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    Old nag Flame_'s Avatar
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    Default Re: Do You Think You Owe Your Horse A Retirement?

    Quote Originally Posted by paddi22 View Post
    Flame, could you honestly get enjoyment from a horse for years and then sell it on as a pensioner, not knowing if it would end up at a market or meatman?
    No but I've had a middle-aged, field ornament horse pts and I'm comfortable with that decision.

    ETA, why do you think professional yards aren't full up with twenty-five year old field ornaments?

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    Default Re: Do You Think You Owe Your Horse A Retirement?

    Well, ours generally stay for life but it's easier as we have our own land. Currently we have a 29yo retired tb, a semi-retired 27yo pony and my 22yo who is pretty much in full work still. The others we have are 13 and 4 but most likely will be with us til the end

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    Default Re: Do You Think You Owe Your Horse A Retirement?

    In an ideal world and if you want to - yes.

    But, I think you have more of an obligation to your horse to ensure that he has a secure future once he has reached a certain age / stage in life. This may mean retirement. This may mean PTS. It may mean finding a new home.

    It does mean being responsible and not passing on a horse who may end up being abused due to its age and circumstances. I hate seeing all of the older horses being re-homed simply because it can't do what its owners want it to any more. And they are too cowardly to make the right decision.

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    Default Re: Do You Think You Owe Your Horse A Retirement?

    Yes, if i was in situation then i would definately!
    However i understand that sometimes people feel different about it and also money could be an issue.

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    Default Re: Do You Think You Owe Your Horse A Retirement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flame_ View Post
    No but I've had a middle-aged, field ornament horse pts and I'm comfortable with that decision.
    Which no one would criticise. But not what the original question was.

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    Default Re: Do You Think You Owe Your Horse A Retirement?

    Think it depends on the situation and the horse. My 23 year old WB is retired and had been for the last four years because o can afford to keep him and he's happy being retired (and is the ideal companion and doesn't bat an eye lid when left on his own)
    If he was a stress head that hated retirement then I wouldn't think twice about pts. It would be the kindest thing. I certainly don't agree with passing on a crook old horse.

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    Default Re: Do You Think You Owe Your Horse A Retirement?

    Yes, I do think they deserve a retirement. Riding isn't the be all and end all in horse ownership. I got just as much pleasure sitting next to them both for 40 mins, as they snoozed in the sun last week. I sat on the headcollars I'd taken in to catch them, with the intention of riding one after...needless to say it didn't happen!
    Having a positive attitude may not solve all of your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth your while.

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    Default Re: Do You Think You Owe Your Horse A Retirement?

    I dont keep horses long enough to retire them. If I had more land and I did have a horse till that age then I would try. I am not in that position though

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    Default Re: Do You Think You Owe Your Horse A Retirement?

    Personally, yes. However I have my own land etc so have no livery costs to pay.

    I would still try to ensure he had a job though, even just as a companion, as it makes it easier to justify the bills!

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    Default Re: Do You Think You Owe Your Horse A Retirement?

    Yes and no
    I see nothing wrong with selling on a horse in its late teens as a schoolmaster, because it can't/won't compete at the level it used to. After all, they are in real demand for young/green jockeys to learn the ropes.
    Having said that, I'd rather put down a ''light hack'' then sell it on.
    I have 2 mares who are 19 years old, none of them ridden, one is my retired grade A that I have bought unbacked at 4yo, she's in foal and about to drop me her second foal. the other I bought for nominal sum last year with the purpose of putting in foal, as it happens, she didn't conceive and has been eating my grass/hay/haylage for the last year; I'll have another go at AI-ing her, but if she doesn't conceive this time, she will just wander around the property until she pops her clogs.
    I am in a fortunate position to be able to accommodate a few retired ones without depriving myself of riding horses, though. If I kept them at livery, I would consider their future more carefully.
    Last edited by martlin; 22-05-13 at 11:55 AM.

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