You want an apology? Fat chance!

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Holy cow! It seems, I’ve butt hurt a few individuals. Get a grip people. You’ve, missed the point. Reread the article! This is exactly the reason, I get twisted when some of you come out to ride. Anything that has to do with thinking between the ears, flies right over the top of your head. Anyone of you know who Jeff Dunham is? ha ha! He has the most adorable little creature, whose name is Peanut. Check him out! I love, love, love the way he passes the ole’ hand across the top of his head. Here’s wishing I could make the obnoxious lil’ noise he does, for your benefit. lol Okay, so the post wasn’t a joke, but you catch my drift. Lighten up people. Dang, errr, I forgot you missed the whole point entirely. Those of you who own horses, most assuredly, did not!

I’m sure most horse people don’t mind if the beginner, novice, friend or family member come out to ride on occasion. It’s a lot of fun being able to share those moments. But, to those who only call when they want to ride a horse, are the ones I’m referring to. Not those who want to shoot the breeze on the phone, or come by to visit without mentioning we have horses. But, for those of you who are still missing the point, I’m going to clarify this for you a lil’ better. Don’t pull up a chair, sit back, relax and pop the top on a cold one, “while we”, do all the work! That’s no fun! Capiche? Now, that I’m through explaining myself for the apparent misunderstanding, “on your part”. Let’s get back to the novel idea of owning your very own horse. And, why “you” should be grateful to have the opportunity on occasion to ride a horse that belongs to someone else.

Horses cost money. Big money! It’s not the initial purchase of a horse, but after the fact. It’s almost like owning a boat. Not that I’ve ever owned one. How ever,…I have always heard that the two best days of being a boat owner are “the day you buy it” and “the day you sell it”. You can spend thousands of dollars to buy one, thousands on the up-keep and when you sell it, you never get your money back. That’s exactly how it is when you buy a horse. Not that I’m comparing apples to oranges here. These are just straight unadulterated facts. Am I sorry I have horses? Heck no! It’s how I’ve spent most of my life. We like owning and caring for horses. It’s one of the most amazing animals on “Gods” green earth. I personally need to set a side a few moments everyday to thank “God” for his blessings. Without him, “for me”, it would just be an ordinary life.

Yikes! Again, I’ve strayed from the point. While your out riding one of our horses, he hurts you, he hurts himself, who pays for it? Do you? OMG! Moi? Why should “I have to pay” it’s not my horse! Bingo, Bud-O! Now we’re actually getting somewhere. If an accident happens, and they do, we get stuck with the bill. There’s that ugly head rearing itself again. Money, big money! It could be a huge financial strain on our pocket-book. Not that you’d sue us. ha ha! But, what if you did? It would wipe us out. See now, it’s not that we don’t understand you “just want to have fun”. We just don’t want you to have fun at our expense. For anyone who has ever owned/own a horse, it’s a never-ending black hole, that may or may not make it to China.

An other topic you should consider before you decide to buy your very own horse. We can’t go on vacation, or take a trip to the relatives for any length of time. Okay, maybe we could. Except, we don’t. I wouldn’t trust just anyone to care for our horses. The majority of the population, doesn’t have a clue, how to care for horses. Heck, we’re still learning the in’s and out’s of horse ownership. And you think I’m going to leave them? Not on your life! They are like family. At least in a sense. We have a large investment in them. Not only monetary, but emotionally. Spending hours caring for them, is like spending hours caring for children. Of course, children are more important than animals, but never the less, our horses are very important to us as well.

To sum it up with just one word. It’s called, Sacrifice. We all make them. Its a fair price to pay for happiness that’s still rated for all general audiences. Reeling myself back in to the real reason, I wrote the previous post, in the first place. It’s for those people who actually have horses and feel like no one else goes through what we do. Other real people out there who can actually empathize with them. You, other people (not horse people), “don’t you feel better now”? I’m not picking on you! Again I have to ask. So, do you really want a horse?

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