Well yeah - and that requires money. When daycare can cost the price of boarding two horses, that can become a major obstacle. For people like me, who can make it work, that's great, but for some people they can't.
I'm really glad the owner has worked it out and is keeping him, I just have gotten over the usual response to "owner is pregnant" ads. Life is complicated and expensive, and circumstances aren't the same for all people. Sometimes ethical animal ownership collides pretty hard with finances and re-prioritizing. It upsets me to think about old, lame animals being cast aside because of personal choices, but I've also come to learn that sometimes people have to do what they have to do. And gotten tired of "some people need a kick" type comments when none of us know all the circumstances another person might be facing. Like with the old chestnut mare - a lot of people were ready to tar and feather those people too.
"smile a lot can let us ride happy,it is good thing"
I think that Gus' owner is reponsible (sure looks it from the pic - he looks closer to 21 than 31) who never intended to dump her old horse, and the sister who posted (Probably without permission) is a non-horse busybody.
Sounds like the horse owner is deaf and the sister posted for her.
Deaf but not blind. I see it as a busy body sis who wants rid of the horse and the related expenses. Gus looks amazing, the barn appears to be in a good state, not run down, the aisle looks clean, and for Gus to be in what appears to be good shape, the rest of the place is probably well kept as well.
"My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.”
― Anna Sewell
To the above poster I don't doubt hes 31 He has quite a bit of graying across his forehead and fairly sunken hollows above his eyes. He looks great so kudo's to his owner and whomever is caring for him.
"I would not beleive her if her tongue came notorized"
Is there anyway we can track down* the real owner and invite her to join the board?
If she can keep a 31 YO looking like that and still working, I would like to know her elder care routine.
Weekend mystery game.
*The horses Barn name is Gus,
Picture of the horse,
Pic of the barn,
Approx location of the barn
A bunch of smart Cothers in a part of the country too cold to ride in.
(BTW anyone in DC It is too cold for flies there right now isn't it? Politicians aside how vermin filled is the white house? The media has shown Flies and Rats following the current POTUS around like no other that I can remember. I know it is an old house but it was just as old with the other Presidents. )
I'm donning my flame suit, but really don't care. Feel I must say - What the h*ll is wrong with you people????
There's absolutely NOTHING wrong with that ad, NOTHING wrong with that horse, & NOTHING wrong with his environment. He looks absolutely lovely for his age, & according to the ad, still loves to go out on trail rides. So what's the problem with you harpies? The fact that he needs to find a new home, even though he's elderly? I bet if they hadn't posted his age, this thread wouldn't even be here. That should be a lesson for responsible ad posters to be sure not to be honest, since it will come up & bite you in the a**. The fact that some of the owner's personal problems/reasons for giving him away were posted? Yet another lesson not to be honest in ads.
Jesus H. Christ folks - GET A LIFE. This isn't a "rescue" situation, & if I were the owner/lister, I'd be truly offended by the "I'll supply feed & hay", "I'll supply transportation", "please, please someone give this guy a soft landing", crap.
Does ANYONE here besides me sometimes find these "COTH SWAT-Team Rescue" threads just a bit over the top??
Frankly, I'm not surprised if the listers remove the ad whether or not they've decided to keep the horse or not. You folks are enough to frighten anybody off.