I understand your dilema with picking a discipline. I had the same issue. I thought about it for awhile... pretty much a few years and realized that all through highschool I wanted to do reining. All through college I wanted to do reining. And even now, I still get goosebumps when I watch reining. That's how I decided. One thing to consider is if you don't know what you want to do, selling your horse might be a decision you could later regret. You also mentioned graduating soon? You never know what the future holds for you, as far as horses and competing. I think it comes down to what you like the most. Do you enjoy just your horse, or do you feel the need to compete? Would you miss her if you sold her? Do you want something "better" than your horse to compete with?
I'm so glad someone else had the same issue! All the people I know have picked something and stuck with it... I was starting to think I was the odd one out. At this time, I probably would regret selling her, because I could get a horse that I turn out not enjoying at all.
When I got her, I knew she was perfect, it was a dream come true. But when the vet told us that she will only be a pleasure horse, no fast than a walk on trail rides, and no more reining or lots of circles, my stomach just sunk. She excelled in reining when we bought her, and I was so excited to compete in shows.
I won't be graduating for another 4 years, that's why I was thinking that she will be getting older, and I might have decided what discipline I want to continue in.
I enjoy my horse alot! I love her personality, I can ride her tackless, do just about anything with her, and she could care less.
But, I also do really want to compete. We went to my horse show a month ago, and it was alot of fun. We only went in 2/5 classes though, as she was sore for a couple of the days..
That's the problem, because if I spend almost all of my money to go in shows, and its the luck of the draw if she's sore those days or not.
I would really miss her if I sold her. I would bawl my eyes out. I don't really know how I would do it, she's so awesome, but if I want to move higher and compete, I will have to :(
I don't necessarily want something "better" to compete with, but maybe a younger horse with more energy and does not have leg issues. So, I don't have to worry about my horse being sore for a show.
Sometimes I use threads to think outloud. It is nice to do that. I asked the question one time if I should sell all of my so-so horses and just buy one or two really nice horses. Someone replied, "One dream horse is worth better than ten mediocre horses." or something along those lines. They were right, and that response was just what I needed to hear.
It does help to find out what I'm actually thinking in my head, because I end up typing so much! That is very true what the one person said. My dilemma is that she was 100% my dream horse, now it's down to about 85%, because I can't show with her.
Maybe make a checklist? Here would be mine:
barrel racing- did it, just not gutsy enough to do it/ horse not fast enough & not enough drive to game.
western pleasure- easily bored with it
Something like this might make you better able to compair different disciplines?? Just a thought. :) Good luck with whatever you decide.
That's a really good idea! I will try that out as well. Although, there will be like 7 that I like equally! :P
Thanks a bundle, and sorry for typing so much :S