[QUOTE=MN Tigerstripes;818260]I will say right now. I AM WEIRD.
I have 2 horses right now and they are my darlings. I don't go out until late at night and I get up early every morning rain/sleet/snow/shine/hangover/sick to take care of them. I've made a lot of big sacrifices to have my horses and I would give up just about anything to keep them.
This is the weird part.
I LOVE working for them. Seriously I enjoy picking manure out of the pasture, re-building the fence, bullying the 300 lb hay tarp 20 ft in the air by myself, climbing like a monkey up the side of the barn to fix the tarps, moving 200 bales of hay alone. It's not a feeling of "Oh yay! This is great!" It's a feeling of immense satisfaction knowing that I'm taking care of my horses. Riding, grooming, petting, etc are all bonuses on top of the day to day hard care. I'd do the same if I couldn't ride them. Heck I did it for Flame and I couldn't ride her.[/
I agree 100% with that. My asb mare, a terrible ride ( so I dont usually), but she is the one Id never let go. Its more than the hard work, its more than riding, its more about what we are. I had been without then for 12 years. It was the most depressing life, I had nothing to do and no horse to have pride in. Now, depression is a long gone memory. I will work 99% of the time just to hear her nicker at ME, happily.