No, I don't rather they go to a kill buyer, but in my expierience, that's where they end up, or worse, the kid looses interest, or can't ride the horse properly, stands in a field for two years, gets sold to another home, rider doesn't know what they are doing either, horse develops vices, owner can't sell, an sends to slaughter, or abuses it. I have seen this happen before, and I have heard stories. I'm not so much jealous, as I am thankful. If my parents had gotten me a horse when I was six, I would not be the rider I am today, there is only so much you can learn from riding a properly trained horse. It's great that little girls get horses, but I don't think they will appreciate them as much, as they would if they work for it. That's what I meant, when I mentioned jealousy, I meant the grandpa part. Both mine died before I was born, and I am not exactly jealous, but I get a little sad when I see other people having fun with theirs, because I never met mine. I'm sorry if you got the message wrong.
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That is a huge blanket assumption. And there is nothing wrong with a horse sitting in a field for two years. Infact that is their near-natural habitat. You can't be sure that most of those horses end up being abused, etc.
I cannot comment on if it feels better having worked for your horse or not. Mine was given to me by my previous boss. I didn't save up and buy him, yet he is my entire world.
Sure people would be better off learning how to properly care for a horse, but the only thing those people are 'guilty' of is not being taught that what they're doing can be improved.
I lost my abuelo before I met him too, but I've never been jealous of others with their grandparents. I simply cherish times I've spent with him.
You're entitled to your own opinions but when they are borderline unhealthy in my eyes, I will speak up. It's who I am.
I had these girls at a horse camp I was hosting talking trash about some of the autstic children riding this beautiful mare. They said she didn't deserve her because she was a horrible rider. They were let go that day.
I had a friend that didn't have a freaking clue about horse ownership but there she was, feet deep in it. I pointed her to some resources. She was 12.
I rather not hold ill contempt for people that own horses. I rather focus on finding the ones without homes, someone to care for them.
But that's just me.