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Golden Horse 07-02-2012 02:32 PM

Why Golden horse isn't so Golden anymore, spin off thread and cautionary tale!
I have another thread running typed in great sadness last night, someone asked for the back story, and here is what I'm comfortable in telling you, maybe it will make other think.

We moved from the UK to Canada just over 6 years ago to come farming, knowing full well that land is cheap here on the Canadian Prairies because the life is tough, and yes it has been tough, what with the weather, hail, record wet, flooding, lack of snow, too much snow, a tornado, the weather hasn't been kind. Record fertilizer prices at seeding a couple of years back followed by a crash in the commodity market, so when we actually came to harvest the crop was worth a fraction of what we had expected, yup all that is tough, and it nearly wiped us out, so cash has been an issue.

At the same time I was building my horse herd, both riding horses and my gorgeous little Haflingers as a small breeding herd. But as horse numbers rose gradually I started to feel the pressure, whoever I was riding and working with I always felt that I should be doing something with someone else.

The final straw, last year Ace colicked, I knew starlight away what the issue was, but could see the look on husbands face as I went to call the vet, it was another bill to pay. It struck me how lucky I had been with illness, injury and foaling problems, and how sick I would feel if I lost a horse because I couldn't pay to do something simple, like call the vet.

I agreed that I would sell a bunch, and get to a number that was affordable and enjoyable, and 4 was the token number, so 4 it is.

They money from horse sales has quite frankly kept us going over the winter, but now we have sorted out the business finance and I will be able to..

Upgrade my old stock trailer to a nicer and safer horse trailer.
Bank a chunk of change to have as a cushion for vet bills,
Not get scared of the bill every time I buy wormer or have vaccines done,.
Have the farrier on a tighter schedule rather than trying to stretch the time between visits.

So when I respond to a thread saying call a vet, and if you can't afford it think about your horse keeping, because I have been there and done that.

I knew that I was close to not being able to do the right thing, so I made hard decisions, some horses I let go gladly, some I have cried buckets over, but they have (cross fingers and hope) all gone to the right homes for them.

Silent one 07-02-2012 02:44 PM

You made some tough decisions, and I have a lot of respect for you for that. It takes a good heart and brain to know when "enough" is actually too much.

arrowsaway 07-02-2012 02:45 PM

Sometimes it takes great strength to do what we know is right... I think you've set an example that many can look to when they're in a quandary about where to go next.

Thanks for sharing with me, I appreciate it.

themacpack 07-02-2012 04:21 PM

Great big {hugs} and serious kudos to you for having made the tough decisions for the best of all involved.

DancingArabian 07-02-2012 05:09 PM

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A good horse mom knows when she's getting in over her head. Kudos to you for making the choice you made now and preventing a bad situation for all.
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Susan Crumrine 07-02-2012 05:17 PM

I think you are one heck of a person! (Hugs)...

Golden Horse 07-02-2012 06:33 PM

Thanks people, I knew a lot of you would understand, now I feel enthusiastic again, like life can be fun, not a stress, well on the horse front anyway

WeatheredtheStorm 07-02-2012 06:56 PM

when making a hard decision once, my mom said, "Knowing what is right is easy but DOING what is rigth is the hardest thing to do!" She is so right. Kudos to you!

Skyseternalangel 07-02-2012 08:10 PM

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Honey you love those horses and I bet you sent them all to wonderful new homes. It's been a tough 10 years all around.

You absolutely did the right thing!

wyominggrandma 07-02-2012 08:25 PM

Sometimes you just have to do things that hurt to make everyday life more enjoyable and easier. I have cut down alot of animals, and though it was hard, everyday I enjoy getting up and doing what I have to do in half the time and half the stress of "what if".
If more people would do the same thing when they get so overwhelmed, it would an easier life for the. It hurts, but is for the best. I hate reading: I can't afford the vet, I can't afford to buy this or that, too many horses and its so expensive." Sometimes you have to put on big girl/boy pants and just move on.
Kudos to you GH...

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