When to let go

EQUUS - - Eq Letters -

crit­i­cize horses Lately, “for­ever”---fi­nan­cial oth­ers I’ve seen who a do num­ber not keep hard­ship of peo­ple their be­ing At­tach­ments,” the only Let­ters, ex­cep­tion EQUUS (“Break­ing 471). I have to dis­agree. I, too, have kept many of my horses for life. One passed at 33, an­other at 29. But I also know there are cir­cum­stances when plac­ing a horse or pony with a new fam­ily is the best thing for him. When a pony is out­grown by his owner, should he be­come

a lawn or­na­ment? Or should he go to a new home to teach an­other young­ster how to ride? My son’s Shet­land Pony took him from a tod­dler on lead-line to cham­pi­onship gymkhana, trail and ob­sta­cle driv­ing when he was 9. Af­ter he died, rather than just have the pony mope around the pas­ture, I sold her to an­other fam­ily, where she taught not only their daugh­ter how to ride but also their grand­daugh­ter. She lived an­other 19 years use­ful, happy and loved. When a rider goes off to col­lege, does the horse be­come a pas­ture pet, or should he go to an­other fam­ily look­ing for that “been there, done that” horse for their novice rider? Al­ways, there are rid­ers look­ing for their next horse to “step up to” or to re­place a horse that for one rea­son or an­other they can no longer ride. Please do not crit­i­cize own­ers who make the choice to “re­home” their horses. In the long run, it just might be bet­ter for the horse. C. Al­li­son Deer Is­land, Ore­gon

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