Originally Posted by DancingArabian View Post
I personally wish I could afford a big herd of beautiful Arabians and be able to just walk outside and be with them and have some for riding or driving or whatever.
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You don't need a big herd, just a few nice moving pretty to look at Arabians, so beautiful
But what exactly does "afford their care" mean? Cause many horse owners would already be struggling with e.g. a colic-surgery or other expensive vet care for one horse, let alone 3+...
Or if one of the horses suddenly becomes "special needs", e.g. develops a metabolic issue and can't run with the herd any longer? Then "adequate care" suddenly becomes a lot more than letting the horse "be a horse" in the field. To me, the number of horses needs to reflect that things like this can and do happen.
For me it means dealing with the day to day stuff, and then hard decisions have to be made if you have a special needs case. Two reasons I cut down my herd, I didn't want to breed anymore, for lots of reasons, but the spur that made me sell a bunch was when Ace had colic, right when we had no money.....which made him reluctant to call the vet. I of course called him anyway, and we were lucky because he was there early, and it wasn't a bad one, she came through well. Because we are farmers the money supply varies throughout the year and from year to year, so I wanted to have my own horse fund so I didn't have to make a hard choice based on money so much.
For me, one beside my full time job is plenty. I'd have no idea how I would find time and energy to ride 3 on a regular basis. Even if I rode every day (which I don't), that would still be only 2-3 rides for each horse per week, which in my opinion isn't enough to advance with serious training (dressage in my case, maybe other disciplines are different)...
In my case, animals usually stay for life. So I don't buy until I'm certain it's a keeper, I put lots of care into the animals I have, and I have never sold or given away any animal yet.
So it's definitely quality over quantity for me, but I know others want and have more horses, and that's fine with me too.
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I find this part of your post a little confusing, you want to ride them often because they are in serious training for a discipline, but you have them for life, those two don't usually go together.
As you say each to their own, I guess being a farmer, and having bred for a while, I am not so into having a horse for life. I have also bought in horses that I knew I wouldn't have for long, they just needed some TLC and a leg up to go on to a new home. I have really only one horse that I think is here for life, and that is Ace, a retired sway back ex broodie Arab mare has little future in the big wide world, and if ever I can't keep her I would rather euthanise her than send her out into an uncertain future.