You may have seen our recent Facebook post ‘horses are like chocolates you can’t have just one’. We asked our followers whether this statement was true and were completely overwhelmed by the response we had! Stories about how many horses you all owned came flooding in thick and fast and we found it so hard to pick our favourite that we ended up with three winners! It has made us think though, is it fair to have just one horse?
When we make the decision to buy or re-home a cat or a dog we don’t automatically think ‘he/she might get lonely, I must get two’. The same applies with a rabbit, guinea pig or hamster. But it seems different with a horse. Why?
In Switzerland you can’t have ‘just one’. You must have more than one horse kept together or the government will come along and remove your horse into their care. This ensures that horses are kept in a more social environment, a way of putting the horse’s interests first.
Out of the 300 comments that we received on our Facebook post our three winning stories came from the following equestrian enthusiasts and horse lovers!
“My daughter (she’s 21! ) rescued an appi gelding and he is the whole world to her she was asked to take on a little spotted mare too and said yes! Then she took on another rescue cob ! And believe it or not rescued an old mare which was losing the fight for life! So we have four all rescues all very different but they all mean so much to us and they will all live the rest if their lives happy and healthy xxx”
“Ok on behalf of my daughter niamh who is now 12 . Nearly 13
Niamh had Alot of problems with mixing with other children at nursery then at school but she loved animals esp horses she has a few lessons then we looked to get one on loan. We advertised and after a good few months found jubilee. He was 25 then but still jumping etc . He became her best friend and she suddenly had lots to tell her peers etc at school . She was diagnosed with aspergers syndrome and peoples thoughts feelings and meanings were a mystery to her but not jubilee. She understood him .. They became a fantastic team soon he taught her how to ride really well and through shows and gymkhana she overcame lots of social problems. We owe him so much he is now 32 and still does some showing bringing home ribbons everytime . He follows niamh round like a dog and my grandson now rides him occasionally as niamh now has a 15hh mare Cleo who she also loves to bits but everyone will always have a special place for jubilee he gave niamh a life. . Of course I then got my own horse to ride with niamh. .called nova who after losing my dad n my brother close together gave me a reason to get up n keep smiling .. precious gifts horses are xxxx”
“Had one…. Got bought another as a wedding present as first one getting older and retiring, 2nd one very soon went lame and ended surgery, rescued another so I could ride…. She turned out to have health issues, moved yards to my own ace (fatal) and took a pony with me who was 3rd ones best friend and YO didn’t want any more…. Then got offered another rescue that owner didn’t want…. Now upto 5….. Was then given another as a house warming present (another rescue)…. This one was only little and needed a friend so another rescue arrived!! Then decided I needed another that I could actually ride properly so bought a nice youngster…. He has since bust 5 ligaments in his leg so no more riding for him….. So I then had to get another youngster!! Phew….. Currently have 7 of them…. Lost 2 due to old age.”
Having read some of the comments above what do you think? Is it fair to have just one horse? If you would like to buy one of our fine bone china mugs please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org £5 plus £2.50 p&p. They make lovely stocking fillers.