Horsey and non-horsey people alike, please help me!!?

**Firstly, this question is going to be LONG. There's a lot to cover so please don't bother answering it if you're not going to read the entire thing** Okay. I have just been informed that we have to MOVE (back to Canada, from Ireland) quickly. This poses a huge problem for me, because I was just starting to get settled where I am and I got a horse (Benson) who I love deeply. I bought him with the intention of staying on in Ireland and finishing up school here, but that just doesn't seem to want to work out in my favour... I knew this was coming and I had planned to bring Benson back to Canada with me, no matter what. It sounds unreasonable as there are 'many more horses in the sea' and he's 'Just a horse' ('cept he's NOT he's MY horse who I love to death). I can see how unpractical it is for me to bring him, expenses, where to put him... more expenses... but my heart is truly set on it. My mom wants me to either A)surrender him to a 'retired horses' home or B)to the humane society. I want to lease him out, get a few jobs and WORK so I can pay for him to get over (I emailed a horse transporting company, all in all it will cost around 10,000 Canadian dollars. Enough to buy another horse as everyone likes to point out) I know of a few places I can board him too, for minimal cost seeing as he can be out on grass pretty much all the time, just in at night and part of the day in the winter. Leasing ALSO is a bit of an issue for me because Benson gets lame sometimes (he's an ex racehorse, he was injured in a race and sometimes his old 'war wounds' act up. Last time he was lame for two months, and it took a lot of work to get him sound again; I know a lot of people wouldn't be interested in that. I don't want to lease him out to people who won't take the proper care of him. That would worry me even if he wasn't frequently lame, but since he is it bothers me even more. Another option I was considering is leaving him with a friend of ours who owns 25 horses as it is. He said it would be no problem if we needed anywhere for Benson to go. He wouldn't charge us for the accommodation, but I'd have to fork out money for a little over a years supply of food and I would definitely need to pay him for the hay that Benson will need. That would work out to around 559 (Euro) for the food (roughly $900) and I couldn't even begin to estimate the hay costs. We'd probably just work out a fixed price for that together, but it would be at least 300 (Euro) which would be about $480. That would set me back around $1,380, round it up to $1,500-$2,500 to accommodate any surprise costs and his wormers, but at least he would be getting the attention he deserves, right? The third thing I could do is free-lease him out as a pasture pal, just one that is ride able for treks, fun jumping (just popping him over a few fences out in the field) and the sort; but not allowed to compete or hunt as it would be too hard on his joints and hooves and I can't trust anyone to take proper care of him. They supply the food and hay for him, make sure the farrier sees him and the vet and all that. It's just like a normal lease but with major restrictions. I still wouldn't be 100% sure that my horse was getting the proper care and attention, but I would know he wasn't being hunted or competed with either. I have loads of friends around too who could check up on him for me and they would only be too happy to. I'm really desperate to make this work, and if I decided to go with my second idea I could PROBABLY manage to convince my mom to pay for the food and the hay, one of the two, or to meet me half way at $1,250 each. What do you think? I had thought it would be a bit bold of me to ask him, but he knows about Bensons history with lameness and he offered to take him regardless. Really all he'd be doing is putting him in the pasture with the rest of his horses and feeding him whenever he checked up on them. He's his to ride as well while he has him if he wants to, but he's under no obligation. Thanks for your input =) I would be able to afford it by the summer of next year. It's a really tough decision to make... =(

Asked By: Sarah T - 1/7/2009
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There don't seem to be a lot of companies that handle this sort of transport, but I was able to find a few so you can try to get competitive quotes... More
Answered By: Mark C - 1/7/2009
Additional Answers (9)
WOW big desicion that one, i don't like leasing my horses out neither due to past experiences but that is my experiences. But under the circumstance i think to maybe sell/give him to someone as a paddock compainion... More
Answered By: Jimmy - 1/7/2009
Moving with horses is always hard and always full of hard decisions, i know from 20 years of personal experience. And unfortunately part of being a responsible horse person is knowing when to let go. Imagine what a happy life Benson would have if he were given away as a pasture pet to keep another horse happy. I... More
Answered By: Jeanie - 1/7/2009
i am verry sorry.. this must be upsetting for you.... well you seem to have your options ....i understand that hes not just a horse... i have 19 horses but i my first 2 horses ... i wouldnt give up for anything... More
Answered By: Saddlebreds..RollercosterOn4Legs - 1/7/2009
ohh this is so terrible. what i would probably try to do is let him say with the guy with 25 horses. i think he'd be happy there. and when you have that many 1 more is no big deal. i feel for you and your situation, i know how hard it is to just leave someone you love and always worry about them and cry yourself... More
Answered By: sheedalaadie - 1/7/2009
Thats a tough decision, I'm sorry you've had to even consider you're options. But, judging on the information provided, I think it'd be best to either bring him with you, although that will be extremely hard to raise enough money, or leave him with you're friend. If you leave him with you're friend, at least you can... More
Answered By: Living Life in the Saddle - 1/7/2009
I had to do that with my horse, a beautiful welsh mare. I was starting university and travelling for two years before that so it would have been impossible to keep her at home. She was 15 at the time and still fairly fit so I put her on loan to a friend who lived near me. Sadly just a few weeks before I went travelling... More
Answered By: sarah h - 1/7/2009
just free lease him on a 1 and ahalf year contract
Answered By: jazzy! - 1/7/2009
Try getting some other estimates for shipping. That number sounds high to me. I once looked into importing a horse from the Netherlands to the US, and the estimate was about $3000 (US).
Answered By: Greg B - 1/7/2009
I have two experiences for you to consider. First, many years ago when my husband returned from two years in Viet Nam, he had a dog in his last camp that he'd adopted and raised from a puppy. She grew up with him, and even had her own litter of puppies that other soldiers adopted. Based on the fact that the dog had... More
Answered By: galloppal - 1/7/2009
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