Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: North central Iowa
Thanks guys for the support. I've been trying to come to terms with all of this. Of course, Rusty was my BFF, but he was also my show partner. I wasn't able to show until last year, and while I didn't enjoy the big show as much as I thought I would, I'm eager to jump back into that world. Rusty was such a good show horse for only doing hunters for a year - he didn't have his leads totally down, but he jumped everything in front of him and we were the only ones that completed the hunter derby. I was so proud of him.
I've been doing a lot of thinking in the last few days, and I know I have time. I still have this desire to show and have a show partner/competition partner. I go to community college right now, but next fall I will move out and go to university. I was planning on taking Rusty with me to continue his training. I know I could get in riding lessons and stuff even without my own horse, but that means I can't compete this summer because, unless I'm missing something, I think all of my trainer's show horses are already reserved for show season. There's a few of them that are not, but one has major bucking issues, the other is a pony (and I'm an adult), Felix is a beginner horse who is really lazy (I've surpassed that I think), and then there's two that are just beginning jumping training. That leaves Loofah, the cheeky Saddlebred cross. He's a jumper horse, and doesn't have much showing experience. So I'm not really sure there's much there for me.
On the other hand, if I buy, it could be risky. First of all, I know I have to heal from this loss before making any decisions. Because right now, all I can do is compare every horse to how Rusty was, and that's not right. When I go off to college, I wouldn't mind paying board, but my dad is set against me taking a horse to college, even though I would pay board, not him. I do worry about how much time I would have in school, although I always believed I would see Rusty a lot when I went to school because riding is always a great relaxer and stress reliever for me. I would have something to show this summer then. I don't want a super high priced do-it-all horse. I would want one that's 7-15 years old, reliable on the trails, likes jumping, and isn't terribly hot, and maybe something that has been over some cross country jumps and has good conformation for that, as I'm seeking eventing training when I move. I prefer geldings to mares, and I want a horse that is "safe" to handle on the ground, loads, and is just respectful. It doesn't have to be a big winner and I want something with some personality and maybe even some quirks, but I want to trust my horse doing any activity, like I could Rusty. Unlike Rusty, I want a horse that is not always on the forehand to the point where he's leaning on my hands.
I'd lease a horse over the summer, but there's not many hunter/jumper/eventer horses to lease near Iowa, and most of them are understandably not off-farm leases.
I'm just rambling on what's been on my mind. My parents and friends don't get it like you guys do because they aren't "horse people." So thanks for replies/advice/understanding.