Bringing my horse to college... Advice?
As my final year of high school is beginning to finally come to a close I am beginning to finally come to the realization that I will be leaving next year. However, the thought that still lingers in my mind is, "what do I do with my horse?" My mom and I have been casually mentioning options, but nothing definite, as we still have plenty of time to decide. However, even now, it is at the back of my mind. We have discussed leasing him out during the year and then letting me show and ride him during the summer and breaks, taking him to the actual school with me, and boarding him on campus or at a nearby facility, and selling him.
Now, we are financially able to keep him, but as he is a very energetic horse and also very wary around new people we might have trouble finding a person to lease and our current half-leaser does not ride enough to keep him in shape. Though they promised that they would keep him in full training if they do. So this could be an option for the first year.
The other option doesn't seem very realistic to me, keeping a horse during my first year of college by myself seems like a very hard thing to do, time-wise. I love my horse, but I don't know if I could devote the amount of time and energy that he needs to maintain his condition, as well as me feeling guilty about not being able to show him, and taking him away from his horsey buddies and surrounding him by new people (he is wary of strangers and does not do well in new environments).
The third option has not really been discussed, selling my boy. Now, I haven't had Herbie for very long, but we have developed a pretty strong relationship in the year that we've had him. We have gotten close to sell him, when we thought he wasn't a good match for me, but things suddenly changed and our relationship got so much better. We've already got another trainer that is in love with him, so selling him for the price that we would not be an impossibility, but I really don't like this option...
(Sorry for any spelling/grammatical errors or ambiguous sentences, I'm terrible at putting my thoughts into words...)