Tuesday, January 6, 2015

When Would you Pull the Plug?


Suzie says, "Look how cute and awesome
and cute I am."


Because Winter is rearing it's ugly head finally, my blog readers will have to put up with an unfortunate amount of non-related content to fill in the gaps and ease my itching to ride and drive. I formally apologize for the less than entertaining posts to follow, but if you were to look at our forecast, you'd understand my hesitance to even look outside. Don't worry, the pony's are snug in their blankets and staying warm during this freak Winter storm.

Freezing rain pellets? Awesome

 So until it stops snowing, raining "frozen pellets", and being altogether undesirable, let's talk about relationships - with the four-hooved kind.

Let's be realistic; leasing, purchasing, and even just catch-riding horses is much like marriage. It either works, or it doesn't. You are either in it for the long haul, or you the pull the plug when things get rough. It all comes down to an individual rider and what they are willing (or not willing) to put up with.

A deal-breaker could be something as simple as color, breed, or gender. But what about the things that don't show up in the For Sale ad, the test ride, or the vet check? Instead of saying "I wouldn't touch that one with a 10ft pole", let's look at this as a broader topic.

Who wouldn't touch this little mini
with a 10ft pole?
What if you already did touch that horse with a 10ft pole and find out later on that he/she is; a cribber? a pawer?  horribly accident prone? developing navicular/lameness? older than described in the ad? shorter than described in the ad? What if, you bought a horse, are tickled pink with him and you find out that he requires expensive medication for his upkeep? Or what if she is becoming blind in one eye, or has become a notorious rearer?

It ranges from health problems to temperament problems to training problems. Which category would you say is grounds for a divorce? And are there specifics in your reasoning?




Feel free to reply through comments, a blog post of your own or otherwise! I'm interested to hear!

12 comments:

  1. that picture of Spud is too much lol... in any case, i don't have anything super insightful or groundbreaking to add since i've never bought a horse and won't know until then how i'd react to something like that...

    tho i can say these questions are part of why i haven't tackled ownership yet lol. and when i DO start shopping for my first horse - you better believe it'll be with the help of a trusted pro (most likely my trainer)...

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    1. It is interesting, and I am actually pretty curious to hear what other readers have to say, as Suzie was sold to me as "sound and serviceable", but she DOES have a banged up shoulder. Initially, when I was in the market for a horse, I told myself I'd never buy a lame/previously lame horse, but I've actually learned to adapt and make changes to my riding and myself to make sure that Suzie is comfortable, happy, and SOUND when I am riding her.

      The purpose of this blog post is to have people reallllly think and scrutinize - but at the same time, until you are IN that situation, you won't really know what you'll do (depending on the relationship you have with that particular horse, how early the issues show up, etc).

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  2. It depends on a lot of factors. For me, I pull the plug when it's no longer fun and/or I'm in danger consistently. That could me a lot of different things though, depending on the situation.

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    1. I can understand and appreciate it depends on a lot of variables - it is a difficult thing to measure, although I know some people who simply will NOT tolerate rearing horses. At all. Even if they've owned the horse since birth. If that horse rears, it's gone.

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  3. That's a very good question. With me it would have to be a dangerous situation or something that I just flat out couldn't afford.

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    1. Glad to see you posting again Jodi :)

      And rightfully so, and understandable!

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  4. I love love love that picture of you and Spud, oh my goodness.

    I think the #1 thing for me would be if the horse is downright MEAN - bad habits? I could most likely deal with that with help. But I mean just dangerous and nasty. Sadly, our rescue boy Shalom was very dangerous to the point of, if he hadn't of been so close to passing away, we would've had no other option but to find him a home that could deal with it better. I would never rehome a horse just because they have some health issue or it turned out they couldn't be ridden, etc, but if the horse has health issues and needs treatment that I can't afford, it would be in the best interest of the horse to find a new home that could help it more. And if I flat out just don't click with the horse and the horse doesn't like me either and we're both miserable, I'd find a place where it does click with it's rider/handler. I'm big into the mindset of being partners for LIFE. Red is with me for life, no matter what happens.

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    1. Thank you!
      And yes, there are certainly a lot of variables to consider when one is in a predicament!

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  5. OMG I want Spud!!! So CUTE!!!!!!

    This is a huge question. I'll probably think on it and do a post since I can't ride right now hehe.

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    1. Can't wait to hear what you have to say!

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    2. I finally answered your question! I hope you enjoy reading it. http://rdxhorses.blogspot.com/2015/01/when-would-you-pull-plug.html

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  6. Oh my gosh that horse blanket is adroable - where did you get it from? I really enjoy your blog, I don't know how I'm just finding it now! :)

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