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post #51 of 56 Old 04-22-2011, 07:28 PM
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Thankfully, being a "Tennessee Walking Horse", this discipline is almost entirely focused in Tennessee with a bit occurring in other surrounding southern States. We don't have any of it up in Canada either.
I was unaware that it was pretty much exclusive to my area. That's sad.

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post #52 of 56 Old 04-24-2011, 02:41 AM
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This is a sad video. But how many horses are sold down the road (and many meet bad ends) because a kid or dressage performer "outgrew" them or the horse could no longer perform because of injury? That is about ribbons and trophies too, and not about the horse. I feel sad for these perpetual transients as well.
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HeadDesk HeadDesk HeadDesk... I swear some people are only alive because it's illegal to kill them, that's horrible. I don't even want to imagine/know how they got the poor baby to do that in the first place.

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post #54 of 56 Old 04-24-2011, 04:45 AM
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This is a sad video. But how many horses are sold down the road (and many meet bad ends) because a kid or dressage performer "outgrew" them or the horse could no longer perform because of injury? That is about ribbons and trophies too, and not about the horse. I feel sad for these perpetual transients as well.
We can't all keep every horse/pony we've ever owned though. (believe me if I would if I could). Over here it is generally about the horse, not saying always, but generally. Many people who don't even compete at all over here sell on horses because they physically outgrew them... eg would you really like to see my sister who is 7 at the moment, still riding the same 38" miniature horse by the time she is 20? I think that's cruel to the horse.
And just for example...What are you supposed to do if your a showjumper, who has a pony that loves being out and about, but once you turn 17 the pony has to be converted into a pasture puff at home all the time? I think I would rather sell said pony to another family who would keep doing what the pony loves to do... Just my opinion, not trying to bash or anything (:

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Same here. I don't want to bash anyone either. And sometimes people sell a horse for the horse's betterment. But I think it is too easy to start thinking of a horse like a lawnmower, something you use for a while only to get a new one. They are sentient beings with emotional attachments, and I can't think that changing hands too many times is good for them. And I guess that's why I would never get my daughters a pony. I never want to have a pet that eventually will be "outgrown."
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And there is another issue, especially in hard economic times. Once a horse starts changing hands, its chances of ending up in the slaughterhouse increase exponentially. HORSE ILLUSTRATED had an eye-opening article about this several months ago. If my horse broke down tomorrow and I couldn't ride her anymore, well, then I would have a nice pet that I couldn't ride for the next 30 years.
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