Originally posted by alysheba
I do not agree with the above statement that a retired horse stays happy as a retired horse. This is a sweeping generalization taht I too believed for a long time. My old guy was not the hardest working soul while competing and when injuried finally got what I had always joked he wanted, retirement. He has been retired for the past three years and now is suddenly unhappy with it. He is back out of it and working and a completely different horse. He wants to jump so bad that he jumped a shadow the other day. Retirement was depressing him and his status in the herd is the lowest it has ever been. Other reason too I am sure but am seeing an increase attitude since he has come out of retirement.
In your area pasture board may have graining but this is not a guarantee in my area. Plus you are lucky to get field board for around 2o0 here with no extras or 300 with the extras. Stall boarding is average 500.00 but many places 600 and up.
Having been a barn manager I can tell you it isn't that simple or easy to find barn managers that care as much as the ones you have found. If they were I wouldn't have had the majority of boarders that I had. They had to leave a place unhappy for them to start looking for a new one. I know quite a few bm that it is more about the bottomline than extra scratches and kisses. I would NEVER send my horse, if I still owned him, anywhere were I can't visit regularly. Too many horror stories from being absentee owners about their discoveries.
But I do agree with your sentiment and my old guy is a keeper. I will probably lease him once he is fully in work for someone to enjoy bopping around on but I am a control freak and no horse I own is out of my eye sight.
But I do not think I am any better than anyone else for the decisions I have made. There will always be people who do not make the best decisions for those around them and the only silver lining is there will hopefully always be others who will take on the neglected soul.
This line of thinking is a slippery slope on all selling and showing. What is okay for us to do and what isn't? Who is to judge that? Why should they get to be the judge?
I find it easier to live my life the best I can and let others to worry about their's.