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post #21 of 83 Old 08-23-2013, 04:44 PM
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Im sure theres a rescue that would take them....I dont like this thread at all as many people have said theyve been with you that long and you want to et rid of them????i find it a little irresponsible.but do your research im sure there is a place for them somewhere. 21 is still a good age for a horse ,lots of life still in them
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post #22 of 83 Old 08-23-2013, 04:45 PM
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Nope, rescues are already full to bursting, so I doubt seriously a rescue wants someone elses cast offs, especially if the owner CAN still care for them. Rescues are not dumping grounds for horses people just no longer want.

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post #23 of 83 Old 08-23-2013, 04:46 PM
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Yup. Rescues around here are even struggling to get rid of sane and sound young horses, not just the hopeless cases.
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post #24 of 83 Old 08-23-2013, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by xlionesss View Post
Well anyway...I don't think the purpose of this thread was to discuss our marksman skills LOL

OP, my opinion is keep them. You've said that you do have the money to continue caring for them- you just don't want to see them wilt away in a field.
As Speed said, horses do not care if you ride them or not. They're happy as a clam to just sit there and eat all day and night. Also, having each other for companionship does them well.

Hell, even my show horse who enjoys his job doesn't give a flying heck if I ride him...as long as he gets fed every day, some form of attention, and his farrier/vet needs taken care of he could care less if he's ridden!
Well, you and Speed are making me feel better about it. I'd feel even better if they were grazing, but it's dirt. I've put some toys out there but they don't get used much. I do put them out on another 20 acres now and then but it's not irrigated, this is a desert and I have to limit their time because it'll be dirt in no time if they are left there.

I've even advertised for kids at the local school but they are playing on computers. The rodeo kids have their own horses.

Oh well, their life could be worse.
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post #25 of 83 Old 08-23-2013, 04:50 PM
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Are both horses still rideable? Surely there are some local kids that will pack them around on weekends for a bit of fun.

If you can keep them till the end of their days, then do. If financially you are struggling, shoot.

I have seen botched euths. I threw up after the second one. It is not an experience I want to share with you. Give my horses a well placed bullet any day.

ETA posted at the same time.. Ignore kids bit!
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post #26 of 83 Old 08-23-2013, 05:15 PM
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If both horses are still rideable I'd think you could lease them out for free to beginner riders (although you may not be able to lease both horses to the same person/family, so you could potentially end up with one horse at home, alone), or maybe you could find a lesson barn that could use an older horse or two for beginners. With leasing you have a lot more say in their care, can go check in on them periodically, and bring them back home if they're not being properly cared for.

But, as others have said, horses don't mind not being ridden. They're probably quite happy hanging out together even if they don't have a lush pasture. I'd just plan on keeping them as long as you're financially able and they're healthy/comfortable. Once the quality of life starts going downhill, then it's time to start thinking of euth'ing them.
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post #27 of 83 Old 08-23-2013, 05:40 PM
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I have two 21 year old grade paint geldings that have been together since they were 2 years old; never separated. I want to get rid of them (free) but I think I ask too much: 1. They never be separated; 2. They not be abused, or re-sold to someone who would abuse them, or slaughtered for cash.

I've packed elk on them and ridden them some, mostly when they were young, but now they just sit around, UN-used, UN-appreciated, no mental or physical stimulation, burning hay. I owe them better but that's not going to happen. The best I can do is find a better home.

Rather than interview (and possibly be lied to by) a ton of individuals, I was (naively?) hoping there was a "people" who were generally known for treating horses well. I researched the Amish and found they are like all other human beings; some good, some not so good. I assume my question is dumb because I'm sure that assessment holds for all groups of people. Nevertheless, I thought I'd ask you folks.

Any particular tribe, religion, group, non-profit, corporation, etc. that might like to have them?

Okay, wail away . . .

That would be because they are human beings

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post #28 of 83 Old 08-23-2013, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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That would be because they are human beings
Hence my use of the phrase "all other".
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post #29 of 83 Old 08-23-2013, 06:36 PM
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I just want to clarify that i dont think rescues are a dumping ground but they could have resources that may be useful in this situation.I would hate to see two horses lose their lives to all of this. How many online sites have you posted ads on equinenow is how i found my guy and he was posted on kijiji as well. I agree that maybe some local stables would be willing to take them.if their very gentle they would gladly be welcomed at thereapeutic riding facilities.
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post #30 of 83 Old 08-23-2013, 07:06 PM
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As for the lack of grazing issue, do you feed with hay nets? A hay net could make their hay last hours longer than if you just toss it. So if you fill the bags up twice a day, they'll only be missing out on hay a few hours a day. Or you could always keep the nets full because it really slows them down. You would not be feeding much more hay than you already are if you go that route.

In on the bandwagon for keeping them. There are laminitis prone/IR horses that MUST be kept on dirt and their quality of life is just dandy. It's all about management.
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