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    03-08-2012, 08:02 PM
If you didn't want critque and upset people then you shouldn't have posted this thread.
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    03-08-2012, 08:09 PM
Green Broke
Honestly, OP, the tone of your entire post at the beginning of this thread came across as very confrontational - the responses you have received reflect that.
    03-08-2012, 11:01 PM
I love riding multiple horses! I have two riding horses now and an almost 2 yr old. I would love to have 3 riding horses. Heck, if I were rich I would have more.

I also love to ride friend's horses if they offer. It's a blast to ride different horses.

But at some point there is diminishing return, at least in a single rider household. Over a certain number a single person is probably not giving each horse as much attention as it could have. However, as others have stated, as long as they have food, water, shelter and health care, most horses don't complain if they get vacation time!

My reason for having more than one is that I try to ride every day in the summer, and I feel like if I have just one I am putting a lot of work on one horse. If I have two I can alternate and they will each be doing a reasonable amount of work that way, without getting overworked.
    03-09-2012, 08:14 AM
I have two and I love them both fiercely. They both make my heart smile. My mare is sweet, kind, and quirky. I've had her for nearly 12 years and I can't imagine being without her. My gelding is funny, personable, outgoing and so so so smart, he is the most fun horse I've ever met, I've had him his entire almost 9 years. Neither has suffered abuse because I was with the other :) Add to that mix I have two other mares that I ride regularly, along with a gelding I ride on occasion. AND, I spend some of my barn time keeping friends' horses' manes and tails looking good because they like how I do them.

You just budget your time wisely, that's all! Heck, the other day, I rode 3 and still had time to clean out a friend's locker when I discovered a mouse had moved in, bleh! But I took the time to hang up bridle hooks, clean her bridles and helmet, organize her halters and such and sweep and cobweb. It was very satisfying getting a happy call from her when she discovered how clean and nice it was!

I board mine, but it's nearby to home and it's a great place to hangout at all day. Nothing else I can really think of that I'd rather be doing. Had my mom laughing the other day, I was feeling stressed with her and my dad going out of town and their cat is on ear meds right now and he HATES me ever since we've adopted him, for whatever reason. I was stressed about making sure I can catch him without getting scratched up, and my mom thought I was sad I was not going with them on a trip and she said "when you have vacation time next, we should plan a trip" and I said "that would be fun, but I like to spend my summer vacation time riding" :)
    03-09-2012, 10:46 AM
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    03-11-2012, 10:44 PM
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.
AGREED! I have 5+ horses I ride. No none of them compare to my mare or old gelding, but a true rider is one who can ride the same no matter who or what they're riding.
    03-11-2012, 10:47 PM
Forgot to add. Just because I have lots of horses doesn't mean I will just turn around a sell one. My mare has more problem than more other horse in 3 years! My trainer, grandma,sister, best friend all said sell her. She'll never be the horse you want and she way to problematic. That lil mare is still sitting in my barn on her way to a pretty dang good barrel career.
    03-11-2012, 10:55 PM
Green Broke
There are 15 at the ranch I ride at my personal boy and my friends boy included all get used and each one teaches us something new. A few are projects that all of us chip in to work with all are versatile in english/western/endurance and do kids camps (minus or old stud man). Horses are like potatoe chips you can't have just one and riding/working with multiple teaches you something new and makes YOU more versatile so you can hop on any horse and adapt.
    03-12-2012, 12:32 AM
Originally Posted by themacpack    
So, you board your horse? I am not at all against boarding, but I do find it odd that you are someone who is not even providing direct 24/7 care for your ONE horse and are questioning the ability of others to meet the needs of multiple horses.[/QUOT

I feed & water My horse and clean out her stall and all the works! Basically all I needed was the space to keep her at.
Are you there everyday at 7 and 5 to feed? Are you the one that checks on her every night and morning to make sure she's able to get up and didn't colic/tye up etc? Just asking..

Ask my trainer. She's up at 7 to feed and grain, by 9 she cleans 35+ stalls, then goes on to work her 8 (client) training horses. While she also rides her personal colts and older horses. Did I mention she gives 25+ plus lessons a week? With little to no help from anyone else.....

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