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post #31 of 59 Old 03-07-2012, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer View Post
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.

When I only had one child, I wondered how I could possibly love another the same way. I have five now and you are absolutely right; your heart expands. It's pretty cool how the heart works like that.
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post #32 of 59 Old 03-07-2012, 09:13 PM
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Think of it this way: With the huge overpopulation of horses in the world, those of us who take care of multiple horses provide great homes for them. My seven horses are seven more horses in good homes.

It sounds like you're jealous of those who have a multitude of horses available to ride, but what you have to understand is that people work their entire lives to be able to afford the luxury of horses. I'm very fortunate to have my two personal riding horses, and riding a variety of horses has given me great experience. It's not a crime to work to afford something you want.
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post #33 of 59 Old 03-07-2012, 09:38 PM
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It's not 'abusing their training' if that's how you see it, then that's pathetic. No offense. I used to think the same thing and them I got another horse(2 now). And if you really devote yourself then you can teach them the same manuevers at the same time. My dad has his horse, Boston, & I have mine, Charm. We ride together! My dad is on business right now and I take care of both. I fit them in. How do you think these professional horse ranches make a living? Training one horse at a time?!! If thats the case, then you're nuts. They make time.
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post #34 of 59 Old 03-07-2012, 10:02 PM
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i have 3 boys and love them all, they are all for different things. my QH is my trail horse, and cow horse. my 5 year old paint is going to be my gamer, and my 3 year old paint is my "moms" but i ride and work him for my back up gamer, and my moms trail horse. i have 3 because i love them and i have them at home. so i need more then one.
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post #35 of 59 Old 03-07-2012, 10:16 PM
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I think everyone has to look at their own situation - time, funds, dedication, type of riding, etc - and decide for themselves what is best for their situation. Some people can't manage any horses at all or may feel fulfilled or at their limit with just one while others can successfully handle a dozen. As long as the horses are cared for and their needs met - its really not anyone else's business how many they have.

I have two horses that are mine. One I've had since he was a yearling but he came down with EPM when he was four. While he is recovered I don't like to push him too much so I have my younger horse that will be used for more strenuous rides. Oh the abuse my first horse has to endure!

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post #36 of 59 Old 03-08-2012, 01:03 AM
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Well, I just want to add that I think it really differs depending on everyone's situation. I board, so no way can I afford 2 horses (let alone 1 sometimes, ha!) but if I had my own property I would most definitely have several. I don't think it is detrimental to a horse's training if you have more than one. However, it all depends on who has the horses.

The only point I can take out of this is that I have known some people that are just never happy and shuffle horses around all the time. But that is way different than someone who owns a farm and knows how to manage their horses properly.
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post #37 of 59 Old 03-08-2012, 01:17 AM
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I have 3 to myself, I try to get my mom to ride. . . .
my paint horse lives with my trainer, she rides him a couple times a week and then gives us lessons together once or twice a week.
Then I have an appy mare that lives at my house, for trails and maybe some jumping. She is also broke broke for my mom to ride (if I can get her to) and guests, then I recently got a little arabian mare because my appy got really loney and my vet said she really just needed a herd mate. So I found my next project so we both were happy.
Although my appy now gets less riding time she is a lot happier not living out there alone, plus like said before its great to ride different horses especially when they are super different!
but I respect anyones right to own how many they want if they are taken care of
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post #38 of 59 Old 03-08-2012, 01:38 AM
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Love everything posted here! Besides what the OP said. I don't believe in any way is it "abuse" of another horse's training if you have and spend time with another horse that you own. I love having more than one, they both have such different personalities and different abilities I wouldn't trade either one for anything!

I'd LOVE to hear more from the OP, who has yet to make another reply on this thread? Are you trying to get peoples chaps in a bunch?

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post #39 of 59 Old 03-08-2012, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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I am not saying having more than one horse is a bad thing at all! I really wanted to know how people worked with multiple horses at one time. And I am not saying you can't love more than one geeze people! lol I have my horse and I am working with another at the time on a weekly basis with another horse thrown in the mix occasionally and I just find it difficult juggling them around sometimes sooooo I just wanted to see how people incorporated multiple horses at one time.

Act like you have 15 minutes it will take all day.......act like you have all day it will take 15 minutes.
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post #40 of 59 Old 03-08-2012, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Flicagirl View Post
I don't understand why I would get two other horses and abuse my mares training?

This is from your original post. Certainly doesn't seem like you're ASKING anything; you're making a judgment call based on your own prejudices.

You also haven't explained what you mean by 'abuse my mare's training'.
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