Just when I think about what a goodly amount of time and money is spent taking care of multiple pets, I put it in perspective by thinking about people with multiple horses. Everything must be on a so much grander scale. You certainly can't just pop them into the car and drive to the vet's office when they don't feel well. I would guess that a 50 pound bag of food wouldn't last any time at all. I wouldn't want to be the one trying to give them any kind of pill...those are very big teeth and jaws. Then, I guess if you do it right there's the grooming, the shoeing and the mucking of stalls. Horses are definitely outdoor only animals and that means they need their care no matter what the weather is and I'm sure it isn't as easy as opening the door and telling them to go potty. We sometimes think it is amazing if our dogs and cats live to be 20 which is nothing in horse lives. A friend of mine just lost his horse who was 40. He grew up with this horse. I can't imagine losing a companion of 40 years.
And then there is the indignity of logistics when they do pass away. When one of our pets dies, usually I dig the grave. If I can't, then I have the comfort of knowing I can probably hire someone who can. There's no such thing as hand digging a grave for a horse. According to my friend, you actually have to have earth movers come in to take care of the whole matter.
I understand the fascination of horses though. Like most young girls I read Black Beauty as a child, had horse statues and pictures in my room. I dreamed of riding horses across wide open prairies. Still, whenever I am out driving or showing property and I have the chance to photograph horses I always take the opportunity.