Thursday, September 19, 2013
I am now convinced horse people, which really means horse women 95% of the time, are flat out as mentally challenged as Liberals. There is some connection there because I can pull into the local horse boarding barn and see more Obummer stickers on great big SUVs than I see at the local university parking lot.
I will never be rid of these damned tree eating, four hoofed creatures of pasture destruction. EVER.
Tuesday I noticed one of the nags was limping on one of her back legs. I called my mother and told her one of her horses was hurt and she showed up (Immediately to her credit) and determined that it wasn't one of hers at all but one that belongs to her friend.
Now this friend and her husband used to have horses they rode together and about 10 years ago her husband told her flat out they were too old for horses when they retired. Of course she didn't listen and he was able to find a new home for his horse but she just couldn't part with her's. Hence how the horse ended up here.
That horse was eight years old at the time and she was 62.
Lady. Do the MOTHER %$#&* MATH. Horses live at least 30 years and the youngest we have ever had to put one down was 34. This means more than likely this horse has at least another 16 years of life left.
So they loaded the horse up and took her to the vet and she is going to be alright and all but she did tear something and will need to be kept in one of my stalls for a while and the vet predicts about six months to complete recovery. All fine and well and good but the owner's husband is still not happy because they had to cut one of their retirement trips short to deal with this issue and frankly I don't think he is over enthusiastic about his 72 year old wife riding around anyway.
In the process of this drama unfolding I am in the barn working on my new post hole drill when they bring the horse back. I can hear them scheming.
"You can leave her with me and your husband doesn't have to worry about it"
Ya know what? She isn't leaving that damned horse with my mother she is leaving it with me. How many more years do these loony women actually think they can take care of these animals? Do they think these horses are just going to magically cease to exist when the time comes?
Forty three ads on Craigslist alone offering free horses to a good home TODAY. IN just ONE DAY when I checked this evening. ONE DAY and just in this general area.
I'm sorry but people need to think about the future a little more and not just their own immediate gratification. A 62 year old person has no business adopting (because that is what you are doing) an eight year old horse unless they also have the means and money to donate for it's lifetime care. I am not saying a 62 year old person is physically not capable of riding although I don't think they are able as they like to think they are. They have no business getting into a multiple decade long endeavor is what I am saying without solid plans being in place.
Well I told em flat out in no uncertain terms the minute they can't afford or are unable to take care of those horses I will deal with em myself. As you can imagine this generated replies as to my overall mean nature and lack of empathy is a crisis situation.
Kiss My Ass.
They need to think about the future a little here. Do you know how much it costs to euthanize and bury a friggin horse? Your looking at $300.00 minimum each and that only maybe if you do more than one at a time. Not only that but then who has to make that decision? Once again who gets to have the hard and uncomfortable choices forced on them? Who get's to be the one to choose life (and a seriously depleted bank account for something you don't enjoy) and death?
Not something I relish the thought of but guess who is more than likely gonna get stuck with it?
Maybe if they tried they could find someone willing to take these horses in. The one we are taking about in particular will have several good years left even after her rehabilitation. It maybe possible but even at 72 years old it is unthinkable to this woman to part with this horse. Do we really think she is going to be riding it at 82? I doubt it and then that horse will be impossible to give away and guess who will have to play god?
Eventually horses will have value again I imagine but not in these particular horses or my lifetime until this long slow collapse and weaning of cheap energy completes itself. I could effectively keep two or three horses on the place but it would be hard without huge fuel inputs to keep up with the feed needs.
They need to deal with reality.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!