i’m thinking of selling bellini next year. the thought makes me want to cry. but i think it’s something i have to do.
i’m tall - but lucky enough my weight is ideal for his size and doesn’t cause him problems. however i’m starting to think i need something bigger - i’ll be earning money this year…
Have you thought about full-loaning? That way he’d still be your horse on paper, minus most of the cost (most people I know still insure the horse and the loaner covers the rest of the cost) then you’d still have a degree of control on how he was kept.
I know there are all sorts of horror stories of horses that end up losing a ton of condition/are left neglected in a field but if it were somewhere local or if you made sure he stayed on your yard where you could really keep an eye on him and then if anything did go wrong/things didn’t work out with a loaner you could have him back instead of him getting sold on and being passed from pillar to post! :)
A lot of questions have been raised lately if you should own a horse if you can’t pay for an emergency surgery to save his life. Food for thought.
I agree with that to an extent. Some procedures can be extremely expensive, even for someone who could ordinarily afford surgery….
A lot of the procedures I’m seeing are small in cost when you compare it to other horse costs. If you don’t have money set aside to at least pay for simple procedures (unless your horse is insured) then you shouldn’t own a horse. It’s not fair to them when they can’t get medical attention they need. I’m talking about some basic everyday injuries and illnesses, not a 10,000 dollar procedure.
agreed 100% in that case
I personally think I could get the money together to pay off a vet bill up to 3-5k but i still may not go through with it depending on the odds of recovery and quality of life and how invasive the surgery was. Like I wouldn’t blow thousands on some sort of miracle therapy to make a horse sound for riding when they could be happy as companion horses, just not ridden. But normal vet bills should totally be doable for any animal owner…
saying that cats should always be kept inside and not be allowed to go out and be a cat is like saying that horses should be kept in a stall 24/7 and only ridden in an indoor arena, and never turned out to just be a horse.
Or basically keeping them in a confined space at all times instead of turning them out in a pasture so that they cannot hurt themselves or anything else.