I'm going to be short and sweet today, I've got to meet my farrier this morning. I've got a few wild and wacky weeks ahead of me, so I may be a bit sporadic. I should have lots of good stuff to think about though.
My big concern is a comment I got from Alyssa on my What I Learned from Captain post. Concerned enough to address it here instead of just commenting back at her.
I want to reiterate that wack job that Captain was, he never bucked, reared, struck, or showed any aggression to me.
He always put me in mind of an over eager Hari Krishna hitting me up at the airport.
He was consistently, day in and out, an idiot.
He still proved to be dangerous.
The horse Alyssa is talking about bucked, reared, spooked violently, and flipped over backwards on her. He is fifteen years old.
There is no question he is dangerous.
Alyssa is wracked with guilt because she feels she needs to save him.
There are some horse that we need to mourn and move on. Horse ownership is a huge responsibility. I'm glad Alyssa takes her responsibility so seriously.
Owning a horse should never entail risking our lives.
The horse has to return something in the relationship. Fear and potential death doesn't count.
How will you feel if he hurts or kills your friend?
My guess is much worse than you do now.
If you send him to the best trainer in the state and the trainer is hurt or killed, how will you feel then?
If you sell him to somebody else, even if you fully disclose his problems, and they get hurt or killed, how will you feel?
What do you do if you can only afford one horse, and he's it?
There are too few horse owners that accept the seriousness of owning a horse like you do. The good ones deserve to be owned by you.
The bad ones do not.
The one regret that Captain's owner still has is that she gave him away. She worries that he will hurt the John Lyons trainer. She worries that he will end up at a sale. She worries that the trainer will succeed in riding him, and discover how delightful he can be. Because then she will put someone up on him. We know how that goes.
She truly regrets not putting him down.
Please be careful Alyssa. In your choices, and with your own safety. The horse world needs you!