Horsing Around ... Putting it Into Perspective

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097
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.

I Never Get Tired of Horses

"I Never Tire of Watching Horses"

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Mona. I never thought about this but clearly you are right. Caring for, loving and losing a horse is incomprehensible. The day to day responsibility and cost are factors too. I have a friend who is in it and the cost is high on many levels.

Dec 03, 2013 09:25 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Mona,  Yes it adds up taking care of a horse or even 2 horses.  I guess we all have our weakness for animals, I would be loss withour Brandy, my sheltie, she keeps me working because she wants food.  Now, I have change, change everywhere is change going around my head this morning. Thanks AR!

Dec 03, 2013 10:53 PM
Broker Patty Da Silva Da Silva
Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Cooper City, FL
Top Listing Broker

Beautiful post Mona. I also couldn't imagine myself losing a pet I had for 40 years! 

Dec 04, 2013 12:40 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Hi Mona,  HOrses are much more expensive than dogs or cats but they are such magnificient creatures and worth every effort and every cent that goes into maintaining their well being. 


Dec 04, 2013 01:15 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Mona, right now, my hubby and I are in the midst of potentially buying acreage to retire to, which has great hay and I could bring my horse (if she's still alive) in several years to the property. Thankfully, my horse expert is literally a few miles down the road so that I would have her multiple years of experience to help as a guide. It is a daunting task, taking on a horse, in comparison to dogs--I totally agree! (I have  many horse books to get to before that time comes).

Dec 06, 2013 01:41 AM