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People can rent a horse for a few hours for trail riding and such.

I cannot imagine that, especially when I hear the people come in and talk about their horses, like I talk about my dogs. They are pets, that they would never let a stranger ride or take out of their sight. But many people do.

Who in the world would hand their dog's leash over to a stranger and say, sure bring him back this afternoon?

It takes all kinds, I guess. Why not just go to the shelter and offer to walk dogs if that is what you want to do. You can help a shelter critter out at the same time.
 

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I heard about that on the radio about a month ago when i was driving to work. At first I thought, that's a good idea for some people who want a dog but don't have the ability to keep one for whatever reason (living arrangements, etc.) but then I thought about the dogs and how horrible it was for them. If you were a dog and you were placed in a different home every weekend with different people, you'd be very confused and stressed. Especially since they do this with rescue dogs and all of the dogs are up for adoption, so if you rent a dog and you like it and things work out for you, you have the option to adopt it. As if these poor rescue dogs haven't gone through enough home changes already!
 

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It was just on our local news. Oh was my 14 yr. old piping mad about it & said thank goodness Boston is ruling it out.
That's my girl!
Thinking about the poor dogs!
We both agreed that you can donate some monies to a shelter & walk thier dogs for free. You just can not take them home.
I found the link to the company that wants to open up here:
http://www.flexpetz.com/about.html
 

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Holy cow, it sure isn't cheap -
Quote: Please note that at time of registration, you will be billed for the following: the in-home introduction session at $150,00; an annual administration fee of $99.00; your first month's membership fee of $99.00 (prorated to the first of the following month); the four minimum monthly Daily Doggy Time usage days at $45.00 per day (also prorated to the first of the following month).
 

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I have ranted about this at length elsewhere. Let it suffice to say that this is an idiotic idea and that I feel sorry about the dogs.
 

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I'm right there with you guys. It's ridiculous. If you want to help a rescue animal, volunteer at a rescue organization or a shelter!
 

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Originally Posted By: butch33611Stupidest thing I ever heard of.
Originally Posted By: HistorianLet it suffice to say that this is an idiotic idea and that I feel sorry about the dogs.
Just about wraps up the idiocy behind this idea. The thought that someone (s) are is going to make $$$ off this idea is just sickening
 

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Originally Posted By: selzerPeople can rent a horse for a few hours for trail riding and such.

I cannot imagine that, especially when I hear the people come in and talk about their horses, like I talk about my dogs.
I worked for many years taking people on trail rides.
You don't think beginners should be able to go for a ride in the park for an hour on a horse?



ETA: Poor dogs!
 

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Originally Posted By: selzer
Who in the world would hand their dog's leash over to a stranger and say, sure bring him back this afternoon?
Some idiot that doesn't really care about the animal only making a few $$$
I could never and would never
 

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No. I don't.

I think that people can run a riding stable and after hours of training within a corral or arena, they can take a class out for a trail ride.

But handing a horse over to a complete stranger and saying go to it. Nope. Horses have personalities too. They like toys and treats. Some are soft mouthed, some are hard mouthed. Some are stubborn. Some do better with a gentle touch.

We hear about saddle sores. And we usually are talking about a person's rear end. But there is another side to that saddle and a novice rider is the best way for an animal to get sores from the saddle.

And then there is the kicking and jerking and wrenching that people will do to get the animal to do what they want whether or not it is a good idea. When they gallop across a field do they have any idea that there may be ground hog or snake holes there. And if their horse comes up lame are they smart enough to get off, remove the stone or check the foot and then lead the animal back? Will they go and catch the animal if they are unhorsed for whatever reason? Or will they come back and say the dumb horse bucked him off and who knows where it is now.

No, horses cost a bundle of money to purchase, to house, to feed, to vet, to train, and to provide for in other ways. They need blankets and tack and wormer and fly spray, and things I am not even thinking about now.

Then too, there are fewer and fewer horsemen out there that do not have horses. Taking a six week course and then riding once a year does not make you a horseman.

Sorry, but I do not understand the idea of rental animals. I do not think it should be banned or laws made against it, but I do not think that caring people would turn an animal they love over to a complete stranger.
 

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True.

I take people out on 45 minute trail rides who have never ridden before. I monitor the whole situation. It's a good experience for beginners.

But you are right. I would never hand a horse over & just let them go!

Hope this idea doesn't take off!
 

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There are many rental trail ride places in North Georgia that are "hand a horse" and go. The rules are, of course, walk only, and do they got followed? I can't tell you how many times I have been riding my horses on shared trails and see some yahoo slapping the horse's rear end with the end of the reins, kicking as hard as they can running the poor horses.

I'm con "grab a horse and go" places but commend the "let me show you some basics and take you on a safe and guided ride" places that don't run their horses into the ground.
 

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Quote:I'm con "grab a horse and go" places but commend the "let me show you some basics and take you on a safe and guided ride" places that don't run their horses into the ground.
I second this. Some of those guided rides places are the first exposure many people have to riding and can get folks really interested in pursuing it further.
 

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It is stupid but are we really surprised this is being offered? Has anyone read about the program where parents hand over their babies to teenagers for days at a time so they can learn firsthand the reality of caring for a baby. This is done, of course, to prevent the rising rate of teen pregnancy and parenthood and the teens are highly monitored, etc. I cannot even begin to fathom the mindset of any parent who would do such a thing. So is it truly a surprise that one can rent a dog?
 

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I wouldn't hand a puppy over to a teen to teach them the responsibility it takes to raise a child. That is crazy. I have heard of them doing this with baby dolls or eggs, but not with babies.

On the flip side, I started caring for babies without adults present when I was eleven. But the idea of having one for days, I could not have managed it at eleven. I think that the woman's body's hormones all through pregnancy prepare her somewhat. So throwing a live newborn at an unsuspecting 16 or 17 year old is not quite the same as a sixteen or seventeen year old getting pregnant and having 9 months or so to prepare for the baby.

I think there is a difference too when the child is yours opposed to someone else's. I would be a lot more comfortable around my own kid who I would have been with every day since birth. Someone else's would become a nightmare after a few hours.
 
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