I found out that i'm pregnant (yay) a few weeks ago. I'm about 10 weeks along. One of the first things that came to mind was the horses.
I currently have 3 horses. Gem, a 10 year old app gelding. My fiance and I have owned him for 2 years. I know what he's going to do and feel comfortable around him on the ground. Vega, a 6 year old app mare. We've also owned her for 2 years. While she can be a bit mareish at times, I basically know what she's going to do. Montana, a 15 year old qh gelding. We've had him for about 7 months.
We got him because I was getting frustrated with Vega and wasn't enjoying horses anymore. He did bring back that spark, but there have been a few things that I was not ready to deal with, nor was I told at the time of purchase. He is very antsy in cross ties, he paces in his stall, he likes to kick out (when you're grooming him, picking his feet, getting his feet trimmed). I do admit that during the winter, I didn't mess with them that much (not only was it cold, and snowy, but there is no indoor).
Now with the warm weather, I would normally be out there riding and stuff, but I've decided not to ride during my pregnancy.
My fiance and I were also thinking about the future. Once the baby is born, how much time will we have to devote to the all 3 of the horses? Would it be more manageable to deal with 2 horses instead of 3?
So I have come to the hard decision of either giving Montana back to his previous owner or selling him.
I realized today when we saw the horses, that if I were to do anything with Montana, not only would my life be in danger, but the baby's as well. He is very pushy, very bossy to the other horses, and I honestly do not feel safe taking on a 1000# animal when I'm pregnant, or after I have the baby. My fiance is supporting me in this and does agree that we don't know Montana as well as we know Gem and Vega.
I really hope I'm making the right decision. I love Montana, I really do, but IMO he needs a lot of work and possibly an attitude adjustment and I know my life is going to change and my priorities are going to change once I have this baby, and I really don't think its fair for him to sit.
As for Gem and Vega, my fiance is very much involved in them. I do feel more comfortable working around either one of them, than Montana, so we would be keeping them.
Thanks for reading this.
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