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        05-07-2009, 10:20 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Dilemma....help me choose!

    Hey! Thanks for coming to my thread!

    Ok, so, some of you probably know about the horse I lease, Lacy. I've been riding her for 8 months, leasing for two. The thing is, today I rode Dudley.(i've ridden him before) And, I forgot how GREAT his canter was, how he jumps like then best hunter in the ring. He's so honest! My trainer said I could switch from leasing lacy, to dudley. But, i've been with lacy for a while and she's not perfect, but I love her. I know in a few years she can be just like Dudley, but I don't know! They both have qualities that I like and dislike, I don't know how to choose! Here are some pics....
    LACY: cute, young, bratty(but loved!) dressage qualities, jumps up to 3'0 with someone on her back. My girl ♥

    DUDLEY: middle aged, cute, short, the best canter, honest to jumps, never refuses, sometimes a dork

    (none of these are me)
    so can you guys help me choose?
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        05-07-2009, 10:29 PM
      #2
    Foal
    Based on other posts I have read about your experience and the activities you would like to be doing, I would personally choose Dudley if I were in your position.

    Honestly it sounds to me like Dudley is an older, "been there done that" kind of horse (the kind I wish I had right now).

    Lacy is young and green and is still learning. I personally disagree with jumping a young horse up to three feet but that is not the point of this post.

    If you want to continue jumping higher then small cross rails, I would personally choose Dudley. You don't have to worry about injuring growing muscles and/or bones, you can focus more on your own riding, and you don't have to worry about teaching him things such as getting distances or lead changes.

    Now, that is if I was in YOUR shoes.

    From your perspective, it sounds like you want to continue with Lacy. What if you leased Dudley for the next year or two and then re-thought about leasing Lacy? I'm willing to bet your instructor would let you ride Lacy from time to time and this way you'd be able to continue your learning more-so then if you were with Lacy.

    I hope you didn't take offense in this post.
    Please keep us updated! I think that either way you go will be great, its just a matter of personal preference.
         
        05-07-2009, 10:35 PM
      #3
    Foal
    I don't jump her three feet, I only jump her around 2-2'9. Just saying. Yea, dudley is one of those been there done that ponies, my trainer even said those exact words. Thanks for your help!
         
        05-07-2009, 11:57 PM
      #4
    Foal
    My apologies, thanks for the clarification!

    I guess what I was trying to say was more like.. If I could go back and trade my greenie for a more advanced horse that I could be jumping more with (in terms of ME being afraid of injuring him) I would do it in a heartbeat.

    Each of the horses has their pro's and con's but it ultimately comes down to what YOU want, and don't forget that. Wherever this discussion may lead.

    Good luck! :]
         
        05-08-2009, 09:08 PM
      #5
    Started
    Hmmm, dudley is cute and that fact that he has been there done that is nice, but staying with lacey and helping to train her will give you so much experience and lacey is flashier lol, I mean black with a big blaze gorgeous!!! But it just depends on if you want to stay training lacey or not.
         
        05-08-2009, 09:15 PM
      #6
    Green Broke
    I'd have to agree with Solo. Yes, it's fun to train a horse and see improvement, but you also want to make sure that you are getting the best foundational skills you possibly can. Now's the time to learn as much as you can and it's best to do that on a 'been there done that' horse. So that way you can mainly worry about improving yourself instead of worrying about the effect you have on your horse.
         
        05-08-2009, 10:27 PM
      #7
    Foal
    Well.....i've made my decision. I went to the barn today and rode lacy. Todays ride is what made me choose Lacy. Even though she's still a bit green, and not "been there done that" for some reason I still want to work with her. BUT my trainer said I could still ride Dudley in lessons. So im still going to lease Lacy, but switch off between the both of them in lessons. Thanks for your help guys!
         
        05-09-2009, 05:54 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    Yea I would definitley stay with lacy she may be a brat at times but from how you've told her about me she seems to always have a spark in her eye!thats what I love about junior he always has that spark too! Also dudley is good and trained but to finish lacys trianing that's even better!
         
        05-09-2009, 08:36 PM
      #9
    Yearling
    LACY! Lacy, Lacy, Lacy.. haha.
    Few reasons:
    1) Dudley is shorttt. You may grow out of him ; )
    2) Challenges are always good. Push button ponies aren't too much fun, are they? Haha.
    3) I know you and you'd miss Lacy like CRAZY!
         
        05-09-2009, 09:09 PM
      #10
    Foal
    =]]]]]
         

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