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post #21 of 79 Old 11-20-2014, 11:36 AM
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Anything at my place is either ridden, driven, bred, or eaten. A mower only needs fuel when I use it, so no need to keep putting fuel in a 4 leg mower, that isnt being used
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post #22 of 79 Old 11-20-2014, 11:37 AM
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OP, I love,love your attitude toward your horse! If I were physically unable to ride, and Sonny is still fit and sound, I would get every bit as much enjoyment spending time with him, playing with groundwork, at liberty, or driving. I think driving a buggy or cart would be a blast. If he becomes unable to do even that, then I will love spending time grooming, caring for, and loving on him. I'm not half kidding when I say that I'm going to video some trail rides, and when I'm old and feeble I will play them over and over, remembering the view from between his ears.

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post #23 of 79 Old 11-20-2014, 11:37 AM
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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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We pay $10 - $12 for a small square bale and $100 for a round bale. 2.50 sounds great!
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post #24 of 79 Old 11-20-2014, 12:17 PM
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All of mine were bought to ride and are ridden. That being said I think enough of them that I will give them a forever home so long as I am able. I do enjoy the time I spend feeding and caring for them even when I don't have time to ride. I'm not such a horse lover that I'd knowingly take on someone else's problem horse that can't be ridden. I also would not expect someone else to take on one of my problem horses after I've gotten all of the use out of them.
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post #25 of 79 Old 11-20-2014, 12:30 PM
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If you don't want to ride them that is YOUR choice, no one else's opinion should matter.

My step mother had polio, as a kid, it in effect left her unable to ride horses, but she loved them. Ultimately her love for horses, got my dad into it, so from the time I was 4 we have always had a hand full of them around. She would sit on the porch and watch them on pasture, she would go out and give them treats, and lead them, and groom them. She just did not have the leg strength to ride.

Now, my father and I rode them, but if we did not, she still would have had them.

I take the horses Im not riding in the summer and pasture them at my parents so that she can watch them eat. I think there are several people in your boat.

I personally would probably not own horses, that I did not ride, the day to day care is basically just a means to an end for me. I don't particularly enjoy busting ice and hauling water all winter when it is cold, or sweating my *** off in the summer moving hay, but i do enjoy playing with horses, so I just accept it as part of the package.

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post #26 of 79 Old 11-20-2014, 12:33 PM
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Anything at my place is either ridden, driven, bred, or eaten. A mower only needs fuel when I use it, so no need to keep putting fuel in a 4 leg mower, that isnt being used
That's what make us different. I look at them as living, breathing animals with personalities and a life worthy of living, not a 4 legged mower.

I also believe they should be able to trail ride alone. What good is a horse that can't be ridden outside a ring?
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post #27 of 79 Old 11-20-2014, 12:42 PM
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I see the pluses and minuses of each option, if you can afford to keep a horse and not ride it, more power to you. I have been wanting to ride for years, and finally got my own horse, at this time I can only afford one horse, so I plan on riding her. I think she is great and I would love to keep her forever, but at this time I can only afford one.. so Hopefully she remains sound for a long time, till I am out of school and into a better job so I can afford a 2nd one for when she gets old, so she can have a lovely retirement as a pasture puff

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post #28 of 79 Old 11-20-2014, 01:46 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?
Happiness is in the eye of the beholder.

Many people are perfectly happy with keeping horses as "pets" and have no urge to ride them.

And they can spend their money how they wish.



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post #29 of 79 Old 11-20-2014, 02:05 PM
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I've got big dogs and no one has ever asked me if I ride them. LOL
Lots of good reasons not to ride a horse and lots of great reasons to love them anyway.
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post #30 of 79 Old 11-20-2014, 02:21 PM
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I've got big dogs and no one has ever asked me if I ride them. LOL
Lots of good reasons not to ride a horse and lots of great reasons to love them anyway.
LOL .. we have been looking into English mastiffs, and most of the breeders we have talked to and some of the owners we have talked to said that one of the most asked questions that comes up 75% of the time, is is it possible to ride them, and they have to remind people that the dog is NOT a pony for you or your kids

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