Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle of nowhere, DE
• Horses: 0
First off I'm going to admit that I did not read everyones replies so if I repeat I'm sorry.
You are in a very tough spot there. I can sympathize though because several years ago I was in the very same spot. Only thing was I was leasing this horse that I considered mine b/c I did everything for & was a "large horse farm" horse so he didn't get any other riders but me. Between myself & my rents we dished out a lot of money. Well I needed a car & started a job to pay for my growing expenses & soon came to realize that it was just TOO much for a 16 yr old to be handling. I made the toughest decsion of my life. I gave up my lease and started to work more to get my car. I need a car for work so that was obviously my option. Thankfully I have plenty of horse friends that allowed me to come out & ride with them to get my "fix" of horses. Yep it was tough, hurt me a lot but I went to go visit the horse often. I would "clean" the stalls to ride him for even just a few hours. A month before I graduated high school I got a "phat" tax return back & fell into some extra money. I was also working 2 jobs & was getting ready to start a "decent" paying job once graduating. I went out & bought myself a horse of my own. I think you will make the right decision & if your decision is to get ride of Dude ~ in time you will be able to purchuse your own horse again.
Another suggestion: Is there ways to "cut" back on some of his expenses. Go bare foot? Different black smith? I don't know.
I wish you the best of luck in your decsions though.
"It's not about waiting out the storm, it's about getting out and dancing in the rain."