Trackmomma wrote:So now you want to change it to "most owners?" I thought we were talking about new ones and the fact that what you are proposing will keep new owners away. Or did you forget the subject? You remind me of something my father used to say: "People that make their own facts can never be convinced that they are wrong."
Anyway, I'm not saying owners should not be held responsible for the horses they own. Not sure where you got that idea (but then you are so busy being right, it must be hard to keep track of what is being said). While They Own Them. I am saying it is unreasonable to expect someone who buys a horse to be responsible for it for the rest of it's life, no matter what, as your earlier post suggested. Being responsible for finding placement for it once its is done racing, yes. But once that is done the responsibility ends. Requiring owners to do otherwise as a condition of ownership, as your post suggested, will drive away prospective owners and many of the ones that are already involved in the sport.
Buying a horse, any horse, at any point in it's life does not make you responsible for anything that may happen to that horse once it leaves your ownership. It makes you responsible for it while it is yours and it makes you responsible for finding it a good home when it is time for it not to be yours any longer. Horsemen on the track, as a rule, do everything they can to find homes for horses once their racing days are done. Be it at a retirement facility, through re-training, "adopting", and selling them. Once they have done that, the horse is no longer their responsibility. According to your earlier post, you believe, that once a person buys a horse, they are responsible for it for the rest of its life. That is just unreasonable.
Please do not assume I wrote something when I didn't. I merely stated that the person who owns a horse should be responsible for the horse. If I sell my horse to you or somebody else the responsibility transfers with the ownership. It would be ridiculous for the first owner of a horse to be responsible for a horse after it has become the property of someone else.