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post #21 of 27 Old 09-17-2010, 10:44 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!

Exactly! I have heart problems...limits just about everything I can do with my horses including limited riding anymore. I thought about selling my paint, Shunke due to my limited ability to use him. But after finding out that when I sold my beloved Dandy years ago due to a divorce and that when they used him up at the age of 20 they send him to an auction as a loose horse, I will not sell another horse that I care about so much. So even at the age of 10 if I can only ride once every month or so that is all he is going to get. I still love him just as much from the ground. I will not risk him going somewhere that will dispose of him after they are done with him...
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post #22 of 27 Old 09-17-2010, 10:47 AM
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ShutUp, I totally understand the point you are trying to make. I just do not think it fits here. I totally agree with SR. Add that she does not really want to find the horse a new home as much as she wants to find it some where else to live, free for her, where she can still use the horse and visit it like it is hers.

I see nothing wrong with finding a new home for a horse that does not fit your needs but will fit the needs of others. I see nothing wrong with finding a new home for a serviceably sound old packer that will make a great first horse for a young kid or green adult, while you move on to a horse that will more do what you want. But finding a new home for your old packer does not include you adding that you are going to visit often and want to use it whenever the mood strikes you.
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post #23 of 27 Old 09-17-2010, 10:54 AM
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Yea, that part is kind of ...pushy (for lack of a better word). It can only go two ways for her though. She finds a place that'll take in her old horse and let her ride it or she realizes that no one is going to be willing to do that and has to figure something else out.
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post #24 of 27 Old 09-18-2010, 09:06 PM
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Every time I see something like this, I go out and hug my horses.
In my opinion, when you buy a horse, you make a commitment to said horse. It's kind of like being married. You stick with them for better or for worse, 'til death do you part. You don't get rid of them when they can't be useful anymore. If you have to go without a riding horse for a while, then so be it. Your old horse deserves a peaceful retirement at home and it's the least you can do after he's spent the better part of his life serving you. It's not some else's job to pick up the final expenses or to care for your special-needs horse.

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post #25 of 27 Old 09-18-2010, 09:26 PM
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I see nothing wrong with finding a new home for a horse that does not fit your needs but will fit the needs of others. I see nothing wrong with finding a new home for a serviceably sound old packer that will make a great first horse for a young kid or green adult, while you move on to a horse that will more do what you want. But finding a new home for your old packer does not include you adding that you are going to visit often and want to use it whenever the mood strikes you.
That's how I got my horse, Reagan. He was too old to be ridden regularly how his owner wanted to ride him, so she passed him on to me as a beginner. But this woman understands boundaries and never expected to visit, ride, or act as if she still owned him in any way. I, after all, am I the one who pays for him now, and I am the one who has put the weight back on his bones.

He will be with me until he dies. He's 26 and has taught me so much and has been so patient with my fumbling attempts to learn light aids. And we have worked together to overcome being head shy and he's no longer a lunatic about getting wormed. There has been so much growth for both of us and I cannot imagine ever trying to pawn him off on someone else, while expecting to partially own him.

If he ever reaches the point that he is truly unride-able and I cannot afford to take care of him, I'll have him put down, rather than risk him winding up starving(he's a grain vacuum) or going on a slaughter truck.
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post #26 of 27 Old 09-19-2010, 01:35 AM
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Every time I see something like this, I go out and hug my horses.
In my opinion, when you buy a horse, you make a commitment to said horse. It's kind of like being married. You stick with them for better or for worse, 'til death do you part. You don't get rid of them when they can't be useful anymore. If you have to go without a riding horse for a while, then so be it. Your old horse deserves a peaceful retirement at home and it's the least you can do after he's spent the better part of his life serving you. It's not some else's job to pick up the final expenses or to care for your special-needs horse.

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I agree all the way. I wish more people had this mentality.

It's not right. The horse has given you THIS BEST YEARS OF IT'S LIFE and now you're going to pawn it off on someone else, force it to adjust to a completely new home and herd, and oh btw...just HOPE it gets good lasting care in an economic climate where VERY FEW people have the finances/room to spare on an additional horse over 30?

Geez if you love him so much, at least ENSURE he gets a peaceful end and not push him off into uncertainty or hope someone else will pay for him as you certainly can't be bothered to! What a way to repay your loyal friend/servant!

MAKES MY BLOOD BOIL. All these oldsters I see on CL for "free to good home only" or for low amounts of money. You owe it to them to take care of them until they pass or euth 'em yourself.

If I could no longer care for my lot, like others here I would rehome/sell the younger horses and put down the oldie. That ***hat woman refusing to euth him is a selfish idiot.
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post #27 of 27 Old 09-19-2010, 01:52 AM
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I want to go hug my horse now...

This just makes me so angry.
I have bought project horses and sold them when they were fit without a second thought.
MY horse though, will be with me until the day he drops down. He's my barrel horse but I've decided to go into eventing. Logically, I should sell him. But that horse has given me everything I have asked of him without batting an eye. Some little 4H girls are loving on him these days and sometimes I hop up on him bareback and wander around or go out and feed him cookies but he is MY responsibility.

I'd rather put him down or eat ramen than trust him to people who seem to think animals are like a pair of shoes.

>( *rant*
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