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post #61 of 79 Old 11-23-2014, 05:14 AM
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Come on people. Everyone has their opinion and can decide what they want to do. Quit trying to change phly's stance or choice.

Saying one should not be married or have kids or animals because they want to send an ailing horse to slaughter is not right. I know some people that get attached to their calves but in the end, they are still put on the table for supper. That must be wrong too? Is it that wrong to use an animal for food or whatever when their life is ending? I don't know if I could but I'm not going to condemn someone else for it. Like I have said before, it's their horse and their choice.
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post #62 of 79 Old 11-23-2014, 01:28 PM
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I just recently got a horse. He had a bucking problem which I later discovered is the result of physical problems.

Maybe I'll ride him someday. Maybe I won't. Maybe we'll go on trail hikes, maybe he'll pull a little cart. Maybe he'll sit in a field all day and occasionally do some groundwork.

I have been working him to increase his topline for comfort, but if I never, ever ride him, whatever. There are plenty of fantastic school ponies I can ride if I really really want a riding lesson for some reason.

He's my first horse and I love spending time with him, scratching behind his ears, walking him around, giving him massages, grooming him, etc...but I haven't been on his back in weeks, and given his previous behavior, I don't know if I ever will again...and I've decided I don't care. I just like spending time with him and it's done WONDERS for my mental well-being.

Does anyone else have a horse that they just kinda don't ride and don't care if they ever do?
If it works out for both of you then I say it is great.. and doing that stuff like grooming and general care for my horses helped get me out of depression...You might have fun teaching him to be a trick horse too, esp. if you already have a good rapport with him on the ground. Teaching them little tricks can be a lot of fun, just teach ones that would not get in the way of his physical issues..
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post #63 of 79 Old 11-23-2014, 02:52 PM
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Absolutely, it's his horse and his choice. I'm just trying to understand the reasoning behind sending this horse, a good horse that seems to have served him well to slaughter rather than a humane death. He stated he has no problem with the money or the burial.

Also, his tone comes off as very nonchalant and cold hearted.

I don't think anyone is insinuating that he should keep a pasture puff if he doesn't want to or sell off a sick one.

I also realize it's the OP's choice to explain his thinking behind his choice or not.
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post #64 of 79 Old 11-23-2014, 03:23 PM
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It took me actually, several years to accept that something I loved so much (horses) made me unhappy/stressed (riding). How could that be? I took many lessons, at different barns with different trainers. I was trying to find that "perfect" combination of horse, trainer, barn, etc. And ultimately I discovered, it didn't exist because riding for me was the route of the stress, anxiety and unhappiness. But I love horses, and being around them has helped tremendously with my anxiety. I've just found that I am able to enjoy the entire experience when riding is NOT involved, and we're just doing groundwork, grooming, etc. I've actually just begun driving lessons with a wonderful trainer and her Shetland. I plan on looking for my own 10h pony in the spring that I can dote on, maybe drive with, maybe lead line our son around on, teach him horse handling and safety. I can afford to keep a horse, and this is how I enjoy horses. I wouldn't take on the cost of a riding horse because I just don't enjoy it. It's my break from work, kids, everything. I'm right with you OP. I used to put pressure on myself about riding but I've found a lot of peace in not. I don't feel any pressure to keep a horse in riding shape (used to own a riding horse), and didn't get sidelined when I was pregnant with my son because I wasn't riding anyways. It's what works for me and it's great.
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post #65 of 79 Old 11-23-2014, 04:14 PM
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I am just a backyard rider, rode regularly and frequently for short times (maybe 3-5 times per week for 45 min to an hour).

Now I've had a new gelding for a few weeks short of a year whom I have not ridden yet.

He was a recently gelded, untrained 6 year old who was a handful of trouble when I got him (for no money).

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I have a lot of excuses though LOL.

Last winter was very hard on me injury wise (I'm 60 yrs old).

First I fell backwards over a torpedo heater on the cement and thought I broke my hand, went to the ER over that, and it bothered me longer than any of the subsequent injuries:

Then I fell down the steps at my house-trailer, all of them, it was very bad, I couldn't move and was sick and throwing up for a few days.

Then I was T-boned on the highway, totaled my little old Toyota truck. I was transported to ER for my knee, and spent the winter hobbling around with only one hand.

Also there is no indoor arena and the winter was a doozy. I did manage to get him tame and handling well. By mid-summer ground-driving and thinking nearly ready to get on with it.

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Then he was quite off on the RF.

Late Sept took him to Woodland Run, a lameness vet, his tendon down back of FR leg is sore compounded by underrun heels, so he is on limited mobility for 3 months, not stall rest but no work and try to keep quiet.

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That will be until Christmas, Vet suggested no weight until spring. He seems to be doing well now, but definitely slipping in training. Now winter is upon us again. 3" of snow and below zero wind chill for a few days now.

So that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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I remember when you were looking at him.....he's GORGEOUS now oh my goodness!
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post #66 of 79 Old 11-23-2014, 04:19 PM
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Thanks, he has his pale winter coat back now.

Queen Isabella, pee-spot, whatever LOL.

Just my yellow horse. I'm thinking maybe about starting with paprika around February or so to see if he would get much golder.

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post #67 of 79 Old 11-23-2014, 04:48 PM
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I'm the same. I can talk to Brigid about anything. I've talked to her about things I have never told anyone else. And she listens, i know it.

When my truck pulls up and I call her name out the window, her head goes up, looking for me. When I get in the pasture, she walks(Slowly due to Naviculitis(Sic)) up to me and nuzzles me and blows in my face. That is the best feeling in the world!

Aw darn! Now i'm crying!
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post #68 of 79 Old 11-23-2014, 10:29 PM
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I know exactly where phly is coming from. Over the years several animals have passed through my place mostly animals of the working/performance variety. Many Many people have a terrible time culling a questionable animal, let alone a perfectly good one that won't do a job. I have begun to accept those things as life/ business. There is a reason so many rescues and shelters are forces to put animals down, and it is the fault of the "breeder" or buyer not the shelter.

I also grew up in a family of immigrants who believed NOTHING should be wasted, and that means when dad was raising horses if one couldn't work due to age or injury it went to the meat buyer.

As far as the cruelty, and horrors, of slaughter...... Well most of the rubbish you see on you tube is someone with an agenda and should likely be viewed with a grain of salt.

Truth is a consistent slaughter industry in this country would be the best thing that could happen to the horse industry, besides a license to breed and mandatory gelding.....
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post #69 of 79 Old 11-24-2014, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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I know exactly where phly is coming from. Over the years several animals have passed through my place mostly animals of the working/performance variety. Many Many people have a terrible time culling a questionable animal, let alone a perfectly good one that won't do a job. I have begun to accept those things as life/ business. There is a reason so many rescues and shelters are forces to put animals down, and it is the fault of the "breeder" or buyer not the shelter.

I also grew up in a family of immigrants who believed NOTHING should be wasted, and that means when dad was raising horses if one couldn't work due to age or injury it went to the meat buyer.

As far as the cruelty, and horrors, of slaughter...... Well most of the rubbish you see on you tube is someone with an agenda and should likely be viewed with a grain of salt.

Truth is a consistent slaughter industry in this country would be the best thing that could happen to the horse industry, besides a license to breed and mandatory gelding.....
This is true but since slaughter is illegal in the US and very unregulated over the border, it's NOT humane and as it currently stands, sending your horse to slaughter is a cruel and stressful end fate. They get stuck in a trailer for hours on end on their border crossing so they can be forced out of a truck and into a slaughterhouse with questionable practices.

Legal slaughter here would entail a much more humane system, but unfortunately since people see horses as pets instead of livestock, it's unlikely to come back.
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post #70 of 79 Old 11-24-2014, 09:38 AM
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This is true but since slaughter is illegal in the US and very unregulated over the border, it's NOT humane and as it currently stands, sending your horse to slaughter is a cruel and stressful end fate. They get stuck in a trailer for hours on end on their border crossing so they can be forced out of a truck and into a slaughterhouse with questionable practices.

Legal slaughter here would entail a much more humane system, but unfortunately since people see horses as pets instead of livestock, it's unlikely to come back.

Have you been to a Canadian slaughter house?

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