I made a decision, when I started volunteering for FLTAP, that I would not be bringing any horses home. I'm getting older, and I'm not as strong as I used to be. Even working in the garden, some days, leaves me knocked down tired. There is so much involved with the care of a horse, even if you board.
The biggest reason that I decided not to get another horse, however, is tied to that getting older thing. I am so afraid that any young Thoroughbred that I got would outlive me, or outlive the time when I am still a thinking person, since senile dementia runs in my family. I just don't want to leave any of my animals in a position of falling onto bad times. I have a friend who will take my cats, but assuming responsibility for a horse, especially one who is likely to be older, is a huge task.
That being said, there are times when my resolve is sorely tested. I'm going through one of those times right now. His name is Boggy Creek Dancer, he is 16.3 and eight years old. Isn't he beautiful?
He's a bit on the rawboned side, but he has been running for years, and is still sound, so you can be pretty sure that he will stay sound. He's big and strong enough to handle my weight. In person, he has incredible presence. But, I'm going to hold to my resolution. Surely someone will snap him up quickly, anyways. I hope!