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post #11 of 27 Old 09-17-2010, 10:13 AM
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Charlicata, your mare is very lucky to have you.
Shutupjoe, I sure understand what you are saying but I am also under the, you can only ride one horse at a time theory, so if all the oldsters are taking up your 6 acres and are not rideable, than you have to look for other options such as boarding your riding horse or boarding your retirement horses. My old man means too much to our family to trust someone else to care for him and love him as we do. So when the time comes that he is retired and we need another riding horse, he will still be top priority. He has deserved it!
Speedracer, I am with you... Sport would be put down before being moved from our place. I am sure the young ones could find great homes but I would not entrust anyone with Sport's care.

Can you tell I have a soft spot for the seniors? My daughter's old mare had to be put down last year at the age of 21. She is buried under a tree in the shelter belt with a cross bearing her name and wildflowers decorating her grave. We only had her for 4 years but my daughter so loved that mare!
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post #12 of 27 Old 09-17-2010, 10:22 AM
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I'm just saying I can understand the line of thought. Not everyone can afford to keep their older horses AND something else. But in this case I would think I'd just put the 33 year old horse down instead of pawning him off on someone else. Now if I had a horse that could still be used for light riding and was in it's early 20s I'd probably be able to place it somewhere with someone who wants a been there done that horse (depending on the horse of course).

They do need to take responsibility for the old guy. He's probably only got a year or two in him. Maybe they just don't want to pay to bury him.....
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post #13 of 27 Old 09-17-2010, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Actually another person on forum asked if it was a joke at all and here is the response:

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Nope, not a joke. I need my shoulder operated on and I will not be able to take care of him. If you are suggesting I put him down simply because I can not take care of him - not happening.
Some day if you live long enough you may be lucky enough to have taken care of someone this long and care enough to try and find him a home when you can no longer care for your best buddy.



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post #14 of 27 Old 09-17-2010, 10:27 AM
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I don't think that is bad....
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post #15 of 27 Old 09-17-2010, 10:27 AM
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Why can't she board him? Since she lurves him sooo much, if she's unable to care for him personally, a retirement board situation is perfect.

I say the bitch just doesn't want his senior care to cost her any money. She's probably also 'too sensitive' to have to decide to put him down, and thinks someone else should have that duty. Bah!
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post #16 of 27 Old 09-17-2010, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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We had another situation posted at the forum while back. The lady saved TB in very bad condition from the auction, candidate for the meat plant. She put lots of time and money to nurse him back to health (I've seen pics, he looked very very nice). But then she found out he can't do what she planned for him to do (I believe higher level jumping). He was sound for trail riding and flat, but just not jumping. She boarded. Couldn't afford 2nd horse. So she looked for the good home for him fully disclosing why and what problem he has. He was still young (may be 10 years old or so). I remember people jumping on her for that - wrong IMHO. She did the best in her situation. She saved him, she brought him back to being nice looking, lovable and healthy, and she tried to find the good home for him (I believe the end of the story she did find one). I have NO PROBLEMS with people like her. But dumping 33 years old horse on other people just because you don't feel like taking care of it is just sick...



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post #17 of 27 Old 09-17-2010, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Why can't she board him? Since she lurves him sooo much, if she's unable to care for him personally, a retirement board situation is perfect.
He actually. He posted it on other forum as well today. I don't know. I told him I know couple places to take retirement horses in (of course NOT FREE!). Another person from the forum (I know him personally, he breeds higher end horses) posted that his farm is taking retirees in for boarding. And another one posted a place to board... Will see I guess....



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post #18 of 27 Old 09-17-2010, 10:36 AM
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Kitten, I completely understand the first scenario. That horse was a rehab, and young.

I see no problem whatsoever with rehoming a youngster if it turns out it can't be used for what you want.

Trying to get someone to take a 33 y/o who has given you 28 years of loyal service is wrong. Flat out wrong.

I don't care if you're having a quadruple amputation, you make sure that horse is taken care of on your OWN DIME.
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post #19 of 27 Old 09-17-2010, 10:37 AM
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I agree she should take care of it but the fact of the matter is there are people out there who won't. That's just them. It's like my old dog. I've had her since I was little. She's 15 now and going blind, deaf, has athritis, a thyroid condition, she gets cysts that burst open and she is just generally going downhill. It's been really hard for me to decide when and I wish I could put the decision on someone else. But I have realized it is time and she is going to be put down by the end of the month.

Maybe she needs to realize that no one is going to take her old horse and her only options are to take care of him or put him down. For some people decisions are harder than for others.
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post #20 of 27 Old 09-17-2010, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Trying to get someone to take a 33 y/o who has given you 28 years of loyal service is wrong. Flat out wrong.
Tell me about it!



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