Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
You don't need to ride him everyday, if you want to give him a year off there is nothing wrong with that. In fact outside of many Australian cities are spelling facilities, where your horse can live in a paddock and will generally be checked, fed hay etc. You could go out once a week and check on him.
The last good horse I had I sold when I was in year 11, it wasn't just the school work that got to me, but the whole lifestyle. I don't regret selling her because I ended up doing lots of interesting things in my life but I absolutely adored that horse. Ever since then I have just had rather dodgy horses that were cheap.
The thing is though, if you're doing a heavy workload you are probably looking at going to uni? Well that is going to be another big thing, you might move away, or move out, and for a while you might not have the time for a horse. Its not true about balancing things, maybe for people who have a less time consuming hobby, like many of them are, but not horses. I know when people do their HSC often the don't have time for anything at all, and when you do have spare time you might want to catch up with a few friends, or something. Having a horse can be a real drain.
Consider your options, no one can make the decision for you but in my experience it was best to get out of horses for a while, you can always get another horse, go back but you only have one shot (more sometimes, but they take a lot of time) for your education.