Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Let's Do a Horse Rant
Ya know it's not that I especially dislike horses, quite the contrary I love all critters in their proper place (except snakes and other vermin like rats and mice etc.). No. What I dislike about horses are horse people. While I am sure, there must be horse people out there who are responsible and far seeing enough to look past their own immediate pleasure and refuse to foist a thousand pound animal (or six) off on someone else when the day comes... I have yet to actually meet one.
And believe me I have met hundreds of so called horse people, mostly Women, over the years. What get's me is very few of them have the common courtesy to admit they are getting old and going to leave a 20 some odd year old horse all alone when they die which no one will want nor can anyone afford to feed but will live another ten years or so.
This isn't a new problem, nor is it one that only I am personally plagued with either. As a matter of fact I was just talking to a guy today who is one year younger than I am and was also unlucky enough to be the off spring of a Horse Person. His mother, who is 70, lost her riding horse a couple of months ago and wouldn't ya know it she turned right around and bought a new one a couple weeks ago for some ungodly amount of course. The horse is like five years old. That means that particular horse will more than likely be around for another thirty years or so. I am willing to bet the horse Woman won't be though.
About this time is where the typical horse person starts spouting off about how great their horse is, it's a champion from the line of super stud and everyone will be falling all over themselves trying to get it.... spare me. Heard it all before. Ain't happening and you damned well know it.
Now for anyone who is thinking that horses are not expensive even to euthanize let me just inform you it ain't cheap and depending on where you live it may not even be legal to bury them either. Unless you happen to have your own backhoe in the barn your talking an hours worth of backhoe service, a vet visit and a tube of the magical elixir (which also ain't cheap). Probably 3 to 4 hundred bucks easy depending on if the vet is in the area or charges you for a visit. All that is assuming of course you can bury it where it falls and don't have to transport the poor thing somewhere.
However, and this is my real issue with the entire thing, the money is NOT the problem. The problem is you selfish horse person you are placing the burden of making that decision off on someone else who doesn't want it and doesn't deserve to be "saddled" with it. Someone who cannot afford the $200.00 a month feed bill along with all the other on going expenses. Now they must choose to kill a large magnificent animal that no one wants or go broke feeding it just so you can ride around once a week or so.
While I was discussing the problem with the other guy this morning he looked at me with a mischievous twinkle in his eye and waited until my Mother was in ear shot to loudly announce that his neighbor had recently found himself in a similar situation. His mother had passed on leaving three horses ranging in age from 12 to 24 years old. He said his neighbor got $500.00 a piece for them at the slaughter auction.
When I started calling each horse five bill number one, number two etc. I think my Mother got the point. Not that I would do it more than likely but I think it's only fair she realize the kinda of issues she is setting me up for some day. I can assure you my brother isn't going to help take care of these nags when it happens.
Horses were once a very valuable commodity and I am sure they will become so once again but there is a lot of road between now and then and a lot of expense that the newer generations are not going to be able to afford. Personally I feel a horse is more than a pet and anyone who owns one is making a commitment to it for it's life. So please a little responsibility and realism would go a long way in making sure you don't leave that animal an unwanted, expensive orphan in ten years or so.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!