Originally Posted by Saddlebag
It would be interesting by what various individuals mean by spoiling a horse. To me, I think of spoiled fruit that no one wants. That is the real meaning of spoiled.
When I say I "spoil" my horses, I always put it in quotes because I don't think they are spoiled, I think I just take my responsibilities to them very seriously.
They get fed before I will feed myself.
If they're sick, they go to the vet and every bill I have would be late rather than deny them care, if necessary.
If they need blankets, I'll buy blankets before I'll buy myself a winter coat or boots.
I will buy the very best blankets I can find for the horses, regardless of price but I'll shop at Walmart for my coat.
One year, one of my horses fell through the ice on our stock pond and got himself and his blanket soaking wet. I took him into the garage, draped a bunch of old wool Army blankets over him and gathered up the space heaters we have and set them all around the garage to warm it up quickly. I dried him off with my blow dryer. Our electric bill was GI-normous. My husband came home in the middle of it and said the he was actually SHOCKED that I hadn't taken the horse into the house to stand in front of the fireplace in the living room. The horse came through without a sniffle or scratch.
That's what I mean by "spoiled". I still demand respect and manners, but I take really good care of my critters, not just my horses. I don't spoil them the way people in the blog are defining spoiled.