Plan to get rid of my horse(s)
I thought that I would put this here so new people could relate to it. I think that it is something that all horse owners should keep in their minds. Everyone that has a horse should have a plan or idea how to get rid of the horse. I know "I WILL KEEP HIM FOREVER". But what we plan is not always the case. Young people grow up, go away to school, get married, get a job or change jobs. With age comes health problems, accidents. Are you alway going to be able to take care of your horse or even be here. We have a few young people on this forum that talk about buying more horses, breeding horses and keeping them all forever. Becareful! We all need to think before getting a herd that, if something happened to us, would have to be taken care of by parents, friends, or go to a rescue or the meat market .
I am 63, have a heart problem, had kidney cancer and lung cancer. What would happen to my horses? I may have to slow down, I may not have the money for all of them. My wife can not take care of all of them. I have a plan in my head and I plan to put it on paper for my family, in case I am not here. What horses should be sold first. Who can be trusted to help on the sale. Which ones goes next and the ones I think should go last. We already keep health records and I want to add training records and my comments on how they ride, handle, pick up feet, etc. I don't want them to be left in the pasture to die without food, water and care.
It is best to plan, in case something happens. Most of us do not have an unlimited amount of money and someday we may not have a choice.