My first horse, who is also my best friend, who I have had since June 15th 2008, has now turned 25, and while she is still fully capable in her own mind and physical strength to do what I want, which is jumping and dressage, I want to jump higher and do more complicated dressage, but I don't want to hurt her. So I have decided to sell her back to her old owner who only wants to do 50-60cm showjumping on her. I know Bubbles loves her old owner, and I know her old owner loves her and never wanted to sell her. But now I'm in the same predicament.
I have been looking at a 15yr old mare who has done jumping and dressage, and lots of people seem to know her and think she's a decent mare.
But I don't want to sell bubbles. I'm happy with the fact that her old owner will treat her excellently and care for her and ride her well, and only do what Bubbles enjoys, but do I really want to sell her back? I just have an uneasy feeling about selling her. What if something happens to her? Or if she all of a sudden starts being treated bad? You know? I wish I could just hack her around our farm untill she's ready to retire, and let her retire here, but I can only have two horses, and I already do. But on isnt mine. And i'm not about to kick her out of my land because she's a lovely mare and if she goes she will be PTS, however next month she is going away to be put in foal, which I know she will love (wasnt my decision, her owner wants a paint foal out of her because she's hoping foal will have mums lovely nature). So if she doesn't come back I can keep bubbles, and a new horse.
But I think I will have to sell her in the end. I really don't want to do it, but I want to start jumping over 90 and 1m and I don't want to risk hurting my lovely mare, after all she's done for me and all she's helped me through I don't want to risk hurting her and making her unhappy.
Do you think I'm doing the right thing by selling her back to her old owner who desperately wants her back?
I just don't want to overdo the work on her, I want her to be happy and not forced to jump and do dressage to a level that she doesn't want to anymore. In her earlier days she jumped up to 1m10
This is Bubbles and I jumping 90cm just over a year ago. I havent jumped her over anything higher than 80cm since then cause i'm scared I could hurt her.
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She's such a wonderful caring girl, and I don't want to ruin that.