The thread on Older horses and moral obligations made me think of one of the most frequent comments I get-- "So are you going to sell your horse/colt and buy a trail/beginner/cow horse?" The answer to this is always "No, a lot of people donated money to help me buy her and get her home, and I promised I would be her forever home--And that goes for Quest too." And the response is: "Oh well, that doesn't mean anything legally!" Well, no. I guess it doesn't. A couple of the people who donated the most money/time are on my facebook, and I post pictures and updates on there, and those people share the updates to the rest of the people (Most of whom I don't know and will never know) and they love it. I could unfriend them on facebook, or even not, and just sell her or Quest to someone else and buy a 'better' one, and no one could ever make a stink about it. I never signed a contract. I never even met any of these people, and I do not owe them a thing--I have taken good care of her and her baby, and if I make the decision to sell, well, that is my right! But. I do not think it could ever be the moral right. I see online a lot of people use the fundraising network of people, get a horse for pittance, then flip it a week later for twice that. I don't donate money, and it ****es ME off. I can't imagine if I DID donate lots of time and money trying to get a horse safe, only to see it go back to auction. Even if I didn't send them away to auction (not sure if there is even one nearby, I have never heard of one) but worked hard to find a private home--there are no guarantees in life. Basically, the only way to ensure that they are treated the way I want them to be is to keep them for as long as they live--as I promised I would. So no--My horses are not for sale! If I can ever comfortably afford another, I may or may not get one. But, not if it costs the two I have.