Why do you need more than one horse?

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Lots of people on here have multiple horses - why?

Aside from horses for your children/OH and top riders apart, is it necessary? You can't ride them all at once!
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i have 3.... the one is my first pony, the other i bought when we retired my pony, and my other is one that was given to me. It doesn't matter that i can't ride them all at once, but i have time to care, and love them all as much as each other which is all that matters. Neither of the two that are ridden mind having a day off to allow the other to be ridden.
And even more important, i can afford to keep them! If i didn't have my horses i'd probably have 3 kids and be into drugs like the majority of my friends.
 

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You need 4 for a 4-in-hand LOL! And you need a spare, or 2 or 3. When I used ot ride I only had one, but I also had shetties to lunge when I had the time or wanted to do more.

We have 10- One is my first pony, and my sisters pony now, Another is my sisters first pony and my other sisters pony now and both of these are returning to showing next year. I have the pair Pip and Ginga, when we got them we needed the 2, as we wanted a pair. Now I use them mainly as Pip as a driving and dressage pony and Ginga the hacker and Jumper. And the other 5 are the team- you need 5 to compete nationally, you must have a traveling spare. Pip and Ginga would fit into the team, but the 5 boys all go so well with each other we couldn't slip them,
 

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I don't ride any of 'em (why on earth would you want to, riding is SSSOOOOO boring
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!!) The one that can be ridden is with Binkybex and the other two I have are her foal and the NF foal that I've just bought to keep her company.
 

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LOL! I have my old girl, Star, who was my first horse, who I've had for ten and half years now, and she is perfect for my mother to ride, (as well as myself and Weevil etc) However, she is in her twenties now, and not only do we want to be able to ride together, but I want to compete again, so I bought Be in April this year
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Plus, they keep one another company as I can't stand livery yards
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and like having my own place
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I have a ridden horse, an old horse and a yearling.
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When yearling is old enough to ride I shall have two to ride. But, I will have a youngster and then I will have my "favourite old pair of slippers horse" when the youngster is driving me nuts.
 

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Lots of people on here have multiple horses - why?

Aside from horses for your children/OH and top riders apart, is it necessary? You can't ride them all at once!
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Well...I have had my 18yo TB since I broke her as a 4yo...as a project to sell on...as that was my job. I liked her so much I kept her.
I had the offer of a good broodmare on loan...so bred myself my 2yo...with the idea being that I'll ride her when the TB retires. The third one, a Shire x TB 3 year old I bought as a weanling...as a companion to TB mare when broodmare foaled (complicated story). My OH took a great liking to her and pays half her keep....
So that's why I have three...
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PS Why do people have more than one child? You can't smack them all at once
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when i have to retire my girl, she will be staying with me and i shall be buying another to ride
we used to have quite a few as we bred them, the beauty of owning your own land
eventually i would probably have a couple of ridden horses as i just love them
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and am kinda greedy
 

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*whispers* Forgot to add - I have three myself.
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One broodmare who I've had for years (used to be my dressage horse) one very stroppy 5 yr old and a 7 month old foal!
 

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I have become quite capable of selling, this week is the third one this year! I never thought I could do it before. It is a case of having to as I only have the two stables and thought my daughter could ride better than she can (13 yrs olds, you can't believe anything about them!)

I'm hoping for one to share with my teenage daugher and a companion which is loaned. We're back on the search.
 

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I have two as I bought the welsh cob to to take over from the anglo who had an appointment with a bullet at the end of last summer
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happily he somehow made himself better and is now back to his old self, so now I have two to ride
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woops!
 

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*whispers* Forgot to add - I have three myself.
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One broodmare who I've had for years (used to be my dressage horse) one very stroppy 5 yr old and a 7 month old foal!

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But you're pretty much the same as me?
How dare you post then!
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What else would I spend all my money on? and what else would I do with all my waking moments??

More horse the merrier....BTW currently looking for another one so if anyone knows of a nice 17hh+ Weight carrier thats neither a baby or a veteran and doesnt mean I have to remortgage my house to buy it...let me know
 

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I have two horses and would love a third. Reason I have so many is that I am far too soft and when they are no longer what I want I just buy another. Not great.
 

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We had one between us and decided to buy a second so we could ride together ~(aah sweet!). Then the first one had health problems and the vet advised us to retire her - so we bought a third (obviously not willing to get rid of our first born!) - then she recovered and we now have three- all requiring regular riding. The first and oldest seems to be regressing in terms of age and manners (is anyone else experiencing this?) love them all though!
 

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But you're pretty much the same as me?
How dare you post then!
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Guilty as charged!
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But it's a question non horsey people always ask me... plus I'm a bit bored tonight
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I have a Section A because she's a good companion and driving pony and husband wouldn't sell her when daughter grew out of her - as a great concession he's finally agreed she can go out on loan and she's loving it.

I have a small Section D who is now retired and looks after the field for me and the other horses on it. He came to us as dangerous and gave us some of the best times of our horse-owning lives and will be with us till the end. In theory he could have gone out on loan but he's too dangerous unless you know what triggers his bolting AND he trusts you and he's had such bad times in his previous life that that trust takes a long time to come.

I have a larger Section D who was my riding horse whilst daughter was on small Sec D. When she grew out of the small one we swapped and she competed the bigger one. He is a fantastic all rounder - will try his hand at anything - is very genuine and sensible and will be for sale in the New Year because:

I have a young AA mare who I bought on impulse because I felt sorry for her. I should have sold her to the pro who broke her last year when we discovered how good she is because I'm too fat to ride her but I couldn't bear to. My daughter doesn't get on with her SO I'm trying to lose weight and she'll be my riding horse next year whilst the pro events her for me. She's turned away at the moment though. She will also probably be sold next year - we're hoping to get her up to PN or N and she would do medium dressage too! So she's far too much horse for what I need.

I have a Shire X TB mare who was bought as the next step for my daughter to begin eventing and build on her successes so far. However the mare broke after two weeks leaving us with only one riding horse again and no horse to do the job she was bought to do. She will be out for months and months and may never come back into work but she will stay with us for ever in that case. I may yet breed from her if she is off work.

So today we took delivery of a TB X who will be daughter's new riding horse. He's a very handsome boy and we are hoping that they will be a good partnership.

SO there we have it, six horses - and the threat of foals as well. Obviously this would not be possible if I didn't have my own land so I'm well aware that I'm spoilt.
 
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some people collect stamps - i collect horses...as long as each horse is looked after properly i don't see why other people are so bothered as to wether i have 1 horse or 20!! my current horses are a cob, a two year old who keeps the cob company, when she is broken and sold i will buy another yearling, and a 5 year old who has just been broken and will hopefully take me to the next level in dressage.
 

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I would only have one, but sold Touchy and she went apesh**t at her new home, had to be collected as they wouldnt even go in her stable ( this is the quietest horse you can ever meet??!!) since then she is really insecure if I am not around and I will breed off her next year. Sov was given to me by a friend who knew a racing syndicate member who thought because she had a horse she might like him too!!!
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Needless to say novicey friend did not want him so gave him to me, and 18 months later we got another one from same syndicate, I put him out on loan but he was not suitable so he was given back
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I have two stables and two horses ...... my very old boy who was my first horse and a TB that I was given, to be his companian and he is still with me 7 years later ... there was a spare stable and I figured that if I wanted to know what the owner was like and that they would look after the horse etc etc ....... it would have to be me
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I have 2 - a TBx I ride and a Section A I'm going to try showing in-hand. For me it was a big decision to get another - I'd like more but I don't have the funds
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But you're pretty much the same as me?
How dare you post then!
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Guilty as charged!
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But it's a question non horsey people always ask me... plus I'm a bit bored tonight
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I'm a forgiving type...
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Welllll

We have the home bred eventers, spares for when each gets a cold
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The ponies we couldnt bear to sell
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The horses/cobs we buy to train and sell on...

why have more than two kids, youve replaced yourself, done your job...why pop out more
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