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post #11 of 31 Old 07-21-2013, 02:35 AM
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Why don't you consider leasing him? Surely there is some young boy or girl around that would love a horse to ride around the paddock. That way you can be confident that he is safe and healthy as you will still own him and, when the time comes for him to be retired, he can be your pasture puff.
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The more I think about this, the more justifying you are doing. Move the horse along if it's what you want to do. Just don't need pats on the head for it, and justify yourself when you don't get them.

I think you are doing wrong by this horse. Especially as I think you have the horses at home.

However you have made your decision so what's the point of the question. I do hope your horse finds a soft landing and not an auction house.

Okay, first off. He will never, and I mean never, see his way to any type of auction house. That is just not an option.

I havent made up my mind which is why am asking whether leaving him in the pasture only being ridden and worked from time to time being fair to him or should he go somewhere he would be used for something else.

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post #13 of 31 Old 07-21-2013, 02:38 AM
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Okay, first off. He will never, and I mean never, see his way to any type of auction house. That is just not an option.

I havent made up my mind which is why am asking whether leaving him in the pasture only being ridden and worked from time to time being fair to him or should he go somewhere he would be used for something else.

I think Alex's concern was selling him. It happens MUCH too often. Someone will sell a horse without thoroughly checking out the buyer(just selling to anyone) and horses easily go to feed lots.
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post #14 of 31 Old 07-21-2013, 02:40 AM Thread Starter
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Why don't you consider leasing him? Surely there is some young boy or girl around that would love a horse to ride around the paddock. That way you can be confident that he is safe and healthy as you will still own him and, when the time comes for him to be retired, he can be your pasture puff.
I have thought about that. I have also thought about doing a few lessons a week off of him but I dont know if I need any type of license or anything for that?! There is actually a girl down the road from me (she is my step dads, first cousins daughter) that rode him when she was 2 yo and she has had pictures of him on her christmas tree every year, but I thought about free leasing him to her and her family.

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post #15 of 31 Old 07-21-2013, 02:45 AM
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Okay, first off. He will never, and I mean never, see his way to any type of auction house. That is just not an option.

I havent made up my mind which is why am asking whether leaving him in the pasture only being ridden and worked from time to time being fair to him or should he go somewhere he would be used for something else.
If you sell him, he would likely see an auction house sooner or later, a buy back contact means nothing.


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I have thought about that. I have also thought about doing a few lessons a week off of him but I dont know if I need any type of license or anything for that?! There is actually a girl down the road from me (she is my step dads, first cousins daughter) that rode him when she was 2 yo and she has had pictures of him on her christmas tree every year, but I thought about free leasing him to her and her family.
That's a MUCH better option - go for that.

To do lessons with him, you need insurance and then a liability release, which is no big deal, just will cost you. Go for your neighbor, can she keep the horse on your property if she can't house him?
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post #16 of 31 Old 07-21-2013, 03:53 AM
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allow me to first agree and then disagree with my friend AlexS.
Your horse does not care if you ride him or not. he will most likely be very happy to stand in a pasture 24/7 and just be a horse. It is what nature intended him to do.
Now allow me to disagree. I do not believe in the concept of a pasture pet. Horses are too expensive and time consuming to have more than you want or need.
With his issues I would be very careful of selling him to someone that you are not very confident in their abilities or patience.
You IMO owe that horse only one thing to place him in the best home you can find or keep him at your place until you do. You have changed his life and improved it. That is commendable. if you feel the need to move on and place him somewhere else you have the right to do so. Horses live far too long to ever promise one a forever home. Life takes too many turns and things happen that make that promise a hollow one.
Either way you should feel no guilt in what ever decision you make. Shalom
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post #17 of 31 Old 07-21-2013, 06:25 AM
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I think AlexS is being a little too harsh and judegmental. I think the OP genuinely wants to see the horse get the most out of the rest of his years and doesn't believe he will get that being a pasture puff.

The OP has stated she can't ride him for health issues, and I don't think should be forced into pain just so he can be ridden once or twice a month. Sure, the horse has given her alot in the past 10 years, but isn't ready for retirement just yet, and doesn't want the horse to sit in the paddock. I think this is fair - its not like he CANT be ridden its just that the OP can't ride him.

I honestly think a free lease or a half lease of some description is the best way to ensure he doesn't end up at an auction, but is still getting ridden and you can ensure he is still getting the right care.
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post #18 of 31 Old 07-21-2013, 09:31 AM
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I think the free lease idea is a good one.

Could you pony him off of your gaited horse? It would help keep him active and give him a job to do if you keep him.

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post #19 of 31 Old 07-21-2013, 10:33 AM
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I'm torn on this one. I understand not wanting an expensive pasture pet and really 15 is not that old. He is at the perfect age for a beginner to learn on and get a lot of use out of. But on the other hand - once you sell him you have no control on where he goes after that. They could decide to sell him the next month or next year to anyone they want. Are you okay with that? Some people are and some aren't - its a choice only you can make.

I do like the free lease idea if you can find someone you trust who wants him and have everything written out in a contract.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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post #20 of 31 Old 07-21-2013, 10:41 AM
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Try here:

Maryland Therapeutic Riding ::: HorsesThatHeal.org

Any therapeutic association will evaluate pretty heavily prior for suitability...essentially these horses have to literally be blind and deaf (figuratively) to everything around them including things like wheelchairs.
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