Taking one to the kill pen next weekend, so I guess you can see where I stand on the matter.
Too many good horses out there to have pasture pets that suffer the same end.
Just my opinion.
Although I don't agree, I do respect your decision to take them to the kill pen. It is your horse and you can do as you wish. Just like deciding to have a pasture ornament and not ride.
We have 10 horses and a mule, and they don't get rode often, the ones that can be rode. 7 are rideable. Of those 7, my wife rides one mainly and I deal with the rest. Since we only ride on the weekends, when we aren't too busy and the weather is decent, they rarely get rode. We do have friends that come and ride with us using our horses, which helps.
One mare, that is rideable, is mainly a pasture ornament. She was stepped on just after birth, but before we got her. The owner was going to put her down because she didn't want to spend a couple hundred to get her taken care of and didn't like her markings. She agree to give her to us if we were going to get her taken care of. Since the injury wasn't taken care of right away and was so long before we got involved, the $300 vet bill turned into a $1500 bill. The vet told us that she may get arthritis by the age of 8 and should only be rode lightly. She only gets rode now maybe once or twice a year, which is fine with me and her.
Of the other 4 that aren't rideable yet, one just turned 2 this year and will be started next year. Another was a rescue that gave birth to the mule a year ago. She also has heaves and it is severe. She will likely be another pasture ornament. The other was also a rescue. I tried to start working with her this fall. I did get a few rides on her but she bucked me off and I broke 5 ribs. Another reason I haven't rode much this year. Finally, the mule. He just turned 1 so he won't get started for at least another year and a half.
So, we have a lot of hay burners and they don't do much work for us. However, they are great therapists too. Even if it's just watching them run around and be playful. Posted via Mobile Device