When the family dog gets sick, owners don’t think twice about bearing the expense of the vet, while taking ownership over time of all the travails that go with it. “You’re responsible for it for the rest of its whole life,” reasons Sharon Kress. But horse ownership turns out to be another story and far less sends an equine to its end than a hobbled leg.
Horribly, the bottom line usually foretells the end, according to Kress who recently founded Our Farm Equine Rescue – a horse rehab and rescue nonprofit in Yorktown. “People see them as disposable,” says Kress in citing a racing or show jumping career over, the fit not right for a particular rider or even divorce complicating continued ownership.