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post #21 of 31 Old 10-05-2011, 11:15 AM
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Oh, I have many, many stories about her, MHF. None good.

She's the one who kept a horse alive that should have been put down, because 'she couldn't stand to live without him'. Horse had a stroke and was paralyzed on his left side. Couldn't stand up, and could barely eat or drink.

That poor thing was reduced to a rack of bones with hair stretched over it, and she continually refused to put him down. She was only thinking of herself, and not his pain and suffering.

The vet told her he wasn't coming back unless it was to end the horse's life, since it was cruel to keep him alive. Her husband finally found his cojones and told her the horse needed to be let go.

After several months of making that horse suffer because of her own selfishness, she was 'too sensitive' to stay with him during his final moments.

It's been well over 30 years and I can still see that poor creature; emaciated, ill, with sores on his side from lying down all that time.

One good thing came out of all that horror. I promised mine I'd never make them suffer for me, and I'd let them go when they told me it was time. I kept that promise when my heart horse started having seizures, and fell and broke his pelvis. I let him go that same day.

Bentley didn't deserve to suffer all those years ago. He adored her and she repaid him with pain, and a long drawn out illness. May God forgive her, because I've never been able to.

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That is truly about the most selfish thing I have ever heard of! Poor Bentley.

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post #23 of 31 Old 10-05-2011, 11:19 AM
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It still tears me up, Jake. All these years later.

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That's horrible SR. I'd have been tempted to put her down....

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post #25 of 31 Old 10-05-2011, 11:41 AM
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Horses are quite expensive. I have emailed a few ppl on craigslist looking for a "free horse for their grandkids" just letting them know BASIC costs of ownership. Its the right thing to do for any animal. Fortunately/unfortunately my hubby is not a horse person nor will he foot the bill for any horsey related items. I work, hold down a household, have a kid, 2 dogs and a husband. Some weeks are harder being paycheck to paycheck but I always manage good care, and even emergency care for all my animals and my family. My hubby is supportive and even bought me lessons for my birthday! :)
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post #26 of 31 Old 10-05-2011, 11:44 AM
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I'm pretty sure I am a cheap horse owner. LOL

Horse: One was $700 and one was $600
Board: $125 per month
Feed: $19 a bag (only feed 2 lbs a day and my horses are fat and happy)
Boots: $30 (for me) $65 (for horse) for all 4 and they are pro choice.
Saddle: $600 ( i dont need anything fancy, no ones going to see much of it with my butt sitting in it)
Lessons: $35 an hour
Bridle: $30
Bit: $20

Most expensive thing for me is hay. We get it for $5 a bale and usually get 100 at a time.

If you don't have to have everything brand new it's not to terribly bad if you can find a decent place to board.
And you don't have to spend $6000 on a horse to find a good one.
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post #27 of 31 Old 10-05-2011, 02:39 PM
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Ick, he was about 35 years older than me, bald, and had liver spots! Shudder!
Oh, boy, yes, that was not a good choice should I say. LOL!

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She's the one who kept a horse alive that should have been put down, because 'she couldn't stand to live without him'. Horse had a stroke and was paralyzed on his left side. Couldn't stand up, and could barely eat or drink.
Somewhat unrelated, but... Friend's of mine old horse had a stroke. Vet was telling them to put him down, but they actually nursed him back. Yeah, he looked somewhat weird for sure, but he wasn't skinny. He even rode with little kids around and seemed to enjoy it. Made another 5 years or so - true miracle (they had to put him down because of the age and progressing condition).

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That's a cool story Val, but this horse had no chance of recovery whatsoever. Couldn't even stand up. I think in a case like that, it's best just to put them down instead of hoping for a miracle.

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That's a cool story Val, but this horse had no chance of recovery whatsoever. Couldn't even stand up. I think in a case like that, it's best just to put them down instead of hoping for a miracle.
Oh, yes, I understand and agree. My friend was just lucky, and I'm positive they'd put the horse down if they should.

I've been very lucky my pets (while with health conditions) died peacefully and not being in pain. I can only imagine how hard of decision it is to make to put the beloved animal down because there is no hope. I do understand it's necessary in some situations, but it's just very hard.

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