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post #31 of 32 Old 05-23-2012, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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AMEN to your post, Jaydee!

Dop,
I totally agree with you. I was trying to be polite. My friend had just introduced me to the owner that day. So I had no previous knowledge of what her experience was with her gelding. I am 28 and the owner is in her 60's, so as a matter of absolute respect, if she told me I needed to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to her horse because that's what he likes, then I would likely oblige. So when she asked me to hand him over so she could get on, I did exactly that. Knowing full well that she seemed apprehensive and nervous with him.

I have since sopken with my friend about what happened that day. I also offered tp help this owner find some great alternative options for her gelding, and to help her in finding a more appropriate choice of horse. I am under the impression that she wants to keep him, but maybe just as a pet. And while I may not agree with this deicsion, I am thankful that the likelihood of her being injured by him is now significantly lower.

Life seems mighty precious, when there's less of it to waste.
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post #32 of 32 Old 05-23-2012, 04:23 PM
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I know that song very well!!!!
People have this false sense of responsibility to a horse - its not the same as adopting a child. I wouldn't ask anyone to dump a horse in an auction with the chance that it could end up as someones dinner but she should give the horse a chance to have a useful life where he will be appreciated and herself the chance to find a horse she can enjoy.
Trouble is sometimes you get more results banging your head against a brick wall than persuading someone to do the right thing. I have seen too many useful horses spend their days as paddock ornaments getting fat and laminitic
You have done the best you can by the sound of it
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