So pardon the morbid post but I think it is something that all horse and pet owners should think about. Every once in a while when I lose a friend or hear a story like this one I think about what will happen to Gen if God forbid I die young. I am still in good health and am not that reckless, but you just never know when it will be your time to go. So instead of leaving things to chance I want to make my wishes clear.
First I want to tell you all what I have done to come up with my decision. When I moved to Hill Farm and saw how much the owner LOVES my Gennyral I asked if she would be willing to take my boy if anything ever happened to me. She told to stop being so morbid, asked if I was dying, and when I assured her that I was not she told me that I would never have to worry about my pony. If anything happened to me she would take him and love him like she was her own pasture pet. That was good to know, but I know how much attention my boy needs so I asked all my friends if they would visit him if I died. They also told me to stop being so morbid, but then they also didn’t say they would come by!
If people wouldn’t even placate me with an answer of yes while I am still alive there is no way they would come out and visit my boy after I died. So I was thinking and since my trainers barn is a pretty busy place and lots of my friends ride there or come by there that would be a good place. So I asked my trainer if she would take Gen if I died and do you know what she said? NO! Hahaha…I can’t believe she wouldn’t even say yes to a hypothetical taking of my pony. She pointed out the fact that my horse hates her and that he is a total pain the butt who would not be happy being a “second string” horse at her barn. And so while I am still mad that she wouldn’t say yes (for the record I would take her horse that doesn’t like me) I do understand why she wouldn’t want my pain in the butt pony that I love so much.
So that left me thinking. Would staying at Hill Farm without me be enough for my pony? The more I thought about it the more the answer was no. This is the horse who will hurt himself if he doesn’t feel like he is getting enough 1 on 1 attention. This is the horse that I pay to get coddled and groomed when I am on vacation. This is the horse who nickers and carries on like I have been away for months if for some reason I don’t go see him two days in a row. When I go away for the weekend he misses me. I know that my horse would be okay without me, I just don’t think that he would be happy without an owner that is all his own.
So that is why I think that if I die Gen should be put down. He has enough medical issues that I know my vet would agree to do it. He is also 19 so he is not a young horse by anyones definition. I might just be being selfish, but I really don’t think that my horse would be the same without me.
So that is my morbid post of the day, but I think it is a necessary post. Do you all have plans for your horses if something happens to you? Have you told people about them? Did this post make you think? I hope it did because I think being a responsible pet owner means having plans for emergencies, even those that will hopefully never happen.