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I always hear people saying how they have four horses and they are the only one that rides them? Or someone posts "GOT A NEW HORSE" a month after they posted about their OTHER horse don't get me wrong I understand you love horses.......but I have had the same little 21 year old American paint for about 5 years now and she acts like she's 4 lol I wouldn't trade her for the world! I am constantly training her and teaching her new things to make her the best she can be I don't understand why I would get two other horses and abuse my mares training?
WHY IS ONE JUST NOT ENOUGH?? :-|
 

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Why do you care?

I have 3, and love all of them. Each are different, and have talents the others don't. For example, my ex-racer is my foxhunting and hunter pace mount. My Arabian gelding is my trail horse. The old guy is retired, and is my Pasture Maintenance Supervisor.

I'm not sure why you think having and riding more than 1 horse is 'abusing their training'. Each have something to give, and as long as all are loved and cared for properly, it shouldn't matter how many horses someone else has.
 

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Well I personally have no horses, but there's several reasons I can think of.
A person's different horses may be used for different things. For example if someone rides rides huntseat and western, they may have a different horse for each.
Or if someone has outgrown an old pony/moved past their horse's level, they may get a new one but not want to give up their old horse.
Some people might have a show horse and a project horse they are training.

I'm sure some people who are actually in this situation will have better answers.
 

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I have 10 horses, and we raised several of them. I wouldn't trade many of them for the world. All of them get used, and personally, 5 of them are mine. 2 yearlings, a 4 year old, a 6 year old and an 11 year old.

They all get worked and used as much as possible (except the yearlings... but they get irritated..aka: groundwork) training is never done with any of them, here's always more to do.

I don't see whats wrong with liking to work with many horses? I have the 5 at home, and I get to work with 15 or more at work. It's what I like. I like learning about different horses and how to work with them and their problems and what not. It's how I'd like to spend much of my life (if everything works out....)
 

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What Fringe and Speed Racer said. Plus, if you have your horses at home, it's almost a necessity to have more than one. Horses are herd animals and need companionship.

It's great that you have one horse that you can love and devote all your attention to. However, there's nothing wrong with having multiple horses, and no reason one horse's training should have to suffer just because you have another one to ride too.
 

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for me, I have a saddle horse I ride because I love trails and riding in general,

a baby for a project, because I adore young horses and find nothing more satisfying that doing all the work on a baby your self and eventually either starting it under saddle or finding it a great home as a well mannered project. It also gives me something to do in the barn when the weather is bad.

and I currently have Romeo. I didn't need him, but he needed me, and I could not say no. If he hadn't come home with me that day he would be in a can by this point.

So do I NEED more than one? no. But I like to, and I have the time and funds to appropriately support the number I have.
 

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Horses are herd animals and need to be with other horses.
My parents started me off when one horse, and they couldn't fathom why I wanted more. But, I now have 4 and they realize how important it was to have more than one horse.

First horse Dream had a baby, so that brought my number up. Dream was an amazing western pleasure horse, but I needed a new drill horse. She wasn't fast enough, and had issues with kicking at other horses. Mango had passed away at the early age of 21, and I couldn't quit drill and Sassy was only 1..

So, along came Rosie. Rosie is 21 now also, but she does Foundation(ranch type) shows with me. She can still do drill, but I had to quit this year for college:'(

Rosie helped me win Dusty in a contest. Dusty is going to be my show horse through college and beyond, either reining, cutting or sorting (currently in training).

Rosie is slowing down a tad but still kicks butt at shows. She still has many years of service available, but when the time comes for her to retire, Dusty will be there as my Foundy show horse. I could never sell Rosie as I have personal morals against selling senior horses, and she has been my partner for the past 4? years. She'll be with me till her last day:)

Sassy is an illegitimate child, unknown to the REAL owners of the stud we bred to, so there is never any chance of getting papers out of her. I refuse to sell her, because I know it wouldn't take long before somebody would give her a first class ticket to the kill pens. She has an attitude a mile wide and a personality to match her name. Given, yes, she is an amazing horse, but she has a serious "I'm the best, your so stupid, I'll do whatever I want" problem XD

There are many reasons for having more than 1 horse. I don't ride Dream very much any more, and it breaks my heart to have grown from her, but she needs a new home where she will be used and shown.:'(
 

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i'll have to stay out of this one, we have over 4 dozen. ALL get ridden more than once a week (except the seniors, about once a week). they work. they work the ranch. when we work cows, there will be ten plus of us out there and we work on one horse all morning then after dinner switch to another horse, so thats twenty plus in one day. if its hard work we rest them in between days. when we have over 1000 head it can take over a week to finish working them. then we have our "pleasure horses" and i have barrel horses. i certainly dont cut and work cattle with my barrel horses or pleasure horses.

THEY ALL HAVE A PURPOSE.
 

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I always hear people saying how they have four horses and they are the only one that rides them? Or someone posts "GOT A NEW HORSE" a month after they posted about their OTHER horse don't get me wrong I understand you love horses.......but I have had the same little 21 year old American paint for about 5 years now and she acts like she's 4 lol I wouldn't trade her for the world! I am constantly training her and teaching her new things to make her the best she can be I don't understand why I would get two other horses and abuse my mares training?
WHY IS ONE JUST NOT ENOUGH?? :-|
I am really trying to understand what you are getting at. How would having another horse equal "abusing your mare's training"?
 

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I own one horse, but my boyfriend has two and I ride one of them frequently. Although they're all TWHs, they have their strengths and weaknesses and I like having that variety to work with.
 
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Honestly Mac, I think she believes you can't love or bond with more than one horse at a time, so feels sorry for horses whose owners have more than one. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It's like having children; you don't love a second one less, your heart expands to love each one of them in their own right.
 

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Ummmm, abuse their training? Not sure how you came to that conclusion. If you feel that having or riding more than one horse is a bad thing, that's OK...for you. If you're just learning or haven't had horses before, having only one is a GREAT idea! But for others (me included) who've been riding for a looong time, and have ridden more horses than they can count, riding only one horse seems to dull your skills, like if you don't use it you lose it. For a very long time I only owned one, but rode countless others since financially I could only afford one. Each one taught me different skills that I could mix and match with each horse. Now that I have 2 horses, I'm sooo glad I never stuck to just one in the past!

May I ask, at this point with only riding 1 horse, would you feel confident enough in your skills to be able to handle any type of horse?
 
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WHY IS ONE JUST NOT ENOUGH?? :-|
I have 2 horses on my property. I needed a companion for my first mare, and rather than getting a donkey or mini (that I can't even use) I decided to give a home to the other horse in bad situation. I ride both of them. Some people have a retired horse and need a younger one to ride, some want to have extra-mount for guests, etc. Billion of reasons why.
 

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I have to say that I find the statement that owning more than one is abusive to training a bit offensive.

Owning more than one is not abusing the training of one to ride another. I have 11 myself. Aside from the 2 that aren't old enough to ride and my mare that is 9 months in foal, they all get worked on a regular basis. My seniors only get me once a week and lesson students for 4-6 hours a week, everyone else gets worked 6 days a week. My youngsters get groundwork 6 days a week, my broodie I just stopped riding a few weeks ago because she is getting big and grumpy. I spend several hours a day riding just my own, plus several hours a day riding for others. I don't think in any way that is abusing their training. I love them all and they each get their fair share of my time.
 

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I think she believes you can't love or bond with more than one horse at a time.
LOL! I have 2 horses + 2 dogs + 3(!) cats. I guess I have to give up some of them...

As for "abusing a training". Wow! Both my mares go to the very good dressage trainer for lessons. I hope to start taking one of them (with jumping potential) to eventing trainer next year. And what I learn during a lesson on one I always transfer on other one. Plus (as already mentioned) both are VERY different in their attitude, smartness, style of riding, gaits, you name it. So riding each gives me different experience and insights on training.
 

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ouch op... i am very confused by your post to say the least...

i have 4 one retired, one blind and semi retired and 1 go to horse/work in project, and 1 plain project...

its not about who has more horses or how many someone has but what you plan on doing with them... its not abuse in anyway to have more than one, as your last sentence hinted to that... if anything its abuse to keep them isolated and alone with no herd other than its human... but then thats is assuming your horse is not boarded with other horses..

plus if an individual has the funds and the resources to have 1000+ horses just as pasture puffs what does it matter... me you and others are not involved with that one person and cant make judgement on what they feel is good for those horses whether they are being handled or not
 
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