Keeping a youngster or giving up?
Hey guys, I have a problem and i'm torn between what to do.
I had a 23 year old mare for about 4 years, she basically taught me how to ride and took me over jumps up to a metre without ever stopping. She was never silly and was the perfect hack anyone could want, never spooking. - Unfortunately I had to sell her as all of the pony club activities, the showing, jumping etc was getting to her and her back end was giving way. So I sold her. A day after, I bought a 4 year old youngster.
She is so gorgeous, she really does have so much quality. Anyway, at first I really enjoyed it, I had this fabulous blue and white mare that I was working in the field and she was listening to me and teaching me how to stick to the occasional bucks she put in and really getting an outline. But then, I took her out of the farm. She nearly put me in a ditch out on a hack, she's bronked me off several times and I genuinely think that now she knows she can get me off, then that's the way she's going to get out of work. People have also said that its her way of how to deal with being in a new place whenever we take her out.
So I put her up for sale because I honestly do miss going to shows, hacking for miles and just generally not having to worry all the time about getting thrown off. I'm not confident riding her anymore.
But now i'm having second thoughts. Should I not give up? Should I not put her up for sale anymore and carry on riding because surely this can't last forever? I really don't know what to do. ):
Last edited by Song; 09-11-2012 at 10:07 AM.