Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
When I had a horse that I was interested in moving long distance with me an experienced horse person pulled me aside and told me how traumatic a long travel experience could be (my horse would have had to go for a short ship ride as well) and that if the horse wasn't particularly unique and if I didn't sort of have that intense, sort of "forever" bond that it would be better just selling the horse and buying one on the other side. It would be the wisest thing to do financially and for the sake of the horse.
I did sell her and found a home that was probably better for her than me, because she was young and they had heaps and heaps of time to put into her.
The chance to go live in another country is pretty wonderful. You probably don't think about it now, but it can be difficult to live in other countries when you're older and have to support yourself because work visas etc. can be hard to come by. You have the chance to learn a new language and discover a very different culture. Additionally, I imagine you'd be attending school there - that is an opportunity you would not be able to repeat in the future. I would have loved to go overseas while in high school.
I'm sure you love your horse, but you have only had her for 4 months. You can always have horses but this is an experience that you might not get to repeat.
I don't think its bad to sell a horse provided you find it a good, safe and suitable home.