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    05-01-2012, 04:44 PM
  #21
Trained
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Originally Posted by oh vair oh    
I had my black and white gelding for 8 years, bought him when he was 4 and I was only 13. I learned so much on that horse,...But he wasn't the world-class horse I was striving to compete on.
I knew that there was someone out there who could benefit from my well-trained boy, someone who could learn a lot just like I had...
I had to quote you bc you kept giving this horse good training even though you realized that you were aspiring higher.
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Originally Posted by oh vair oh    
I became a better trainer in the end...
The BEST thing you can do for your horse is to train him/her well. It is the ONLY insurance against an unhappy ending. THIS is how we should be selling our horses, IMO.
     
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    05-01-2012, 04:44 PM
  #22
Trained
I feel for you, I have on hold a mare who is the daughter of Ace my Arab, Daughter of Ace is so like her mother in mannerisms it's scary, she is like Ace, only younger and taller, and I HAD to buy her.

For her to come home I either need to sell Ben or Mr G, Ben is my competition horse for the future, but very much a project just now. G Man has nearly reached his peak as a competition horse, but he is a good all round boy to have here....

It is hard, so may decisions to make
     
    05-01-2012, 05:41 PM
  #23
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    
I know that a LOT of people here would disagree with you. Even my husband says my horse is part of the family and when I wanted to sell him, stopped me. The kids would be heartbroken. Our horse is as much a friend, companion and part of the family as our dogs are, or our cat or other pets.

Maybe you just have never had a bond with a horse????
I have had a bond with several horses but I also look at them as livestock. If I can make money on them ill take it.
     
    05-01-2012, 06:11 PM
  #24
Weanling
I have to agree that horses are livestock. I have ridden, trained and sold a lot of horses. Does the fact that I sell them and make money off of them mean I don't have a relationship with them? Heck no! To assume that somebody does not have a relationship with their horse just because they are willing to sell them and move on is ridiculous. I have sold a number of horses and have been sad to see them go every time. Just because I cry when they leave and miss them like crazy does not mean that they need to have a permanent place in my life.
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    05-01-2012, 06:29 PM
  #25
Weanling
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Originally Posted by cowboy bowhunter    
I know several people like that and try to tell them horses are livestock and can be bought and sold, sell the horse if you don't get along with it, and get one that you like. Horse are not in house pets that you keep forever they are livestock.
In any case where you ride a horse (or even handle one on a consistent basis) you are both learning from eachother and teaching eachother different things. I do not "use" my horse as an object in my riding. He is my PARTNER and we are in everything together. Since owning him, my riding has improved greatly and also since then we have learned to trust eachother more and more.

Getting along with a horse and outgrowing a horse are two different things.

Thank you for the comments, everybody.
     
    05-02-2012, 11:46 AM
  #26
Weanling
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Originally Posted by LostDragonflyWings    
In any case where you ride a horse (or even handle one on a consistent basis) you are both learning from eachother and teaching eachother different things. I do not "use" my horse as an object in my riding. He is my PARTNER and we are in everything together. Since owning him, my riding has improved greatly and also since then we have learned to trust eachother more and more.

Getting along with a horse and outgrowing a horse are two different things.

Thank you for the comments, everybody.
You are 100% right. You learn every time you ride a horse and the better you and your horse work the better your ride will be. Im just saying that horse are livestock and I feel they could be bought and sold whenever.
     
    05-02-2012, 09:52 PM
  #27
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by LynnF    
I have to agree that horses are livestock. I have ridden, trained and sold a lot of horses. Does the fact that I sell them and make money off of them mean I don't have a relationship with them? Heck no! To assume that somebody does not have a relationship with their horse just because they are willing to sell them and move on is ridiculous. I have sold a number of horses and have been sad to see them go every time. Just because I cry when they leave and miss them like crazy does not mean that they need to have a permanent place in my life.
My wife and I are struggling with this right now. Got a good offer on Sonny, twice what we gave for him.

My wife is getting older and feeling the bumps and now wants a gaited horse. The trouble is our kids are grown, and the horse she has now filled a large gap in her heart. He's a great trail horse, rock solid and trust worthy.

I don't know what she'll decide to do. I know she doesn't have many years left to ride, and maybe a smoother horse will extend that a bit, but still, it's hard on the heart.

I'd love to keep him, as the devil you know is often better than the devil you don't know. Horse trading sucks IMO. To much drama.
     

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