the funds I know I'll have many. Having one horse does not only make them lonely ( if your horse isn't boarded) but it also does not broaden your horizon. I personally LOVE my stable because they have over 40 lesson horses, plus over 80 boarded horses that I can interact with ( owners permitted) and sometimes even ride. I love my variety and I hope when I'm older I'll have a farm with over 7 horses. That would just be heaven to me, to have a different horse to ride each day, and then more to work with. I think it is not abuse at all, most horses would rather be out in the field with their buddies than inside working. Don't be too judgemental ;).
     
    03-07-2012, 01:52 PM
  #24
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by PaintCowgirl    
i'll have to stay out of this one, we have over 4 dozen.
The first time I read this I didn't process "Oh, she has a lot of horses.", as an owner of 3, all I got was "Ohhh, she buys a LOT of feed."


I've done more "liking" in this thread than I have in a while..Great posts by SR, MM, MHF, and Kait..Love it.

OP, I really, really don't understand how you can say that it's abusing one horse's training when someone owns multiple horses. I own 3 QHs and they are my life, I have a 22 year old retired gelding, and two 12 and 13 year old mares.. Now, up until last year my gelding still would occasionally run barrels. He is an absolute spoiled brat and is a fantastic Supervisor now..I still ride him frequently, bareback and under saddle. He still gets a good bit of ground work and isn't neglected in anyway..If anything his fat butt lives better than a ton of horses out there...When it comes to my girls, I barrel race both of them. Nikki and Lark both bring a VERY different set of cards to the table and have different things to offer. Does that mean I love one more than the other? No..They are equally cared for and not abused in any way whatsoever. They are all ridden multiple times a week and worked as their own "person", not as just a general horse would be. They have their own personalities and it's a huge pleasure to watch all of the gears click into place when working those individual horses and our little goals coming together.

I also think that riding and caring for more than one horse makes you, as an owner/rider, a better and more experienced horse person. Riding just one horse, you get comfortable with that horse and you haven't experienced those different traits of different horses.. I've ridden every Western discipline and dabbled in English..I now barrel race full time but I seriously think that riding and showing all of those different horses and disciplines MADE me the rider I am today. I'm not just stuck with one set of skills, I can play those different cards and skills when riding my different horses..

As for owning multiple horses, like others have said, horses are herd animals. You can't expect one horse to really be happy on it's own. You aren't in it's "herd" at all times and can't replace that herd by being your horse's friend. That animal interaction is still needed between horses..
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    03-07-2012, 01:56 PM
  #25
Green Broke
OP - I do hope that you will come back to this thread and offer a better explanation of what it is you are getting at.
     
    03-07-2012, 01:57 PM
  #26
Trained
What are you going to do when she needs to be retired or when she slows down? Are you going to get an additional horse? Sell your mare? Sit out in the pasture until the day she dies, which hopefully will be in 20 more years, but you'll be sitting around wishing you were riding or riding harder.
I've had multiple horses at the same time: slow ones, fast ones, steady ones, flighty ones, drafts, Arabs, QH's, eventing horses, trail horses, etc. Some at different times got ridden more. The others were QUITE content to stuff their faces and bask in the sun while the unfortunate horse had to work. LOL!
And I'll also add backups. Do you do events? What happens if one or the other is doing better or injured? We have a backup trail horse. Seems like there is always a reason to ride one or the other.
Now we only have three, one for each of us. BUT, normally only one or two gets ridden and trained at a time... the other(s) basks in the sun stuffing their face.
They are quite happy and could care less. I'm thankful I can give at least three a good home, might even get another!

Bummer first post. Don't let it discourage you, you'll figure it out.
     
    03-07-2012, 02:23 PM
  #27
Green Broke
The lady I board with has seven. Part of the reason I board is that I only own one and he would be miserable all alone at my house. I only own one because I haven't found an older, kid-safe, well trained, small horse that I can afford. I'm looking though!

I love where I board, 7 well-trained, fat, happy horses and mine. You know how nice it is to know that when she's on vacation and I take care of everyone that nobody is going to kick, bite, pin their ears or otherwise misbehave? The worst that might happen is my toes get smooshed while everyone's mugging me for cookies. Obviously having a horse for every day of the week hasn't prevented her from having absolutely wonderful horses that I adore.

I have two kids, love both of them equally as much and somehow I find the time to be with each of them individually, do schoolwork with each one and so on...
     
    03-07-2012, 02:28 PM
  #28
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Plus, riding different horses hones your skill sets.

When I only had 1 horse I thought I was a pretty darned good rider. Turns out, I really just had an amazing horse who put up with my crap!

It's good to be able to ride more than 1 horse.
Absolutely! Good for you as a rider and good for the horse that we are exposed to more and know more.

A friend is borrowing one of my horses for sorting this week as hers has an abscess. She came to try him on Saturday and was so over the top thrilled at how 'light and responsive' he is to ride. After she left another friend commented - "no offense but if she thinks he is light, her horse must be a real cow."

So I guess it's a good thing I have more than one or my friend would be SOL for league.
     
    03-07-2012, 06:17 PM
  #29
Started
I have more to add.

In riding and handling all of my horses, I've learned how to adapt to the different ways each horse rides. I think the mentality it takes to be able to adapt quickly to different horses will not only prove benficial in the equine world, but everywhere else too.
     
    03-07-2012, 06:20 PM
  #30
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by QHriderKE    
I have more to add.

In riding and handling all of my horses, I've learned how to adapt to the different ways each horse rides. I think the mentality it takes to be able to adapt quickly to different horses will not only prove benficial in the equine world, but everywhere else too.
This! Riding only Zierra for a few years was the worst thing that ever happened to my riding. She can be a bit flinchy and jiggy, but she has virtually no buck, bolt, rear or spook in her. I got WAY too comfortable, and then riding Jynx she's dumped me 3 times in the last year for REALLY stupid reasons. My gelding growing up was a brat and always kept me on my toes and I was always riding other peoples horses so I had a velcro butt. It definitely hurt my velcro butt to ride only one horse for a few years!
     

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