I am very very new to horses. You know more than I do about them. You've at least been around them in the past 20 years. I'm hoping to buy two of them in a few years from now. I'm using those years before then to learn as much as I can. I'm taking riding lessons, I'm talking to my vet, buying DVDs, renting books, talking to other horse owners, talking to trainers, learning about breed standards, anything and everything I can get my hands on. For me, it would be the worst thing ever to turn into one of those nightmare owners that everyone here hates. I don't want to do that. I don't want to be that. No where near it. And I know darn well that even after I study for a few years the learning is never ending. I'll still have a long way to go. The question I plan on asking myself once I get there is, "Am I going to be able to give this animal the best possible life I can? One that it truly deserves."
On top of that I have to do the financial planning to keep two of these animals. Emergency funds for surgeries. The added insurance for myself, my family, and anyone else who wonders onto my property. Added life insurance in case something really tragic goes wrong. I have to plan for feed, shelter, everything, down to the last detail. And then leave myself a LOT of wiggle room for things that always eventually go wrong. I have to calculate for illnesses in the family. What if I get ill? Who takes care of the horse then when I can't. What if expenses within my family rise? Have I prepared my family well enough for that? I have to consider things outside the spectrum of just buying a horse before I buy the horse. It might be over kill to some people's way of thinking. But living my Murphy's Law, anything that can go wrong will go wrong, I am just the type of person who plans ahead to avoid those types of situations. Then I leave myself room to squirm out of them and come out smelling like a rose... lol
As for the adoption thing, Dream has a point. But you can call those people and ask about this papers. If they start to give you a song and dance about his paper work, run. Who knows, you might actually have found an adoption place that has some scruples. I doubt it. I've already ran into a lot of ugly lately when doing my homework. My faith in the 'goodness of others' at these adoption places is a bit shaken at the moment... There's one place that takes a ton of money from people. They take 'donations so that they can rescue a horse,' and end up getting a ton of money. They spend next to nothing adopting the horse, even less fixing the poor beast up and training it, then they sell it to the highest bidder and pocket the rest. Yeah some charity. I am definitely starting to like private owners a lot more than some of these 'good hearted cemeritans'. I want to believe that there are a few out there that are on the up and up. Not found one yet. But hoping..
Don't fall in love with the first horse you see. Shop around. Boy I can't tell you how much wisdom I gained following that advise.
The only thing evil needs to thrive, is for good men to do nothing. - Edmond Burke
Last edited by Kyleen Drake; 06-21-2016 at 02:43 AM.