How do I decide if I should sell my horse and move on to something else?

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    03-02-2011, 02:37 AM
How do I decide if I should sell my horse and move on to something else?

I have a 4 year old perch/TB cross that I have had for about 1.5 years. He was started under saddle last september and is doing pretty well.
My problem is that he is not the horse I was hoping for. My previous mount was an appendix, with a very TB mentality. He was very forward, and Charles (my current horse) just isn't.
Most people I have consulted with suggest I continue to work with Charles. They view him as athletic and willing, even if he is doesn't have that "hot" side.
Additionally I do really like the horse. He is affectionate, comical, and very easy going. He thoroughly enjoys the trails, something my appendix was not well suited for.
I'm sure others have been in similar situations. It saddens me that I constantly compare Charles with my previous mount. Thanks for any advice.
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    03-02-2011, 03:06 AM
Isn't there another thread posted by you with a different title but same content...?
    03-02-2011, 03:27 AM

I don't know if your new horse will ever become hot, like your previous horse. He may become more forward, though. You may have to change the way you ride, though, for that to happen. If you are used to riding a horse that is so forward that you are always dampening that energy, this strategy won't work for a horse that needs you to amplify his energy.

So, you may bring up more life in new guy, but you have to really look at what you expect from him. I mean, do you expect him to move off briskly when asked? When he doesn't, do you accept that as , "well, that's just how he is.". He will only rise to the lowest level of your expectations, so raise them and be careful to consistently require him to come up to the new level, but be fair about it. You can build in more responsiveness.

As for the trail riding. I would find that a huge plus. I SO enjoy trail riding now and if thisguy is safer at it, that is really a plus.
    03-02-2011, 04:07 AM
Yup, I know this doesn't belong here. Accidentally posted it here and couldn't figure out how to delete it. Sorry.
    03-02-2011, 09:56 AM
The only reason I would sell a horse is if I consistantly did not enjoy my time with them. It took me a long time to make the decision about my tb mare, but when you never have a good time with your horse, it's just time to move on. My two horses now....I'd never sell them in a million years!
    03-02-2011, 10:01 AM
If he is not what you want, then I would sell him. He deserves the chance to be someone's dream horse and you deserve the chance to have your dream horse.
    03-02-2011, 10:24 AM
Originally Posted by Citrus    
If he is not what you want, then I would sell him. He deserves the chance to be someone's dream horse and you deserve the chance to have your dream horse.
You hit the nail on the head, with one shot. This is very good advise.
    03-03-2011, 02:40 PM
This thread is helping me too :)

Special thanks to ScharmLily and Citrus!
    03-03-2011, 02:51 PM
I am having the same problem. Lola is a great horse. She is not even to bold anymore but ever since she started bucking, backing up, rearing etc I have been terrified of her. She does not do any of these anymore but I still get really nervous about getting on her. I really do love her though. So I don't know if I should try to get my confidence up or not. She is lame ATM so once she is better I might try to sell her and find a quiet gelding. Not sure if I can find a horse as cheap as her again though. And I have like no money XD I should save...

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