Horses are amazing animals, but they are also a BIG responsibility. For the most part, buying the horse is the easiest and least expensive thing you'll do (unless, of course, you're out for a bazillion dollar show horse). It is the day-to-day expenditures and the upkeep that can really run into lots of time and money. The care they require is also something many people forget to take into consideration when taking on a horse.
A horse can live anywhere from 20 to 40 YEARS. So instead of looking it at like getting a dog or cat, you might want to look at it more along the lines of getting married (or having a child). Horses are 80% work and 20% fun (but that 20% sure does make the 80% worthwhile! ;o)
☆ Only seeing your horse when you want them to do something? Think about it this way...remember your childhood attitude towards chores? (Actually, I think I kept that one :o) You know how your mom or dad usually had this certain expression when they were coming to ask to do something; or maybe get you to finish a job you didn't? Exactly how thrilled were you to see them heading your way? For grownups who enjoy chores (ha, yeah right), try that special someone that is always borrowing money, asking you to help them with a project, watch their kids, etc. - and they never pay you back or return the favor....
☆ Ever have one of those weird sudden itches? You know, the kind that turns you into an instant contortionist trying to reach it RIGHT NOW - ARRGH! (or do a bear impersonation where you slam your back against a door frame - or anything else that's handy - and scratch vigorously until it's gone). How about a drip running down your back at the beauty salon? Don't you just HAVE to grab the towel and catch it? So why do we act like it's completely reasonable to expect a horse to stand perfectly still (ignoring any and all random itches, flies, and trickling sprays) while we groom them? Oh, wait....it's not. *laugh*
☆Have you ever watched a toddler become frustrated trying to communicate with an adult? I have; they speak a different language, right? (I think it's called gibberish :o) Well just as any good parent understands the gist of what their toddler is trying to tell them (most of the time; nobody's perfect), any good horse owner should have the same ability to communicate with their horse. It is actually every bit as doable as learning to understand "baby talk", but it does take some serious effort on our part. A lack of communication between horse and rider is also known as the ultimate stumbling block.
☆ Do you work with your horse next to a pasture? In the pasture? While other horses are being turned out? Running around? Resting? Having problems with his behavior? Okay, imagine yourself (as a kid) in the principal's office at an elementary school next to an open window on a beautiful sunny day. Now throw in a couple hundred sentences that you have to write while in all of your friends are outside said window (at recess) playing and having the time of their lives; while you're stuck working. How interested and/or focused do you really think you'd be, eh?
Boy, some of this stuff makes you wanna just..just... run right out and think, doesn't it? (Heh Heh Heh)
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