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post #11 of 79 Old 11-19-2014, 04:30 PM
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That's a really big, expensive pet to just pal around with. Honestly, do you not think you'd be happier with a horse you can groom, scratch, love on AND ride?

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That's a really big, expensive pet to just pal around with. Honestly, do you not think you'd be happier with a horse you can groom, scratch, love on AND ride?
Meh, not really. I'm honestly a pretty crap rider. I wasn't really planning on getting a horse at all when I got him and then I fell in love with this one. I got him for no money and really don't want any horse other than him. I would rather not have one at all than have one that's not this specific horse, tbh. Not having a horse would not have made me upset since I wasn't looking but having THIS PARTICULAR HORSE has made me very happy.

Driving might be fun but I honestly have no idea how to teach that.

I'd LOVE to show in-hand and maybe do some horse agility and trail walking, maybe take him for a picnic. I don't think the last bit counts as a discipline, though.
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post #13 of 79 Old 11-19-2014, 05:07 PM
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That's a really big, expensive pet to just pal around with. Honestly, do you not think you'd be happier with a horse you can groom, scratch, love on AND ride?

I think it depends on where you live if it's expensive or not. My sister and I co-own 3 just now. One rides and the other two do not. One of the two is recovering from a racing injury and may or may not be sound for trails and the other is totally unrideable. For us however, here in upstate NY, it's more then affordable to just keep them as pets. We pay all of $2.50 for a bale of hay and graze for free May-November and have pretty easy keepers.

We're pretty content to just keep them as pets and love on them with the occasional ride here or there. Especially since I have no time anymore due to having a 7 month old infant and my sister is expecting as well. Works for us.
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post #14 of 79 Old 11-20-2014, 12:09 AM
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I love to ride but I always seem to end up with horses that are middle aged or older. So at any given time I might have a horse retired or only good for light riding.

I feel like if they gave me several years of good riding, they've earn a life-long home with me (God willing). But I always try to have at least one riding horse because at this point in my life I still really enjoy riding.

However, if I ever couldn't ride for some reason, I would want to have a gentle old horse as a pet. I just enjoy being around them and loving on them. So I can see just enjoying a horse on the ground and not having to ride them. And horses need more people like that to care for them. There are unsound horses out there that need loving homes. One of my pet peeves is people discarding horses because they are no longer rideable. I think even unsound horses need love and care. They took care of you, now you take care of them. I have this romantic notion that having horses is an honor and they are majestic animals to have in your life.

Horse keeping isn't cheap where I am at either. We have to feed hay all year round and we have one of the highest hay costs in the country.


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post #15 of 79 Old 11-20-2014, 12:32 AM
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In a slightly similar situation. First year with my horse great, loved riding him then he started bucking. Different in that I ruled out any health/tack issues and was working on it along with my confidence issues until he injured himself. Am now looking at a lengthy recovery while the injury to his hoof grows out and I am honestly not too fussed about riding. I do have a second horse that I could ride but I usually find reasons not to! Once my horse is sound I'm sure I will get back into it as my partner will finally be able to join me with his horse but I'm in no hurry. I enjoy having them around regardless of the costs that come with them.
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post #16 of 79 Old 11-20-2014, 12:33 AM
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We have 12 horses. 3 of them are minis and are never ridden nor are they trained to drive, I always thought they were cute and wanted some. A 29 year old gelding that was semi-retired at 18 (no reason other than I thought he earned it) and fully retired at 25. An 18 year old broodmare that we've had since she was a weanling that has never been trained under saddle. A 14 year old gelding that was our breeding stallion and in training for reining until the fricking trainer almost completely severed his tongue. Occasionally I'll get on him with a halter and tool around for a few minutes to make sure he doesn't forget but it's not often. The rest get ridden more often but not enough.

Every once in a while I get burned out for a few days and think about lessening the load but then I get over it. I actually like doing the work it requires to take care of them and it's good exercise for me, besides they don't mind in the least bit that they spend 95% of their time hanging out in the pasture.
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post #17 of 79 Old 11-20-2014, 12:46 AM
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Meh, not really. I'm honestly a pretty crap rider. I wasn't really planning on getting a horse at all when I got him and then I fell in love with this one. I got him for no money and really don't want any horse other than him. I would rather not have one at all than have one that's not this specific horse, tbh. Not having a horse would not have made me upset since I wasn't looking but having THIS PARTICULAR HORSE has made me very happy.

Driving might be fun but I honestly have no idea how to teach that.

I'd LOVE to show in-hand and maybe do some horse agility and trail walking, maybe take him for a picnic. I don't think the last bit counts as a discipline, though.
Wow, you pretty much blew my mind lol. I guess the horse is a different thing to different people. If you do want to do some in-hand showing I think that'd be an awesome route for you and your boy.

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post #18 of 79 Old 11-20-2014, 09:37 AM
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I have a few that just hang out and get loved on. I have a few others that don't work any where near what they should. They are my sanity and my life is better with them in it than with out. We have a few others that do earn their keep. Like an earlier poster a serious injury and life have gotten in the way of ride time. I wish I rode more but I'm just as happy enjoying them in the pasture.
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post #19 of 79 Old 11-20-2014, 09:44 AM
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I had to give my boy up when I moved, I couldn't afford to pay the prices here.

I did have a friend who bought a 8000 QH mare, had custom tack made for her and had top breeding lines, conformation... and she just liked to spend time with her. I didn't understand it until I saw her working her on the ground and the bond she had. They were both happy, and that's what counts.

My dad says I'm not allowed a mini for the garden ):
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post #20 of 79 Old 11-20-2014, 10:20 AM
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One of our horses is never ridden. The other two are ridden, but not on a regular basis. If possible, they will always have a home here. I shudder to think of them falling into the wrong hands. You do not have to ride to enjoy horses fully. I enjoy caring for all three of them, even the work part.
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